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Tuesday August 24th, 2021 morning edition

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WASHINGTON — The leader of the far-right Proud Boys was sentenced Monday to more than five months in jail after admitting that he burned a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington during a pro-Trump demonstration in December.

The Proud Boys and other groups marched in a raucous rally through downtown.

The banner was stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church, one of the oldest Black churches in Washington.

Tarrio, 37, of Miami, also pleaded guilty to attempting to possess a high-capacity gun magazine, which is illegal in Washington.

Tarrio told the judge Monday that he made "a grave mistake" by burning the banner.

But prosecutors said that video taken during the December demonstration showed that he was on and around the church property as other members of the Proud Boys stole the banner.

"He surely knew where he was and where the banner he burned — which had Asbury's name printed on it — had come from.". »

Biden addresses vaccine skeptics as FDA authorizes to Pfizer: ‘The moment you’ve been waiting for is here’

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President Joe Biden addressed vaccine skeptics upon the US Food and Drug Administration giving full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The president’s remarks came as the FDA authorized the vaccination for people ages 16, which Mr Biden said was a “key milestone” in the fight against Covid-19.

“After a strict process, the FDA has reaffirmed its finding that the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective and the FDA has given its full and final approval,” he said. »

Human Rights Watch says Israeli strike on Gaza high-rise broke international law

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Israeli airstrikes that demolished four high-rise buildings in the Gaza Strip during the war in May apparently violated international laws of war, a leading international human rights group said Monday, calling on the Israeli military to produce evidence justifying the attacks.

Human Rights Watch noted that although no one was harmed in the airstrikes, the attacks damaged neighboring buildings, left dozens of people homeless and destroyed scores of businesses.

Human Rights Watch, other rights groups and UN officials have accused both sides of committing war crimes in all of the conflicts. »