US 5 things to know for June 11: Biden, Covid-19, Capitol riot, Ethiopia, US drought
Ethiopian government defends actions in Tigray Region, accuses critics of 'orchestrated attack'
The Government of Ethiopia has defended its actions in the northern province of Tigray, saying that it "condemns all acts that put the life and dignity of civilians in danger."The Government of Ethiopia has defended its actions in the northern province of Tigray, saying that it "condemns all acts that put the life and dignity of civilians in danger.
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After a bitter fight, Southern California's water kingpin has a new leader
Adel Hagekhalil could bring a new direction to the Metropolitan Water District as climate change strains supplies.Hagekhalil was previously second in command at the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, where he helped develop strategies for cutting the city's use of imported water — and therefore its reliance on Metropolitan. He said he'll bring a shift in focus to the agency, putting more emphasis on recycling sewage water, capturing rainwater and cleaning up groundwater aquifers.
1. White House
President Biden and other world leaders are. On the docket: the global economy, including the in need. Though China isn't part of the club of world leaders, i over the weekend. Biden and the first lady plan to during their trip, while Jill Biden , the Duchess of Cambridge. Back home in the US, a bipartisan group of senators announced it -- one of Biden's key priorities. Liberal Senate Democrats aren't so keen on the effort, though, warning that trying to get GOP backing .
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.
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. 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 after some states said they had doses on hand that were set to expire. It's also likely some J&J , a White House official said. In other news, a coronavirus variant first detected in India, .
3. Capitol riot
Six men from Californiaface 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 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 involving former President Trump.
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.
More than 350,000 people in, 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. All of California, Oregon, Utah and Nevada are now in drought, with nearly 2 million people in the Bay Area . Forecasters worry these dry conditions will lead to an , something many states are already beginning to experience. In Oregon, the crisis has , 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
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.
Hackers broke into the systems of video game publisher Electronic Arts
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Europeans and Americans may not have discovered Antarctica
A new study suggests New Zealand's indigenous Maori people1,300 years earlier.
A 'Friends' fan cruise will set sail in 2022
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The Met is sending 3 pieces of African art back to Nigeria
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Pointy shoes were in vogue even in the Middle Ages
And skeletons from that time period.
That's how much consumer prices rose in the 12-month period that ended in May. It's thesince 2008, as and continue to .
"Change is needed to fix the border crisis."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, in announcing that his stateand will arrest migrants who trespass on private property beginning next week
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? (.)
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.