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Former Minniapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Found Guilty for Three Counts of Murder

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  • Deliberations over the historic Derek Chauvin trial reached a verdict this Tuesday afternoon, finding him guilty of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. 
  • Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin  was charged after recordings released showed him kneeling on George Floyd’s neck in May of 2020 over a counterfeit $20 bill. Autopsy reports revealed that George Floyd was killed due to lack of oxygen or asphyxia. 
  • Crowds gathered around the Minneapolis courthouse awaiting the verdict, guarded by local police and soldiers from the National Guard. 
  • The jurors have spent around 11 hours deliberating a verdict over the past two days. Chauvin faces up to 40 years imprisonment. 
  • Crowds expressed this win not as justice being served rather holding the officers accountable for their actions. 
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https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/04/20/us/derek-chauvin-verdict-george-floyd

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/derek-chauvin-trial-04-20-21/index.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/live-blog/derek-chauvin-trial-verdict-n1264670

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Nation to be led by a transitional military council for 18 months as President Chad has been killed by rebels

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  • Idriss Deby, Chad’s longest serving President, has died from injuries sustained in fighting with rebel forces.
  • Deby had been purportedly visiting government troops in the northern part of the country, when the area fell under attack.
  • Deby was known for entering areas of high military risk and often referred to as a wartime president.
  • The rebel group, FACT (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad), has been working actively to overthrow Deby since 2016.
  • Idriss Deby has been running for a sixth term in office and was widely expected to win.
  • A transitional military council led by Deby’s son, four-star general Mahamat Deby, will oversee the nation for a period of 18 months.
  • Mahamat Deby has promised a transparent election process for determining Chad’s next president.
  • A two-week period of national mourning has been announced.

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Suspect Taken into Custody After Austin Shooting Leaves Three Dead

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  • After a deadly shooting in Austin, Texas, former Travis County Sheriff deputy Stephen Broderik was taken into custody this week. 
  • Broderick is suspected of taking the lives of three people, one of whom was his ex-wife, after police found the victims involved in a suspected car collision northwest of Austin.
  • Amanda Broderick was supposedly “meeting [in] a scheduled visit with their son when the collision occurred,” as stated in an Austin police report. Broderick fled after the shooting, and police had been looking for him since Sunday. 
  • Broderick is suspected to be the same employee who previously worked in property crimes as a detective before being arrested and charged for sexual assault of a child.
  • He was arrested on Monday near the Arboretum after a 19-hour search by officials. 

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Sources:

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/19/us/austin-texas-shooting.html

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2021/04/19/shooting-suspect-stephen-broderick-caught-near-manor-authorities-say-2-victims-identified/7283005002/

Dogecoin Falls Hard After Record High 

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  • Dogecoin, a cryptocurrency that started out as a joke, reached a record high on Tuesday due to fans trending the currency on media outlets.
  • Dogecoin became a top 10 digital currency, valued at nearly $50 billion, a price even greater than Ford.
  • The currency seems to have lost its steam as it recently fell 15.4% to a value of $45 billion.

Johnson & Johnson To Resume Vaccine Rollout In Europe

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  • The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has allowed Johnson & Johnson to resume vaccine distribution in Europe with the recommendation that the vaccine should carry a warning label.
  • Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been linked to rare and serious blood clots, however the EMA believes that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks.
  • Johnson and Johnson’s stock value increased by more than 2% after the announcement was made. 
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Navalny in dire medical condition with supporters fearing his death

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  • Vladimir Putin’s strongest political opponent Navalny is under life threatening medical conditions following a three week hunger strike.
  • Navalny was transferred to a prison hospital in Vladimir on Sunday, after lawyers and advocates stated his condition required urgent medical treatment.
  • His personal doctor and three other medical experts were denied entry into the prison clinic, while test results provided by his family prompted another physician to state Navanly’s condition as critical with elevated potassium and creatinine levels.
  • Navalny has humorously described his condition in Instagram posts, saying he “wouldn’t be scared with potassium after Novichok,” the poisoning nerve agent he believes was attributed to the Kremlin.

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Court Ruling in Quebec Bans Display of Religious Symbols

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  • A new court ruling in the Canadian province of Quebec has banned public employees from the donning of religious symbols such as hijabs and turbans with the exception of public school educators.
  • The new law could face appeal as multiple lawsuits have challenged the ruling as unconstitutional – while Quebec’s government says the law was designed to promote secularism by the province’s right.
  • A judge has said the law particularly affects the rights of Muslim women in wearing hijab in the workplace and would allow for discimination or negative sentiment in this particular minority group

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Credit Suisse Found Guilty for Involvement in Money Laundering Scheme

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  • Switzerland’s Federal Criminal Court found Credit Suisse, Switzerland’s second largest bank, guilty for its involvement in a money laundering scheme involving a Bulgarian drug trafficking gang.
  • The bank is being fined 21 million Swiss francs ($22 million) due to its poor monitoring and implementation of anti-money laundering rules. More than 12 million francs worth of assets are also being confiscated due to their connection with the criminal group.
  • Credit Suisse has denied any wrongdoings and stated that it has been “continuously testing its anti-money laundering framework and has been strengthening it over time, in accordance with evolving regulatory standards.”
  • This case originated from actions taken by a former employee in 2007 and 2008, and two other Bulgarian citizens’ actions in 2005 and 2009. Some of their sentences and fines were suspended due to the amount of time passed since the crimes took place.

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Chlorine Gas Leak in Jordan Port City Kills Thirteen People

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  • A gas leak in Aqaba, Jordan killed at least thirteen people and injured more than 250. A storage container carrying between 25 and 30 tonnes of chlorine gas fell as it was being exported to Djibouti, releasing the gas.
  • A video of the incident on state TV shows the container being dropped onto the deck of the ship and a yellow colored gas spreading through the air as people try to evacuate. The accident seems to be a result of the crane malfunctioning.
  • If chlorine is inhaled at high levels, it can cause life-threatening damage. A nearby beach in Aqaba was evacuated as a safety precaution, and residents who live in the nearest residential area, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away, were advised to stay inside and close windows.
  • Jordan’s Prime Minister Bisher al-Khasawneh traveled to Aqaba and visited some of the injured at the hospital. He also formed a team led by the interior minister to investigate the incident.

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Russian Missile Sets Ukraine Shopping Center on Fire

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  • A busy shopping center in Ukraine was set on fire by Russian missiles on Monday, killing at least thirteen people and injuring dozens. The total number of casualties is still unknown.
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that “The number of victims is impossible to imagine” and that there could have been up to 1,000 people in the mall.
  • The attack came during the G7 summit, where world leaders condemned recent atrocities and promised to support Ukraine “for as long as it takes” in a joint statement. President Zelensky spoke to the leaders at the summit and stated that he wants the war to end before winter.
  • NATO has decided to increase the number of troops in its rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000, more than eightfold. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg stated this move is part of the “biggest overhaul of collective defense and deterrence since the Cold War.”
  • The United States has announced that it will provide Ukraine with advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities.

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World Watches as the United States Supreme Court Abolishes a Woman’s Right to an Abortion

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  • The United States’ top justices voted to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion, a law that had been in place for over 50 years.
  • The closely watched decision was heralded by some and derided by others, depending on their position on the controversial concept of a woman’s right to choose for her own body.
  • With the abolition of the constitutional right, it is expected that many states in the U.S. will implement near total bans of abortion rights, while other states such as California, Oregon and Washington have reaffirmed their commitment to preserve the right to an abortion.
  • Planned Parenthood, the advocacy face for abortion rights, is mobilizing around the country to bolster and increase services in those states that will preserve the right, and engage voters in those states that plan to abolish the right.

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The EU Approves Ukraine for Candidacy

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  • The EU has finally approved the application of Ukraine to become a candidate country for admission to the 27- country organization. Ukraine will now join the official candidate list, which already includes Albania, the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey. 
  • The US is expected to provide an additional $450m in security assistance to Ukraine. Which includes four more High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. 
  • The EU and Norway have agreed to cooperate and provide the EU’s 27 countries with gas from Western Europe’s biggest provider. The EU imports roughly ⅕ of its gas from Norway compared to the 40% it was receiving from Russia. Currently, Russia has been cutting gas supplies to countries refusing to pay for it in roubles. 
  • Melbourne is considering utilizing its largely vacant $200m Center for National Resilience building to house hundreds of refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine and Afghanistan. The center will only be able to temporarily house about 500 refugees from Afghanistan and about 200 from Ukraine. 
  • Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin after receiving and welcoming the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) from the United States. 
  • Nike joined other leading Western brands by formally making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations. Telecoms equipment maker Cisco is also planning to wind down business in Russia and Belarus as well.

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US Supreme Court Expands Gun Carrying Rights Causing National Outrage 

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  • The US Supreme Court expanded gun carrying rights after a New York law denied the plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch from carrying a concealed weapon in public, despite them having licenses for recreational gun ownership. 
  • The US court ruled that the New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry a concealed weapon is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas, who represented the 6 justices who ruled in favor of the decision, stated that Americans have the right to carry “commonly used” firearms in public for personal defense. 
  • This decision comes amid an intense national debate over gun violence, and could possibly challenge the  outcome of similar regulations in other states, such as California and New Jersey, and affect a quarter of Americans by allowing more people to carry guns legally. 
  • Three liberal justices, Elena Kahan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer, were against the majority decision, and Justice Breyer noted that “since the start of this year alone (2022), there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day.”
  • While the National Rifle Association (NRA) celebrated the judgment, President Biden stated that he was “deeply disappointed” by the court’s decision and that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all.” 
  • New York Mayor Eric Adams also agreed with Biden and stated that he would review other ways to restrict gun access by restricting the application process for buying guns and looking into bans of firearms at specific locations. 

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