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Biden urges G-7 leaders to call and compete with China

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) – Leaders of the world’s largest economies on Saturday unveiled an infrastructure plan for the developing world to rival China’s global initiatives, but there was no immediate consensus on the force with which to denounce Beijing for human rights violations. Citing China for its forced labor practices is part of President Joe Biden’s campaign to persuade fellow Democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. But while they agreed to work to compete with China, there was less unity on how a conflicting public position should be taken by the group. Canada, the UK and France broadly supported Biden’s position, while Germany, Italy and the European Union were more reluctant during Saturday’s first session of the summit. Group of Seven, according to a senior official in the Biden administration.

Relapse of pandemic creates problems for Indian middle class

NEW DELHI (AP) – Ram Babu left his village for the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980 to clean the cars. Soon he learned to drive and got a job as a tourist bus driver. Decades later, he started his own business, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a strict national lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic froze economic activity overnight. Babu’s business collapsed and he brought his family back to their village. “Since March of last year, we haven’t earned a single rupee,” he said. “My three buses have been standing still for over a year. We are completely broken. India’s economy was on the verge of recovering from the first pandemic shock when a new wave of infections swept through the country, infecting millions, killing hundreds of thousands and forcing many to stay at home .

As virus cases decline, governors plan to end emergency orders

New coronavirus infections and deaths in the United States are down dramatically from previous highs, although more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now at least partially vaccinated, but persistent hesitation has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to be wasted. So, is the COVID-19 emergency over or continuing? This is the question facing residents and business owners in many states as governors decide to end or extend emergency declarations that have allowed them to restrict public gatherings and businesses, mandate masks, bypass normal purchasing rules, and deploy National Guard troops to help administer vaccines.

Making History: The Rush to Document Presidents’ Summits

If President Joe Biden has private talks with Russian Vladimir Putin at their meeting next week, US interpreters and diplomats will be ready to document their high-stakes meeting. It is a decades-old system meant to ensure that senior officials, and ultimately historians, have a record of what US presidents say to international leaders. And this is the one that held – above all – even under former President Donald Trump, including when he confiscated the notes taken by his American interpreter during a meeting with Putin in 2017. Trump’s determination to keep his confidential talks with the Russian president raised concerns about what might have happened in those private meetings, especially given Trump’s warm relationship with Putin.

Teachers wary of new laws limiting teaching about race

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – As middle school teacher Brittany Paschall developed a lesson plan on black baseball history, she wondered how she might have to do it differently next year under a news law in the state of Tennessee that prohibits teaching certain concepts of race and racism. The unit was about baseball, but more importantly, segregation and racism in America. “I kept thinking, in light of this bill, if it was next year, how would I teach this to my students?” Said Paschall, an English teacher in Nashville. “Are we teaching students to ignore difficult subjects? The laws setting guidelines for classroom teaching on race passed this year in Republican-controlled states have left some teachers worried about how they will be enforced.

Latest presidential debate shows Iran’s political cracks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iran held a final presidential debate on Saturday that showed the cracks in Islamic Republic politics, as hardliners called out those seeking links with the West infiltrators and the other two candidates in the race spoke of the unrest that surrounded Tehran’s contested elections in 2009. Analysts and state-linked polls put outright judicial leader Ebrahim Raisi at the top of the ranking of the next vote on Friday, with the public now largely hostile to the relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani after the failure of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. But that didn’t stop former Rouhani Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati from harshly criticizing Raisi, at one point getting up from his chair to hand him a list he described as naming people who failed to repay huge loans from state banks.

Police: assailant injures 13 people in Austin shooting, escapes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Someone opened fire in a popular downtown Austin entertainment district early Saturday, injuring 13 people, including two seriously, before fleeing, authorities said. Investigators were looking for what sparked the shooting but could not get a detailed description of the shooter, although they believe it was a man and were looking at surveillance footage and others. evidence, Acting Police Chief Joseph Chacon said in a 4 a.m. press conference. . He asked anyone with information about the shooting to contact the police. The gunshots erupted just before 1:30 a.m. along 6th Street, a popular area filled with bars and restaurants that often draws thousands of visitors to the city of nearly one million people that is home to the University of Texas.

The Latest: Eriksen collapses in Euro 2020 game AP wins 2 Pulitzers for photos of pandemic pain and unrest in the United States

Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographers on Friday had dodged tear gas to capture protests against racial injustice and patiently built trust with the elderly to empathically document the toll of the coronavirus pandemic. AP’s chief photographer in Spain, Emilio Morenatti, won the feature film award. The work of 10 AP photographers won the news award. “The outstanding work of AP’s photographic staff to cover racial justice protests and Emilio Morenatti’s compassionate look at the impact of COVID-19 on older people in Spain are two shining examples of what photojournalists are doing. strive to do everywhere: use light and shadow to bring knowledge and understanding to all corners of the world, ”said J.

Inspired by Novotna, Krejcikova wins the 1st Slam title in Paris

PARIS (AP) – Thinking about her late coach all the time, Barbora Krejcikova went from unranked to Grand Slam champion at Roland Garros. Krejcikova beat 31st seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday to win the title in her fifth major singles tournament. When it ended with Pavlyuchenkova’s backhand landing long on match point for Krejcikova, a 25-year-old Czech, they met at the net for a hug. Then Krejcikova blew kisses, eyes closed, in tribute to her former coach, Jana Novotna, 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in 2017.

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