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  • Putin orders nonwork week as COVID numbers rise in Russia

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the country’s workers to stay off work for a week starting later this month amid rising coronavirus infection and death numbers, and he strongly urged reluctant citizens to get vaccinated.
  • White House details plans to vaccinate 28M children age 5-11

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician's office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks.
  • Maldives minister: Failure to limit warming a death sentence

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday.
  • Atlanta police: 2 dead in shooting inside luxury high-rise

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police say two people, including a suspected gunman, are dead after a shooting at an apartment building in Atlanta's midtown neighborhood early Wednesday.
  • Teen held in officer's death says he wanted to kill himself

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A teenager with a lengthy arrest record said he was trying to kill himself to avoid returning to jail when he fatally shot a 28-year-old Hollywood Police officer, his arrest warrant said.
  • Jailed Russian opposition leader Navalny wins top EU prize

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s main critic, was awarded the European Union’s top human rights prize on Wednesday.
  • Graves of some who died at RI institutions lie under highway

    The thousands of drivers who use a Rhode Island highway on their way to work every day probably have no idea they are passing over the graves of some people who died in the late 1800s and early 1900s at state institutions.
  • Tiny wrists in cuffs: How police use force against children

    CHICAGO (AP) — Royal Smart remembers every detail: the feeling of the handcuffs on his wrists. The panic as he was led outside into the cold March darkness, arms raised, to face a wall of police officers pointing their guns.
  • Senate report to urge Bolsonaro be charged over pandemic

    BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A Senate report to be presented Wednesday will recommend President Jair Bolsonaro be indicted on criminal charges for allegedly bungling Brazil's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and pushing the country’s death toll to second-highest in the world, according to members of the committee that will vote on it.
  • New airstrikes hit capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — New airstrikes hit the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region, residents said Wednesday, as video showed injured people with bloodied faces being rushed to vehicles and thick black smoke rising in the sky. Ethiopia's government said it targeted facilities to make and repair weapons, which a spokesman for the rival Tigray forces denied.

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