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TOP STORIES

GLOBAL

USA-CHINA-EXCLUSIVE

EXCLUSIVE Biden will push allies to act on China forced labor at G7 -adviser

WASHINGTON,(Reuters) - The United States will urge its Group of Seven allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labor in its northwestern Xinjiang province, home to the Muslim Uighur minority, a top White House official said on Friday.

BRAZIL-POLITICS-BOLSONARO

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says military would follow his orders to take the streets

BRASILIA,(Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that if he were to order the military to take the streets and restore order, “the order will be followed,” raising fresh questions about his politicization of the armed forces.

U.S.

USA-RACE-GEORGEFLOYD-CHAUVIN

Ex-police officer Chauvin to be sentenced on June 16 in Floyd case

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted this week of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd during an arrest last year, will be sentenced on June 16, the Minnesota Judicial Branch said on Friday.

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-JOHNSON&JOHNSON-CDC

U.S. ends J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause; shots to resume immediately

The United States can immediately resume use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, top health regulators said on Friday, ending a 10-day pause to investigate its link to extremely rare but potentially deadly blood clots.

BUSINESS

EXXONMOBIL-PROXY-BOARD

EXCLUSIVE New York state pension fund backs activist nominees in Exxon proxy fight

HOUSTON, (Reuters) - New York state’s pension fund on Friday threw its support behind an activist fund’s slate of nominees to Exxon Mobil Corp’s board, heating up a proxy fight for the company’s future.

USA-STOCKS-TAXES

Investors doubt U.S. capital gains tax plan alone can derail market rally

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rebounded on Friday from a day-earlier swoon as investors digested the implications of a planned capital gains tax hike, with many pointing to reasons why such a policy alone would be unlikely to threaten the rally in equities.

ENTERTAINMENT

AWARDS-OSCARS-FIRSTS

Oscar line-up is packed with firsts

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - It’s a year of multiple firsts at this year’s Oscars, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony for the highest achievement in film.

CALIFORNIA-POLITICS-JENNER

Caitlyn Jenner joins Republican fray seeking to unseat California governor

Caitlyn Jenner, a former Olympic gold medal winner and transgender activist, on Friday added her celebrity status to a growing band of Republicans seeking to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom, whose business-disrupting pandemic response has fueled a recall drive.

SPORTS

PEOPLE-WOODS-ACCIDENT

Tiger posts photo of himself on crutches, says rehab is ‘coming along’

LOS ANGELES,(Reuters) - Tiger Woods posted a photo of himself on crutches on Friday and said his rehab is “coming along” two months after the golf great suffered severe leg injuries when his car careened off a road near Los Angeles and crashed.

GAP-BILES

U.S. gymnast Simone Biles joins Gap’s Athleta, ends Nike deal

Four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles has signed up with Gap Inc’s Athleta brand for a new apparel partnership, ending an almost six-year deal with Nike Inc .

UPCOMING

ARTS / CULTURE / ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/HUNGARY-REOPENING (PIX) (TV) Budapest cafés reopen as government relaxes COVID rules

With Hungary’s vaccination rate passing 35% the government relaxed rules, allowing restaurant terraces and cafés to open for the first time since last autumn, drawing Hungarians in droves.

24 Apr 10:00 ET / 14:00 GMT

SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/CYPRUS-DIVISION (PIX)

Cyprus activists call for peace and opening of crossing points shuttered by pandemic

Peace activists on either side of a ceasefire line splitting Cyprus call for reunification and the opening of crossing points sealed shut by the COVID-19 pandemic.

24 Apr 10:30 ET / 14:30 GMT CANCELLED-HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/NETHERLANDS-CELEBRATION (PIX) (TV)

CANCELLED-Dutch celebration of King’s Day draws 10,000 revelers to open air party

An open air party for 10,000 revelers in the southern Dutch city of Breda to celebrate the king’s birthday is drawing concerns from health authorities, who have warned that it is too soon to hold mass public events. The Netherlands is in the middle of third wave of COVID-19 infections and hospital IC wards have been near capacity. The “fieldlab” event, which requires people to provide a negative coronavirus test to attend, will be the largest to date in the Netherlands.

24 Apr 12:00 ET / 16:00 GMT

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