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Brief. Me - April 15, 2021 11:41 pm
Sarah Everard: Boris Johnson ‘deeply concerned’ by vigil footage
BBC News says Boris Johnson is “deeply concerned” by footage from the vigil to remember Sarah Everard at the weekend, which showed police officers detaining women.
The PM will chair a meeting of the crime and justice taskforce later to discuss ways to protect women.
Officers handcuffed women and removed them from the gathering on Clapham Common in London on Saturday. Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has dismissed calls to resign and defended the force’s actions.
Labour to vote against Priti Patel’s crime legislation ‘mess’, sparking row over women’s safety and the right to protest
Sky News says Labour has revealed it will vote against the government’s flagship crime legislation, branding it a “mess” that could lead to tougher penalties for damaging a statue than attacking a woman.
Shadow justice secretary David Lammy said the suspected murder of Sarah Everard had “instigated a national demand for action to tackle violence against women” and so it was “no time to be rushing through poorly thought-out measures to impose disproportionate controls on free expression”.
Myanmar military condemned for ‘appalling’ violence as Yangon martial law brought in
The Guardian says the killing of at least 39 people by Myanmar’s security forces in one of the deadliest days since last month’s coup has been condemned by the UK and the United Nations as “appalling” and “heartbreaking”.
Sunday’s violence brings the number of people killed in mass protests since the military seized power from civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to about 100, though activists and rights groups believe it could be higher.
Beijing smothered by hazardous yellow smog
France24 says Beijing was cloaked by thick yellow smog on Monday with pollution surging to hazardous levels as a sandstorm swept across China’s capital.
City residents used goggles, masks and hairnets to protect themselves from the choking air, with landmarks including the Forbidden City and the distinctive headquarters of state broadcaster CCTV partly obscured behind an apocalyptic-looking pall of smog.
Saudi Ministry of Health: COVID-19 vaccines are ‘safe’
Arab News says COVID-19 vaccines are safe, a spokesman for the Ministry of Health said Sunday as he rejected news that the Kingdom had halted the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for 48 hours.
More than 2.2 million people have received their COVID-19 jabs so far in Saudi Arabia.
Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said in a press conference that authorities were continuing to monitor the safety and efficacy of vaccines, which had not shown any concerning issues to date.
Police break up anti-lockdown protest ahead of Dutch elections
Aljazeera says police have used water cannon and batons to disperse a crowd of several thousand anti-lockdown protesters gathered at a field in the centre of The Hague a day before elections in the Netherlands.
The demonstration was broken up after the protesters flouted social distancing rules and ignored police warnings to disperse. Local media said several arrests were made during the clashes. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Fauci: US Normalcy Soon, but Cautions on Premature Easing of COVID Restrictions
VOA says Dr Anthony Fauci, said Sunday he is optimistic the country can return to some sense of normalcy by the annual July 4 independence celebration, but that precautions still need to be taken in the meantime to avert a new surge in infections.
The US is picking up the pace of coronavirus vaccinations, administering a new high of 3 million shots on Saturday. Fauci told news talk shows he believes the U.S. will have enough doses of vaccine by the end of May so that any American who wants a shot will be able to get one. Biden last week said all adults, not just older people, should be eligible to get a shot starting May 1.
UK WEATHER FORECAST
Today will be a largely dry day with lighter winds. In the morning, there will be a few showers in the south of Wales and southwest England. Eastern areas can expect sunny spells.
Tonight, a weak system will bring showers or spells of rain to the north. Dry conditions are expected for the southern UK in the evening, but some patchy light rain will move in overnight.
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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)