Rocket debris hits the Indian Ocean
Debris from the Long March 5B, a rocket launched from China, fell back to Earth once the structure took off. Though most of the debris burned up in the atmosphere, some parts were estimated to fall somewhere above the Maldives archipelago and the south of India. According to NBC News, “there was a tiny chance that the debris could have hit New York, Los Angeles, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing or the Nigerian capital, Abuja.”
Car bomb in Afghanistan kills 68
A car bomb explosion in front of Sayed al-Shuhada school on Saturday in Kabul, Afghanistan killed 68 people and left 165 injured. Some families are still searching for their missing children. President Ashraf Ghani blamed Taliban insurgents but a spokesperson from the militant group has denied responsibility and condemned attacks on Afghan civilians. Reuters reported that the neighborhood is home to a large number of Shiites from the Hazara ethnic minority. The Sunni militant group, Islamic State, has attacked it in the past.
WHO approves Sinopharm for emergency use
In a bid to promote equitable sharing of COVID-19 vaccines globally, the World Health Organization (WHO) listed the Chinese-made Sinopharm for emergency use. It’s the first vaccine from China that has received such a green light from WHO. Hopes are pinned to Sinopharm to bring some relief to the Third World that the pandemic brutalized.
Federal charges slapped on Derek Chauvin and three ex-officers
Derek Chauvin and the trio of fellow former police officers responsible for the death of George Floyd last summer have been federally indicted by the Justice Department. All three are charged with failing to provide necessary medical attention due to “deliberate indifference” towards Floyd. A state trial will be held in August. “Chauvin also faces a separate federal indictment related to a 2017 incident where he allegedly used a neck restraint ‘without legal justification’ on a 14-year-old and beat the teenager in the head with a flashlight, says NPR. Such counts of federal criminal charges are rare because of the high legal bar needed to prove the matter against the accused.
Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino justice, passes away
Cruz Reynoso, the first Latino justice of the California Supreme Court died on Friday from undisclosed reasons. He was 90. Reynoso was also vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights. In 2000, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Bill Clinton. “Cruz Reynoso is the son of Mexican immigrants who spent summers working with his family in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley,” Clinton said at the White House ceremony. He went on: “As a child, he loved reading so much, his elementary school classmates called him el profe, the professor. Later, some told him to put aside his dreams of college, saying bluntly, they will never let you in.” “But with faith in himself and the values of our country, Cruz Reynoso went on to college and to law school, but never forgot his roots,” said Clinton.
Unemployment rate rises in April after dip in March
American unemployment rose in April to 6.1% after 266,000 jobs were added. This was a marked change from the slight gains registered in March that indicated the economy was slowly healing from the onslaught of the pandemic. In spite of the supply of jobs not meeting the ballooning labor force, experts say the job market will expand later this year because of increasing vaccinations and decreasing infection rates.