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Dog care, hair appointments, restaurant reservations: Odd jobs of Pompeo’s state dept. aides – Times of India

WASHINGTON: Last year, when he was still secretary of state, Mike Pompeo dismissed accusations that he or his wife, Susan Pompeo, had asked State Department staff to walk his dog or perform other personal tasks as “patently false” and “crazy stuff.” On Friday, a State Department inspector general’s report concluded that the Pompeos had deployed […]

Philippine troops kill Egyptian, 2 Filipino militants

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops killed a suspected Egyptian would-be suicide bomber and two local Abu Sayyaf militants in what military officials said Saturday was a setback that would make it harder for gunmen linked to the Islamic State group to stage suicide attacks. Army troops gunned down the three militants in a 10-minute […]

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

HAVANA — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of […]

Hundreds protest in Chicago over police shooting of Adam Toledo

Hundreds marched through the streets of Chicago on Friday to protest the police shooting of Adam Toledo, a day after police released of body-cam video showing the deadly shooting of the 13-year-old boy with his hands in the air. About a thousand people gathered on Friday evening in a park on Chicago’s north-west side, some […]

Colombia Gives Nearly 1 Million Venezuelan Migrants Legal Status and Right to Work

Colombia hosts the highest number of migrants and refugees from Venezuela. Credit: Tomer Urwicz. Friday, April 16, 2021 Inter Press Service Apr 16 (IPS) – Colombia will grant legal status to all Venezuelan migrants who fled there since 2016 to escape their country’s economic collapse and political crisis. The bold new policy – which will […]

Pregnant women in Britain will be offered Covid-19 vaccines.

Pregnant women in Britain are now eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, British health authorities announced on Friday, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed that about 90,000 pregnant women had been vaccinated in the United States without any health issues. The new guidance states that women in Britain who […]

A Week of Discouraging, Frightening and Frustrating Pandemic Developments

I was feeling vaguely guilty this week when heading out to a sports complex in suburban Ottawa for my vaccination. As I write this, only 19 percent of Canadians have shared my experience and just before my vaccine day arrived, tens of thousands of vaccination appointments in Manitoba and Ontario were canceled. My appointment was […]

The global death toll from Covid-19 is nearing 3 million.

The world’s Covid-19 death toll is approaching yet another once unthinkable number — nearly three million people have died from the virus since the first cases surfaced more than 14 months ago and upended life for people across the globe. The global death toll stands at 2,990,993, while the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has […]

Indianapolis FedEx gunman was former employee

The gunman who killed eight people at a FedEx facility in the US city of Indianapolis was a former employee, the company says. Police named the suspect as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who last worked at the company in 2020. He began shooting “randomly” almost immediately after exiting his car, according to police. Seven people were […]

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press April 16, 2021, 10:15 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article HAVANA — For most of his […]