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15: India’s government announced on April 2 that it would blacklist journalists it accused of creating or spreading “fake news.” A wave of condemnation, including charges that Prime Minister Modi wanted to intimidate media away from legitimate criticism of government, followed. Modi withdrew the order 15 hours later.

44: The US admitted 44 Syrian refugees in the first three months of 2018. That’s down from 12,587 in 2016 and 6,577 in 2017. #YearningToBreatheFree

41: An astonishing 41 percent of American adults cannot identify Auschwitz as a Nazi concentration camp. That figure includes 66 percent of those aged 18–34.

11: About 14.8 million Brazilians now live in extreme poverty, an increase of 11 percent since 2016.

108: On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin orbited the Earth in 108 minutes. To escape Earth’s gravitational pull, his Vostok 1 spacecraft exceeded speeds of 5 miles per second. Less than one month later, Mercury astronaut Alan Shephard became the first American in space.


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