The Daily Populous

Sunday May 2nd, 2021 day edition

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Two senior provincial council members told VOA the Afghan army had stationed dozens of its forces at the base outside the provincial capital, also named Ghazni, before the pre-dawn insurgent attack.

Local media reports said the ensuing clashes had lasted several hours and killed at least 17 soldiers.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said its fighters had also seized heavy and light weaponry besides capturing 25 army personnel and killing “a number of others.”.

Separately, Afghan officials Saturday raised the death toll to at least 30 from an overnight truck bombing in Pul-e-Alam, the capital of eastern Logar province.

The Taliban did not comment on the attack but Afghan authorities blamed the insurgents for plotting the carnage.

Critics fear the violence in Afghanistan will intensify unless the Taliban and the Afghan government resume their stalled peace talks and reach a power sharing deal before all foreign troops exit the country in the next few months.

Forces conducted a precision strike this evening, destroying additional rockets aimed at the airfield,” Col. Sonny Leggett said in a subsequent tweet. »

Florida bill would fine social media platforms for banning politicians— with exemption for Disney

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Florida is on the verge of passing legislation that would fine social media companies like Twitter and Facebook that “knowingly de-platform” political candidates.

SB 7072 also bars social media platforms from restricting “journalistic enterprises,” which the bill defines as entities that do business in Florida and have at least 100,000 monthly active users or 50,000 paid subscribers.

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms for inciting the rioters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6th. »

Covid-19: Nine Customs border workers fired after refusing jab

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In what could be a sign of things to come, nine Customs workers, including four at a single provincial port, have been fired for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.

* Covid-19: Customs and Immigration NZ officers can process red and green zone passengers on same day.

ALDEN WILLIAMS/Stuff Christchurch Employment law advocate Ashleigh Fechney is helping several workers fired after refusing to get vaccinated. »

Michigan is now hospitalizing more people under 40 than those over 80 for COVID-19

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The former was about 78 a day compared to 50 for the latter, according to data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

About 74% of Michigan residents age 70 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine, and two-thirds are fully vaccinated.

In the first year of the pandemic, Michigan residents age 60 and older accounted for 23% of cases; it’s now 13%. »