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April 22

International relations

The United States hosts the two-day Leaders Summit on Climate and invites 40 world leaders to discuss the necessity of combatting climate change and committing to reduce their nations' emissions.
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April 21

Law and crime

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announces that the Department of Justice will investigate whether the Minneapolis Police Department engaged in a "pattern or practice of unconstitutional, unlawful policing".
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The Bundestag votes 342–250 to approve the proposed Infection Protection Act that will give Angela Merkel's government to impose uniform restrictions in areas where infection rate is very high. 152 people are arrested in demonstrations against the controversial law.
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A 9-month-old girl is murdered by her father at the Whispering Wall in South Australia. The perpetrator, already known by police for domestic violence incidents, commits suicide at the scene.
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The Sri Lankan government expels an Antigua-registered cargo ship docked at the Magampura Mahinda Rajapaksa Port after authorities discovered undeclared uranium hexafluoride bound for China. The government pledges to take legal action against the ship's owner.
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Sports

Following the withdrawal of most of its founding member clubs, The Super League announces that it is suspending the project, three days after it was officially announced.
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Armed conflicts and attacks

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports clashes from yesterday evening until this morning, resulting in the deaths of an Asayish commander and five NDF militia in the city of Qamishli, al-Hasakah. Fighting has ceased while Russian mediation is ongoing.
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Israeli Air Force warplanes launch airstrikes against Syria after a S-200 missile landed 30km (19 miles) away from the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center in Southern Israel. The IDF says the missile was launched from southern Syria. Residents in both central Israel and the West Bank report loud explosions.
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Germany announces that it will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by early July.
Source: The Economic Times external link
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Rebels of the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) threaten to press on and reach Chad's capital N'Djamena following the killing of President Idriss Déby. In the capital, many civilians choose to stay home as fears grow. FACT rebels reject the military junta led by Déby's son, Mahamat Déby Itno, and opposition politicians also call for a civilian transition.
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A car bomb is detonated in a hotel parking lot in Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan, killing four people and injuring eleven others.
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At least four soldiers are killed by an ambush in the Sanmatenga Province of Burkina Faso.
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Disasters and accidents

The Indonesian government reports the disappearance of the submarine KRI  during a torpedo live fire exercise, requesting search and rescue assistance from Singapore and Australia.
Source: Reuters external link

International relations

Source: U.S. News & World Report external link
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that the Biden administration is working with Congress to provide $300 million in aid to Afghanistan in 2021 amid fears of a collapse of the Afghan government following the withdrawal of US troops in September.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky invites his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to a face-to-face meeting on the front line in the war-torn Donbas to negotiate an end to the conflict.
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Czech foreign minister Jakub Kulhánek issues Russia with an ultimatum to return all of the Czech diplomats it had expelled from the Czech embassy in Moscow, following a series of reciprocal moves between the two countries since April 17 to expel each other's diplomats after the Czechs discovered Russian intelligence involvement in the 2014 Vrbětice ammunition warehouses explosions. Kulhánek threatens to expel more diplomats from the Russian embassy in Prague if the ultimatum is not met.
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April 20

Armed conflicts and attacks

Chadian President Idriss Déby dies from wounds sustained while commanding forces against rebels in the northern portion of the country. The Constitution is suspended, and a Transitional Military Council headed by Déby's son, General Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, will rule the country for an estimated 18 months.
Source: The Africa Report external link

Sports

Following a massive negative backlash from UEFA, FIFA, national football associations and football fans alike, all six English Premier League clubs involved in the project, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur officially withdraw from The Super League, while FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta states that the club will not join the proposed competition without support from its registered members. Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward announces his resignation.
Source: BBC Sport external link
Hundreds of Chelsea fans protest against the club's involvement in The Super League outside the club's stadium Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea supporters' trust denounces the proposed breakaway as the "ultimate betrayal", and "unforgivable".
Source: The Guardian external link

International relations

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum announces that the state will offer COVID-19 vaccines to Manitoba truck drivers across the border.
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Law and crime

Former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. His sentence will be announced in eight weeks.
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The Quebec Superior Court overturns certain provisions of Bill 21, which prohibits public sector employees in positions of authority from wearing religious symbols, on the basis that it violates Sections 3 and 23 of the . However, the Court upholds most of the legislation.
Source: Al Jazeera English external link

April 19

Health and environment

Rockfish in Fukushima is banned from export after detecting caesium over the Japanese legal limit, likely caused by the discharge of radioactive water of the Fukushima Nuclear Plant. This is the first ban since the lifting of ban on all Fukushima fish in February 2020.
Source: China Daily external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

The Chadian army says that 300 rebels have been killed and 150 more arrested during military operations in northern Chad. Five soldiers are also killed and 36 others wounded in the operation.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

Science and technology

NASA's successfully performs the first powered flight of a helicopter from the surface of another planet.
Source: Wired external link
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov confirms that Russia will withdraw from the International Space Station beginning in 2025.
Source: RT external link
The Biden administration scraps Trump-era restrictions on fetal tissue research at the National Institutes of Health.
Source: Science external link
A research team based at the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument in Utah announces that the many fossils unearthed at the site provide proof that, contrary to popular belief, dinosaurs hunted in packs rather than individually.
Source: The Washington Post external link

International relations

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson cancels a planned trip to India due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
Source: Reuters external link
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirms a meeting between officials of the two countries and says that Iran has "always welcomed" dialogue with Saudi Arabia. Among the topics allegedly discussed in the meeting were the Vienna accord and a ceasefire in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has militarily intervened since 2015. Saudi sources declined to comment on the meeting.
Source: Reuters external link
South Korean fishermen stage a maritime demonstration to protest against the Japanese government's decision to release contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. Around 150 fishing vessels take part in the protest.
Source: Yonhap News Agency external link

Law and crime

Washington, D.C.'s chief medical examiner announces that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes but notes that "all that transpired [during the riot] played a role in his condition."
Source: CNBC external link
Russian opposition leader and activist Alexei Navalny, who has been on a hunger strike for three weeks, is moved from prison to a hospital, according to the Russian prison service. Meanwhile, European Union foreign ministers hold a meeting to discuss Navalny's health and warn that Russia will be "held responsible" if anything happens to Navalny.
Source: DW external link

Politics and elections

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel is officially named First Secretary of the Communist Party following the resignation of Raúl Castro. He is the first person not of the Castro family to hold the position since the 1959 Cuban revolution.
Source: BBC external link

Sports

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin states at a press conference that the UEFA would begin making "legal assessments" on the following day, and that the organization would look to ban the twelve Super League clubs "as soon as possible", while Jesper Møller, chairman of the Danish Football Association and UEFA Executive Committee member, says that he expected the three Super League clubs in the semi-finals of the 2020–21 UEFA Champions League: Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid CF, to be expelled from the competition this week.
Source: CBS Sports external link
The Super League announces that it is taking legal action to prevent any attempts by UEFA and FIFA to punish its member clubs and players for taking part in its inaugural season.
Source: Daily Mirror external link
Protests are held outside Elland Road stadium as Super League member club Liverpool plays Leeds United. Hundreds of people gathered to protest against Liverpool's involvement in the breakaway league.
Source: BBC external link