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1. CDC panel recommends lifting Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel voted on Friday to recommend lifting a pause on the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. The panel decided there should be an added label to note the blood clotting disorder that has emerged as a rare side effect of the vaccine. The CDC said there have been 15 confirmed reports of blood clots following Johnson & Johnson vaccinations, out of nearly 8 million doses administered in the U.S. All 15 cases were in women, mostly in their 30s, and three of the women died. After six cases were reported, the FDA and CDC called for a pause of the vaccine on April 13 "out of an abundance of caution." The panel determined the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the seemingly rare risk, and will advise the CDC on its decision accordingly. [The New York Times, ABC News]

 

2. Chauvin to be sentenced in June

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced on June 16, Judge Peter Cahill determined on Friday. Chauvin was convicted Tuesday on murder and manslaughter charges in the killing of George Floyd, who died after Chauvin pressed his knee on his neck for nine minutes while arresting him last year. The jury found Chauvin guilty of all the counts he faced — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Each murder charge carries a recommended 12.5-year sentence for a person with no criminal history, according to Minnesota sentencing guidelines, while the manslaughter charge would be expected to result in a four-year term. Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day as he awaits his sentence. [NBC News, HuffPost]

 

3. India sets global 24-hour COVID-19 infection record for 3rd straight day

India on Saturday recorded 346,786 new coronavirus infections in the previous 24 hours, marking the third consecutive day in which the country set a new global record for daily infections. Overall, India has reported more than 16 million infections, second only to the United States. During the same 24-hour period, a national record 2,624 fatalities were recorded, bringing India's death toll to nearly 190,000 throughout the pandemic. India's figures are believed to be an undercount. Amid the surge in infections, the government is scrambling to procure oxygen tanks and get them to hospitals, which are running low across the country. The increase is tied to the emergence of more infectious variants, including one first identified in India, as well as mass gatherings and a low vaccination rate. [BBC, The Associated Press]

 

4. Biden's climate summit wraps up

The international climate summit hosted by President Biden wrapped up Friday, with the United States pledging to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while helping other countries do the same by doubling climate finance for developing countries to $5.7 billion a year. The jury is still out on whether the summit will spark any change. On the one hand, China's President Xi Jinping attended and pledged to phase out coal projects, suggesting Beijing is willing to work with Washington on climate issues despite tensions between the two governments. But analysts were less excited about the fact that, afterwards, Wang Yi, China's foreign minister, indicated such a partnership is conditions-based. Meanwhile, Australia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and Russia did not make any new promises to cut down on fossil fuels. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro promised to double funds to curb deforestation, only to approve a cut to the environment ministry a day later. [The New York Times, BBC]

 

5. Putin critic Navalny ends hunger strike after over 3 weeks

Alexei Navalny, the imprisoned critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, will end his three-week hunger strike following recent warnings that his health is deteriorating. Navalny announced Friday he will end the strike, which he began on March 31 in protest of not being allowed to see private doctors in prison. "I do not withdraw the requirement to admit the necessary doctor to me ... but taking into account the progress and all the circumstances, I am starting to get out of the hunger strike," Navalny wrote. He said that he was able to be examined by civilian doctors, which he called "huge progress." Navalny, who has blamed his poisoning last year on Putin, was recently moved to a prison hospital. Five doctors for Navalny urged him to "immediately" end the hunger strike "to preserve his life and health." [Axios, CNN]

 

6. North Carolina sheriff's deputies placed on leave following fatal shooting

Seven North Carolina sheriff's deputies have been placed on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of Andrew Brown, Jr., a Black man, on Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The deputies were carrying out a search and arrest warrant related to "felony drug charges" when they shot and killed Brown, whom sheriff's Chief Deputy Daniel Fogg said was a convicted felon with a history of resisting arrests. Protesters have demanded the release of body-camera footage from the incident, and members of the Elizabeth City Council voted unanimously to call on officials do so, but Sheriff Tommy Wooten said the video cannot be released without a judge's order because it's being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. [NBC News, NPR]

 

7. Indonesian Navy confirms submarine carrying 53 sank after finding debris

The Indonesian Navy on Saturday announced debris from a missing submarine has been found deep in the Bali Sea, ending hopes of finding any survivors among the 53-person crew. No bodies have been found so far. The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine lost contact Wednesday while conducting torpedo drills off Bali. The vessel was built to withstand pressure of up to 500 meters deep, but sonar indicates it sank well below that to around 850 meters, at which point even its steel hull would have likely fractured from the pressure, The New York Times reports. That theory is consistent with the fact that Admiral Yudo Margono said the condition of the debris suggests the submarine did not explode, but rather cracked. Yudo added that it's unclear what caused the submarine to sink to such depths in the first place, but naval experts believe it did so sharply and rapidly, the Times notes. [The New York Times, The Associated Press]

 

8. ASEAN leaders meet with Myanmar's junta chief

Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met with Myanmar General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the military coup in his home country earlier this year, in Jakarta on Saturday. The gathering was aimed at convincing Min Aung Hlaing to end the violence against Myanmar's pro-democracy protesters, who have taken to the streets across the country continuously for months. Hundreds of people are believed to have been killed by security forces. After the talks, Indonesian President Joko Widodo called on Myanmar's military to restore democracy and stop committing violence against its citizens, while Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong urged the junta to release Myanmar's detained civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi. ASEAN, generally, has maintained a non-confrontational approach toward Myanmar since the coup, though reportedly none of the leaders addressed Min Aung Hlaing as the head of state during the summit. [Al Jazeera, Reuters]

 

9. Caitlyn Jenner announces she's running for governor of California

Caitlyn Jenner, the reality TV star and former athlete, on Friday announced she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California. "I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality," Jenner said, going on to describe herself as "a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor." In her effort to oust California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in a recall election, Jenner, a Republican, is looking to follow in the footsteps of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who successfully replaced California's then-governor, Gray Davis (D), in a recall election in 2003. In Jenner's announcement, she criticized the state's "over-restrictive" COVID-19 lockdown and taxes that are "too high." [Caitlyn Jenner]

 

10. Astronauts board International Space Station after another successful SpaceX flight

A SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying four astronauts successfully docked with the International Space Station on Saturday morning. The crew, consisting of NASA's Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, the European Space Agency's Thomas Pesquet, and Akihiko Hoshide of Japan's JAXA space agency, has boarded the station, kicking off a six-month stay in space. They joined seven astronauts already on board (although four will return to Earth next week). Saturday's docking marks the third time in a year a SpaceX vessel carried astronauts to the station, as well as the first time a previously flown SpaceX spacecraft was reused. [CNN, The Washington Post]

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U.S. relations with Turkey - a key NATO member - have been deteriorating for years, and will likely do so more, with President Biden's recognition of the killings of some 1.5 million Armenians more than a century ago at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Big change in U.S. policy
 
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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised President Joe Biden and his administration Friday, sharing that she's been impressed with Biden's invitations to work and collaborate with progressive lawmakers.
 
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On 4/23/2021 at 6:50 AM, jakeem said:

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Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin bucked his own party's political operation in 2020 by endorsing a Republican. Now, he's doing it again.
 

Somebody needs to invite him outside.

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Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara over President Biden's recognition of the Armenian genocide, per the state-run Anadolu news agency
 
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Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan praised Biden for formally recognizing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces in 1915 as an act of genocide, saying the move "reaffirms the supremacy of human rights."
 
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with VP Kamala Harris on May 7 to discuss the surge of migration at the countries' shared border.
 
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At least 6 police killings took place across the country in the 24 hours after a verdict was reached in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
 
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Several states have resumed use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, a day after receiving the green light from federal health officials. Concerns about rare blood clots prompted an 11-day pause in J&J vaccinations.
 
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