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President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down after 20 years in power this month, bowing to pressure from the army and weeks of demonstrations mainly by young people seeking change. "The system must go" and "We are fed up with you," read banners held up by protesters in central Algiers, scene of mass protests since Feb. 22. The demonstrations, which have been largely peaceful, have carried on as many Algerians continue to demand the removal of the elite and prosecution of those they see as corrupt.
The unusually harsh criticism from federal wildlife regulators could deal a blow to one of the most high-profile items in President Donald Trump’s energy agenda, and reflects the pitfalls of the administration’s drive to speed up big projects with quicker, shorter environmental studies. The Interior Department wants to hold its first lease sale of at least 400,000 acres in ANWR, America's largest wildlife sanctuary, later this year, but could face lawsuits if its permitting process is flawed.
Brazil’s most influential soybean growers group, along with authorities from the South American exporting giant, plan to travel to the U.S. to assess whether the country should allow the use of some of Bayer’s weedkillers and resistant seeds. The Brazilian delegation wants to get first-hand insight into America’s experience with the use of dicamba, according to Antonio Galvan, the head of Aprosoja, which is organizing the trip. “We want to gather more reports and information about the use of dicamba in the U.S. to know what may really happen to Brazil’s agriculture,” Galvan said in a telephone interview.
The growing outbreak in pockets across the country has triggered multiple public health efforts seeking to limit exposure to measles, including quarantines at two California universities. This is really going around now," Trump told reporters at the White House. "They have to get their shots." Nearly 700 cases have been confirmed by federal health officials as of this week in a resurgence that has been concentrated in a handful of states -- New York, Washington, Michigan, New Jersey and California -- although 22 states in all are affected.
The document, being written by the Treasury and Business department, was due to be published in the spring and now probably will be delayed because of wrangling about how ambitious it should be, according to people familiar with the matter. The strategy is designed to complement the government’s climate change targets and comes at a time when the ministers are examining whether they can set a target to achieve net zero emissions. One option could be to publish it in the first week of July, aligning with the U.K.’s Climate Action Week, according to two people with knowledge of the process.
Chevron Corp on Friday pushed back at the potential for a rival to break up its $33 billion deal for Anadarko Petroleum Corp, saying the two companies had already begun meetings on a merger plan. Occidental Petroleum on Thursday sought to scuttle the proposed deal, submitting a higher, $38 billion cash-and-stock offer for Anadarko. Anadarko's board said on Thursday it would evaluate the new proposal.
The ruling would protect the right to abortion in Kansas even if the conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v Wade, the 1973 ruling that recognized a right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. Rulings by state appeals courts on state constitutional issues are not normally subject to U.S. Supreme Court review.
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Judith Light, the two-time Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, will receive the Tonys’ honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award, the Tony Awards Administration Committee announced Friday.The Isabelle Stevenson Award is presented annually to a member of the theatre community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations. Light will receive the award for her advocacy to end HIV/AIDS and for her support for LGBTQ+ and human rights.“To be so generously acknowledged by The American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League and the Tony Awards, and to be included with these outstanding individuals who have received this honor before me, has been one of the most extraordinary gifts I have ever received in my life,” Light said in a statement. “The HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities are inspirations and demonstrations of how to be and live in the world; courageous, honorable, and uplifting. They inspire me and it is my privilege to be of service to them. I am humbled by this recognition from my theatre family, whom I so respect, honor, and love.”Also Read: Judith Light on What MeToo Accusers Can Learn From the LGBTQ Community (Video)Light won her previous Tony awards for her work in “Other Desert Cities” and “The Assembled Parties” in 2012 and 2013 respectively, becoming the first actress in decades to win consecutive Tonys. She’s also a two-time Daytime Emmy Award winner for her work in “One Life to Live” and has been nominated for four Prime Time Emmys for “Ugly Betty,” “Transparent” and “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.”Since the early days of the AIDS pandemic, Light has reacted to the divisive response towards the LGTBQ+ community by speaking out and aligning herself with numerous organizations, including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, GLAAD, NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Project Angel Food, and Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others.In 1993, Light spoke at the LGBT March in Washington. In 1995, Light rode her bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the California AIDS Ride to support HIV/AIDS Programs for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center. In 1996, she joined Elizabeth Taylor, who served as grand marshal, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the display of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 1998, GLAAD recognized Light with the Vision Award for her dedication to fight HIV/AIDS alongside the LGBTQ+ community. Light traveled to South Africa for the AIDS walk to raise awareness for on the ground care in South Africa and research in the United States.Also Read: Why the Hollywood Studio Model Is Outdated in the Current 'Arms Race for Talent' (All Things Video Podcast)Countless times, Light has lent her voice at Outfest, the LGBTQ+-oriented film festival in Los Angeles, and she sits on the honorary board of Point Foundation, which is the National LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund. She has participated in Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Gypsy of the Year competition and Broadway Bares.“Judith is one of the most beloved members of our theatre community,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing, said in a joint statement. “Her talent is as big as her heart and spirit – and her tireless commitment to HIV/AIDS organizations and to the LGBTQ community are unparalleled. We are honored to salute Judith at this year’s Tony Awards!”Light was also recently seen in the film “Save Me,” written by her husband Robert Desiderio, in which Light produced and starred, and “The Ryan White Story,” both of which created conversations about prejudice and bigotry towards HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ communities.Also Read: 1091, Formerly The Orchard, Nabs Sundance Comedy 'Before You Know It' in First AcquisitionLight will next be seen with Alec Baldwin and Mandy Patinkin in “Before You Know It,” which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by distributor 1091. She’ll also be seen in “Ms. White Light,” which premiered at SXSW, and Lifetime’s “Nellie Bly” with Christina Ricci. Upcoming, Light also has the film “Hot Air” with Steve Coogan.The American Theatre Wing’s 73rd Annual Tony Awards, hosted by James Corden, will air on CBS on Sunday, June 9, 2019 live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City.Nominations for the 2019 awards will be announced live by Bebe Neuwirth and Brandon Victor Dixon on Tuesday, April 30.Read original story Judith Light to Receive Tonys’ 2019 Isabelle Stevenson Award At TheWrap
Oil prices tumbled more than 3 percent on Friday after U.S. President Donald Trump again pressured the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to raise crude production to ease gasoline prices. Profit-taking from the oil market's strongest bull run in at least a year also pushed prices through technical stops which accelerated the decline, analysts said. Brent crude futures dropped $2.64, or 3.6 percent, to $71.71 a barrel by 12:05 p.m. EDT (1605 GMT).
(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc's two-drug treatment for HIV infections won marketing approval from a European Medicines Agency (EMA) panel on Friday, after the British drugmaker received a nod from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this month. EMA's human medicines committee (CHMP) cleared the combination of dolutegravir and lamivudine, to be branded as Dovato, for treating newly diagnosed adults, boosting GSK's growth prospects against competitors. ...
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