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US 5 things to know for June 11: Biden, Covid-19, Capitol riot, Ethiopia, US drought

13:52  11 june  2021
13:52  11 june  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Ethiopian government defends actions in Tigray Region, accuses critics of 'orchestrated attack'

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a man and a woman standing next to a body of water: 10/06/2021. Carbis Bay, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson G7 Leaders Summit. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the US President Joe Biden in Carbis Bay Cornwall ahead of the G7 Summit on Friday . Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street © Andrew Parsons/No10 Downing Street 10/06/2021. Carbis Bay, United Kingdom. Prime Minister Boris Johnson G7 Leaders Summit. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the US President Joe Biden in Carbis Bay Cornwall ahead of the G7 Summit on Friday . Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

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1. White House

President Biden and other world leaders are gathering today in England for the G7 summit. On the docket: the global economy, including the global tax rate and aid for countries in need. Though China isn't part of the club of world leaders, its specter is also expected to loom large over the weekend. Biden and the first lady plan to meet with Queen Elizabeth II during their trip, while Jill Biden has her own meeting with Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Back home in the US, a bipartisan group of senators announced it has reached a deal on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package -- one of Biden's key priorities. Liberal Senate Democrats aren't so keen on the effort, though, warning that trying to get GOP backing could erode support on the left.

How Ethiopia has changed over the last 50 years

  How Ethiopia has changed over the last 50 years The BBC charts the dramatic changes and challenges facing the country as it goes to the polls.The next administration will govern more than 115 million people, making Ethiopia the second-most populous country in Africa after Nigeria and 12th in the world.

2. Coronavirus

We know vaccines are incredibly effective at stopping the spread of Covid-19 among older age groups. Now, the FDA's vaccine advisers are debating how urgent it is to inoculate kids younger than 12 against the virus. Most seem to agree that getting the vaccines authorized soon for kids is a good idea, given that the virus could make a comeback in the fall or winter. Meanwhile, FDA officials have agreed to extend the shelf life for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after some states said they had doses on hand that were set to expire. It's also likely some J&J doses will be shipped overseas, a White House official said. In other news, a coronavirus variant first detected in India, known as the Delta variant, has now gone global.

3. Capitol riot

Six men from California connected to a right-wing militia face new conspiracy charges from the Justice Department for their alleged role in planning the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Since the insurrection, prosecutors have charged numerous members of far-right extremist groups in connection with the riot. This latest case is the first against multiple people said to be involved with the Three Percenters. The head of the FBI said he expects more serious charges related to the attack, though he added that he wasn't aware of any such investigation involving former President Trump.

Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Players not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have 'harder time' this season

  Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Players not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have 'harder time' this season Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said those who don't receive shots will only make things more difficult for themselves throughout the summer and fall months. He explained:"The unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time in the season. They’re going to be wearing masks, they’ll have to social distance. They’ll have daily testings. They won’t be able to go home for bye week. They’ll have to come back here and test every day."When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on buses differently, travel on planes differently.

4. Ethiopia

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia are experiencing dire hunger, with millions more facing "high levels of acute food insecurity," according to a new report from the United Nations and other aid groups. The famine in the country's Tigray region stems from a conflict that began in November between Ethiopian government troops and the region's former ruling party. The fighting has resulted in "population displacements, movement restrictions, limited humanitarian access, loss of harvest and livelihood assets, and dysfunctional or non-existent markets," the report said. The situation is expected to worsen through September.

5. Western US drought

The US West was already facing a severe drought, but dry conditions and temperatures well above average this week have made it worse. All of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada are now in drought, with nearly 2 million people in the Bay Area under a water shortage emergency. Forecasters worry these dry conditions will lead to an especially intense wildfire season, something many states are already beginning to experience. In Oregon, the crisis has exploded into a water war, pitting farmers against Native American tribes, government agencies and conservationists. By this point, it should come as no surprise: The manmade climate crisis is to blame.

Maps of historic drought in West

  Maps of historic drought in West Vast swaths of the West are experiencing a historic, unrelenting drought, the worst in the region in at least 20 years. © US Drought Monitor/CNN US Drought Monitor update FOR CARDS 06172021 Climate change is playing a key role in these compounding crises: Drought and extreme heat are fueling wildfires; reduced snowpack and the lack of substantial precipitation are exacerbating water demands for millions of people, as well as agriculture, ecosystems and deteriorating infrastructure.

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TODAY'S NUMBER

5%

That's how much consumer prices rose in the 12-month period that ended in May. It's the biggest jump in inflation since 2008, as supply chain issues and heightened demand continue to lift prices.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"Change is needed to fix the border crisis."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in announcing that his state plans to build its own border wall and will arrest migrants who trespass on private property beginning next week

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AND FINALLY

Treat yourself -- it's Friday

We made it to the end of the week, and it's time for some ice cream. Perhaps one of these seven variations from around the world? (Click here to view.)

What Matters: The American West is drying out .
The incredible pictures of a depleted Lake Mead, on the California-Nevada border, illustrate the effects of drought brought on by climate change. © Google Earth Timelapse (Google, Landsat, Copernicus) Lake Mead in 2000 (left) and in 2020 (right). The lake, just east of Las Vegas on the Nevada-Arizona border, is the United States' largest reservoir. Levels have dropped around 143 feet since 2000, when it was last considered full. Later this year, the US government will almost certainly declare the first-ever water shortage along the Colorado River.

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