The pandemic that won't stop, and other news from the world
1. Pandemic in India: the world continues to be alert
2. Americans start taking off their masks
3. U.S. sends surplus vaccines to other countries
4. Apple vs Facebook
5. Last images of missing Indonesian submarine sailors
6. Kate Middleton and William's wedding anniversary
7. Tensions between China and the European Union
8. Spring in Europe
9. Pink supermoon
10. After the Oscars
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The pandemic that won't stop, and other news from the world

The pandemic continues to make the world's headlines, but there are also images of the European spring, a super moon and a major wedding anniversary. Here's ten news stories from around the world that you should know.

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1. Pandemic in India: the world continues to be alert

The second wave of COVID-19 in India continues with catastrophic numbers: 320,000 infected and 2,771 dead as of April 27. Nowhere else on the planet has the situation been so out of control. Experts are concerned that the local mutation of the virus is more contagious and, as some suspect, capable of evading antibodies. It could spread across the planet, meaning that we would have to start again from scratch. For the time being, several countries have already imposed quarantines and other control measures for those entering their territories from India.

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2. Americans start taking off their masks

Meanwhile, the U.S. is moving full speed ahead with its vaccination plan and beginning to relax its security measures. Those who have been vaccinated can go outdoors without face masks (except in crowds). Indoors, they are still required. The U.S. aims to have its entire population vaccinated by the 4th of July. For the time being, this seems to be an achievable goal.

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3. U.S. sends surplus vaccines to other countries

Latin America is likely to benefit from Joe Biden's decision to donate 60 million AstraZeneca vaccines to other countries around the world. In fact, Mexico and Canada have already received four million vaccines. The dramatic situation in India may divert the majority of American leftover doses to that country.

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4. Apple vs Facebook

Apple announces that it is changing its policy and will no longer collect user data through its devices. Not only that: Apple may soon introduce a system on its devices to block data collection by external apps. This would be a huge blow to Facebook, whose business model is based on collecting user data to personalise advertising with great precision. It's considered as yet another clash between Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook, who media like The New York Times describe as "enemies."

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5. Last images of missing Indonesian submarine sailors

Indonesia mourns the 53 sailors missing in the accident of the submarine KRI Nanggala-402 in the waters north of Bali. A video of them singing 'Sampai Jumpa', a traditional song whose title means 'Until we meet again', has moved the whole country and the world.

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6. Kate Middleton and William's wedding anniversary

This week (29 April) marks the 10th anniversary of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding. The couple is going through a difficult time after Harry and Meghan's harsh accusations against the British Royal Family. Meanwhile, however,
the couple is hugely appreciated in the UK. Kate Middleton has become an icon whose popularity was barely eroded by this crisis.

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7. Tensions between China and the European Union

A pending economic partnership agreement between the EU and China has come under pressure due to European insistence (accompanied by sanctions) on the Chinese authorities to respect human rights. On top of that, the American president Joe Biden is working to improve his country's competitive position regarding China, and this course of events is also influencing Europe.

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8. Spring in Europe

In Europe, spring is beginning to fill its landscapes with flowers and warm light. This image is from the Bavarian region of Germany. Bit by bit, countries like the UK (April 12), the Netherlands (April 26), and Belgium (expectedly, May 1) are relaxing their restrictions and allowing outdoor dining.

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9. Pink supermoon

The phenomenon of the Pink Supermoon, a romantic colour effect that illuminated the night sky, could be seen from various places around the world.

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10. After the Oscars

The 2021 Oscar gala was a strange event with a rather modest audience: 9.85 million viewers tuned into the broadcast according to Nielsen, compared to last year's 23.6 million. Still, the award-winning titles such as 'Nomadland' and 'Promising Young Woman' have an artistic level that stands out.

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