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New Mexico extends lockdown for town that’s a US hot spot

New Mexico extends lockdown for town that’s a US hot spot

Health
A small New Mexico city where rural residents from the largest American Indian reservation come to stock up on supplies is one of the nation’s worst coronavirus hot spotsBy MORGAN LEE Associated PressMay 7, 2020, 10:06 PM4 min read4 min readGALLUP, N.M. -- Traffic was almost nonexistent in this small New Mexico city, and just a handful of people waited their turn to get into grocery stores and other essential businesses. This place where rural residents from the largest American Indian reservation come to stock up on supplies is one of the nation's worst coronavirus hot spots, and the governor extended a lockdown Thursday to try to stem the spread. The emergency declaration for Gallup, a gateway to the Navajo Nation, runs through noon Sunday. Patients have filled intensive care beds as CO
Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

Technology
TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. -- A battle playing out in a tiny Oregon town with no stoplights or cellphone service is pitting residents against one of the world's biggest tech companies. Locals in coastal Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using property in their quiet community to build a landing spot for an ultra high-speed, undersea cable connecting America with Asia. Representatives of the social media giant say Tierra del Mar is one of the few places on the U.S. West Coast suitable for the cable, which will feature the latest fiber optic technologies. It will link multiple U.S. locations, including Facebook's huge data center in the central Oregon town of Prineville, with Japan and the Philippines, and will help meet an increasing demand for internet services worldwide, the comp...
England in South Africa: Tourists struggle with bat in Cape Town

England in South Africa: Tourists struggle with bat in Cape Town

Sports
Second Test, Newlands, Cape Town (day one of five):England 262-9: Pope 56*; Pretorius 2-26, Philander 2-46South Africa: Yet to batScorecardEngland limped to 262-9 after another dismal batting display against South Africa on day one of the second Test in Cape Town.The top order failed to build on decent starts on a good pitch, but England recovered to 185-4 only to lose their next five wickets for 49 runs.Ollie Pope made a defiant unbeaten 56 to ensure his side were at least not bowled out within the day at Newlands. But England will likely again rely on their bowlers to stay in the match.The Proteas are 1-0 up in the four-Test series.England throw away solid starts ...

Yemeni town thrives on extortion and torture of migrants

World
Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic rifles waiting for them on the beach and she clenched in terror. She had heard migrants' stories of brutal traffickers, lurking like monsters in a nightmare. They are known by the Arabic nickname Abdul-Qawi — which means Worshipper of the Strong. "What will they do to us?" Zahra thought. ——— This story is part of an occasional series, "Outsourcing Migrants," produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. ——— She and 300 other Africans had just endured six hours crammed in a wooden smuggling
Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw from border town

World
Kurdish-backed fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain following a Turkish offensive in northern Syria to establish a "safe zone".According to SDF spokesperson Kino Gabriel there are no more Kurdish fighters in the town, which last week was captured by Turkey-backed rebels. The withdrawal of the Syrian Kurdish militia fighters was enabled by a five-day pause in fighting agreed on Saturday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the American vice president Mike Pence. Image: Ras al Ain lies on the border of Turkey and Syria. Pic: Google Maps Image: Turkish-backed fighter burns an SDF flag in Ras al Ain Mr Erdogan ha...