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Voice of America 15 May 2020

30 Years After Admitting WWII Massacre of Polish POWs, Katyn Memorial Plaques Removed in Russia


▶️Thirty years ago, Russia officially admitted the Soviet Union's execution of tens of thousands of Polish military and intellectuals in 1940. On April 13—less than a week before Katyn Memorial Day—a pro-Kremlin group removed the Katyn memorial plaques.

Three decades ago, in California, a group of scientists released a list of predictions on the future effects of climate change on the United States' West Coast. They mentioned droughts, fires and floods.

Correspondent Mike Kirsch went to find out what climate scientists today are projecting for the next 30 years. 
The Bank of England has warned that the UK is heading for an unprecedented recession. It says the economy is on course for the sharpest annual contraction for 300 years, with the coronavirus pandemic dramatically reducing jobs and incomes.

The Governor of the Bank of England said the economy is expected to contract by 14%, twice as big a downturn as the great crash of 2008. Unemployment could double to 9% although the Bank of England is forecasting that the economy will bounce back next year.

Meanwhile The Prime Minister will make a public statement on Sunday setting out the next stages of lockdown and any plans to ease it. But Boris Johnson has said his government will "advance with maximum caution".

In Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that she will not be pressured into acting too early to ease the lockdown, saying getting it right is "a matter of life and death".

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reports from Economics Editor Faisal Islam and Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.
NBC News' Steve Patterson reports from Ferguson, Mo., amid protests of George Floyd's death as the city elects its first black mayor nearly six years after Michael Brown Jr., who was unarmed, was fatally shot by a police officer.
Several officials told NBC News that U.S. intelligence reporting indicates that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un recently had cardiovascular surgery and has been out of public view for days. South Korean officials have denied that Kim is ill.

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