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March 8, 2021 | Via Reuters

Meghan Accuses UK Royals of Racism

Meghan, the wife of Prince Harry, accused Britain’s royal family of raising concerns about how dark their son’s skin might be and pushing her to the brink of suicide, in a tell-all television interview that will send shockwaves through the monarchy. The 39-year-old, whose mother is Black and father is white, said that she ended up having suicidal thoughts and considering self harm after pleading for help but getting none.

March 8, 2021 | Via NPR

Switzerland Approves Ban on Face Coverings in Public

Swiss voters approved a proposition Sunday banning facial coverings in public. Niqabs and burqas, worn by almost no one even among the country’s Muslim population, will be banned outside of religious institutions. The new law doesn’t apply to facial coverings for health reasons. Switzerland will join several European countries that have implemented a ban on facial coverings, including France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Austria.

March 8, 2021 | Via NBC News

At Least 20 Dead in Equatorial Guinea Blasts

A series of explosions at a military barracks in Equatorial Guinea killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 600 others on Sunday. President Teodoro Obiang Nguema said the 4 p.m. explosion was due to the “negligent handling of dynamite” in the military barracks located in the neighborhood of Mondong Nkuantoma in Bata. Equatorial Guinea, an African country of 1.3 million people located south of Cameroon, was a colony of Spain until it gained its independence in 1968.

March 8, 2021 | Via The Guardian

Myanmar Military Hires PR Agent to Explain ‘Real Situation’ to West

Accused of crimes against humanity, an illegal government takeover and gunning down protesters, Myanmar’s military is seeking to rebrand itself in foreign capitals, recruiting a former Israeli military intelligence official turned lobbyist with a record defending controversial clients. Ari Ben-Menashe, a Tehran-born, Israeli-Canadian lobbyist, was hired by the Tatmadaw this week to “assist in explaining the real situation in the country”.

March 8, 2021 | Via BBC

Deadly Fire at Migrant Detention Centre in Yemen

Many people are feared dead after a fire at a migrant detention centre in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Sunday. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) confirmed eight deaths, but officials at the UN agency said as many 30 might have been killed. It is not known what caused the blaze at the facility, which was holding hundreds of mostly Ethiopian migrants.

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