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Bill limiting China-backed Confucius Institutes passed unanimously by Senate

The Senate unanimously passed a bill this week that clamps down on China’s reach into U.S. universities by tightening restrictions on Confucius Institutes. The Concerns Over Nations Funding University Campus Institutes in the United States (CONFUCIUS) Act, introduced by Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., targets Chinese-funded cultural centers on college campuses that lawmakers have said are being … Read more

Handball rule changed as football’s law makers Ifab confirms new accidental ruling

Handball laws were tightened at the start of the 2020-21 season Accidental handball that leads to a goal-scoring chance or a goal for a team-mate will no longer be penalised, say football’s law makers. Ifab confirmed the change on Friday, saying it was because of the “interpretation of handball incidents” not being applied consistently. Fulham … Read more

Africa welcomes COVAX doses but warns against ‘selfishness’

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Urgent calls for COVID-19 vaccine fairness rang through African countries on Friday as more welcomed or rolled out doses from the global COVAX initiative, with officials acutely aware their continent needs much more. “Rich countries should not be so selfish,” Pontiano Kaleebu, head of the Uganda Virus Research Institute, said as … Read more

Zappos founder Tony Hsieh’s self-described ‘right-hand person’ seeking over $9M from his estate

Creditor’s claims filed in a Las Vegas court shed more light on Tony Hsieh’s self-described “right-hand” person’s bid for money she said the Zappos founder owed her, according to a recent report. Jennifer “Mimi” Pham, Hsieh’s former assistant and friend, filed the creditor’s claims on Wednesday arguing for the more than $9 million she says … Read more

Women in Afghanistan worry peace accord with Taliban extremists could cost them hard-won rights

Audience members listen to Afghan parliamentarian Fawzia Koofi speak in 2014. Women’s access to politics increased greatly after the Taliban’s 2001 ouster. Sha Marai/AFP via Getty Images Three Afghan women who worked at a media company were gunned down in Jalalabad in early March. In January, unidentified gunmen killed two female Supreme Court judges in … Read more

Joni Mitchell’s ‘The Circle Game’ : Songs Of Remembrance : NPR

Paula Einbender (first step), her preferred grandchildren (second step) and her favorite daughters Megan (left) and Rebecca (right). Rebecca Nole hide caption toggle caption Rebecca Nole Paula Einbender (first step), her preferred grandchildren (second step) and her favorite daughters Megan (left) and Rebecca (right). Rebecca Nole More than 500,000 people have died in the U.S. … Read more

Derek Chauvin may face third-degree murder charge on top of others after court ruling

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is facing trial in the death of George Floyd, could see a third-degree murder charge reinstated against him after a state appeals court ruling Friday. A three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals told Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill Friday that he broke precedent when he … Read more