The Daily Populous

Tuesday April 11st, 2023 morning edition

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WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Russia has not granted U.S. consular officials access to Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich since he was detained late last month and is in violation of international law, State Department deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said on Monday.

"At this point it is a violation of Russia's obligations under our consular convention and a violation against international law," Patel said.

"We have stressed the need for the Russian government to provide this access as soon as possible," Patel added.

The Russian embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lawyers for the Wall Street Journal have visited the journalist, and the newspaper has called for his immediate release.

The United States has called for Russia to release Gershkovich and dismissed claims of espionage as ridiculous.

Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis; Editing by Chris Reese and Jonathan Oatis. »

Tennessee House expulsion: Nashville sends Justin Jones back to the Tennessee House days after GOP lawmakers ousted him

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State law allows local legislative bodies to appoint interim House members to fill the seats of expelled lawmakers until an election is held.

Justin Jones carries his name tag after he is expelled from the Tennessee House of Representatives Thursday.

Standing on the Tennessee House floor for the first time after being reinstated, Jones said, “I want to welcome the people back to the people’s House.”. »

This barber opens his shop on his day off for children with special needs – and all of their haircuts are free

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On his day off, Vernon Jackson still goes to work, opening up his Cincinnati barber shop, Noble Barber and Beauty, for VIP clients: children with special needs.

Jackson said having an empty shop helps some children who are sensitive to new environments and sounds.

Vernon Jackson often shares videos on social media showing children with special needs coming to him for haircuts. »

Dalai Lama apologises after video circulates online of Tibetan spiritual leader kissing a young boy and asking him to 'suck my tongue'

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The Dalai Lama has apologised to a young boy and his family after a video of the Tibetan spiritual leader kissing the child and asking him to "suck my tongue" went viral.

Key points: A statement released on the Dalai Lama's website says he "wishes to apologise to the boy and his family".

After kissing the boy the video shows the Dalai Lama asking him to "suck my tongue" and poking his tongue out at the boy. »

Leaked U.S. Documents Reveal Wiretapping of Korea

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A leaked cache of top-secret U.S. documents suggests that Washington wiretapped Korea's Office of National Security.

The leaked documents involve U.S. assessments of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and arms supplies to Kiev, and some of them seem to contain information gathered by wiretapping Korea, Israel and other U.S. allies.

Some are pointing the finger at Russia for leaking the classified documents in an attempt to drive a rift between the U.S. and its allies. »