Tokyo residents react after Japan slams borders shut over Omicron fears
Japan announced plans Monday to bar all new foreign travellers over the Omicron variant of Covid-19, joining a growing list of countries trying to erect virtual fortresses against the heavily mutated new strain. "I feel relieved now that Prime Minister (Fumio) Kishida announced very strict border measures," says one businessman. Another resident says:"For sure it’s better not to allow people who might be infected to enter Japan, because the situation in Japan is pretty stable now." IMAGES AND VOXPOPSN°9TL37Nnews.yahoo.com
With COVID-19 restrictions set to loosen, we want to hear about what you plan to do this spring and summer, and how you feel about it
With Chicago and Illinois set to enter into a phase with fewer coronavirus restrictions and new events being announced each day, we want to hear what you are planning to do.chicagotribune.com
Lawmakers criticize plans for "America First" caucus pushing "Anglo-Saxon political traditions"
Republican lawmakers appear to be stepping away from plans to launch an "America First" caucus that would push for "Anglo-Saxon political traditions." CBS News congressional correspondent Nikole Killion joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" co-hosts Elaine Quijano and Caitlin Huey-Burns to discuss where the plans stand.cbsnews.com
Mercy Hospital, denied approval to close in Bronzeville, files for bankruptcy. Mayor Lightfoot calls it ‘devastating for that community.’
“It’s heartbreaking that, what they’re saying now is their plans to have more shift to outpatient now aren’t even doable because they’ve lost so much money, they’re losing staff. There should have been a better way and we’re going to have to now play catch-up on fixing what’s broken, but I understand why they filed,” Lightfoot said. “It’s really tough to run, even a not-for-profit, when you don’t have money, your staff is fleeing and you don’t have additional resources to backfill. It’s a tragedy for our city, there’s no question about it.”chicagotribune.com
US military moves to try Bali bomb suspects at Guantanamo
In this photo reviewed by U.S. military officials, the Office of Military Commissions building used for Periodic Review Board hearings is seen, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. Gen. Lloyd Austin, Biden's nominee to be secretary of defense, this week reaffirmed the intention to close Guantanamo to the Senate committee considering his nomination. The case was rejected by the Pentagon legal official known as a convening authority for reasons that aren't publicly known. Obama reduced the prisoner population but his effort to close Guantanamo was blocked by Congress, which prohibited transferring anyone from the base to the U.S. for any reason. “I believe it is time for the detention facility at Guantanamo to close its doors," he said.