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Vice President Mike Pence pleaded with the acting defense secretary to 'clear the Capitol' as pro-Trump rioters overran the building, report says
The Associated Press obtained an internal Pentagon document that detailed the call, which came after rioters had overrun the building.
The world's biggest inoculation drive aims to cover 250 million people by July.
Twenty-one people are trapped underground after a coal mine flooded in the Xinjiang region.
Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral without Meghan Markle, who didn't get permission to fly
Prince Harry will attend Prince Philip's funeral, which is set to be held April 17. Markle, who's pregnant, didn't get medical clearance to fly.
A Proud Boys leader is arguing he shouldn't be sent back to jail, since other accused Capitol rioters are being beaten and threatened by guards
Ethan Nordean of Washington is one of the Proud Boys' leaders who is accused of leading members into the US Capitol building on Jan. 6.
Mrs. World says she's 'ready to hand over the crown' after being arrested for snatching tiara off Mrs. Sri Lanka during beauty pageant
Reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie and model Chula Padmendra were arrested on Thursday with simple hurt and criminal force in Sri Lanka.
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Of the 123,500 Marines who have been offered a vaccine, about 48,000 said no, while about 75,500 agreed to get one, according to data obtained by CNN.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Rangers and Padres have a brief history with ‘unwritten rules’
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The Japanese government has decided to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant by releasing it into the Pacific Ocean, local media reported Friday, a conclusion widely expected but delayed for years amid protests and safety concerns. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told top fisheries association officials on Wednesday that his government believes the release into the sea is the most realistic option and that a final decision would be made “within days.” A government panel, after seven years of discussion on how to dispose of the water without further harming Fukushima's image and the region's fisheries and other businesses, prepared a report two years ago saying a release into the sea is the most realistic method.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for the "worrying" developments in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region to come to an end after meeting his Ukrainian counterpart in Istanbul, adding Turkey was ready to provide any necessary support. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy held more than three hours of talks with Erdogan in Istanbul as part of a previously scheduled visit, amid tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the conflict in Donbass. Kyiv has raised the alarm over a buildup of Russian forces near the border between Ukraine and Russia, and over a rise in violence along the line of contact separating Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists in Donbass.
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Russia demanded 200,000 Sputnik V vaccines back after officials in Europe questioned the quality of the shot
Slovakia's drug agency said roughly 80% of Sputnik V's safety and effectiveness data was missing. Russia accused it of "sabotage."
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The Kremlin said Friday it fears a resumption of full-scale fighting in eastern Ukraine and could take steps to protect Russian civilians there, a stark warning that comes amid a Russian troop build-up along the border. The statement by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, reflected the Kremlin’s determination to prevent Ukraine from using force to try to retake control over separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's military chief dismissed the Russian claims that the country's armed forces are preparing for an attack on the rebel east.
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The U.S. is considering sending money to Central Americans in an attempt to stem the flow of migration.A senior White House official told Reuters the program would aim to address the economic woes pushing people to move.There's been a steady increase in arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.Some 168,000 people were picked up by U.S. Border Patrol agents in March - the highest monthly tally in twenty years.Roberta Jacobson, the White House's southern border coordinator, said the potential program would be targeted at people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.She told Reuters: "We're looking at all of the productive options to address both the economic reasons people may be migrating, as well as the protection and security reasons." Republicans have already hit out at the idea.House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Friday that the idea was insulting to millions of Americans out of work.Republicans also blame the recent surge in arrivals on Biden's decision to reverse former President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies.Biden has instead called for $4 billion in development aid to Central America over four years to address the underlying causes of migration.On Friday, the White House requested $861 million from Congress for that effort in Biden's first annual budget proposal.
Prince Philip died at age 99 on Friday. Born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, he and Queen Elizabeth II were cousins through Queen Victoria.
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The clinic is providing the vaccine on a first-come, first-serve basis, while supplies last.
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SpaceX is spending $1,500 to make each Starlink terminal but customers will only be charged $499, its president says
Each Starlink terminal used to cost SpaceX $3,000 to make. Now, they've been reduced to $1,500, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said.
- The Telegraph
It took four international crews and almost a year before anyone onboard the International Space Station could locate the air leak, untraceable by equipment at hand, which had been driving the cosmonauts insane. One evening last October, Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner in a desperate attempt to find that tiny hole sucking up precious air ripped up a tea bag inside one of the station’s segments, sending the tea leaves flying into weightlessness. A day later, he saw the tea leaves cluster around a tiny scratch that had been leaking air all along. Mr Vagner’s ingenuity won him plaudits back home but the incident at the 22-year-old core segment of the station has laid bare Russia’s withering space dream as the country is nearing the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight. By the end of February, the Russian space agency reported six scratches on the Zvezda module which were leaking air. Yuri Gagarin took off for his maiden flight 60 years ago on Monday - 12 April, 1961 - in a triumph of Soviet science in its rivalry with the United States. Now Russia’s landmark space programme is facing an existential crisis due to mismanagement and a lack of vision as the United States and China have left Russia far behind in the space race.
Boris Johnson says he won't attend Prince Philip's funeral so a royal family member can take his place
Prince Philip's funeral on April 17 has a 30-person limit. A statement from 10 Downing Street said Johnson wants family members to be able to attend.
Former Disney Channel star Alyson Stoner said she "narrowly survived the toddler-to-trainwreck pipeline" in a new op-ed.
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China's antitrust regulator doled out a record 18.2 billion yuan fine to e-commerce giant Alibaba on Saturday for abusing its market dominance. The figure is equivalent to $2.8 billion and 4 percent of the company's domestic annual sales. Additionally, Alibaba will have to revamp its operations and submit a "self-examination compliance report" within three years, per The Wall Street Journal. Considering the penalty far surpasses Qualcomm's previous record $975 million fine in terms of raw money (relatively that was a bigger hit) it seems like a real blow to Alibaba, especially since its founder Jack Ma remains under heavy government scrutiny after criticizing Beijing's regulatory restrictions. But it may actually be a weight off the company's shoulders, at least for now. "China's record fine on Alibaba may lift the regulatory uncertainty that has weighed on the company since the start of an anti-monopoly probe in late December," Bloomberg Intelligence analysts Vey Sern-Ling and Tiffany Tam said. They described the fine as a small price to pay for some clarity. The fine alone shouldn't be too much to worry about for Alibaba, suggested Jeffrey Towson, a former professor at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. "That is serious money, but it's not going to hinder their development," he told the Journal. In a statement, Alibaba said it "accepts the penalty with sincerity and will ensure its compliance with determination." That said, Bloomberg called the Alibaba investigation "one of the opening salvos in a campaign seemingly designed to curb the power of China's internet leaders and their billionaire founders" like Ma, so there may be more to come. Read more at The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. More stories from theweek.com7 brutally funny cartoons about Mitch McConnell's corporate hypocrisyYou should start a keyhole gardenHow red states silence urban voters