Russia retaliates with sanctions on US
The World April 16, 2021
The Russian flag flies on the grounds of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, April 15, 2021.
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The Biden administration on Thursday slapped new sanctions on the Kremlin. Now, Moscow has responded with a set of its own sanctions against the US. And, a significant change is set for the future of Cuba: Raúl Castro is expected to step down as Communist Party secretary-general this weekend. Also, the European Commission is expected to unveil its long-awaited proposal on artificial intelligence regulations.
Tension between Russia and US continues to rise as Russia announces counter sanctions 
Hong Kong democracy activists sentenced in court as crackdown continues 
Peru polarized by two social conservatives in presidential runoff
EU set to release artificial intelligence legislation 
Looking back on 50 years since the US and China engaged in pingpong diplomacy
Raúl Castro expected to step down as leader of Cuba 
Cuban American families want reunification program to resume 
Pakistan mourns its ‘father of human rights’
Bhutan’s successful vaccination program 
Toddler’s pandemic adventures bring joy and childhood memories to Canadian retirement home 
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Pro-democracy advocate Jimmy Lai sentenced in Hong Kong
The World April 16, 2021
Top of The World: Media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 73, was sentenced Friday in Hong Kong to 14 months in prison. And, Raúl Castro is set to step down from his post as the secretary-general of his party's eighth Congress. Also, US President Joe Biden will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday.
A toddler's newsletter inspires joy for isolated seniors in Toronto
The World April 16, 2021
The pandemic hit retirement homes hard. “Fridays with Edison,” a newsletter written in the voice of a 2-year-old, has kept residents at one Toronto retirement home inspired and connected.
Peru polarized by two social conservatives in presidential runoff
The World April 16, 2021
The two will go head-to-head in a second round of voting on June 6, with a majority of voters disappointed in their options.
Pakistan mourns I.A. Rehman, the country’s ‘father of human rights’ 
The World April 16, 2021
​​​​I.A. Rehman opposed dictators and supported minorities, despite threats and constant danger.
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A fresh call for ‘pingpong diplomacy’ on the 50th anniversary of the first US-China games
The World April 16, 2021
The 1971 Table Tennis World Championship featuring US and Chinese teams has never been forgotten. Now, original players are calling for renewed diplomacy as tensions continue to mount between the two countries.
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