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April 12, 2021 | Via Reuters

Iran Blames Israel for Natanz Nuclear Plant Outage

Iran on Monday accused arch-foe Israel of sabotaging its key Natanz nuclear site and vowed revenge for an attack that appeared to be latest episode in a long-running covert war. Iran’s semi-official Nournews website said the person who caused an electricity outage in one of the production halls at the underground uranium enrichment plant had been identified. Iranian authorities described the incident a day earlier as an act of “nuclear terrorism.”

April 12, 2021 | Via CNN

Minnesota National Guard Deployed After Protests over a Man’s Death

Hundreds protested Sunday night after a Black man in Minnesota was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop. The incident happened earlier that afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Protesters gathered Sunday evening and marched toward the police department, leading to what the city’s mayor described as “growing civil unrest.”

April 12, 2021 | Via NBC News

Pentagon Chief Declares ‘Ironclad’ U.S. Commitment to Israel

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration’s efforts to revive nuclear negotiations with Israel’s archenemy, Iran. Austin’s first talks in Israel since he became Pentagon chief in January come as the United States seeks to leverage Middle East diplomatic progress made by the Trump administration.

April 12, 2021 | Via BBC

Chinese Official Says Local Vaccines ‘Don’t have High Protection Rates’

China’s top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country’s Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness. In a press conference, Gao Fu added that China was considering mixing vaccines as a way of boosting efficacy. China has developed four different vaccines approved for public use, though some trials abroad had suggested efficacy as low as 50%.

April 12, 2021 | Via The Guardian

France to Ban some Domestic Flights where Train Available

French MPs have voted to suspend domestic airline flights that can be made by direct train in less than two and a half hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures. After a heated debate in the Assemblée Nationale at the weekend, the ban, a watered-down version of a key recommendation from President Emmanuel Macron’s citizens’ climate convention, was adopted.

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