Four of eight workers recently shot to death at an Indianapolis FedEx facility belonged to the Sikh community… and now, a leading advocacy group is calling for a full investigation into the possibility of racial or ethnic hatred as a factor in the killings.Officials on Friday said they had yet to determine what motivated the suspect - identified as 19-year-old Brandon Hole - to carry out Thursday night’s rampage.Officers found the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The New York-based Sikh Coalition wants an investigation to look at potential bias as a factor in the crime.The leader of the local Sikh community told Reuters the majority of employees at the FedEx site are Sikhs, and at least one Sikh individual was wounded.Police said Hole was once an employee at the FedEx plant, and was believed to have last worked there in the fall of 2020.(FRIDAY) REPORTER: "If he was a former employee, what brought him back here last night specifically?"DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE INDIANAPOLIS METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, CRAIG MCCARTT: "I wish we could answer that."According to the FBI, the shooting came a little over a year after Hole was briefly placed under psychiatric detention after his mother reported her concerns that he was contemplating "suicide by cop.”FBI agents who interviewed the teenager last April found no criminal violation at the time.It was then determined Hole possessed no "racially motivated violent extremism ideology,” according to the FBI.
A police officer released a family of ducks into a river in Olot, Spain, on April 17 in what they described as their “most special service” of the morning.“This is one of the most special services we have had this morning,” wrote Policia Municipal d’Olot. “We have been warned of the presence of a family of ducks in the Plaça Catalunya area. Rosa and Javi have been in charge of returning them to the river.” Credit: Policia Municipal d’Olot via Storyful
Elon Musk beat out Jeff Bezos in the battle of the billionaires for a big NASA contract. The U.S. space agency awarded Musk’s SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to build a lunar lander. SpaceX bid alone whereas Bezos’ Blue Origin had teamed up with Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman. Defense contractor Dynetics had also put in a bid. NASA’s lander is expected to carry two American astronauts to the moon’s surface as early as 2024. Unlike the Apollo missions from 1969 to 1972, NASA is gearing up for a longer-term lunar presence that could lead to missions to Mars. The agency aims to create regular service to the moon. It’ll hold a separate competition for that contract. NASA’s moon lander decision is a setback for Bezos. He is now more focused on his space venture after announcing he’ll step down as Amazon CEO. The contract was seen by Bezos and other executives as vital to Blue Origin establishing itself as a desired partner for NASA, and also putting the venture on the road to turning a profit.
EDITORS NOTE: GRAPHIC WARNING/ CONTAINS NUDITYA semi-nude female protester on Saturday (April 17) interrupted proceedings near the end of a minute of silence in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh outside Windsor Castle.The funeral of Queen Elizabeth's husband of 73 years was taking place within the castle's walls.The protester was shouting slogans against littering, animal abuse and pollution, a Reuters reporter said.
Queen Elizabeth and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip at his funeral in Windsor on Saturday (April 17).She stood alone as her husband of 73 years was lowered into the Royal Vault in a service attended by senior royals including heir Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry.Elizabeth and her children, grandchildren and a select group of others - just 30 mourners in total - had to be socially distanced at the toned-down service.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby prayed for Philip, and praised him for his faith and loyalty, sense of duty and integrity. Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died aged 99 on April 9. The queen once called him her "strength and stay". The nation observed a minute's silence in brilliant sunshine, then Harry and William took up their places on opposite sides of the chapel in Windsor Castle.Elizabeth has been widowed just as she grapples with one of the gravest crises to hit the royal family in decades.Much media attention will focus on the royals' behavior towards Harry, who quit royal duties last year and was making his first public appearance since an explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.In the interview, he and his wife Meghan accused an unnamed royal of making a racist comment, and said Meghan's pleas for help when she felt suicidal were ignored.Meghan watched the funeral from her home in California because she is pregnant.Philip, was a decorated Royal Navy veteran of World War Two and his funeral had a strong military feel.His naval cap and sword lay on top of the coffin, with a wreath of white roses, lilies and jasmine from the 94-year-old queen.
Protesters marched through the streets of London, England, on Saturday, April 17, as demonstrations continued in several cities to oppose a proposed UK policing bill.The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill contains major proposals on crime in England and Wales, including giving police more power to handle demonstrations.This footage, captured by Richard Hastie, shows demonstrators chanting beside the Wellington Arch in London. Credit: Richard Hastie via Storyful
Ant is exploring options for founder Jack Ma to exit. Several sources told Reuters the financial technology giant affiliated with Alibaba is looking for ways he could divest his stake and give up control. They said Chinese regulators had signaled the move could help draw a line under Beijing’s scrutiny of its business.Ma’s exit could clear the way for Ant to go public. China had suddenly suspended Ant’s record $37 billion listing last fall just after regulators met with Ma. His public criticism of regulators in a speech last October set off a revamp of Ant and a regulatory clampdown on China’s technology sector.A source says the company hoped Ma’s stake could be sold to existing investors in Ant or e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. But a second source says Ma was told he would not be allowed to sell his stake to any entity or individual close to him and would have to exit completely … or he could transfer his stake to a Chinese investor.Ant denies that a divestment of Ma’s stake was under consideration. The Ant spokesman did not provide any comments from Ma. Ma’s office did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment. The State Council Information Office, People’s Bank of China and China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission also did not respond to requests for comment.Last week, China fined Alibaba a record $2.75 billion after finding it had abused its dominant market position for several years. A few days later, the central bank asked Ant to become a financial holding company. That would subject it to banking rules that it had managed to avoid that helped it grow so quickly.
An enthusiastic horse let excitement get the better of her and she played with her owner’s ear at a stable in Lansing, Kansas, video shows.Megan Vaughan posted footage of her horse, Angel, affectionately nuzzling and playing with her ear. “Angel likes to play with my ear when I’m standing near her. Not sure what this means, but I’m going to pretend it means she likes me,” Vaughan said. Credit: Megan Vaughan via Storyful
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~**Broadcasters: ACCESS ALL/NEWS USAGE ONLY/2 MINS USAGE ONLY/48 HOURS USE ONLY/ NO USE AFTER 1450GMT 19 APRIL 2021/NO ARCHIVE. Digital: ACCESS ALL/NEWS USAGE ONLY/2 MINS USAGE ONLY/48 HOURS USE ONLY/ NO USE AFTER 1450GMT 19 APRIL 2021/MUST REMOVE FROM WEBSITES AFTER 1450GMT 19 APRIL 2021/NO ARCHIVE.Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white trimmed black mask, stood alone as her husband of 73 years was lowered into the Royal Vault in a service attended by senior royals including heir Prince Charles and his sons Princes William and Harry.The queen was placed alone in the ceremony at St George's Chapel with her children, grandchildren and a select group of royal mourners, separated due to COVID-19 rules."We remember before thee this day Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, rendering thanks unto thee–for his resolute faith and loyalty, for his high sense of duty and integrity," Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said in a prayer.
A crowd observed a minute’s silence for Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, outside England’s Windsor Castle at 3pm on April 17. The tribute was paid as the funeral for Prince Philip got underway.This footage, captured by Alexander Seale, shows people clapping outside the castle after the minute’s silence. Credit: Alexander Seale via Storyful
Protesters marched through the streets of Bristol, England, on Saturday, April 17, as demonstrations continued in several cities to oppose a proposed UK policing bill.The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill contains major proposals on crime in England and Wales, including giving police more power to handle demonstrations.This footage, captured by Filiz Emily Gurer, shows protesters marching through Bristol city on Saturday. Credit: Filiz Emily Gurer via Storyful
Myanmar's Prisons Department will release more than 23-thousand prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday under a New Year amnesty,though few if any democracy activists arrested since the February 1st coup were expected to be among them.Saturday is the first day of the traditional New Year in Myanmar and the last day of a five-day holiday.Some activists called for the cancellation of the festivities this year and instead for people to focus on a campaign to restore democracy.University student union leader, Zay Yar Min, said ''we still don't know or understand much of what is happening outside", after being jailed for more than two months in Yangon.Pro-democracy politicians, including ousted members of parliament, announced the formation of a National Unity Government on Friday, including ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of the anti-coup protests and ethnic minorities. In Mandalay, protesters took to the streets to show their support. Meantime, Myanmar's junta chief is set to attend an Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Indonesia on April 24, according to a Thai foreign ministry spokesman.It will be his first known foreign trip since the coup.
The funeral of the UK’s Prince Philip got underway at Windsor Castle on Saturday, April 17.This footage, by Melanie Spanswick, shows the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery – a ceremonial unit of the British Army – riding toward the castle.The Duke of Edinburgh died at age 99 on April 9. Credit: Melanie Spanswick via Storyful
Crowds of people gathered outside Windsor Castle in England on April 17, ahead of the funeral of the UK’s Prince Philip.Philip died at age 99 on April 9.This footage shows spectators and members of the media in Windsor. Credit: Kara Kennedy via Storyful
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to devotees to keep a key Hindu festival symbolic on Saturday as the country reported more than 200,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third straight day.Criticism has mounted over the Indian government's handling of the pandemic, as religious festivals and election rallies continue amid increasing reports of a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen and vaccines.After hundreds of thousands gathered for several days along the banks of the Ganges for a religious festival, Modi on Saturday called for restraint on Twitter.Experts have warned about the spread of more contagious variants of the disease, especially during large-scale gatherings.In the capital, the bustling metropolis of New Delhi was quieter than usual on Saturday (April 17) as it was put under a weekend curfew to help curb a surge in new cases. The curfew began at 10:00 p.m on Friday (April 16) and will continue until Monday (April 19) morning.In an effort to stop slowing vaccine rollout, India pledged on Friday to raise monthly production of its own COVID-19 vaccine to nearly 100 million doses by September.
China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is 67% effective in preventing symptomatic infection, data from a huge real-world study in Chile has shown.It's a potential boost for the jab, which has come under scrutiny over its level of protection against the virus.The CoronaVac vaccine was 85% effective in preventing hospitalizations and 80% effective in preventing deaths, the Chilean government said in a report on Friday (April 16), calling it a "game changer".Chile struck a deal with Sinovac to host the drug's clinical trial and buy 60 million doses over three years.The minister behind that choice said the results showed Chile had made "the right bet". Chile's stock of CoronaVac is running low, with the supply of an agreed total of 14.2 million to be fully delivered by late May.The release of the CoronaVac data makes Chile one of a handful of countries, including Britain and Israel, that have used their rapid inoculation campaigns to gather insights into how effective vaccines are outside controlled clinical trials.
Police declared a riot in Portland late on April 16, as protests erupted following the fatal police-shooting of a man in Southeast Portland Friday morning.This footage, by Independent Media PDX, shows clips of a damaged Starbucks and a fire burning by the Apple store in downtown Portland.The Oregonian reported that protesters smashed windows at several businesses as two separate marches took place. Police said several people were arrested. Credit: Independent Media PDX via Storyful
Flash-bang grenades were deployed as police and demonstrators faced off in Lents Park in Portland, Oregon, on April 16 amid a protest following the fatal police-shooting of a man earlier in the day.According to Portland police, crowds were warned to stay away from the scene. Credit: Tuesday Laflare via Storyful
A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's bid to dismiss the original indictment against her.The British socialite is accused of recruiting three teenaged girls from 1994 to 1997 for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.She also faces charges of lying under oath.Maxwell argued that she could not get a fair trial because of a drumbeat of negative media publicity, and said she was being scapegoated because Epstein was dead.Those claims were rejected by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, who said the court would ensure Maxwell's right to a fair and impartial jury.She did, however, agree to sever the two perjury charges, which will be tried separately.Nathan's decision covers six of the eight criminal counts Maxwell faces, to which she has pleaded not guilty.Prosecutors added two more charges last month relating to a fourth alleged victim, who was said to have been recruited by Maxwell and paid to give Epstein sexualised massages between 2001 and 2004.Maxwell is due in court next week to be formally arraigned on the additional charges.She has been in prison in Brooklyn since her arrest last July, and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.
The nine-minute video, recorded by Eric Stillman's body camera, shows showed the 34-year-old officer chasing and shooting Toledo on March 29 at 2:30 a.m. in Little Village, a working-class neighborhood on the city's West Side with a large population of Mexican Americans.Toledo appeared to be holding a handgun when he compiled with Stillman's order for him to stop. Toledo then dropped the weapon and raised hands immediately before Stillman opened fire, the video showed.The release of the video comes as tensions are running high in Chicago and across the country over the issues of policing and racial justice.
Police declared a riot in Portland late on April 16, as protests erupted following the fatal police-shooting of a man in Southeast Portland Friday morning.This footage, by Grace Morgan, shows several fires burning, including a blaze at the Apple store at Pioneer Place mall in downtown Portland.The Oregonian reported that protesters smashed windows at several businesses as two separate marches took place. Police said several people were arrested. Credit: Grace Morgan via Storyful
Protesters marched in Chicago, Illinois, on April 16, following the release of body camera footage of the police-shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.This footage, by Chris White, shows protesters chanting as they march through the streets.Protests erupted after a Chicago police oversight agency released police footage of the March 29 shooting on Thursday. Credit: Chris Whitefirstname.lastname@example.org via Storyful
BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~**Broadcasters: NO USE Digital: US DIGITAL CUSTOMERS: NO USE CHINA. NO USE AUSTRALIA BROADCASTERS. NO USE ABC AMERICA, CNN, FOX, UNIVISION, TELEMUNDO, BBC AMERICA, NBC, OR THEIR DIGITAL/MOBILE PLATFORMS. VIDEO MUST BE USED IN ITS ENTIRETY. EXISTING GRAPHICS MAY BE OVERWRITTEN BY CLIENT'S OWN GRAPHICS BUT NO FURTHER EDITS ARE PERMITTED, INCLUDING FOR LENGTH.**U.S. President Joe Biden sough to present a united front with Japan against China's assertiveness on Friday, as he hosted Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the White House.The talks were dominated by China's increased military movements near Taiwan, as well as its tightening grip on Hong Kong and its crackdown on Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang."Today, Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our ironclad support for U.S.-Japanese alliance and for our shared security. We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, as well as North Korea, to ensure a future of a free and open Indo-Pacific."The summit came just days after China sent 25 aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, near Taiwan, a democratic island which Beijing claims as its own.A joint statement released by the leaders after the meeting made direct reference to the need for peace and stability in the Taiwan strait.Suga also underscored the importance of engaging in frank dialogue with Beijing."We also had serious talks on China's influence over the peace and prosperity of the Pacific and the world at large. We agreed to oppose any attempts to change the status quo by force or collusion in the East and South China seas and intimidation of others in the region."The two leaders also agreed to work on the development of 5G communication technologies to prevent one of China’s leading companies, Huawei, from dominating the global market.They also announced plans to jointly invest in artificial intelligence and semiconductor supply chains.This was the first in-person meeting Biden has had with a foreign leader and underscores his administration's commitment to a foreign policy focused towards East Asia.It also shows his desire to revitalise the U.S. alliances that frayed under his Republican predecessor Donald Trump.
The demonstrators, from protest group Kaputin, were demanding the release from prison of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and denounced the build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine's eastern border.The protesters added a mock golden toilet brush to the effigy's hand and a roll of toilet paper in the other. Inscribed on the stand the words "naked killer".Mock golden toilet brushes were also found hanging next to the entrance sign of the Russian embassy.Toilet brushes became a symbol of pro-Navalny protests in February after the opposition leader published a video in which he and his allies alleged that an opulent palace belonged to the Russian leader.The Kremlin has denied that Putin owned the palace, called the video an information attack on the president and suggested what it described as a "pseudo-investigation" was a scam designed to con gullible Russians into donating to Navalny's organisation.Russia jailed Navalny for two-and-a-half years in February for parole violations he said were trumped up. He was arrested at the border as he returned to Russia from Germany where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning.State prosecutors in Moscow asked a court on Friday to label Navalny's anti-corruption group and regional headquarters "extremist" organisations, a move that would ban them and open up activists to long jail terms.The move, if approved, would mark one of the most serious steps taken by authorities yet to target the network of groups set up by the staunch critic of Putin who is on hunger-strike as he serves his jail term.The protesters also called on the Czech government to keep a pro-Western orientation and not order Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
Protesters marched in Chicago, Illinois, on April 16, following the release of police body camera footage that captured the shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.Video taken by Alex Shur in Chicago’s Logan Square shows protesters chanting.On Thursday, a Chicago police oversight agency released graphic police body camera footage showing the fatal shooting, which took place on March 29. Credit: Alex Shur via Storyful