Fight to vote: why US democracy is at a tipping point – video

The new Georgia voting rights law makes it harder to vote, especially for communities that tend to vote for Democrats – and that's what Republicans want. But it's not just Georgia: these restrictive voting laws are being considered in nearly every state in America, from Arizona to Texas to Florida.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:00am
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Ballparks, stadiums and race tracks: US mass vaccination sites – in pictures

As the US entered the latest phase of the fight against the pandemic, photographer Filip Wolak felt it was important to capture the unprecedented efforts that the healthcare communities put into place to help mitigate the virus’s lasting effects.

This photo project attempts to capture the largest vaccination sites across the country. Some of the sites pictured were documented in their early stages when the vaccination supply was still limited – Wolak hopes to return to them again.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:00am
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Neglected tropical diseases are the landmines of global health | Albert Picado and John H Amuasi

They are 20 disparate diseases that, like mines, unduly affect the world’s poorest people. Now there’s a plan to eradicate them by 2030

In January the World Health Organization launched a new strategy for eradicating neglected tropical diseases, boldly setting targets to eliminate 20 of them by 2030.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00am
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Amazon Echo Dot (4th gen) review: Alexa’s new small budget ball

Smart speaker ditches puck shape but keeps solid sound and function with or without LED clock display

Amazon’s fourth-generation Echo Dot has evolved from its predecessors’ puck-like appearance into a small ball, shaking up the idea of what a small smart speaker can look like.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:00am
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100 days to Tokyo: Pessimism and fear remain in Japan as Games loom | Justin McCurry

Despite feelgood golf and swimming stories the local opinion on the Covid-delayed Games is that they should not happen

When Hideki Matsuyama sank the putt that won the Masters on Sunday, he not only made history by becoming the first Japanese man to win a major golf title – he gave the organisers of the Tokyo Olympics rare cause for celebration.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:00am
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UK study on mixing Covid vaccines between jabs to be expanded

Researchers to examine whether mixing vaccines may give longer-lasting immunity against virus

A major UK study examining whether Covid vaccines can be safely mixed with different types of jabs for the first and second doses is to be expanded.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:55am
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Christchurch mosque terrorist to launch legal challenge in New Zealand high court

Gunman who was sentenced to life in prison last year and was designated a ‘terrorist entity’ has requested a judicial review

The Australian man who carried out the Christchurch mosque massacres is launching a legal challenge against his jail conditions in the New Zealand high court.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:53am
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Japanese regulator bans restart at nuclear plant over safety breaches

Fukushima plant operator Tepco suffers blow to plans to resume at its only operable atomic facility

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has been prevented from restarting its only operable atomic facility after a series of safety breaches, dealing a significant blow to Japanese attempts to resume nuclear power generation.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:42am
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Families of George Floyd and Daunte Wright join together in grief: ‘The world is traumatized’

Shared sorrow outside the court seems distant as Derek Chauvin’s defence seeks to tell different story

As court broke for lunch on the 12th day of the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the grounds of Hennepin county government center filled with grieving families.

In a poignant news conference, distraught relatives of Daunte Wright and George Floyd took turns talking about the parallels between the two cases of fatal police violence and the grief they were experiencing in the aftermath. Snow fell and wind whipped the microphones.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00am
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Damned either way, Biden opts out of Afghanistan as US tires of ‘forever wars’

Analysis: Despite warnings not enough has been done to stablise the country, the president has decided to set aside the rule ‘if you break it, you fix it’

Joe Biden has decided that 20 years is enough for America’s longest war, and has ordered the remaining troops out no matter what happens between now and September.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:00am
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