Myanmar's junta on Saturday announced it pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the new year holiday, but it wasn't immediately clear if they included pro-democracy activists who were detained in the wake of the February coup. The release was announced on state broadcaster MRTV, which said that the military leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing pardoned the 23,047 prisoners, including 137 foreigners who will be deported from Myanmar. Early prisoner releases are customary during major holidays, but this is the second time the ruling junta has done so since it overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, triggering daily protests, arrests and deaths by security forces.
The demonstrators, from protest group Kaputin, were demanding the release from prison of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and denounced the build-up of Russian troops near Ukraine's eastern border.The protesters added a mock golden toilet brush to the effigy's hand and a roll of toilet paper in the other. Inscribed on the stand the words "naked killer".Mock golden toilet brushes were also found hanging next to the entrance sign of the Russian embassy.Toilet brushes became a symbol of pro-Navalny protests in February after the opposition leader published a video in which he and his allies alleged that an opulent palace belonged to the Russian leader.The Kremlin has denied that Putin owned the palace, called the video an information attack on the president and suggested what it described as a "pseudo-investigation" was a scam designed to con gullible Russians into donating to Navalny's organisation.Russia jailed Navalny for two-and-a-half years in February for parole violations he said were trumped up. He was arrested at the border as he returned to Russia from Germany where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning.State prosecutors in Moscow asked a court on Friday to label Navalny's anti-corruption group and regional headquarters "extremist" organisations, a move that would ban them and open up activists to long jail terms.The move, if approved, would mark one of the most serious steps taken by authorities yet to target the network of groups set up by the staunch critic of Putin who is on hunger-strike as he serves his jail term.The protesters also called on the Czech government to keep a pro-Western orientation and not order Russia's Sputnik V vaccine.
TGA admits minors mistakenly given AstraZeneca vaccine and says woman’s death an ‘atypical case’Therapeutic Goods Administration says death of New South Wales woman, 48, ‘most unusual’ The Australian health minister, Greg Hunt, and Professor John Skerritt. Hunt said the NSW woman who died was vaccinated before the decision to change the advice around the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP
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Robert Hight raced to the provisional No. 1 spot with a standout performance in Funny Car qualifying Friday night, the first NHRA four-wide race in two years. Hight, the runner-up at this year's season opener, had a run of 3.922-seconds at 327.59 mph in his Camaro at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. If it holds, it would be Hight's 69th career No. 1 qualifier.
Sheryl Sandberg got engaged to Tom Bernthal in February 2020 after a mountain hike and picnic lunch at Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico
The Oscars aren’t for more than a week, but if they were handing out awards for disgruntle old white people, Sharon Osbourne and Bill Maher may find themselves in a tie. “I’m sorry, I’m 65, you’re 68, I know who I am, I don’t need re-education,” the Real Time host exclaimed to applause from his […]
CJ McCollum scored 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers escaped with a 107-106 victory Friday night over the San Antonio Spurs, who missed three shots on their final possession. DeMar DeRozan had 24 points and Dejounte Murray had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for San Antonio. Portland was without Damian Lillard, who strained his right hamstring during practice on Thursday.
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Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has led tributes to actress Helen McCrory following her shocking death.The passing of the beloved Brit, who played Aunt Polly Elizabeth Gray on the hit TV drama, was announced by her actor husband Damian Lewis on Twitter on Friday when he shared the sad news that she had lost her "heroic battle" with cancer, and Knight was among the first to pay his respects, calling the show's leading lady: "one of the great actors of her generation". "She was so powerful and controlled and this is so sad," Knight said, while a statement from the show's producers on the official Peaky Blinders Twitter account read: "All our love and thoughts are with Helen’s family. Rest in peace." Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling also paid her respects to McCrory, who appeared as both Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy in the film adaptations of her books. "I’m devastated to learn of the death of Helen McCrory, an extraordinary actress and a wonderful woman who’s left us far too soon,” the author wrote, adding: “My deepest condolences to her family, especially her husband and children. Simply heartbreaking news." A tribute from the BAFTA organisation read: "We're sad to hear of the death of actor Helen McCrory. As well as fearless Polly Gray in BAFTA-winning Peaky Blinders, she was in 2007 Best Film BAFTA winner The Queen, amongst many other films and TV shows." And Michael McKean, Mark Gatiss, and Reece Shearsmith were also quick to pay their respects on Friday, while Michael Sheen wrote: "So funny, so passionate, so smart and one of the greatest actors of our time. From the first moment I met her when we were kids it was obvious she was very special. It was an honour to work with her and know her..." Homeland star Lewis penned: "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family."
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Ice Cube is "dodging" a new documentary about his friend and N.W.A. bandmate Eazy-E's death, according to the late rapper's daughter.Ebie Wright explores the theory her father was murdered - and did not die from AIDS - in A Ruthless Scandal: No More Lies, and she is urging Ice Cube to stop "ducking" her calls after she asked him to participate. "There’s so many people that are talking on this about my father and are in support of what I’m doing, and have been there for me, and just have a lot of great things to say about him, and not just even great things, but also just telling their story," she told TooFab. "The only person that actually matters to this story I'm telling, who hasn’t talked on it so far... is Ice Cube. It really breaks my heart that he hasn’t spoken on this yet, because I grew up with his sons and I have a really good relationship with them," she went on. Wright claims Ice Cube's actor son, O'Shea Jackson, told her that his dad would be willing to talk to her for the project. "He was gonna do whatever for me and he was down," she said, adding: "Since then, when we tried to book him to do the interview, he’s been ducking and dodging."
Ryan Coogler has stunned civil rights activists by announcing he won't be pulling the Black Panther sequel out of Georgia.Producers and directors of several projects have opted not to shoot in the state following the passage of repressive new election laws, which restrict the rights of African-Americans in particular, but Coogler has announced he won't be relocating because the decision will directly affect crew members in Georgia. A statement from the moviemaker reads: "The fight for full enfranchisement is fundamental to the African-American struggle in this country and to this country’s claim to functioning democracy. As an African-American, and as a citizen, I oppose all attempts, explicit and otherwise, to shrink the electorate and reduce access to the ballot."He went on: "I say this as I return to Georgia, a state that holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Atlanta for eight months while filming my last movie. I have long looked forward to returning. But, when I was informed of the passage of SB202 in the state, and its ramifications for the state’s voters, I was profoundly disappointed."Expressing that he wished to turn his "concern into action", Coogler explained: "I could not do so without first being educated on the specifics of Georgia."Having spoken with voting rights activists in the state, the filmmaker shared: "I have come to understand that many of the people employed by my film, including all the local vendors and businesses we engage, are the very same people who will bear the brunt of SB202. For those reasons, I will not be engaging in a boycott of Georgia."He noted: "What I will be doing is using my voice to emphasize the effects of SB202, it’s shameful roots in Jim Crow (sic), and doing all I can to support organizations fighting voter suppression here in the state."
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Clueless star Elisa Donovan's eating disorder battle was so bad while she was making the cult 1995 movie, she almost died of a heart attack.The actress made the shocking confession during an appearance on the Celebrity Catch Up: Life after That Thing I Did podcast, revealing she was in denial about anorexia while playing dizzy Amber, opposite Alicia Silverstone, in the film."I had maybe three or four days off in one week, and I almost had a heart attack," Donovan explained."The doctor started talking to me about eating disorders, and I said, 'Well you're crazy', because I thought I was too fat to be anorexic," she recalled."At that moment, I was so afraid I was going to lose my job. My life had started taking off in the way I wanted it to with my career, and I was concerned that this was now suddenly going to prevent me from that," Donovan went on.Her ambition prompted her to seek help - and she's glad she did."Initially, the only reason I started to really get help was because I was worried I'd not be able to continue, but ultimately, that's not what helps you to recover. It has to come from a more pure place of wanting to be better," she shared."Clueless changed my life in a lot of ways," she added, revealing: "It helped me to get healthy."Now, at 50, she has become an advocate for others struggling with eating disorders."Having an eating disorder is rarely greatly understood by the general public, and it really is a mental and emotional disease. People just look at the body as if that's the issue, but it's actually not much about that at all. So I try to help as much as I can," she said.
A federal appeals court should deny the Justice Department's attempt to substitute for former President Donald Trump in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll, her attorneys said in a new court filing Friday night. Instead, Carroll urged the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to affirm "Trump did not act within the scope of his employment as President of the United States when he repeatedly, willfully defamed a private citizen to punish and retaliate against her after she revealed that he had sexually assaulted her decades before he took office." Carroll sued the former president for defamation after he accused her of playing politics and lying about an alleged 1990s rape in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman.
The significant change since the Electoral College count indicates businesses are serious about their threats to rethink support, The Wall Street Journal finds.
Rio Ruiz and D.J. Stewart homered while Jorge López struck out eight in five innings, leading the Baltimore Orioles to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night. No. 9 hitter Freddy Galvis had two extra-base hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who improved to 5-2 on the road this season. A week after getting no-hit by San Diego Padres right-hander Joe Musgrove, the Rangers didn’t have a hit off López (1-2) until David Dahl and Nick Solak started the fifth with back-to-back homers.
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