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U.S. President Biden unveils $6 trillion budget

U.S. President Joe Biden has released his 2022 budget, calling for 6 trillion U.S. dollars in spending by stitching together his most ambitious spending proposals.

The administration's spending blueprint for the fiscal year ending in September 2022 will increase spending on infrastructure, education and combating climate change.

Republicans have criticized the increase in government spending, while Democrats applauded the funding of social programs, and many third party groups applauded the president for finding ways to pay for his agenda but criticized his failure to cut the debt.

 

U.S. Senate Republicans block legislation on Capitol riot commission

Republicans in the U.S. Senate have blocked the creation of a bipartisan panel to study the attack on the Capitol in January by former President Donald Trump's supporters.

Democrats and some moderate Republicans had called for a commission to probe the events leading up to and on January 6.

The proposed commission would have had the power to force witnesses, possibly including Trump, to testify under oath about what happened that day.

Trump had urged Republican lawmakers to vote against it and warned of "consequences" for those who supported it.

 

Rally marks 100 anniversary of Tulsa Race Massacre in U.S.

A march along the trail that Black people used to flee the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has been held to mark the 100th anniversary of the atrocity.

Community activist Greg Robinson speaks about the significance of the event.

"Greenwood represents our ability as Black people in whatever situation -- not just to survive, but to thrive. It represents our ability to look our oppressors in the eye, our captors in the eye, our enslavers in the eye and say, 'not today.'"

In late May of 1921, a white mob descended on the Black section of Tulsa, known as Greenwood, after a black man allegedly assaulted a white woman.

They burned 1,000 homes and looted hundreds more.

An estimated 300 people were killed and thousands were left homeless.

The community has never recovered from the attack.

 

Namibian Genocide Association not happy about Germany's compensation

The descendants of Herero and Nama tribespeople in Namibia have rejected Germany's offer of compensation.

German soldiers killed some 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama people in the early 1900s after a revolt against land seizures by colonists.

On Friday, Germany apologized for its role in killings, officially described the massacre as genocide for the first time and agreed to fund projects worth over a billion euros.

Namibian authorities have welcomed the move, but Chairman Laidlaw Peringanda of the Namibian Genocide Association suggests it's not enough.

"We are actually not happy with the amount of money which the German government is going to offer towards the affected community of the genocide. We also believe that the German government must pay back or must buy back the land which is in the hands of the minority white Germans of Namibian descendants who own more than 60 percent of the commercial lands."

Germany was the third biggest colonial power after Britain and France. However, its colonial past was ignored for decades while people focused more on Nazi crimes.

 

Remains of 215 indigenous children found at former residential school in Canada

The remains of 215 children have been found at the site of a former residential school for indigenous children in Canada.

The children, some as young as three years old, were students at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia that closed in 1978.

Canada's residential schools were typically run by Christian churches on behalf of Ottawa from the 1840s to the 1990s.

An investigation found in 2015 that over 4,100 children died while attending the schools.

The deaths of the 215 children buried in the grounds of what was once Canada's largest residential school are believed to not have been included in that figure and appear to have been undocumented until the discovery.

 

China's archaeological sites to apply for UNESCO status

Two archaeological sites in Sichuan Province will together apply for UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status.

They include the legendary Sanxingdui Ruins located in the city of Guanghan and the Jinsha Ruins in the provincial capital of Chengdu.

The Sanxingdui Ruins are believed to be the remnants of the Shu Kingdom dating back at least 4,800 years and lasting over 2,000 years.

The Jinsha site was found in 2001. Over 6,000 pieces of cultural relics believed to belong to the Shu Kingdom have been unearthed there.

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