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March 18, 2021 | Via The Guardian

FBI Under Pressure to Tackle Anti-Asian Hate Crime

Federal and local law enforcement agencies are under pressure to increase efforts to combat the rising tide of hate crimes against Asian Americans in the wake of the Atlanta, Georgia spa shootings that left eight people dead, six of them women of Asian descent. In the latest statistics for hate crimes compiled by the FBI for 2019, a total of 4,930 victims were identified where race or ethnicity was the motive.

March 18, 2021 | Via Reuters

Putin Says ‘It Takes One to Know One’ After U.S. President’s Killer Remark

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that it takes one to know one after the U.S. president said he thought Putin was a killer, adding that he wished Biden good health. Putin was speaking on television after Biden, in an ABC News interview that prompted Russia to recall its Washington ambassador for consultations on Wednesday, said “I do” when asked if he believed the Russian president was a killer.

March 18, 2021 | Via AP News

Mars Rover Sends Back Grinding, Squealing Sounds of Driving

NASA’s newest Mars rover has sent back the first-ever sounds of driving on the red planet — a grinding, clanking, banging affair that by Earth standards would be pretty worrisome. The noises made by Perseverance’s six metal wheels and suspension on the first test drive two weeks ago are part of a 16-minute raw audio feed released Wednesday by Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

March 18, 2021 | Via BBC

Dutch PM Mark Rutte Claims Election Victory

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s party has won the most seats in parliamentary elections, projections show. Victory hands Mr Rutte a mandate to form a new coalition government. His last government resigned in January over a child welfare fraud scandal. He conceded that “not everything has gone well in the last 10 years” but said the main challenge was to rebuild the country after the Covid-19 pandemic.

March 18, 2021 | Via NBC News

Tokyo Olympics Official Quits After ‘Olympig’ Comment

In yet another setback for the postponed Tokyo Olympics — and another involving comments about women — games’ creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned on Thursday after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity in Japan. Sasaki’s resignation is the latest blow. Last year he suggested to planning staff members in online “brainstorming exchanges” that well-known entertainer Naomi Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.”

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