The Daily Populous

Sunday April 16th, 2023 morning edition

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The Japanese government has asked schools not to penalize students if they were late or missed classes because they were filing a police report after getting groped on their commute.

The notice was sent to educational boards nationwide as Japanese schools begin a new term this month and more students return to classrooms after disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

18-year-old Masami, a student in greater Tokyo who was groped last year on her way to her high school, welcomes the proposal.

She told her teacher about the attack the next day, but the school nevertheless put a black mark on her attendance record.

Eliminating public groping is one of several goals the government looks to achieve in order to attain gender equality.

In addition to asking schools to not penalize students if they’re tardy or miss classes when reporting groping crimes, the ministry has also requested that make-up classes be held as necessary.

This can allow students to catch up on any missed assignments or lessons, it stated. »

Sudan paramilitaries clash with army in apparent coup bid

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) -Sudan's main paramilitary group said it had seized the presidential palace, the army chief's residence and Khartoum international airport on Saturday in an apparent coup attempt, but the military said it was fighting back.

The army said it was fighting the RSF at sites the paramilitaries said they had taken.

The army also said it had taken some RSF bases and denied that the RSF had taken Merowe airport. »

Bomb threat made to Budweiser's Van Nuys factory

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The Los Angeles Police Department responded Thursday to a bomb threat made to Budweiser's Van Nuys factory.

This threat coincides with other nationwide bomb threats allegedly made to other Budweiser factories this week as the company refuses to cut ties with the transgender influencer.

It was reported Thursday, that a Missouri based Budweiser distributor canceled all planned appearances of the iconic Clydesdale horses, citing threats to its employees. »

Russian oil exports back above pre-Ukraine war levels as India and China buy 90%

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Russian crude oil exports are back above levels seen before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, despite the ratcheting up of Western sanctions, new data shows.

India and China now account for 90 per cent of Russia’s seaborne crude oil exports, according to figures shared with The Independent by commodities tracking firm Kpler.

While volumes of Russian oil exports have risen, the heavily discounted rates Moscow is offering to India and China mean revenues are significantly down year-on-year. »

Colorado offers safe haven for abortion, transgender care

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Bordering states of Wyoming and Oklahoma have passed abortion bans, and Utah has severely restricted transgender care for minors.

Many states with abortion or transgender care bans are also criminalizing traveling to states for the purpose of accessing legal health care.

“We see you and in Colorado, we’ve got your back,” Democratic state Sen. Julie Gonzales said during the ceremony. »