Derek Chauvin trial: defense claims bad heart and drug use killed George Floyd

Dr David Fowler, testifying for the defense, also said vehicle exhaust may have played a part in Floyd’s death

A leading forensic pathologist has told the Derek Chauvin trial that George Floyd was killed by his heart condition and drug use.

Dr David Fowler, testifying for the defence, also introduced the idea that vehicle exhaust may have played a part in Floyd’s death by raising the amount of carbon monoxide in his blood and affecting his heart.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 5:20pm
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Covid-status certificate scheme could be unlawful discrimination, says EHRC

Exclusive: Equalities watchdog tells government documents could create ‘two-tier society’

Covid-status certificates being considered by ministers to help open up society could amount to unlawful indirect discrimination, the government’s independent equalities watchdog has advised.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:51pm
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Falun Gong, Steve Bannon And The Trump-Era Battle Over Internet Freedom

Falun Gong supporters marched from Capitol Hill to the Washington Monument in July 2015 in Washington, DC.

The Trump administration and a liberal activist fought to win millions in federal funds for anti-censorship software tied to the Falun Gong. That saga is now at the center of a criminal investigation.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:54pm
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Intelligence Chiefs Say China, Russia Are Biggest Threats To U.S.

Avril Haines, director of national intelligence, testifies Wednesday about worldwide threats during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.

The top U.S. intelligence officials detailed concerns to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, with many questions raised about cyberthreats and espionage targeting U.S. technology.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 2:50pm
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A Year In, Here's What We Know About Vitamin D For Preventing COVID

Some researchers are optimistic that vitamin D supplements may prove helpful in preventing COVID-19. Others are skeptical.

For a year, researchers have been studying and arguing over vitamin D's potential for helping protect against or treat COVID-19. The evidence is still not conclusive.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:17pm
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Ex-FDA Chief Sees 'Struggle' To Vaccinate More Than Half U.S. Population

Dr. Scott Gottlieb doesn't expect enough demand for the vaccine much beyond 160 million Americans. But he says there may eventually be enough immunity to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:00pm
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Volcanic ash covers St Vincent – in pictures

Three days after La Soufrière volcano began to erupt on St Vincent, the eastern Caribbean island remains under a shower of ash and subject to water restrictions as authorities grow concerned for the safety of those who did not evacuate.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 3:11pm
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Joe Biden: 'It's time for American troops to come home from Afghanistan' – video

Joe Biden has declared that it is time ‘to end America’s longest war’, announcing that nearly 10,000 US and Nato troops would return home in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Biden said he was the fourth US president to serve in office during the US-led fight against the Taliban. ‘I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth,’ he said

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 4:06pm
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Labor pledges $90m to reduce Indigenous incarceration and deaths in custody

Linda Burney says federal leadership is needed to tackle root causes of crime and recidivism

Labor says it will allocate more than $90m over four years for justice reforms to reduce the incarceration of Aboriginal people and the number of Aboriginal deaths in custody, if it wins government.

On the 30th anniversary of the final report of the royal commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody, Labor’s Indigenous affairs spokesperson, Linda Burney, said federal leadership on justice reinvestment is needed to tackle the root causes of crime and recidivism.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:30pm
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Australia should target Myanmar ‘gang leader’ for sanctions, UN expert says

Exclusive: special rapporteur Tom Andrews says crimes against humanity are happening ‘before our very eyes’ and calls for urgent action against military junta

A top United Nations expert is in direct talks with the Australian government about how to expand sanctions against Myanmar’s military regime, and warned that crimes against humanity are being “committed before our very eyes”.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 1:30pm
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