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ICYMI: Royal revelations, blasts in Equatorial Guinea, stimulus checks, and more

Prince Harry and Meghan expose ‘The Firm’

The world was rocked on Sunday evening when the explosive Oprah interview of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally aired. The couple highlighted the racism their family faced from the royal family, who are also known as ‘The Firm’. Some of the most shocking details included questioning from top royals about the skin color of Prince Harry and Meghan’s son Archie, and Meghan’s revelation of contemplating suicide because of extreme isolation.

Senate-approved stimulus bill includes $1400 checks

The Senate passed the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill this weekend. It will now go to the House for their approval. A key feature of the bill includes $1400 stimulus checks per person and per dependant for families earning below $150,000 and for individuals making under $75,000. The minimum wage hike is still missing but officials are also pushing to make debt forgiveness tax-free.

Pope Francis conducts large mass service in Erbil

Pope Francis held the largest mass of his historic trip to Iraq on Sunday in the city of Erbil. The Pope is visiting the war-torn region to offer comfort to its winnowing Christian population. Erbil’s mass also witnessed a large communion ceremony amidst concerns of the event being a COVID “super-spreader”.

Blasts in Equatorial Guinea kills 31

Multiple explosions on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea’s port city of Bata killed 31 people, injured 400 and several others are missing under the rubble. Masses suspect it was the detonation of an atomic bomb, and criticized the lack of sufficient medical care. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo faulted the country’s military for mishandling dynamite and other explosive devices kept in its care, CNN reported. Mbasogo appealed to international governments to assist his country, one of the smallest in Africa.

HBCUs win big during NBA All-Star

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) emerged as the real winners on Sunday even though Team LeBron defeated Team Durant in the NBA All-Star Game. Both teams and the league as a whole generated almost $5 million for various Black higher education institutions.

House arrest ends for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman suspected of being a spy who was plotting to overthrow the Iranian government, was released from her house arrest on Sunday. She has been detained in Tehran since 2016 and was under house arrest since last year. Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s return to London is still uncertain because she faces new charges that will require her to appear in court.

Calls for Cuomo’s resignation intensify

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo faces mounting pressure from top officials who called for his resignation because of the claims of sexual harassment. Senate leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Assembly speaker Carl E. Heastie deemed him unfit. As of last week, a third former female aide accused Cuomo of harassment, while his administration is already being criticized for deleting data pertaining to the COVID-19 deaths of nursing home patients.

Allen v. Farrow documentary sparks new public interest

HBO’s four-part documentary series Allen v. Farrow has renewed interest in the much-contested 1990s sexual abuse scandal involving Woody Allen and his adopted daughter who was a child at the time. With new episodes dropping every Sunday, more evidence supporting the daughter and her adoptive mother Mia Farrow comes out. Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn, who is also one of Farrow’s adopted daughters, have condemned the series. They claimed to have declined to appear on the series because they were given “less than two months” notice. The final episode will air on HBO and HBOMax next Sunday.

Bulbul Rajagopal
Bulbul Rajagopalhttps://bulbulrajagopal.contently.com/
Bulbul Rajagopal is a data and investigative reporter with a special interest in minority issues, soccer, and politics. Her extensive coverage in India and Los Angeles rewarded her with an affinity for crime reporting. During her downtime, Bulbul enjoys exploring her passion for food and its cultural impact amongst other things.
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