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1. More than 20 national leaders, including France’s Emmanuel Macron, Britain’s Boris Johnson and Germany’s Angela Merkel, wrote a piece published in several media outlets on Tuesday warning that it is a question of “not if, but when” the next health crisis strikes. The stark warning comes as countries and trade blocs continue to clash over vaccine supply. They stressed that unity and coordination are key for future pandemics.
2. “Why is the queen card worth less than the king?” Maayan Segal asked her father. That observation led to the duo designing a new deck of cards that promote gender equality. The 16-year-old just released her second iteration, called Queeng Playing Cards 2.0, which includes a range of skin tones and facial features. In this deck, the king and queen cards are equal, there’s a female joker and two of the four jacks are princesses. “We wanted to make a deck that truly represents our world and celebrates our beautiful range of cultures and appearances!” Maayan said.
3. Members of George Floyd’s family, Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Benjamin Crump took a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds outside the Minneapolis courthouse to represent the time Derek Chauvin was originally reported to have knelt on Floyd’s head and neck. Monday is the first day of Chauvin’s murder trial. “Today starts a landmark trial that will be a referendum on how far America has come in its quest for equality and justice for all,” Crump said.
4. Rapper and singer Lil Nas X launched a controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” featuring a bronze pentagram, an inverted cross and a drop of real human blood — and they sold out in less than a minute on Monday. They were priced at $1,018 a pair, a reference to the Bible passage Luke 10:18 that reads: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” The black and red sneakers, part of a collaboration between Lil Nas X and New York-based art collective MSCHF, were made using Nike Air Max 97s, though the sportswear brand has distanced itself from the design. In an emailed statement to CNN, Nike said it was not involved in creating the modified sneakers. “We do not have a relationship with Lil Nas or MSCHF,” the company said. “Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them.” Tap the link in our bio to learn more and follow @cnnstyle.
5. Millions of people in the Philippines won’t be celebrating Easter as normal this year after the majority Catholic country imposed a strict lockdown in the capital and nearby provinces. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced the lockdown Saturday after the country reported 9,838 new Covid-19 cases — the country’s highest single day increase, according to official state media Philippines News Agency. The Philippines has reported more than 720,000 coronavirus cases, including 13,170 deaths, making it one of the worst affected countries in Asia. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. Today’s top 5 USA Headline News | US Breaking News
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