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Iran Deal Reaction, Kenya In Shock, Complaining Co-Workers

Iran Deal Reaction, Kenya In Shock, Complaining Co-Workers

“Terrorists make the earth shake again,” reads the front page of Kenya's Swahili-language newspaper Taifa Leoafter yesterday’s attack on Garissa University College in eastern Kenya. At least 147 people were killed and 79 were wounded when gunmen claiming to belong to the Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab stormed Garissa University College — around 200 kilometers from the Somalian border — specifically targeting Christians and taking hostage. The siege lasted 15 hours and ended with four gunmen shot down by police. Read more on our 4 Corners blog here.

Groups of Iranians gathered last night to celebrate what U.S. President Barack Obama characterized as an “historic understanding” between Iran and six world powers on its nuclear program, The New York Times reports. “We have been disappointed so many times, I can’t really believe there might be an end to this,” a Tehran resident was quoted as saying.

  • Under the framework deal reached yesterday in Lausanne, Switzerland, Iran will reduce the number of centrifuges from 19,000 to a little over 5,000, and will not enrich uranium over 3.67%, well below the levels required to develop nuclear weapons. International sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy will be lifted after the country demonstrates that it is abiding by the deal, a process that may take from six months to one year. More details from the Financial Times.
  • Many crucial details remain to be worked out. Negotiations will now focus on a “comprehensive deal” with a June 30 deadline. According to the BBC, these talks are expected to be “tougher” than the previous round.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with his security cabinet to discuss the framework deal, The Jerusalem Post reports. Commenting on the news yesterday, he said that the agreement “would threaten the survival of Israel.”
  • Read more global reaction in a special Worldcrunch wrap-up.

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Jack the Ripper began his killing streak 127 years ago today, committing the first of many murders in the Whitechapel area of London. Get today’s 57-second shot of history.

Yemen’s Shia Houthi rebels have left the presidential palace they seized yesterday in Aden after overnight airstrikes from the 10-country Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia drove them away, Middle East Eye reports.
Photo: Abdullah Hassan/Quds Net News/ZUMA
According to UN figures, at least 519 people, including many civilians and children, have died in Yemen in the last two weeks. What has been described as a proxy war between Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, which supports the rebels, is showing few signs of ending. Speaking to Tasnim news agency, an advisor to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Riyadh would “sooner or later pay the heavy price for this military attack and the massacre it has launched in Yemen.”

An American sailor who spent 66 days lost at sea has been rescued from his disabled boat about 200 miles off the North Carolina coast after apparently surviving on raw fish and rainwater.

Zhou Yongkang, China’s former security csar, has become the latest target in the government’s corruption crackdown after being charged with bribery, abuse of power and intentional disclosure of state secrets, Global Times reports. Zhou is the highest-ranking Communist Party official so far to be indicted on graft charges. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

“We know there are serial killers of humans, but we've never heard of a serial killer of dogs.” The people in northern Mexico’s Hermosillo are facing a ruthless and unusual threat from a person or group that has killed at least 64 dogs since mid-March. A Los Angeles-based actor has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprit or culprits. Read the full story from AP.

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Amid Argentine and international pressure to open negotiations on the disputed Falkland Islands, Britain’s intelligence agency GCHQ spied on Buenos Aires, launched offensive cyber operations, and may even have spread false propaganda to discredit the Argentinian government, The Intercept reports.

As America Economia’s Daniela Arce Valiente reports, studies show that complaining to colleagues creates untold amounts of stress at the office. Two writers recently tried to abstain from sharing the woes for a whole month and were pleasantly surprised by the results. “A recent study by the psychology department at Germany's Friedrich Schiller University indicates that exposure to stimuli that generate strong negative emotions, or being close to toxic individuals, is stressful. Characterized as demotivators, these are the people we are told to avoid at work. An article in Forbes magazine likewise describes them as most dangerous to their colleagues' mental well-being, because negative attitudes are contagious.”
Read the full article, The Worst Co-Worker Of All? Joe Complainer.

The French Parliament approved a law today that bans the use of anorexic and too-skinny models. According to Twitter" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2015/04/03/97001-20150403FILWWW00087-loi-sante-l-assemblee-interdit-les-mannequins-trop-maigres.php#xtor=AL-155-Twitter">Le Figaro, those who break the law now face up to six months in prison and a fine of 75,000 euros ($82,000).

With the season five premiere of Game of Thrones approaching, author George R. R. Martin, whose book series inspired the show, has released a chapter of the next and long-awaited installment, The Winds Of Winter. Read Alayne’s story here.

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Joshimath, The Sinking Indian City Has Also Become A Hotbed Of Government Censorship

The Indian authorities' decision to hide factual reports on the land subsidence in Joshimath only furthers a sense of paranoia.

Photo of people standing next to a cracked road in Joshimath, India

Cracked road in Joshimath

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Rohan Banerjee*

MUMBAI — Midway through the movie Don’t Look Up (2021), the outspoken PhD candidate Kate Dibiasky (Jennifer Lawrence) is bundled into a car, a bag over her head. The White House, we are told, wants her “off the grid”. She is taken to a warehouse – the sort of place where CIA and FBI agents seem to spend an inordinate amount of time in Hollywood movies – and charged with violating national security secrets.

The Hobson’s choice offered to her is to either face prosecution or suspend “all public media appearances and incendiary language relating to Comet Dibiasky”, an interstellar object on a collision course with earth. Exasperated, she acquiesces to the gag order.

Don’t Look Upis a satirical take on the collective apathy towards climate change; only, the slow burn of fossil fuel is replaced by the more imminent threat of a comet crashing into our planet. As a couple of scientists try to warn humanity about its potential extinction, they discover a media, an administration, and indeed, a society that is not just unwilling to face the truth but would even deny it.

This premise and the caricatured characters border on the farcical, with plot devices designed to produce absurd scenarios that would be inconceivable in the real world we inhabit. After all, would any government dealing with a natural disaster, issue an edict prohibiting researchers and scientists from talking about the event? Surely not. Right?

On January 11, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), one of the centers of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), issued a preliminary report on the land subsidence issue occurring in Joshimath, the mountainside city in the Himalayas.

The word ‘subsidence’ entered the public lexicon at the turn of the year as disturbing images of cracked roads and tilted buildings began to emanate from Joshimath.

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