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My from NPR news on Korva Coleman millions of customers in Texas lack power today as a second major winter storm strikes the state some people have seen their power restored after being cut off for a few days Houston Public Media. Sasha corner has more he remains unclear when the lights will come on across the state but the States Electrical grid regulator hopes to get things back up and running for all Texans as soon as possible. Will Magnus is CEO of her Conti electric reliability Council of taxes, even though we still have much work to do on Tuesday Governor Greg Abbott call for State lawmakers to investigate her concert response to the storm making a probe in emergency item for the Texas legislature this year magneciser Cortes happy to cooperate and will hopefully be very involved in the investigation. I'm Sascha cordner in Houston, the national weather service has put several States under winter storm.

Warnings from Oklahoma to Virginia more snow is expected and The Frigid cold persist other states such as Nebraska and North Dakota and Minnesota have gotten windshields that are as much as 25 degrees below zero us and NATO leaders will talk about the peace deal the Taliban signed last year. The US was supposed to withdraw its troops by May 1st from Afghanistan. If the deal was kept but appears Tom Bowman says us officials report the Taliban are breaking the agreement. The Americans are reneging on the agreement. They could start attacking Americans once again, and that could lie just back to open Warfare now. The hope is the Taliban will be eventually be willing to adhere to a peace deal because they want International recognition International aid, but then again we could just be returning to more Warfare.

Coronavirus has started vaccinating health workers and PR zader parole to reports the country's president has also been inoculated ends of thousands of South Africans have an earlier this month of the country faced a huge disappointment after it received a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine a small clinical trial found that the vaccine it did not work against the variant of the virus that is widespread in South Africa. So the government stopped its roll out, but today dozens of health workers received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to show that the vaccine was safe. Also got the job for us in South Africa look up is the first country to use the single shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine it your fault if your news Nairobi, you're listening to NPR news.

Palestinian Health officials in Gaza have received their first covid-19 vaccines. It's a small donation of a thousand doses of Russia's Sputnik V shot. Israel has not sent any of its own vaccines to Gaza. The territories controlled by the Palestinian group Hamas mean while other shipments of Kobe back scenes have been sent to the West Bank, but there are reports. These have not all been given to health workers in that territory as they were supposed to a new poll shows a majority support restoring the u.s. Refugee program that was announced by President Biden earlier this month as NPR's Deborah Amos report the strongest support comes from religious Americans black people and Americans younger than 45. The Paul found support is related to party affiliation liberals at 93% moderate at 57 and conservative at 24% The poll was conducted by yougov and more in common and international organization that research is polarized Society.

The most striking finding in the pole support Rises and all groups when linked to direct involvement with refugees sponsoring a family through a local group or a church organization makes the program more popular among liberals and less unpopular among conservatives Deborah Amos NPR news in pro tennis. The men's number 2 ranked player Rafael Nadal has lost his match at the Australian Open Nadal was seeking to win record 21st Grand Slam title at the open. He was defeated by Stefanos tsitsipas of Greece in the quarterfinals of Korva Coleman NPR news.
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