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Officials in Haiti are scrambling to secure the National Palace in Port-au-Prince for tomorrow, where members of a transitional council tasked with selecting a new prime minister are demanding to be sworn in. The insistence the ceremony take place at the palace is seen as an attempt by the government to demonstrate its control over a city still plagued by violence, and gangs have vowed to disrupt the proceedings. The Associated Press has more on state of the Haitian capital.



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The Federal Trade Commission has voted 3-2 along party lines to ban new noncompete agreements and make most existing agreements non-enforceable for everyone other than senior executives. FTC Chair Lina Khan says lifting the ban will allow workers the “freedom to change jobs,” which “is core to economic liberty.” The decision is expected to be challenged by the Chamber of Commerce, which argues noncompete agreements protect trade secrets. Read more from CBS News about the decision.


#Business #Economy #Employees #Noncompete #FTC

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Plastic pollution is increasingly becoming a global issue, and talks between 175 countries to agree on a plastic clean up treaty are faltering after more than a year of negotiations. Some experts pin much of the blame on the United States, which produces the most oil and gas but hasn’t been using its immense international influence to bring about a deal. NPR has more on the push to regulate plastic globally, and why the U.S. is dragging its feet in the negotiations.


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"The British parliament passed a law late Monday that will mean asylum seekers arriving on British shores without prior permission can be sent to Rwanda and forbidden from ever returning to the U.K. The British government says the law will act as deterrent to anyone trying to enter the U.K. 'illegally.'"

CBS News explains the controversial deportation plan: https://flip.it/oJQg7x

For more Europe news, follow @europe

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Pro-Palestinian protests sweep U.S. college campuses following mass arrests at Columbia University in New York.

AP reports: "The protests have pitted students against one another, with pro-Palestinian students demanding that their schools condemn Israel’s assault on Gaza and divest from companies that sell weapons to Israel. Some Jewish students, meanwhile, say much of the criticism of Israel has veered into antisemitism and made them feel unsafe."


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What is “catch-and-kill” in the tabloid newspaper world? Jurors in Donald Trump's hush money trial are expected to learn about it today.

AP reports: "A longtime tabloid publisher was expected Tuesday to tell jurors about his efforts to help Donald Trump stifle unflattering stories during the 2016 campaign."


For ongoing coverage, follow Trump Legal Issues: @trump

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University protests against Israel's war in Gaza are spreading across the U.S. After multiple Columbia University students were arrested last week for refusing to leave an encampment, arrests were made at Yale University today.

Daily Beast has a recap of what's happening, including new protests at New York University and the University of Michigan: https://flip.it/2MJY.s

For more stories on the Mideast crisis, follow @israel

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President Joe Biden is marking Earth Day by launching a website for applications for his Climate Corps jobs and training program, a plan that has attracted a lot of interest from young Americans.

NPR reports: "Eventually, the corps will employ more than 20,000 young people."


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"Opening statements are set to begin Monday morning in the case of the People of the State of New York versus Donald Trump, the first criminal trial of a former [U.S.] president."

NBC News reports that prosecutors "allege Trump worked with his then-attorney Michael Cohen and executives at the National Enquirer to suppress scandalous stories, including from adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal."


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Salman Rushdie was nearly killed in a knife attack in 2022. Today, he is thinner, paler, scarred and blind is his right eye. Yet, the author remains the same engaging, articulate and uncensored champion of artistic freedom. Rushdie, who wrote “The Satanic Verses,” a book that spurred the call for his death by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1989, spoke to the Associated Press about the attack, the “iron in his soul,” and his new book, “Knife.” https://flip.it/gLxncF
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Ukraine has “a chance at victory” in its war with Russia, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said after $61 billion in aid was approved by the US House of Representatives on Saturday. President Joe Biden urged the US Senate to “quickly send this package to my desk so that I can sign it into law.” NBC News has more. https://flip.it/-qw-NC

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An Israeli air raid hits the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight, killing 22 people, including 18 children, health officials said Sunday. Israel's near-daily strikes on Rafah come as the US is close to approving additional military aid to Israel. AP reports: https://flip.it/QDJs7T

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel and the Indo-Pacific after a monthslong delay. The bill now moves to the Senate. More from Axios: https://flip.it/eYSiJY
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The House of Representatives votes to ban TikTok in the US if the app’s China-based owner doesn’t sell its share within one year. The bill goes to the Senate next. AP explains more, including how, if passed into law, court challenges could block it from going into effect. https://flip.it/moox9Q

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Six children are among at least nine Palestinians killed in an Israeli airstrike that hit a residential building in southern Gaza. AP reports:

NewsDesk, to USpolitics
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"A full 54% of Americans (and 56% of registered voters) now want Congress to pass 'a law that keeps abortion as legal and accessible as it was nationwide under Roe v. Wade,' according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll."

Yahoo News reports: "That is the highest level of public support for making Roe the 'law of the land' since Yahoo News and YouGov started asking about the issue in spring 2022."


NewsDesk, to Israel
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If you want the latest news and analysis of the Middle East crisis, consider following these Magazines:

@politico from Politico

@israel from Axios

@israel from the News Literacy Project

@israel from Flipboard's News Desk

NewsDesk, to USpolitics
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Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warns that if Russian President Vladimir Putin were to “overrun” Ukraine, he would then attack a NATO nation, forcing the U.S. to become directly involved.

His former boss, Donald Trump, lobbied against a U.S. military aid package for Ukraine and recently questioned why Europe isn't playing a bigger role.

CNN reports: https://flip.it/l4Kdmr

For more coverage, follow @russia

#MikePence #USPolitics #NATO #Ukraine #Russia #Trump #Europe #Putin

NewsDesk, to Israel
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Iran fires at suspected Israeli attack drones near Isfahan air base and nuclear site.

AP reports: "The facility at Isfahan operates three small Chinese-supplied research reactors, as well as handling fuel production and other activities for Iran’s civilian nuclear program."


For more coverage of the conflict, follow Israel Hamas War, curated by @Flipboard: @israel

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New York City police have arrested more than 100 people protesting Israel’s war in Gaza on the campus of Columbia University. A student group called Columbia University Apartheid Divest set up an encampment on Wednesday to protest the school’s “continued financial investment in corporations that profit from Israeli apartheid.” University President Minouche Shafik warned demonstrators that they were not allowed to set up tents and occupy the grounds before police started forcibly removing them. USA Today has more on the ongoing protest.


NewsDesk, to Ukraine
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A Polish citizen has been arrested under suspicion of spying for the Russian government in a potential conspiracy to assassinate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The suspect, Pawel K., was charged with readiness to act for foreign intelligence against the Republic of Poland by providing Russia with security information about the Rzeszów-Jasionka Airport in southeastern Poland. The charge carries a potential 8 years in prison, the country’s prosecutors say. ABC News has more.


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Water extraction is sinking nearly half of China’s most populous cities, exacerbated by rapid urban expansion, researchers say. While subsiding land is not a new problem in the country, where Shanghai has sunk three meters over the past century, the amount of land in China resting below sea level could rise from 6% to 26% in the next 100 years. Scientists say the problem will leave 67 million people vulnerable to flooding, compounded by rising sea levels due to climate change. The BBC has more on the study.


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Until the 1960s, many mentally ill people in the U.S. were locked away in asylums. In the face of a growing mental health and homelessness crisis, some are now asking if we should return to forced treatment and institutionalization.

@NPR reports: "Today, many of those who would historically be institutionalized in asylums are now instead incarcerated in jail, cycling in and out of emergency rooms, and living on the streets."


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More than 40 years after 48 people died in a fire at Dublin's Stardust nightclub, a jury has delivered a verdict of unlawful killing. The inquest began last April after a years-long campaign by relatives of the victims. The jury found that materials used in the nightclub contributed to the spread of the fire on Feb. 14, 1981, and that the victims were unable to escape due to the factors like lack of visibility and locked or otherwise obstructed exits. The Irish Government will now consider the verdicts; Taoiseach Simon Harris referred to the fire as "one of the darkest moments in our history, a heart-breaking tragedy because of the lives that were lost, the families that were changed forever, and the long, drawn-out struggle for justice that followed." Here's more from RTE.


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President Joe Biden vows to shield the U.S. steel industry by blocking Japanese merger and seeking new Chinese tariffs.

AP reports: "The Democratic president’s pitch comes as Donald Trump, his likely Republican opponent, tries to chart a path back to the White House with tough-on-China rhetoric and steep tariff proposals of his own."


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