Protesting farmers return to camp after storming Indian fort

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Leaders of a protest movement have sought to distance themselves from a day of violence when thousands of farmers stormed India’s historic Red Fort. It was the most dramatic moment in two months of demonstrations that have grown into a major challenge of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. Demonstrators demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws briefly took over of the 17th-century fort, and images broadcast live on television shocked the nation. At least one protester died, and many demonstrators were injured, as were more than 390 police officers. The farmers are demanding the repeal of laws that they say will favor large corporate agriculture and leave smallholders behind. The government insists the laws will benefit farmers.last_img

UN urges countries to repatriate 27,000 children from Syria

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. counterterrorism chief is urging countries to repatriate the 27,000 children stranded in a massive camp in northeastern Syria. Many of them are sons and daughters of Islamic State extremists who once controlled large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Vladimir Voronkov told an informal Security Council meeting on Friday that the horrific situation of the children in Al Hol camp is one of the most pressing issues in the world today. He says the children remain stranded, abandoned to their fate, vulnerable to be preyed on by Islamic State enforcers, and at risk of radicalization within the camp.last_img

Venezuela hired Democratic Party donor for $6 million

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Newly filed lobbying records show that Venezuela’s socialist government previously hired a longtime Democratic Party donor for $6 million at the same it was lobbying to discourage the U.S. from imposing sanctions on the oil-rich nation. Retroactive Justice Department filings show that a U.S. subsidiary of Venezuela’s state oil giant PDVSA agreed to hire Marcia Wiss’ law firm in March 2017. That’s the same month it signed a consulting deal for $50 million with scandal-tainted former Congressman David Rivera, The contracts were part of an effort to discourage the U.S. from imposing sanctions on the oil rich nation, according to three people familiar with the deals.last_img

California adds mass vaccination sites despite short supply

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is adding more mass vaccination clinics even though short supplies have forced it to ration doses. Santa Clara County and the San Francisco 49ers will open the state’s largest vaccination site next week at Levi’s Stadium. It will be able to handle 15,000 shots a day. But Los Angeles County says it will limit new COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure second doses are available for those awaiting them. Meanwhile, the state’s worst coronavirus surge continues to abate. The state is seeing about 14,500 new cases daily — down by nearly half from two weeks ago.last_img