Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Focus on the big picture
Hundreds of British troops deployed to counter Islamist extremism in Mali
BBC, 01 May 2021
300 British troops have been deployed to Mali in west Africa. They have joined the United Nations peacekeeping mission to the country.
It’s one of the most dangerous operations undertaken by the UN. More than 200 peacekeepers have lost their lives there since the mission began eight years ago.
Mali is suffering from a rise in violent Islamist extremism as well as severe poverty.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by defence correspondent Jonathan Beale and cameraman James Anderson.
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WHO says world has entered stage of 'vaccine apartheid'
Reuters, 18 May 2021
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the
Biden announces US will send authorized COVID-19 vaccines abroad for the first time ever
CA, 18 May 2021
U.S. President Joe Biden announced on Monday that he will send at least 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to other countries by the end of June, marking the first time the Unite...
US cannot waver while Israel is being attacked: Rep. Waltz
FOX, 18 May 2021
Rep. Michael Waltz (R-FL) says this is a pivotal moment for U.S. relations with Israel and calls for maximum pressure on Iran.
Supreme Court to weigh rollback of abortion rights
AP, 18 May 2021
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider a major rollback of abortion rights that could reverse nearly 50 years of rulings, saying it will decide later this year whether states...
United Kingdom eases more coronavirus restrictions
CBS, 18 May 2021
The U.K. is entering its next phase of eased coronavirus restrictions. People in England, Scotland and Wales can now enjoy a greater sense of normalcy, including a return to ind...
🇵🇸 Are social platforms deliberately silencing Palestinians? | The Stream
Al Jazeera, 18 May 2021
Palestinians are not only besieged in Gaza but, increasingly, on social media, too.
Biden Announces Monthly Payments As Part Of Child Tax Credit
NBC, 18 May 2021
President Biden announced that families will begin receiving direct payments once a month for the remainder of the year as part of his administration's child tax credit starting...
South Africa struggles to get vaccine while others have more than they need
DW, 18 May 2021
South Africa has begun vaccinating citizens over the age of 60 against the corobnavirus - the second group to be prioritized, after healthcare workers.
Art lovers flock to London's National Gallery as virus restrictions eased
AFP, 18 May 2021
The National Gallery in London reopens to visitors as Covid-19 restrictions are eased across the country.
Live Q&A: 2021 Cicada emergence
PBS, 18 May 2021
From Georgia to New York and west to the Mississippi River, billions of cicadas are beginning to emerge from the ground.
Discovery and AT&T CEOs discuss media deal
CNN, 18 May 2021
Discovery CEO David Zaslav and AT&T CEO John Stankey discuss the plan to combine WarnerMedia (CNN's parent company) and Discovery into a new standalone media company.
What will end the Israel-Palestinian violence?
BBC, 17 May 2021
The US has urged both sides to avoid civilian casualties as Israel-Palestinian violence continues.
COVID-19: Business Secretary says giving jab to young in Indian variant hotspots is wrong approach
Sky, 17 May 2021
Kwasi Kwarteng says he doesn't approve of moves to break from government guidelines on the rollout of COVID vaccines in areas where the Indian variant has been found.
India’s West Bengal in two-week lockdown amid Covid-19 surge after big election rallies
SCMP, 17 May 2021
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube The Indian state of West Bengal began a two-week lockdown on May 16, 2021, to halt the rapid spre...
China supports developing countries' calls to waive COVID-19 vaccine IP rights
CGTN, 17 May 2021
For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-05-17/China-supports-waiving-COVID-19-vaccine-IP-rights-10lbP6HdcgE/index.html Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said o...
Pakistani protesters burn US and Israeli flags at pro-Palestine rally
RT, 17 May 2021
Karachi protesters burn US and Israeli flags during a rally in
Five Guys Opens for Indoor Dining in U.K.
Bloomberg, 17 May 2021
May.17 -- John Eckbert, Five Guys U.K. CEO, says the company is ready for a big jump in customer numbers.
'Get me on that plane': Brits board the first flight to Portugal as Covid travel restrictions ease
Telegraph, 17 May 2021
International travel resumes for people in England today, with a new ‘traffic light’ system enabling quarantine-free holidays to a select number of destinations.
"The US has Israel's back", FRANCE 24's Douglas Herbert says
FRANCE24, 17 May 2021
The violence between #Hamas and Israel is the worst since 2014, when #Israel launched a military operation on the Gaza Strip with the stated aim of ending rocket fire and destro...
India's cyclone Tauktae: 150,000 people evacuated from the west coast
Guardian, 17 May 2021
Cyclone Tauktae has left at least 12 people dead and destroyed homes as it battered the Indian coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.