Inquiry into Amazon rainforest sold on Facebook

A Supreme Court judge in Brazil orders an investigation following the BBC’s report into the trade. …

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Black British artists send works to inspire children at school

School Prints campaign ‘will tell black children they should expect to see themselves in galleries’A project that will place work by six prominent black artists in schools has the potential to transform how children think about art and who can be an artist, according to its participants.The Hepworth Wakefield has been running its School Prints campaign since 2018, but this year will use work created exclusively by black artists to help with its goal to “support the teaching of black histories” by placing them in local schools. Continue reading… …

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New Zealand Faces Tsunami Threat After 8.1-Magnitude South Pacific Earthquake

The temblor was one of three powerful earthquakes that were recorded within eight hours off New Zealand, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. …

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Desperate Italy Blocks Exports of Vaccines Bound for Australia

The move, under new E.U. rules, is part of an intensifying global competition for doses as vaccine shortages hamper rollouts and variants raise fears of virus surges. …

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YouTube to lift Trump ban if violence threat falls, says CEO

Chief executive Susan Wojcicki says there’s a way back for the former president on YouTube. …

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32 Rescued From Sinking Fishing Boat: ‘Every Moment Counts’

A scallop trawler from Nova Scotia was hit by fire, then lost power and began taking on water in stormy seas. Rescue teams from Canada and the United States mounted a joint operation to save the crew. …

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In Reconciliation Act, Macron Acknowledges Truth of Algerian Lawyer’s Death

The president admitted that Ali Boumendjel did not die by suicide, as France had previously claimed, but was killed by French troops during the Algerian war of independence. …

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New Zealand earthquakes: Tsunami warnings raised after series of quakes

Hundreds of people are evacuating coastal areas after a series of quakes shook the region. …

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Pfizer Vaccine Will Be Tested Against Variant from South Africa

Scientists want to inoculate every adult in one Austrian district, in a real-world test of how the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine works against the variant first seen in South Africa. …

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Moufida Tlatli, Groundbreaker in Arab Film, Dies at 78

With “The Silences of the Palace,” a story of oppressed women in colonial Tunisia, she was first female director from the Arab world to achieve worldwide acclaim. …

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In Iceland, 18,000 Earthquakes Over Days Signal Possible Eruption on the Horizon

The earthquake swarm is the culmination of more than a year of intense seismic activity. It could also herald decades of intermittent volcanic eruptions. …

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Tories accused of levelling up ‘stitch-up’ over regional deprivation fund

Richer areas with Conservative MPs prioritised for help, Guardian analysis finds A fund intended to boost the UK’s most deprived places appears overwhelmingly skewed towards Tory-held areas, with dozens of Conservative regions in the top tier for assistance despite being relatively affluent, a Guardian analysis has found.Among 93 English regions placed in the priority group of three tiers to receive money from the £4.8bn levelling up fund, 31 are included while not being ranked as in the top third most deprived places by average deprivation score. Continue reading… …

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Tsunami alert: mass evacuation order issued for New Zealand’s North Island following earthquake

Residents on east coast instructed to move to higher land, after third quake of dayA powerful 8.0-magnitude earthquake has struck off the eastern side of New Zealand’s North Island, prompting a second tsunami warning hours after an earlier alert was withdrawn.The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency (Nema) issued a national warning on Friday morning, saying people on the east coast of North Island “must move immediately to the nearest high ground, out of all tsunami evacuation zones, or as far inland as possible. Do not stay at home”. Continue reading… …

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Afghan War Casualty Report: March 2021

At least 21 pro-government forces and 22 civilians were killed in Afghanistan during the past week. …

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Coronavirus: Hairdressers reopen in the Netherlands

Hairdressers in the Netherlands have reopened after being shut since December. …

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Unions attack ‘pitiful’ 1% pay rise proposed for NHS staff

Government accused of dereliction of duty over pay recommendation for more than a million staffThe government is embroiled in a row with NHS staff after deciding they should get only a 1% pay rise next year, despite Boris Johnson’s effusive praise for their efforts during the pandemic.Nurses and doctors accused ministers of not valuing health service personnel highly enough after the recommendation that more than 1 million staff should receive only a small increase. Continue reading… …

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Proposed E.U. Law Aims to Rectify Gender Pay Gap

Under a proposed law, companies in Europe could be sanctioned if they fail to pay men and women the same salaries. …

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Nigeria kidnapping: Freed Zamfara schoolgirl keen to return to school

A girl who was kidnapped alongside 278 students speaks to the BBC about her ordeal. …

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Tax and spending experts say Sunak’s budget doesn’t add up

Bodies including Institute for Fiscal Studies doubt chancellor’s spending cuts after Covid are deliverableRishi Sunak is under increasing pressure to provide more money for the NHS and struggling households amid criticism from tax and spending experts that his Budget plans to repair the Covid-19 damage to public finances were unrealistic.The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Resolution Foundation, with the head of the Treasury’s own independent forecasting body, all questioned whether it would be possible to deliver the cuts in spending that are central to the chancellor’s strategy. Continue reading… …

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Covid-19 Live Updates: Pushback in States as Biden Criticizes Their Moves on Masks

The moves by Texas and Mississippi prompted concern that rules were being relaxed too soon. In the European Union, the drug regulator began a formal review of the Russian vaccine, Sputnik V. …

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Wales’s Mark Drakeford says ‘remote’ Boris Johnson is putting union at risk

First minister says the UK ‘as it is, is over’ and that he has had only one proper meeting with the PMThe Welsh first minister has criticised how the UK government engages with the devolved administrations and suggested Downing Street’s approach is putting the union in peril.Mark Drakeford described his own relationship with Boris Johnson as “remote”, revealing he had only had one proper meeting with the prime minister. Continue reading… …

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Covid-19 live updates: Target, CVS among stores keeping mask mandates as Texas lifts restrictions

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has drawn ire for his decision to lift the statewide mandate for face coverings….

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South Africa crocodiles: Hunt on after mass escape in Western Cape

An unknown number remain at large after escaping a breeding farm in Western Cape province. …

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New photos: North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium

Recent satellite imagery indicate North Korea may be trying to extract plutonium to make more nuclear weapons…

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Operation finds 150 missing children in Tennessee

A months-long investigation has recovered 150 children, some suspected victims of trafficking. …

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