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Hard Numbers: New York cabbies' hunger strike, Brazilian bank heists, Yemeni carnage, another grim COVID milestone

Taxi drivers gathered in protest by Gracie Mansion against the De Blasio debt restructuring proposal on March 9, 2021 in New York City. Cabbies cite that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s debt restructuring deal does not go far enough benefiting financial institutions

13: A group of New York cab drivers has been on a hunger strike for 13 days to call attention to exploitation of the industry. They say that a $65 million city rescue package announced in March does not go far enough to make up for decades-long arrangements that saw cabbies exploited by dodgy city loans that resulted in crushing debt and caused dozens of suicides.

29: At least 29 people were killed or injured in Yemen after Houthi rebels fired missiles into a mosque and religious school in the mountain city of Marib. Fighting has intensified in Yemen over the past few months as the Iran-backed Houthis have made inroads in the oil-rich province of Marib, the internationally-recognized government's last stronghold.

25: Brazilian police killed at least 25 people in a "warlike operation" as they tried to scuttle a bank heist in southern Brazil. Police say that sophisticated bank robberies involving well trained gangs in the country's south are the "new banditry." Brazilian police, however, have often been accused of summary executions.

5 million: The global death toll from COVID-19 has now surpassed 5 million. The US, EU, UK, and Brazil have recorded around half of all deaths from the virus worldwide, despite accounting for only one-eighth of the global population.


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