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Vaccine Passports: Israel, Bahrain Reach Landmark Agreement
WORLD
Daniel Estrin | April 22, 2021
A picture taken on March 29, 2021, shows the new passenger terminal of Bahrain International Airport. Bahrain established diplomatic ties with Israel last year. In Israel and Bahrain, vaccine passports will be entirely digital: a QR code on one's phone, recognized at both countries' passport control, according to an Israeli ...
In Rare Moment Of Bipartisan Unity, Senate Approves Asian American Hate Crimes Bill
NEWS
Claudia Grisales | April 22, 2021
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference in Washington on April 13.Jose Luis Magana | AP Capping nearly two weeks of talks between Democrats and Republicans, the Senate approved legislation on Thursday to ramp up law enforcement efforts to better ...
Oklahoma Law Grants Immunity To Drivers Who Unintentionally Harm Protesters
NATIONAL
Rachel Treisman | April 22, 2021
Protesters gather outside the entrance to a rally for then-President Donald Trump in June in Tulsa, Okla. A new state law increases penalties for protesters who block public roadways and grants legal immunity to drivers who unintentionally harm them as they try to flee.Amanda Voisard | The Washington Post via ...
An ‘Overjoyed’ LeVar Burton Welcomes Chance To Guest-Host ‘Jeopardy!’
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Bill Chappell | April 22, 2021
"I am overjoyed, excited, and eager to be guest-hosting Jeopardy!" says LeVar Burton, after an online petition helped propel him into the group of hosts for the long-running game show.Theo Wargo | WireImage LeVar Burton will host a week of Jeopardy! this summer, after nearly 250,000 people signed a petition ...
Looking For A Way To Mark Earth Day? Try These Movies, Songs, Books And More
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NPR Staff | April 22, 2021
Children make an image of the Earth with green materials at a kindergarten on the 52nd Earth Day on April 22 in Changxing County, Zhejiang Province of China.VCG via Getty Images On Thursday, Earth Day, President Biden is holding a global summit on climate — aiming for the U.S. to ...
Countering Biden, Senate Republicans Unveil Smaller $568 Billion Infrastructure Plan
POLITICS
Kelsey Snell | April 22, 2021
Republicans, led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., unveiled a $568 billion infrastructure proposal meant to serve as a starting point for bipartisan negotiations.Bloomberg | Bloomberg via Getty Images Updated April 22, 2021 at 2:05 PM ET Senate Republicans have released a $568 billion infrastructure proposal to counter the more ...
How Israel Persuaded Reluctant Ultra-Orthodox Jews To Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
WORLD
Daniel Estrin | April 22, 2021
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine in the Israeli city of Bnei Brak in February.Mostafa Alkharouf | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Editor's note: The fight against disinformation has become a facet of nearly every story NPR international correspondents cover, from vaccine hesitancy to authoritarian ...
How India Went From A Ray Of Hope To A World Record For Most COVID Cases In A Day
HEALTH
Lauren Frayer | April 22, 2021
Relatives carry the shrouded body of a family member, who died of COVID-19, from an ambulance to the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi on April 19.T. Narayan | Bloomberg via Getty Images MUMBAI — Sagar Kishore Naharshetivar has been driving a van around southern India with his father lying ...
Watch Live: Funeral For Daunte Wright In Minneapolis
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Becky Sullivan | April 22, 2021
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDnZznjfyok MPR News Updated April 22, 2021 at 2:59 PM ET Mourners have gathered Thursday in Minneapolis for the funeral of Daunte Wright, just two days after a jury there convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. Wright is the 20-year-old Black man shot and killed ...
U.S. Issues More Than 115 ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisories, Citing Risks From COVID-19
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Bill Chappell | April 22, 2021
Global travel continues to be risky because of the coronavirus. Earlier this year, passengers from Taiwan wear protective gear as they arrive at France's Charles de Gaulle Airport, and just this week, the U.S. issued over 100 new travel advisories.Francois Mori | AP The U.S. State Department has vastly expanded ...