Biden expected to use the term “genocide” to describe atrocities committed against Armenians
President Joe Biden is preparing recognize the murders and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago using the term “genocide” in a presidential proclamation, US officials said. Legislators and activists have urged the president to announce the move on or before the day of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Remembrance on Saturday. If Biden gets through, he will likely be pushed back by Turkey, which has put pressure on previous governments to circumvent the problem. Biden spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday in anticipation of his plan. However, in separate statements after Friday’s call, the US and Turkish governments did not mention the US plan to recognize the genocide. US presidents have for decades recognized Memorial Day marking the events of 1915-1923, but avoided using the term “genocide” to circumvent Turkey’s alienation.
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The Oscars make their long-awaited return on Sunday
It was a longer road than usual as Hollywood navigated the global pandemic, however The Academy Awards will return like never before on Sunday (ABC, 8 ET / 5 PT). Chloé Zhao “Nomadland” leads a broad field of the best image candidates, a diverse number of reigning competitors is a positive departure from that #OscarsSoWhite Scandal of the past and the late Chadwick Boseman seems poised to secure a posthumous victory for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. One eye-catching category is the unpredictable race of the best actresses, with Viola Davis, Carey Mulligan, Frances McDormand, Andra Day and Vanessa Kirby competing for the award. The hostless ceremony takes place primarily in Los Angeles’ historic Union Station. Other events will take place in the traditional house of the show, the Dolby Theater and international locations via satellite. And yes, there will be a red carpet.
The US and other nations hunt down Indonesian submarines after the air runs out
Indonesia went in search of a naval submarine off Bali It is believed that Saturday, hours after 53 crew members on board were oxygenated, will be exhausted. The KRI Nanggala 402 lost contact after its last reported dive on Wednesday off the vacation island, and the naval chief said he was expected to run out of oxygen early Saturday morning. There is concern that the submarine has sunk too deep to reach it in time or to recover. An American reconnaissance aircraft, P-8 Poseidon, landed early Saturday and is expected to join the search. Australia, Singapore and Malaysia are also expected to send various ships to the region to aid underwater hunting, a spokesman for the Indonesian military said. The Indonesian military, naval and police chiefs are expected to hold another press conference later on Saturday.
South strut for severe weather
Severe storms are expected to develop with large, devastating hail, noxious winds, tornadoes, and heavy rain that can cause flash floods over the southern plains to the deep south in the next few days. The storms were expected to occur on Friday and on Saturday the storms will pick up again and extend into western South Carolina and the Florida Panhandle. Tornadoes will also be possible on Saturday across eastern Louisiana to the Carolinas coast. Cities like Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama could also experience storms on Saturday. These storms are predicted to cause widespread rainfall of 2 to 4 inches in the south, potentially leading to flooding. The most vulnerable places for flooding are urban areas, roads, and small streams.
The legendary rapper DMX will be remembered
A memorial service in honor of the life and legacy of DMX will be held in New York City on Saturday. Although the service is only open to close friends and family members, it will be broadcast live to the public on DMX’s official YouTube page at 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. PT. On Sunday, BET will broadcast a home going celebration titled “BET Remembers DMX” (2:30 PM ET / 11:30 PM PT) to commemorate the rapper’s life. Following the program, the network will broadcast films and documentaries using DMX to honor him. DMX, whose real name was Earl Simmons, was rushed to a hospital in White Plains, New York, on April 2 and died almost a week later, according to a family statement. DMX caused a sensation in rap music in 1998 with its first studio album “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot”, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. The rapper had four other top-charted albums.
Contributor: The Associated Press