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‘Your Tags of Police Brutality Have Expired’: Daunte Wright Funeral Calls for Change in Policing - vice

‘Your Tags of Police Brutality Have Expired’: Daunte Wright Funeral Calls for Change in Policing

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the main eulogy, and was joined by several politicians.
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Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel - rt

Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel

A new bilateral agreement has been reached between Bahrain and Israel to mutually recognize each other’s Covid-19 vaccine documentation, the countries’ foreign ministries have announced.
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Avon and Somerset Police admit unlawfully arresting protesters in Covid rules ‘misunderstanding’ - channel 4

Avon and Somerset Police admit unlawfully arresting protesters in Covid rules ‘misunderstanding’

Three of the protesters spoke to us in their first broadcast interview. 
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David Cameron’s attempts to lobby top officials on behalf of Greensill revealed - channel 4

David Cameron’s attempts to lobby top officials on behalf of Greensill revealed

The Treasury's most senior civil servant has told MPs that he received text messages and a phone call from David Cameron on behalf of the failed financial firm Greensill Capital.
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Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops - channel 4

Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops

They fought in the name of Britain, but in death "pervasive racism" meant at least 100,000 troops, mainly from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, were not commemorated in the same way as their white comrades, a review by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has found.
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Vaccine producers could have funded jabs for all of Africa, instead shareholder payouts & sluggish ‘charity’ efforts are priority - rt

Vaccine producers could have funded jabs for all of Africa, instead shareholder payouts & sluggish ‘charity’ efforts are priority

The three largest producers of Covid-19 vaccines could have funded the entire cost of vaccinating Africa with the money they paid stockholders this year – and vaccine-sharing charity COVAX isn’t bridging the gap, analysis shows.
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Scottish election: ‘Power has to be devolved out of Westminster’, says Scottish Labour leader - channel 4

Scottish election: ‘Power has to be devolved out of Westminster’, says Scottish Labour leader

It was an unenviable in-tray: dismal poll ratings, bitter party infighting and the Scottish parliament elections just weeks away.
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Inquest hears man died after ‘violent struggle’ with police officers - channel 4

Inquest hears man died after ‘violent struggle’ with police officers

An inquest has heard a man died in hospital after a "violent struggle" with six police officers, who were trying to restrain him.
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Climate crisis: Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions – but will it make a difference? - channel 4

Climate crisis: Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions – but will it make a difference?

It was an astonishing turnaround from the days of Donald Trump, who thumbed his nose at climate change science and pulled out of the Paris Accord.
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Ethiopian Nomads struggle for survival on the climate crisis frontline - channel 4

Ethiopian Nomads struggle for survival on the climate crisis frontline

For the nomadic people of Ethiopia's Afar region, an area known as the "cradle of humanity" and once famed for the discovery of a three-million-year-old fossil named Lucy, action on climate change can not come soon enough.
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Turtle flies through windshield and hits elderly woman in the head - metro

Turtle flies through windshield and hits elderly woman in the head

An airborne turtle crashed through the windshield and hit a 71-year-old woman in the passenger seat
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Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections - rt

Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections

France is through the worst part of its third wave of Covid-19 infections, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said, as the country prepares for the easing of health measures designed to curb the spread of the virus.
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Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers. - vice

Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers.

Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy early Wednesday.
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Nurse caught on Zoom giving butt injection to man before her virtual court hearing - metro

Nurse caught on Zoom giving butt injection to man before her virtual court hearing

Niurka Aguero had the live stream running as she stuck a syringe into a man’s butt while waiting for her case to be called
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Spider Silk Could Save the World - vice

Spider Silk Could Save the World

Scientists are attempting to engineer a synthetic version of spider silk that could be woven into biodegradable clothing.
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What We Know About the Columbus Cop Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant - vice

What We Know About the Columbus Cop Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant

Nicholas Reardon has been taken off street duty pending investigation, which is being handled by Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
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European Commission says 'no decision taken' on AstraZeneca legal action after Irish minister said case 'initiated'

The European Commission has said it hasn't launched legal action against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker fell short of Covid-19 vaccine delivery targets, despite Ireland's health minister saying a case had been started.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it - rt

Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it

Ontario Premier Doug Ford broke down and issued a tearful apology after his province implemented, then relaxed, the strictest coronavirus restrictions in North America. His critics weren’t appeased.
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An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now - vice

An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now

Omar Ameen was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer for the Islamic State. But he was in Turkey at the time.
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Africa CDC urges nations to use vaccines despite expiry issue confusion - rt

Africa CDC urges nations to use vaccines despite expiry issue confusion

The top official at the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) has called on nations to not throw out Covid vaccines over confusion about whether the jabs received had expired, stating they are safe to use.
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Firing Squad or Electric Chair? That’s the Choice for Death Row Inmates in South Carolina.

Firing Squad or Electric Chair? That’s the Choice for Death Row Inmates in South Carolina.

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Death row inmates in South Carolina now have another option for their execution: the firing squad.

It’s the latest move by a pro-capital punishment state looking to resume executions with archaic methods, in light of the yearslong, countrywide shortage of lethal injection drugs. The state’s Senate voted Tuesday to restart state executions after a nearly decade-long moratorium, making the electric chair the new default method and adding firing squad as an alternative. 

There’s a good chance the new bill will become law, as Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is a vocal supporter of the death penalty.

In the last five years, other Southern states have looked for ways to carry out executions despite the lethal-drug shortage that has all but halted the practice nationally. In 2015, Oklahoma approved the use of the nitrogen gas chamber to carry out the death penalty. Mississippi and Alabama followed in 2017 and 2018 respectively. In 2019, former President Donald Trump brought back the federal death penalty for the first time in 17 years, obtaining the lethal injection drugs through shady means

For years, South Carolina inmates had to choose between the electric chair and lethal injection. With the state’s supply of lethal-injection drugs expired, most death row inmates chose the method that the state couldn’t carry out. 

The lethal injection drug shortage has been a major obstacle for the 27 states that still have a capital punishment statute. In 2011, the U.S. pharmaceutical company Hospira, which once made the drug most states used for executions, stopped manufacturing the key ingredient needed for the lethal cocktail. To help drive the shortage, U.S. activists and attorneys who opposed the death penalty lobbied European nations that imported drugs that the states were repurposing for the death penalty to withhold them, according to The Marshall Project. Since then, states have either had to scramble to find a legal alternative or put a stop to executions altogether.

Of the 27 states that still allow criminals to be executed, only nine have approved alternative methods. Of those nine, South Carolina could be the fourth that allows execution by firing squad, according to the Death Penalty Information Center, joining Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah. Ronnie Lee Gardner was the last incarcerated American killed via firing squad. He was executed in Utah in June 2010.

In 2014, Tennessee approved the use of the electric chair when it couldn’t obtain the drugs needed to put prisoners to death. Over the next four years, Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma would turn to the use of nitrogen gas chambers, though none of them have figured out how to use the deadly gas in practice, according to The Appeal.

In 2019, the Trump administration managed to secure a new supply of pentobarbital, a lethal drug, from private companies. In the last year and a half of his term, Trump’s Justice Department managed to execute 13 inmates in total, including Lisa Montgomery, the first woman to be killed by the federal government in 70 years. In his final months in office, Trump even tried to bring back the use of firing squads.

President Joe Biden has yet to put an official stop to the federal death penalty since taking office in January despite openly opposing the policy while campaigning for office, and pressure from national human and civil rights groups.


South Carolina’s move follows Montana’s House vote last month to resume the death penalty,  after it had been on hold since 2015 when a county judge determined pentobarbital was deemed too tortuous.

The neighboring state of Virginia just recently abolished the death penalty, becoming the first Southern state to do so. 

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