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Отримано «важливі свідчення» від бойовика угруповання «ДНР» щодо агресії Росії проти України – СБУ

Чоловік повідомив СБУ про участь кадрових російських військових у координації дій бойовиків, постачанні танків й іншої військової техніки з Росії

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Чернівецька область з 22 квітня більше не в «червоній зоні» – Немчінов

Відзавтра на Буковині діятиме «жовтий» рівень епіднебезпеки щодо COVID-19

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60 Germans Arrested During COVID-19 Empowerment Protest

Police in Berlin have clashed with protesters outside the German parliament, which is considering a bill to give Chancellor Angela Merkel the power to impose tougher COVID-19 restrictions as the nation suffers a third wave of coronavirus infections.Several thousand protesters, many without masks, gathered in central Berlin Wednesday, waving flags and placards. Police clashed with protesters resulting in scuffles and arrests.A police spokesman said officers had to break up the protest because people were not wearing masks or keeping a minimum safe distance. He said about 60 people were detained, and while police had to use pepper spray against other demonstrators who threw bottles and tried to climb over barriers, the spokesman said acts of violence were minimal.Many of the protesters waved German flags and banners saying coronavirus lockdowns undermine values enshrined in the constitution. Many Germans are sensitive to any measures they perceive as threatening their freedom because of the country’s Nazi and Communist past. Demonstrations against the proposed legislation have been staged in the last few weeks in towns across the country.Under the bill, Merkel’s government could impose tough measures including sweeping shutdowns and overnight curfews in regions with more than 100 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days.It also could force schools to revert to virtual teaching in states where the infection rate exceeds 165 — a tighter requirement than the 200 contained in an earlier draft of the law.Only one state had an incidence rate below 100 Wednesday, while seven topped 165 — including the two most populous, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. 

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«Динамо» вийшло до фіналу Кубка України з футболу

У Тернополі підопічні Мірчі Луческу впевнено перемогли одного з лідерів першої ліги – команду «Агробізнес» із міста Волочиська Хмельницької області

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Putin Warns Nations of ‘Crossing Red Line’ with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning foreign rivals against provocation or testing the nation’s strength, insisting Russia’s response would be “asymmetric, fast, and tough.”The remarks came Wednesday during his annual state-of-the-nation speech, delivered to top officials and both houses of the Russian parliament, and Putin also said Russia is striving for good relations with other countries. He offered an invitation to nations to “discuss issues related to strategic weapons and ensuring global stability.”Putin went on to suggest that in some countries, however, it has become customary to “blame Russia for anything. Like it was some kind of sport.” He said Russia has been restrained and has not responded to this hostility or outright rudeness.He continued that if someone were to take Russia’s good intentions for indifference or weakness, though, “and is willing to burn or even blow up bridges, he should know that Russia’s response will be asymmetric, fast and tough.”Putin said, “I hope that no one will think of crossing the red line with Russia. And where this line will be, in every particular case, we will determine it ourselves.”The tough talk comes one week after the United States issued new economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia for its efforts to interfere in the U.S. elections and its cyberattacks on U.S. companies and institutions.Much of the rest of Putin’s speech dealt with domestic issues, particularly its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to help its weak economy recover from the toll the virus has taken. 

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Biden OKs More Foreign Seasonal Workers as Economy Improves

President Joe Biden’s administration announced an increase Tuesday in the number of temporary seasonal workers who will be allowed to work in the U.S. this year as the U.S. economy recovers from the pandemic.  
The Department of Homeland Security said the U.S. would approve an additional 22,000 H2-B seasonal, non-agricultural worker visas on top of the annual limit of 66,000 set by Congress. It cited increased demand from employers, with the number of people seeking jobless benefits at the lowest point since the outbreak of COVID-19.
The H2-B program has bipartisan support in Congress and with businesses across the nation, though immigration opponents portray it as taking jobs from Americans. The visas are used to fill jobs in landscaping, construction, hotels and restaurants as well as in seafood and meat processing plants and amusement parks.
Employers must show they tried to recruit U.S. workers and then certify that they will suffer “irreparable harm” without a foreign, seasonal worker in order to qualify for the program, DHS said in a statement announcing the supplemental increase.
President Donald Trump last year authorized an additional 35,000 H-2B visas above the annual cap. But then three months later he halted foreign worker programs to preserve U.S. jobs during the pandemic under an executive order. Biden let that order expire.
The U.S. will set aside 6,000 visas for people from the Northern Triangle countries of Central America, where long-standing economic and social problems deteriorated further because of the pandemic and two hurricanes that struck the region.
People from the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala made up nearly half of the migrants apprehended at the U.S. southwest border last month, part of an increase that has turned into an early test for Biden.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that setting aside visas for Central Americans reflects the administration’s goal of “expanding lawful pathways for opportunity in the United States” for people from the Northern Triangle countries.
At the U.N. on Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield outlined plans to provide additional humanitarian aid to the region and to work with other nations and the private sector to help modernize the countries. She noted that at least 5 million people in Central America don’t have enough food.  
“They need security, economic opportunity and access to food to feed their families,” Thomas-Greenfield said. “That’s what’s driving them from their homes. So ultimately, that’s what we need to address.”

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As Trial Ends, Justice Department Launches Probe of Minneapolis Police

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the launch of an investigation into the police department in the Midwestern city of Minneapolis one day after former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty in the murder of George Floyd. “Today, I am announcing that the Justice Department has opened a civil investigation to determine whether the Minneapolis Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing,” Garland said Wednesday at the Justice Department.  Garland said the new probe “is separate from and independent of the federal criminal investigation” into Floyd’s death last May that sparked a wave of protests in the U.S. and abroad against police brutality and racism in the U.S. Floyd, an African American, died after Chauvin, who is white, pinned his knee against the back of Floyd’s neck for about 9 1/2 minutes during an arrest as Floyd pleaded he could not breath. Chauvin’s defense attorney, Eric Nelson, regularly suggested during the trial that Chauvin’s knee was not on Floyd’s neck as long as prosecutors maintained, arguing his knee was instead across Floyd’s shoulder blades, back and arm. “Most of our nation’s law enforcement officers do their difficult jobs honorably and lawfully,” Garland said. “I strongly believe that good officers do not want to work in systems that allow bad practices.” In addition to reviewing the department’s policing practices, the investigation will explore whether it engages in discriminatory behavior and its responses to misconduct accusations. The Justice Department previously launched an investigation into whether the officers involved in Floyd’s death violated his civil rights. Garland’s decision to begin the sweeping civil investigation came as President Joe Biden vowed his administration would continue to fight for policing reform and an end to systemic racism. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called on Congress shortly after Chauvin’s guilty verdicts were announced to approve policing reform legislation and a bill named for Floyd. Biden also called on Americans to address hatred to “change the hearts and minds, as well as laws and policies.” 
 

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Democrats Push to Counter State-Level Voting Restrictions

A new law in the southern U.S. state of Georgia that restricts mail-in voting and strengthens voter identification requirements has sparked a nationwide debate over voting rights for minorities. Democratic Party lawmakers are weighing their options even though voting rights legislation has little chance of passage in the U.S. Senate. VOA’s Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more.