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14 WORLD WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 2021 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 Probe into police abuse WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department has announced an investigation of systematic abuse by police in Louisville, Kentucky, 13 months after officers shot dead Black medical technician Breonna Taylor in a raid on her home. Just days after launching an investigation of Minneapolis police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, AttorneyGeneral Merrick Garland said the examination of Louisville will focus on a pattern of unreasonable use of force, unlawful searches and seizures, and discrimination against African-Americans. Both investigations could lead to police being legally bound by consent decrees to enact reforms. After Donald Trump refused to use federal pressure to reform local police departments, the probes underscore the determination of President Joe Bidens administration to hold police to account amid a series of unjustified shootings and killings of African-Americans. All of these steps will be taken with one goal in mind: to ensure that policing policies and practices are constitutional and lawful, Mr Garland said. The Louisville police came under particular scrutiny in the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests against police abuse last year because of the death of Ms Taylor. The 26-year-old emergency room technician was shot dead in Louisville on March 13, 2020 after three plainclothes policemen executing a drugs-related search warrant burst into her apartment in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend exchanged fire with the officers, who he said he thought were intruders. Police fired more than 30 shots and Taylor was struck at least five times. No drugs were found. The police initially released only a few details about the raid and at first cleared the officers of any wrongdoing. When the May 2020 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis brought such incidents to greater public attention, sparking nationwide protests and riots, Ms Taylors case also drew more scrutiny. An investigation found many problems with police behaviour in the case, including the way the warrant was issued and implemented. But in September a grand jury ruled that only one of the three officers should be charged, for three counts of wanton endangerment over shots fired into adjoining apartments. Separately, though, the city agreed last September to pay Ms Taylors family $12m over her death, and to enact certain reforms. Mr Garland said the Louisville police will also be examined over a pattern of misuse of force against protesters engaged in legal demonstrations. Breonna Taylor. NASA pick is lunarcy WASHINGTON: Blue Origin, the US space company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has filed a protest against NASAs choice of rival SpaceX to build the module that will land the next US astronauts on the moon. NASA has executed a flawed acquisition and moved the goalposts at the last minute, Blue Origin said. The decision eliminates opportunities for competition, significantly narrows the supply base, and not only delays, but also endangers Americas return to the moon by 2024 as planned, it said. African migrants found dead in boat MADRID: Seventeen people were found dead on Monday on a boat drifting off El Hierro in Spains Canary Islands, officials said, as migrant arrivals to the archipelago surge despite the deadly dangers of the crossing. A Spanish military helicopter airlifted three survivors two men and a woman to a hospital on the island of Ten erife, local emergency services said in a tweet. One of the men was in serious condition with severe dehydration, it added. A Spanish air force plane first spotted the boat some 265 nautical miles southeast of El Hierro on Monday morning and a search and rescue vessel was deployed. The migrants on the boat were all sub-Saharan Africans, she added. It was not immediately clear where the boat had embarked from. Meanwhile around 100 migrants tried to swim to the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from neighbouring Morocco on Sunday, Spanish police said. A handful managed to reach a beach in Ceuta on their own but most had to be rescued by Spanish rescue boats. Facebook faces music NEW YORK: Facebook is expanding its partnership with Spotify to create a way of listening to full songs within the social network. In 27 markets, paying Spotify subscribers will be able to listen to audio content including full music tracks and podcasts on Facebook, using a miniplayer to allow continued scrolling within the networking app. The announcement comes a week after Facebook said it was adding podcasts and live audio rooms as it faces competition from audio app Clubhouse. Four missing after patrol attack OUAGADOUGOU: Four people, including three Europeans and a Burkinabe, were missing after an anti-poaching patrol was attacked in eastern Burkina Faso on Monday. The group composed of soldiers, forest rangers and foreign reporters was targeted in the Fada NGourma-Pama area, according to a local official, who added the provisional toll reports three people injured, four missing. The attack in the West African country was confirmed by security sources, with one saying the Westerners included two Spaniards and an Irishman, all of whom were working on behalf of an NGO protecting the environment. According to survivors, two of the foreigners were wound ed during the attack. The search is ongoing to find the four missing people, added the source. The attackers used two pick-up vehicles and a dozen motorbikes, according to security sources. Burkina Faso, a poor, landlocked country in the heart of the Sahel, has been battling an Islamist insurgency for years. Even stars such as Regina King couldnt stop TV viewers of the Academy Awards switching off in droves. Picture: Getty Images LOS ANGELES: The audience for this years Academy Awards plummeted by more than half to a new record low average of 9.85 million US viewers, broadcaster ABC admitted on Tuesday. The whopping 58.3 per cent tumble from last years already record low figure of 23.6 million had been widely expected for Hollywoods biggest night, after other award shows held during the pandemic also suffered precipitous declines. With movie theatres shut for most of the year and several blockbuster films starring big-name actors postponed, a less familiar crop of nominees were competing at Sundays underwhelming ceremony. The ratings disaster continues a long downward trend for the Oscars, which were above 43 million US TV viewers as recently as 2014. Among those who did not tune in was Anthony Hopkins (left), who unexpectedly won best actor. The British star was asleep in Wales when his win was announced, having not bothered to tune in either. However, yesterday he recorded a message of thanks to the academy, in which he graciously paid tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who had been expected to win. At 83 years of age, I did not expect to get this award, Hopkins said, before adding: I want to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman who was taken from us far too early. THE LOSER IS... OSCARS RATINGS SLICED IN HALF