Friday, Mar 31, 2023
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Opium production in Myanmar surges to nine-year high
BBC, 26 Jan 2023
The production of opium increased sharply in Myanmar, rising by a third last year, according to the United Nations.
It touched nearly 795 metric tonnes in 2022, nearly double the production in 2021 - 423 metric tonnes - the year of the military coup.
The UN believes this is driven by economic hardship and insecurity, along with higher global prices for the opium resin that is used to make heroin.
The coup plunged much of Myanmar into a continuing civil war.
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'Initial emergency phase has ended' after Turkey quake: UN
AFP, 31 Mar 2023
United Nations humanitarian office spokesperson Jens Laerke tells a press conference in Geneva that that the initial emergency phase after the Turkey earthquake has ended.
Democrats are using 'Putin's playbook' to prevent Trump from running: Rebekah Kofler
FOX, 31 Mar 2023
Military analyst Rebekah Kofler discusses Trump's legal turmoil likely to embolden external adversaries.
Diversity is good for business: So why is workplace racism still a thing? | DW Business
DW, 31 Mar 2023
Diversity is profitable for business. Teams that are ethnically and culturally varied likely perform better than their white, male counterparts.
Huawei profit slumps as costs soar
Reuters, 31 Mar 2023
Huawei's net profit slumped last year as it grappled with rising material costs and booted research, but the tech conglomerate said it was ‘out of crisis mode’ and making progre...
Retiring therapy dog gets "rock star farewell"
CBS, 31 Mar 2023
Norman the therapy dog got a "rock star farewell" as he retired after seven years of comforting hospital patients.
‘I’m angry’: Trump lawyer reacts to former president’s indictment
CNN, 31 Mar 2023
Former President Donald Trump’s attorney Jim Trusty said he expects that the former president's legal team will file motions to dismiss his indictment before a trial could poten...
Vatican: Pope to leave hospital on Saturday, eats pizza
AP, 31 Mar 2023
(31 Mar 2023) The Vatican says that Pope Francis is expected to be discharged on Saturday from the Rome hospital where he is being treated for bronchitis.
Watch Keanu Reeves and Donnie Yen Battle in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’ | Anatomy of a Scene
NYT, 31 Mar 2023
“John Wick: Chapter 4” takes a variety of martial arts styles, adds a dash of Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa and puts them all in a blender.
Peppermint on the importance of Transgender Day of Visibility
NBC, 31 Mar 2023
International Transgender Day of Visibility aims to celebrate the transgender community, while also drawing attention to discrimination and attacks faced by transgender and non-...
Premier League clubs avoided £250m in tax, experts estimate night
BBC, 31 Mar 2023
Are Premier League clubs avoiding millions of pounds of tax on agents' fees which ought to be paid? That's what new research from the think tank Tax Policy Associates, obtained ...
Rogers-Shaw deal: Merger of telecom giants expected to dominate debate in Canada's parliament | LIVE
CA, 31 Mar 2023
A massive merger of two of Canada's telecom giants is expected to dominate debate during Question Period in the House of Commons Friday.
Schools shut down as Japan struggles with record-low birth rates
Al Jazeera, 31 Mar 2023
Japan’s Prime Minister has announced he's bringing in new policies to boost the birth rate, including doubling the budget for child-related policies.
Actor Jason Watkins on daughter's death
Sky, 31 Mar 2023
In an emotional interview with Sky News, the Bafta award-winning actor Jason Watkins relives the night his two-year-old daughter died from sepsis.
Wildfire breaks out in central Thailand, engulfs mountaintops
SCMP, 31 Mar 2023
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for free here: https://sc.mp/subscribe-youtube A wildfire broke out in a forest in Thailand as seasonal temperatures rose on March 30, 2023.
Ukraine war: Russian missiles destroy residential buildings in Zaporizhzhia
Telegraph, 31 Mar 2023
Ukrainian authorities released video on Friday of what they said was the aftermath of shelling in a village in the south-eastern region of Zaporizhzhia.
CD, 31 Mar 2023
Key moments from Gwyneth Paltrow's ski crash trial
Guardian, 31 Mar 2023
Gwyneth Paltrow has been found not at fault over a 2016 ski collision. Subscribe to Guardian News on YouTube ► http://bit.ly/guardianwiressub Gwyneth Paltrow has been found not ...
Finding True America: From painkiller to America's deadliest drug
CGTN, 31 Mar 2023
For more: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-03-31/Finding-True-America-From-painkiller-to-America-s-deadliest-drug-1iCAfCmbmDK/index.html Over the last two decades, opioid addicti...
Summit of the BRICS: South Africa's Putin dilemma • FRANCE 24 English
FRANCE24, 31 Mar 2023
South Africa is due in August to host a summit of the BRICS -- a bloc which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
Nouriel Roubini Warns of Crashes, High Rate 'Megathreat'
Bloomberg, 31 Mar 2023
Nouriel Roubini, CEO at Roubini Macro Associates, explains the