June 2021

Half a ton of cocaine found floating off Algerian coast

The fishermen spotted and reported suspicious bags floating in the water near Oran, a port city, on Saturday night, according to a press release from Algeria’s Ministry of Defense Monday. Coast Guard units dispatched to the scene fished out the bags, which together contained 490 kilograms (1,080 pounds) of cocaine, according to laboratory analysis conducted by the military police. The ministry press release described the failed smuggling as “an attempt to introduce a huge quantity of cocaine intended to flood our country with these poisons and drugs.” The release said the seizure took place “in the wake of operations to…


Victoria Chiamaka Udeh: How a Nigerian model used the Miss Africa Russia catwalk to protest police brutality

The Nigerian student and model was intent on using the Miss Africa Russia platform to make a statement about the anti-police brutality demonstrations that rocked her country last October, and which culminated in security forces firing on unarmed protesters at the Lekki toll gate. “I felt like ‘right now I don’t care about what the judges think about what I’m doing.’ What mattered to me was using the platform that Miss Africa Russia had given me to pass a message,” Udeh, 23, told CNN from Stavropol, southwest Russia, where she is studying medicine. In a video from the June 13…


US days from completing formal Afghanistan withdrawal but 1,000 troops could remain

A formal conclusion this week to the US military withdrawal, or retrograde, would mark an astonishingly quick end to a process that Biden initiated in April when he ordered the military to leave by September 11. As many as 1,000 US troops could remain in the country after the formal withdrawal to assist in securing the US Embassy in Kabul and the city’s airport, a senior administration official told CNN, and it is now unclear how long NATO troops will remain. “This week could be a critical week in the withdrawal and end of the retrograde process,” a defense official…


Haiti delays constitutional referendum to September

Political tensions in the Caribbean nation have been running high in recent months and Haitians have expressed fear of violence going to the polls. Violence has spiked in the capital Port-au-Prince in recent weeks as rival groups battle with one another or the police for control of the streets, displacing thousands and worsening the country’s humanitarian crisis. read more Elections were scheduled for Sept. 19. Postponing the referendum was done to give the health ministry time to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, Guylande Mesadieu, the president of the electoral board said in an interview. The electoral council said in a…


Highly educated British Black and Asian people are disadvantaged at work

Despite coming from poorer economic backgrounds on average, the children of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean immigrants have higher educational qualifications than the White majority. But that has not fully translated into labor market success, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an independent research organization that specializes in public policy analysis. “After leaving education, [second-generation ethnic minorities] are less likely to be employed, and some ethnic groups are less likely to reach managerial/professional occupations, than the White majority,” the IFS said in a statement announcing the report’s findings. The employment gap remains a problem even…


Ethiopia: Rebels in Tigray reject calls for ceasefire after government forces withdraw from regional capital

The recapture of the city by Tigrayan fighters and the retreat of Ethiopian government troops on Monday marked a stunning about-turn in the country’s devastating eight-month civil war. In the wake of Mekelle’s capture, the Ethiopian government announced a unilateral ceasefire for several months. But on Tuesday, Tigrayan forces categorically ruled out a truce, with a spokesman for the region’s ruling party saying their forces would not rest until the Ethiopian military and its allied forces had left the entire region. “We are not party to and will not be part of such a joke,” Getachew Reda, spokesman for the…


‘Sexist’ Marilyn Monroe statue installed in Palm Springs amid widespread opposition

This article was originally published by The Art Newspaper, an editorial partner of CNN Style. Multiple protests, a popular petition, a legal action and a small fire have not been enough to stop the city of Palm Springs from installing a supersized and “hyper-sexualized” Marilyn Monroe sculpture on a public site next to the Palm Springs Art Museum. On Sunday, city council members presided over a dedication ceremony for the sculpture by late artist Seward Johnson known as “Forever Marilyn” — or #metoomarilyn by those who find it exploitative — that shows the actress with her white dress flying up…


Reliance AGM: Silicon Valley gave Mukesh Ambani billions, but things aren’t all going to plan

The investments quickly established Mukesh Ambani, the billionaire head of sprawling Indian conglomerate Reliance, as a gatekeeper for Silicon Valley in the country — but also raised the stakes for him to deliver the companies a footing in the world’s fastest growing internet market. Ambani plans to use Facebook’s (FB) messaging service, WhatsApp, to connect millions of small businesses in India to his e-commerce initiative, JioMart. The partnership with Google (GOOGL), meanwhile, aims to jointly develop an affordable 5G smartphone. Reliance, whose major businesses include energy and retail in addition to technology, is expected to provide an update on those…


Ferrari says its new supercar is fast and powerful, but it’s mostly about having fun

When it goes into production early next year, the 296 GTB will be the first 6-cylinder sports car made by Ferrari since the mid-1970s. It’s also the first V6 car to bear the company’s own brand name. While it won’t be the fastest Ferrari model, executives promised that it will be among the most enjoyable. “The 296 GTB is for clients who want to achieve the most fun to drive,” said Ferrari’s chief marketing officer Enrico Galliera. This model wasn’t created to replace any models in Ferrari’s current lineup, but is an entirely new type of car for the brand,…


The Obama portraits are on display at the site of their first date

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Three years after Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits were unveiled at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the paintings have arrived at the Art Institute of Chicago, where the former President and First Lady had their very first date. On display there through mid-August, the artworks by Brooklyn-based Kehinde Wiley and Baltimore-based Amy Sherald — the first Black artists to be included in the National Portrait Gallery — have drawn millions of visitors, with Sherald’s portrait of Michelle Obama even inspiring Halloween costumes that year. To commemorate the Chicago homecoming, the former First Lady and…


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