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1. Coronavirus

2. Immigration

The Biden administration is trying to get a grip on the surge of young migrants on the southern border, and Republican opponents are seeing it as an opportunity to sow division and doubt concerning the President’s immigration methods. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists the border is closed to migrants right now, however there’s an exception for unaccompanied minors. As of Saturday, more than 5,000 of these children were in custody at the border. President Biden says he plans to rebuild a system that lets potential baby migrants search asylum of their dwelling international locations so they do not make the perilous journey by means of human trafficking networks to the southern border. Some critics say Biden reversed Trump-era insurance policies that had been thought-about inhumane earlier than the brand new administration was prepared to take care of the inflow it might trigger.

3. Spa killings

Hundreds gathered in Georgia, Denver, New York City and different locations throughout the US over the weekend to honor the eight lives misplaced in final week’s Atlanta-area spa shootings and to name for an end to hate targeting Asian communities. Though the suspect advised police he had a intercourse habit (which isn’t a medically recognized diagnosis), many leaders and activists imagine it was a hate crime. Six of the eight victims had been Asian ladies. The assault has additionally raised awareness of anti-Asian hate across the world. Statistics out of London confirmed a 96% enhance in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020 over the prior yr.

4. Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made an unannounced cease in Afghanistan this weekend to meet with President Ashraf Ghani and different officers. The protection secretary’s go to comes because the US is deciding whether or not it can adhere to an agreement the Trump administration reached last year with the Taliban to take away all US forces from the nation by May 1. The Biden administration is contemplating a six-month extension for American troops there as that deadline nears. Austin says he is not conscious of any closing resolution by Biden or what the timeline could also be. This was Austin’s first go to to the nation as the highest US protection official.

5. China

Detained Canadian Michael Kovrig is on trial in Beijing on espionage charges, and his case has frayed relations amongst Canada, China and the US. Kovrig is one among two Canadians detained since 2018, following the arrest in Vancouver of Huawei government Meng Wanzhou. Kovrig, a former Canadian diplomat, is accused by Chinese authorities of stealing delicate info and intelligence. Another Canadian, Michael Spavor, confronted trial in China final week on associated fees. Both Washington and Ottawa have repeatedly referred to as for Kovrig and Spavor’s launch. Diplomats from greater than two dozen international locations had been denied entry to the Chinese courtroom the place Kovrig’s trial is being held. Meanwhile, US and Chinese officers’ diplomatic summit in Alaska this weekend didn’t go nicely. The sides traded barbs and insults in the course of the opening assembly, signaling an inauspicious start to a new era of relations.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

The March Madness matchup between Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Oregon was scrapped after constructive Covid exams

Of course, coronavirus was going to try for at least one upset.

Giada De Laurentiis says her former habit to sugar impressed her newest guide

It’s weirdly comforting to know skilled cooks struggle with sugar cravings, too

Railroad megamerger would create the primary Mexico-US-Canada freight rail community

‘Smart tires’ might allow you to drive higher

Not positive how? Just roll with it. 

A youngsters’s guide on Dr. Anthony Fauci is ready to arrive in June

No, it isn’t referred to as “(*5*).” 

TODAY’S NUMBER

18,000

That’s about how many individuals have been evacuated from homes in New South Wales as extreme flooding and heavy rains hit. This identical space was ravaged by record-setting bushfires in 2019 and 2020. Australia usually has excessive climate occasions like floods, bushfires, droughts and storms, and scientists agree the climate crisis is making them worse.

TODAY’S QUOTE

“The recent changes are nothing more than putting a little makeup and cologne on Jim Crow.”

Cliff Albright, voting rights activist and co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund. Republican lawmakers in Georgia are racing to pass sweeping election bills earlier than the state’s General Assembly adjourns subsequent week. The payments would clamp down on poll entry and provides legislators new powers over elections, and they’re being fiercely fought by Democrats and voting rights advocates. 

TODAY’S WEATHER

AND FINALLY

Good mornin’, good mOOOrnin’!

Why do roosters get all of the morning music glory? Australian magpies appear to be simply as efficient. (Click here to view.) 



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