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Behind South Africa's slow Covid vaccine rollout From “BBC News – World”



The country has Africa’s worst mortality figures but its vaccination programme lags behind others.







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Biden Says Hope And Expectation For Putin Meet In June During Europe Trip From “NDTV News – World-news”



Joe Biden is scheduled to attend a G7 summit in Britain in mid-June (File)Washington: US President Joe Biden said Tuesday he expects to hold a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a June trip to Europe.”That is my hope and expectation,” Biden said.Biden in April offered a meeting in a third country to discuss rising tensions over Russian sabre rattling around Ukraine, the treatment of jailed Putin opponent Alexei Navalny, and other flashpoints.A summit has not been confirmed but a Putin advisor, Yury Ushakov, has said planning is underway.Biden is scheduled to attend a G7 summit in Britain in mid-June, followed by NATO and EU summits in Brussels, which would open the door to the logistics of a separate Putin meeting.Austria and Finland have expressed interest in hosting the summit.In April, Washington expelled 10 Russian diplomats over what it says was Russia’s large-scale cyber attack on US computer systems and interference in the 2020 presidential election. Moscow responded with tit-for-tat expulsions.However, the Biden administration has stressed that it wants to bring stability to the relationship and that Washington and Moscow need to cooperate on key areas, such as nuclear weapons and the climate crisis.(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)







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Aftermath of deadly Mexico City train crash captured in shocking drone footage — RT World News From “RT World News”



The extent of destruction from a deadly Metro train crash in Mexico that left at least 23 people dead, including minors, was caught on camera by a drone.

Gut-wrenching footage shared by RT’s Ruptly video agency shows emergency workers next to the fallen track and crushed train, which officials fear may still contain trapped passengers.Emergency vehicles are seen gathered at the site while first responders congregate around the collapsed platform.At least 23 people – including children – died and a further 79 were injured after the overpass platform carrying the train collapsed over a busy road on Monday evening.Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced on Tuesday morning that an official investigation and structural review of the train line was underway.In a statement, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard called the crash a “terrible tragedy” and offered his “solidarity with the victims and their families.”“Of course, causes must be investigated and responsibilities defined.”

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Jamie Dimon, fed up with Zoom calls, says office commuting is returning From “International: Top News And Analysis”



Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, speaking at the 2019 WEF in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23rd, 2019.Adam Galica | CNBCJamie Dimon is no fan of the new remote work structure that has taken hold during the coronavirus pandemic.The JPMorgan Chase chairman and CEO has already told his U.S. employees they should begin getting used to returning this month with the goal of having 50% of workers rotating through offices by July. While he’s fine with the greater flexibility allowed by employees working from home part time, he said Tuesday that’s no substitute for being at the office.”We want people back to work, and my view is that sometime in September, October it will look just like it did before,” Dimon said at The Wall Street Journal CEO Council. “And everyone is going to be happy with it, and yes, the commute, you know people don’t like commuting, but so what.”While remote work and videoconferencing tools like Zoom have been crucial in allowing Wall Street traders and bankers to continue working during the pandemic, CEOs including Dimon and Goldman Sachs’ David Solomon have expressed dissatisfaction with the new model. That’s in contrast with technology companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have announced a permanent shift to remote work for those who want it.”I’m about to cancel all my Zoom meetings,” Dimon said. “I’m done with it.”As an illustration, Dimon said he was “brimming with ideas” after a trip to California last year that he wouldn’t get from Zoom meetings.He also said clients have told him that in cases where JPMorgan lost business to rivals, it was because “bankers from the other guys visited, and ours didn’t. Well, that’s a lesson.”Depending on their roles, employees will still be able to work remotely, Dimon said. JPMorgan currently cannot require workers to be vaccinated, and it won’t force those who object on religious or health grounds, he said.The shift to part-time remote work is “not going to change everything so dramatically,” he said. “It accelerated a trend, but it does not work for younger people. It doesn’t work for those who want to hustle, it doesn’t work in terms of spontaneous idea generation.” Still, not everyone at JPMorgan is thrilled with the prospect of more face time at the office.”The wife of a husband sent me a nasty note about `How can you make him go back?” Dimon said.Also see: NYSE says more traders can return to the floor next weekBecome a smarter investor with CNBC Pro. Get stock picks, analyst calls, exclusive interviews and access to CNBC TV. Sign up to start a free trial today.







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Venezuela lawmakers OK opposition members for election board From “World”




Venezuela’s National Assembly has named two opposition members as election officials







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Pablo Iglesias leaves Spanish politics, ‘very proud’ of Podemos legacy | Spain From “World news | The Guardian”



One of the more remarkable and once-unthinkable trajectories in modern Spanish politics came to an end a little before midnight on Tuesday when the Podemos leader and former deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias announced he was leaving the political stage for good.Speaking after the conservative People’s party (PP) triumphed in the Madrid regional election in which he had stood as his party’s candidate, Iglesias said the time had come for him to “leave my post and leave politics”. But the former politics lecturer added that he remained “very proud” to have led “a project that changed the history of our country”.It was not an empty boast. In the seven years since Podemos was born from the fury of Spain’s indignados movement, the far-left, anti-austerity party has transformed the country’s politics.After breaking through in 2014’s European elections, Podemos – together with the now moribund, centre-right Citizens party – brought an end to four decades of dominance by the duopoly of the PP and the Spanish Socialist Workers’ party (PSOE).While the much-predicted sorpasso (overtaking) of the PSOE failed to materialise at the 2016 general election – and although Podemos has long struggled with factional squabbles and schisms – the party still managed to enter Spain’s first coalition government in eight decades a mere six years after its foundation.“Being in politics broadens the shoulders,” he told the Guardian in 2017. “There’s that cruel saying: ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ And I think the punches we’ve taken have made us stronger.”Throughout his time in both opposition and government, Iglesias has never found himself lost for words. In 2016, he stunned his then deputy, Iñigo Errejón, by rounding on the PSOE in congress by reminding the Socialists of their role in the dirty war against Basque terror group Eta in the 1980s, when government-funded death squads murdered suspected terrorists and disposed of their bodies. Iglesias told the chamber that the former PSOE leader Felipe González was a man with “a quicklime-stained past”.More recently, he has reserved his anger and rhetoric for his opponents in the far-right Vox party, suggesting it would like to see a coup d’état in Spain but lacked the courage to stage one, and telling its MPs: “You’re not even fascists – you’re just parasites.”Iglesias has also spoken of a “sewers of state” structure, operated by certain media figures and PP members, which, he alleges, has long engaged in efforts to protect the party from judicial scrutiny and smear its opponents with fabricated political scandals.Despite walking out of a recent election debate after Vox’s candidate tried to cast doubt on the death threat he and his family had received – along with four assault rifle bullets – Iglesias is unlikely to keep his opinions to himself now that he has left politics. Enemies and former allies alike can expect to find themselves the target of a man who travelled, over the course of a few short years, from being one of the fiercest critics of the ruling elite to one of those at its very heart, albeit only briefly.







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Belgium’s government network goes down after massive DDoS attack : worldnews From “World News”



This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 65%. (I’m a bot)Most of the Belgium government’s IT network has been down today after a massive distributed denial of service attack knocked offline both internal systems and public-facing websites.Several Belgium politicians and political observers noted today that the attack started around the same time the Belgium Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee was supposed to hold a meeting and hear a testimony from a survivor of China’s Uyghur forced labor camps.Neither Belnet nor any other Belgium government organization have attributed the DDoS attack to any particular entity and seeing that the attack is still ongoing and would have to be investigated, attribution is currently very far away.Extended Summary | FAQ | Feedback | Top keywords: attack#1 today#2 government#3 Belgium#4 Belnet#5







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Chauvin’s lawyer seeks new trial, impeachment of verdict From “Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines”



MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial, saying the court abused its discretion on several points and that the verdict should be impeached because of jury misconduct, according to a court document filed Tuesday.Derek Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25 death of Floyd. Evidence at trial showed Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the Black man said he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.Defense attorney Eric Nelson cited many reasons in his request for a new trial. He said Judge Peter Cahill abused the discretion of the court and violated Chauvin’s right to due process and a fair trial when he denied Nelson’s request to move the trial to another county due to pretrial publicity.He also said Cahill abused his discretion when he denied an earlier request for a new trial based on publicity during the proceedings, which Nelson said threatened the fairness of the trial.Nelson also took issue with Cahill’s refusal to sequester the jury for the trial or admonish them to avoid all media, and with his refusal to allow a man who was with Floyd at the time of his arrest to testify.Nelson asked the judge to impeach the verdict on the grounds that the jury committed misconduct, felt pressured, and/or failed to adhere to jury instructions, though the filing did not include details about that assertion. To impeach a verdict is to question its validity.The brief did not mention recent reports that one of the jurors participated in an Aug. 28 march in Washington, D.C., to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.That juror, Brandon Mitchell, has defended his actions, saying the event was to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington and was not a protest over Floyd’s death. Floyd’s brother and sister, Philonise and Bridgett Floyd, and relatives of others who had been shot by police addressed the crowd at the march last summer.Story continuesNelson did not immediately return a message seeking details on his allegation of juror misconduct.___Find AP’s full coverage of the death of George Floyd at: https://apnews.com/hub/death-of-george-floyd







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Derek Chauvin asks for new trial after Floyd murder conviction | Black Lives Matter News From “Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera”



Ex-police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes was found guilty last month of murder and manslaughter.Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has requested a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said the ex-officer was deprived of a fair trial.
Nelson said there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.
“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” the lawyer wrote in the motion, as reported by CNN.
Floyd’s murder was captured on camera and led to mass protests across the United States and around the world, with thousands taking to the streets to demand an end to police violence and racial injustice.
Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 last year with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, faces at least 75 years in prison – and potentially more if the judge finds aggravating factors sought by the prosecution. His sentencing has been set for June.
During the trial, Nelson had argued that the jurors could be influenced by the news surrounding the trial, including comments by politicians on what might happen as a result of the verdict.
Judge Cahill had rejected those arguments but asked jurors to avoid watching the news. The jury was sequestered after the closing arguments were made in the case.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said Chauvin’s lawyer is contending that there were multiple problems with the trial, including that the judge refused to move the venue from Minneapolis.
The lawyer also asserted that there was jury misconduct, as one of the jurors reportedly attended a rally in the US capital to commemorate Floyd, Hanna said.

“Now it’s up to the Minneapolis District Court to decide whether or not to proceed with this complaint, or to investigate it further,” he reported.
Hanna added that an appeal was not unexpected, but said “this is such a high profile case that inflamed so many emotions, that any attempt to try and knock down this verdict is going to be met with deep public concern”.
Prosecutors last week had asked the judge overseeing the case against Chauvin to consider several aggravating circumstances when he sentences the former police officer.
State of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and lead prosecutor Matthew Frank said that Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state guidelines dictate because he held a position of authority and treated Floyd, a vulnerable victim, with cruelty.
The “defendant’s actions inflicted gratuitous pain, and caused psychological distress to Mr. Floyd and to the bystanders”, the prosecutors wrote, adding that Chauvin made “no attempt” to give Floyd medical attention.







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How India descended into Covid-19 chaos From “BBC News – World”



India’s healthcare spending, including both private and public, has been around 3.6% of GDP for the past six years, the lowest percentage in the five Brics countries: Brazil spent the most at 9.2%, followed by South Africa at 8.1%, Russia at 5.3% and China at 5% in 2018.







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