Tuesday, June 15, 2021

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Amna Nawaz:

Despite progress elsewhere, the pandemic in India hit another grim record, more than 4,500 deaths in 24 hours. It’s the worst single-day toll in any nation since the pandemic began.

Search teams off Western India have found 26 more bodies from an oil barge that sank during a tropical cyclone on Monday. They’re still looking for 49 others. The region’s most powerful storm in two decades tore up trees, flooded roads, and damaged more than 16,000 homes as it ripped across the region. The overall death toll has now reached 62.

Back in this country, Texas became the largest state yet to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law today. The new statute uniquely bars state officials from enforcing the ban. Instead, it allows private citizens to sue doctors or anyone who aids in an abortion.

Survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre issued a call for justice today, nearly 100 years after some of the worst racial violence in U.S. history. On the night of May 31, 1921, white mobs killed 39 people, destroyed much of a thriving Black district and left thousands homeless. A U.S. House hearing today marked the upcoming 100th anniversary.

Viola Fletcher is 107, and believed to be the oldest known survivor.

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