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Brief. Me - April 23, 2021 9:26 am
Sarah Everard disappearance: Met Police officer arrested
BBC News says a Met Police officer has been arrested over the disappearance of Sarah Everard in south London.
Ms Everard, 33, was last seen via a doorbell camera in Clapham at about 21:30 GMT on 3 March.
Police said they had arrested a man in Kent on Tuesday evening in connection with her disappearance, adding that the fact he was a serving officer was “shocking and deeply disturbing”.
A woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Buckingham Palace breaks silence on Meghan and Harry Oprah claims
The Guardian says the Queen has sought to draw a line under damaging racism claims made by Harry and Meghan saying that issues will be dealt with “privately” by the royal family.
“The whole family is saddened to learn the full extent of how challenging the last few years have been for Harry and Meghan. The issues raised, particularly that of race, are concerning. While some recollections may vary, they are taken very seriously and will be addressed by the family privately. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved family members.”
Hospitals overwhelmed as Brazil reaches new daily Covid-19 death record
France24 says Brazil broke its record for new daily Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday with nearly 2,000 fatalities, as the pandemic overwhelms hospitals and the vaccine rollout remains slow.
The Health Ministry reported a daily total of 1,972 new deaths in the country, which has the world’s second-highest overall toll, exceeded only by the US.
It also reported 70,764 new cases of Covid-19, meaning 11.1 million people have now caught the virus in the country, while a total of 268,370 have died.
Lebanese army starts clearing roadblocks after week of protests
Arab News says the Lebanese army says it had started clearing roadblocks eight days after protesters burnt tires to block roadways across the country in anger over the country’s economic meltdown and political deadlock.
“As a result of the tragic accidents and violations that took place units of the army started this morning opening closed roads,” a statement posted on the official Twitter page of the Lebanese army said.
President Michel Aoun had asked the army and security forces to clear the obstructions after a meeting with top officials.
Myanmar party official dies in custody amid torture allegations
Aljazeera says an official from deposed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) died in custody after he was arrested on Tuesday, a former parliamentarian said, the second party figure to die in detention in almost as many days.
The NLD’s Zaw Myat Linn died in custody after he was detained in Yangon.
“He’s been participating continuously in the protests,” Ba Myo Thein said. “Now the relatives are trying to retrieve the body at the Military Hospital.”
Sixth woman accuses NY Gov. Cuomo of harassment
TRT World says a new woman has said the governor of New York state inappropriately touched her, bringing to six the number of women who accuse Andrew Cuomo of harassment or inappropriate behaviour.
But the 63-year-old Democrat stuck to his guns, ruling out resignation once more.
Saying he was “not aware” of the new accusation, Cuomo on Tuesday repeated that he would await the results of an independent investigation into the allegations.
US State of Arkansas Outlaws Almost All Abortions
VOA says Arkansas passed a law banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest, in a move supporters hope will push the Supreme Court towards overturning its landmark 1973 ruling protecting abortion rights nationwide.
The only exception to the Arkansas law is “to save the life of the mother in a medical emergency.”
Asa Hutchinson said he signed the law due to his “sincere and long-held pro-life convictions,” adding that “it is the intent of the legislation to set the stage for the Supreme Court overturning current case law.”
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Much of the UK will be cloudy, wet and breezy today with further outbreaks of rain. However, parts of Scotland will be dry and bright this morning before rain becomes widespread here in the afternoon.
Much of the UK will see further showers or longer spells of rain tonight. Turning increasingly blustery with strong and gusty winds. Gales for parts of Wales and western and northern England.
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The lowdown on the Papers
A look at how the papers are reporting on Piers Morgan leaving Good Morning Britain, following remarks he made about not believing her when she said she was having suicidal thoughts during her time as a senior royal.
As well as how the media are reporting on the current royal crisis following the Queen’s statement regarding the bombshell interview.
Piers Morgan to leave Good Morning Britain – ‘Big mouth strikes again’
The Independent highlights the 41,000 complaints made to OFCOM and says it is one of the most reported incidents on TV. It says Morgan’s co-anchor Susanna Reid called his response to the interview “a pathetic reaction” on air, and mental health charity Mind labelled it “concerning” and “disappointing”.
“Bigmouth Strikes Again”, says the i. The paper adds that behind-the-scenes, producers on the hit show refused to criticise Morgan, with several telling him he is “loyal” and “generous” to staff.
The Daily Telegraph says ITV refused to deny it received a formal complaint from Meghan and that it is understood ITV bosses asked the 55-year-old host to apologise after saying he ‘didn’t believe a word’ the Duchess said, but he refused.
The Daily Mail takes a different look at the situation – saying cancel culture claimed Piers Morgan during a week where he scored record ratings. The paper suggests social media backlash played a huge role in the situation and say they stand by Piers 120%.
It is also front-page news for the Guardian, which reports Mr Morgan quit after more than 41,000 complaints and says the paper understands that a formal complaint was lodged with ITV on behalf of the duchess after the broadcast.
Royal crisis continues – Olive branch extended
The Daily Telegraph’s front splash reports the couple’s allegations would be taken “very seriously” but that some “recollections may vary”, is expected to be the Queen’s “final word on the matter”.
The Metro says the Queen offered Harry and Meghan an olive branch by expressing her sadness in the statement – but also “hinted” their allegation of racism was “disputed”.
The Times says the Palace statement was “more robust than many had expected” – with the delay to its release prompting speculation “the Queen was responsible for strengthening it”.
The Daily Mirror highlights the Queen’s reassurance that Harry and Meghan will remain much-loved family members
But the Daily Mail says a survey suggests a majority of the public now want them stripped of their royal titles. The paper claims its survey also found that the majority of those asked felt Harry and Meghan”had let the Queen down”.
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YOUR QUESTIONS answered
what happened at the capitol?
On January 6, 2021, a mob of rioters supporting United States President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaching security and occupying parts of the building for several hours.
After attending a rally organized by Trump, thousands of his supporters marched down Pennsylvania Avenue before many stormed the United States Capitol in an effort to disrupt the electoral college vote count during a joint session of Congress and prevent the formalization of President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory.
After breaching police perimeters, they occupied, vandalized, and ransacked parts of the building for several hours. The insurrection led to the evacuation and lockdown of the Capitol building and five deaths. – Read on
what does brexit mean?
Brexit was the withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC or Euratom) at the end of 31 January 2020 CET.
To date, the UK is the first and only country formally to leave the EU, after 47 years of membership within the bloc, after having first joined its predecessor, the European Communities (EC), on 1 January 1973.
It continued to participate in the European Union Customs Union and European Single Market during a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020 at 23:00 GMT. – Read on
It was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.
Meaning of “coronavirus” and related terminology “coronavirus” means severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)