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The Ramifications Of The Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Halt Are Global

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to temporarily halt the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is having ramifications globally. Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/16/988200878/the-ramifications-of-the-johnson-johnson-vaccination-halt-are-global…

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President Biden’s Press Conference With Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

President Biden took questions from reporters after holding his first in-person meeting with a foreign leader since taking office, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Source:…

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Julie Fisher, First U.S. Ambassador To Belarus Since 2008, Awaits Travel To Minsk

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Julie Fisher, the first U.S. Ambassador to Belarus since 2008, about last year’s disputed presidential election and where diplomatic…

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Russia Retaliates Against Biden’s New Sanctions, Expelling 10 U.S. Diplomats

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced new sanctions Friday. The U.S. imposed new U.S. sanctions on Russia Thursday in response to the SolarWinds cyberattack and…

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Cuba Without A Castro: The Island’s Old Guard Exits The Stage

A generation of Cuban revolutionaries who seized power six decades ago is set to exit the stage, with Raul Castro expected to step down as…

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Senators Urge Biden To Shut Down Guantánamo, Calling It A ‘Symbol Of Lawlessness’

Two dozen U.S. senators sent a letter to the White House outlining steps to shutter the crumbling military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where many…

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9 Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Activists Sentenced For 2019 Protests

Nine activists and lawmakers were sentenced to prison terms Friday for their participation in the 2019 anti-government protests. (Image credit: Kin Cheung/AP) Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/16/987959427/9-hong-kong-pro-democracy-activists-sentenced-for-2019-protests Droolin’…

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Jimmy Lai, Others Sentenced For Protests Against Government

Hong Kong publisher Jimmy Lai and eight other activists were sentenced for their role in anti-government protests nearly two years ago. They are the latest…

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Cuba’s Raul Castro Prepares To Step Down

Raul Castro is expected to step down as head of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party at the party’s Congress beginning today. But that doesn’t mean Cuba’s…

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Withdrawing Troops From Afghanistan Does Not Mean Conflict Will End In Country

President Biden’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan raises questions about whether the Afghan government and the Taliban will work a political deal or…

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With Troops Out Of Afghanistan, Biden Can Focus On Other Foreign Policies

The U.S is withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan to focus on more urgent foreign policy priorities. Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/16/987552084/with-troops-out-of-afghanistan-biden-can-focus-on-other-foreign-policies Droolin’ Dog sniffed out this story and…

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An Ethiopian American Refugee Longs For Her Homeland

As a young teen, Najat Hamza fled Oromia, a regional state of Ethiopia, with her father to live in America. At StoryCorps, she spoke about…

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For Calif. Sikh Farmers, India Protests Cast ‘Dark Cloud’ Over Vaisakhi Festival

Central California is home to a large population of Sikh Punjabi farmers who say this year’s harvest festival, Vaisakhi, holds complicated feelings amid months-long farmer…

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La Soufrière Volcano: A Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Between 16,000 and 20,000 people were evacuated from the area around the volcano on St. Vincent. Some evacuees are with family and friends; others are…

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Brazil COVID-19: ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ With More Than 3,000 Deaths A Day

The Supreme Court has approved an inquiry into President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response. Doctors Without Borders says the country’s approach has led to a “near…

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Opinion: U.S. Faces Hard Choices To Fight Terrorism After Afghanistan Withdrawal

Al-Qaida is degraded but not defeated. Analyst Colin Clarke assesses where the U.S. may be mapping out its future counterterrorism presence after withdrawing from Afghanistan….

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Russia For Election Meddling, Hacking

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Michael McFaul, former U.S. ambassador To Russia. The U.S. imposed new sanctions on Russia Thursday, which are just the…

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Behind The Relatively Slow Vaccine Rollout In Canada

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with André Picard, health columnist with The Globe And Mail, about the reasons behind the relative slowness of COVID-19 vaccine…

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Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Looks Toward A Future Without U.S. Troops

NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Roya Rahmani, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S., about President Biden’s decision to withdraw all remaining troops from Afghanistan by…

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China To Loom Large At Biden’s Summit With Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

As the U.S. tries to enlist allies to help meet the challenges posed by China, perhaps no nation is more central than Japan. Suga is…

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India Confirms More Than 200,000 Coronavirus Cases In A Day

Thursday’s tally was India’s highest since the pandemic began – more than double the previous 2020 peak. (Image credit: Anindito Mukherjee/Getty Images) Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/04/15/987617849/india-confirms-more-than-200-000-coronavirus-cases-in-a-day Droolin’…

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