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World in brief - January 20, 2021

UNITED STATES: Michigan ex-governor Rick Snyder sought to evade responsibility for the Flint tainted water case yesterday, with his lawyers saying the case should be dismissed as he was not in Flint at the relevant time.
The case relates to city authorities appointed by Mr Snyder allowing the consumption of improperly treated water in 2014-15, leading to lead contamination and a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. It is considered a landmark example of environmental injustice and state racism, since Flint is a majority-black city.

MEXICO: A 16th-century massacre has been uncovered by archaeologists in Tecoaque.
The skeletons of a dozen women and 10 children are believed to belong to victims of a revenge slaughter by conquistadors following the capture and ritual sacrifice of a group of Spanish soldiers, women, children, African-American slaves and indigenous allies of the Spanish by the Tecoaque people in 1521.
In the Aztec Nahuatl language, “Tecoaque” means “the place where they ate them.”

FRANCE: Workers at pharmaceutical company Sanofi held a one-day strike yesterday against job cuts.
The strike involved workers at a lab developing a coronavirus vaccine.
Hundreds of trade unionists rallied outside its Marcy l’Etoile facility against a planned cull of 1,000 jobs, which they say makes no sense given increased investment and the ongoing health crisis.

CHINA: Miners trapped underground in Qixia, Shandong province have requested pickles and porridge after rescuers managed to get a phone line to them.
Medicines, food and liquids have been passed through gaps in the debris blocking the shafts. Hundreds continue to work on the miners’ rescue.

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