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April 13, 2021 | Via BBC

US Agencies Call for Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

US health authorities are calling for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, after reports of extremely rare blood clotting cases. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was acting “out of an abundance of caution”. It said six cases of severe blood clotting had been detected in more than 6.8 million doses of the vaccine.

April 13, 2021 | Via Reuters

Taiwan Reports Largest Incursion Yet by Chinese Air Force

Twenty-five Chinese air force aircraft including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers entered Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday, the island’s government said, the largest reported incursion to date. While there was no immediate comment from Beijing, the news comes after the U.S. State Department on Friday issued new guidelines that will enable U.S. officials to meet more freely with Taiwanese officials, further deepening ties with Taipei.

April 13, 2021 | Via CBS News

Second Night of Unrest After Fatal Police Shooting in Minneapolis

Trouble broke out again during a second night of protests outside police headquarters in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, a day after one of the city’s officers shot and killed 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Sunday’s shooting happened in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd.

April 13, 2021 | Via Sky News

Japan to Release More than One Million Tonnes of Radioactive Water into Sea

Japan will release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The decision, long-speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came at a meeting of Cabinet ministers who endorsed the ocean release as the best option. The move is being fiercely opposed by Japan’s neighbors – with China’s foreign ministry calling the plan “extremely irresponsible”.

April 13, 2021 | Via ABC News

WHO Urges Pause in Market Sale of Captured Live Wild Animals

The United Nations’ health agency on Tuesday urged countries to suspend the sale of live animals captured from the wild in food markets as an emergency measure. The World Health Organization, backed by key partners, issued new guidance saying that animals — particularly wild animals — “are the source of more than 70 percent of all emerging infectious diseases in humans, many of which are caused by novel viruses.”

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