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Unrest erupts in Dutch cities for third night in a row in pushback against Covid curbs - rt

Unrest erupts in Dutch cities for third night in a row in pushback against Covid curbs

Anti-lockdown riots have broken out for the third consecutive night in the Netherlands, with fires lit, police vehicles burned, and windows smashed. Police have vowed to crack down on the lawlessness.
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Italy sends Pfizer ‘formal notice’ to follow through on Covid vaccine delivery commitments - rt

Italy sends Pfizer ‘formal notice’ to follow through on Covid vaccine delivery commitments

The Italian government has sent US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer a letter of notice to meet its contractual obligations for supplying the Covid-19 vaccine it is producing together with BioNTech.
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Covid: Parents on whether schools in England should reopen or stay shut - channel 4

Covid: Parents on whether schools in England should reopen or stay shut

Sammie McFarland, whose 14-year-old daughter has had Covid and is still unwell, is the founder of Long Covid Kids, a group of parents who are worried about the long-term impact of the virus on their children and believe schools aren't safe to reopen.
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‘There’s no such thing as spending too much’ public money to save economies, says economist Mariana Mazzucato - channel 4

‘There’s no such thing as spending too much’ public money to save economies, says economist Mariana Mazzucato

Does the future lie in destroying capitalism or in saving it? That's the question posed by the economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato in her latest book.
channel 4 - 53 minutes ago
Keon Lincoln’s mother says she heard gunfire that killed him - channel 4

Keon Lincoln’s mother says she heard gunfire that killed him

The mother of a teenage boy who died after an attack by a group of youths says she heard the gunfire which killed him. 
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US House to formally deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate - channel 4

US House to formally deliver Trump impeachment article to Senate

Within the next few hours, the US House will formally deliver the article of impeachment charging Donald Trump with "high crimes and misdemeanours" for inciting the storming of the Capitol earlier this month. 
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First ‘sex for rent’ charges following documentary investigating landlords - metro

First ‘sex for rent’ charges following documentary investigating landlords

This is the first time a landlord will be charged for allegedly asking for sex in exchange for accomodation.
metro - 57 minutes ago
Italian PM Conte to resign in bid to form new coalition government – cabinet office - rt

Italian PM Conte to resign in bid to form new coalition government – cabinet office

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will tender his resignation to the president on Tuesday after first informing ministers, the government's cabinet office has said. Conte is expected to then try and form a new government.
rt - 57 minutes ago
Campaign launched to encourage ethnic minorities to take Covid vaccine - channel 4

Campaign launched to encourage ethnic minorities to take Covid vaccine

A group of celebrities led by the actor Adil Ray have launched a campaign urging people from minority ethnic communities to get the Covid vaccine.
channel 4 - 58 minutes ago
Paramedic’s frustrations and fears working on Covid frontline - channel 4

Paramedic’s frustrations and fears working on Covid frontline

We've been hearing from one paramedic in South Wales about a life of frustrations and fear, and dealing with a deadly virus that, even now, many people don't take seriously.
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
Covid patients monitored at home using app - channel 4

Covid patients monitored at home using app

With hospital wards brimming to full, the NHS is piloting a new virtual scheme that monitors patients from home.
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Facebook BLOCKS Israeli PM Netanyahu’s chatbot over ‘offending post’ - rt

Facebook BLOCKS Israeli PM Netanyahu’s chatbot over ‘offending post’

Facebook has suspended a chatbot used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which asked unvaccinated seniors to give it their phone number for a potential ‘surprise’ call from the PM.
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Tory MPs pressure Johnson to set out England schools reopening timetable - channel 4

Tory MPs pressure Johnson to set out England schools reopening timetable

There are no plans for that to happen before half-term in February, but many Tory MPs are dismayed at the prospect of it carrying on until Easter.  
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
Up to one in six children in England have mental health problem in pandemic - channel 4

Up to one in six children in England have mental health problem in pandemic

They can't go to school, they can't see friends. Their exams are up in the air. University, a job, a future, none of it seems remotely possible in any normal way. 
channel 4 - 1 hour ago
COVID Has Made the Wealth Gap Even Worse Than We Thought  - vice

COVID Has Made the Wealth Gap Even Worse Than We Thought

Earth’s top 10 billionaires watched as their collective wealth increased by $540 billion between March 18 and the end of December.
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‘Stupendously large black holes’ would offer insight into early universe and could help unravel dark matter mystery - rt

‘Stupendously large black holes’ would offer insight into early universe and could help unravel dark matter mystery

Fresh research has suggested the existence of black holes that are even more gigantic than anything previously envisioned. The boffins behind the breakthrough have dubbed the extraordinary objects ‘stupendously large black holes’.
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Tech workers of the world, unite! Google employees from 10 countries form historic global union… but can’t actually negotiate yet - rt

Tech workers of the world, unite! Google employees from 10 countries form historic global union… but can’t actually negotiate yet

After making history earlier this month with a hundreds-strong North American union, employees of Google and its parent company Alphabet have taken their union organizing global, bringing together workers from 10 countries.
rt - 3 hours ago
Tiger euthanized after health deteriorated in Covid-19 outbreak at Swedish zoo - rt

Tiger euthanized after health deteriorated in Covid-19 outbreak at Swedish zoo

A tiger, two lions and a member of staff at a zoo in Sweden tested positive for Covid-19, the country's National Veterinary Institute (SVA) said. One of the cats was put down after suffering neurological and breathing issues.
rt - 3 hours ago
Robotics company plans to flood pandemic-battered economy with androids to ‘keep people safe’ - rt

Robotics company plans to flood pandemic-battered economy with androids to ‘keep people safe’

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, makers of the viral sensation humanoid robot Sophia, have announced plans to mass-produce robots by the end of 2021 for use in multiple sectors in the pandemic economy.
rt - 4 hours ago
Tacoma Cop Placed On Paid Leave After Driving Into Crowd - vice

Tacoma Cop Placed On Paid Leave After Driving Into Crowd

“He just ran like three people over,” a bystander says in one of several videos of the incident.
vice - 5 hours ago
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Trump Is Trying to Bring Back Firing Squads

Trump Is Trying to Bring Back Firing Squads

vice - 1 month ago

In a final push during its last weeks in power, the Trump administration is doing everything it can to rush through last-minute policy changes, including bringing back federal execution by firing squad. 

The administration is finishing up 36 regulatory rule changes on various issues, according to reporting from ProPublica, which have the potential to affect everything from the environment to immigration to criminal justice. One of the more bizarre proposals would allow the federal government to once again execute people by firing squad or electrocution.

“The Supreme Court has long held that death by firing squad and death by electrocution do not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment,” the administration’s proposal reads, referencing a Supreme Court case from the 1870s.

But some experts say that thinking is seriously outdated.

“What the court considered to be cruel and unusual at the turn of the 19th to 20th century would not necessarily match with what we consider to be cruel and unusual today,” Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, told VICE News. “In fact, almost all the states that used the electric chair have moved away from it because of the likelihood that it would have been declared cruel and unusual punishment.”

The Trump administration’s proposal on executions could be “finalized any day,” according to ProPublica.  

The federal government didn’t execute anyone for 17 years, between 2003 and 2020. They began again this year, with the Justice Department executing more people than it had in the previous five decades

Although it’s traditional for presidents to put forth “midnight regulations” as they leave power, some of the Trump administration’s proposals have sped-up timelines. For the execution proposal, the traditional 60-day public review process was cut to 30 days, according to ProPublica. 

Dunham told VICE News that Trump’s insistence on last-minute rules without public feedback will likely cause problems for the incoming Biden administration. 

“They will be burdened with having to unravel these additional regulations, on top of the other Trump administration policies that they want to want to undo,” Dunham said. “That will pose immediate problems in areas like environmental regulation, worker safety, and so forth, where the health and lives of Americans are put at risk by the new regulations.” 

Even if Trump successfully brings back federal execution by firing squad and the electric chair, though, that rule probably won’t be around for long. Biden has already said he’s against the death penalty, according to the Associated Press

Capital punishment has been at the forefront of the Trump administration’s exit agenda since the president lost the election earlier this month. Last week, the federal government carried out the execution of Orlando Cordia Hall.

The execution of Lisa Montgomery, the first woman set to be killed by the federal government since 1953, was originally scheduled for early December but has been delayed until  Jan. 12 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. She is one of five people scheduled for execution between now and the day President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office, according to CNN.

The federal government and 28 states still authorize the death penalty, and 10 states—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Utah—permit the use of the electric chair or firing squads as a form of execution, according to the Death Penalty Info Center. All of these states use lethal injection as their primary method of executing criminals.

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