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5 things you need to know this morning: April 16, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Teenage boy killed by police in Chicago

Chicago's mayor has called for calm after police body camera footage was released showing an officer killing a 13-year-old boy. Adam Toledo was shot in the chest after running from police while holding what appears to be a pistol. Police later found a pistol near the boy's body. Toledo, however, can clearly be seen raising his hands in the fraction of a second before the officer fires on him.

2. Pro-democracy Hong Kong tycoon jailed for demonstrations against Beijing

A pro-democracy media magnate from Hong Kong has been jailed. Jimmy Lai, an opponent of the authoritarian communist regime in Beijing, was found guilty of unauthorized assembly during demonstrations in 2019. He is 73.

3. Popular Nigerian preacher suspended from YouTube

A popular Nigerian preacher has been suspended from YouTube after praying for gay people to be "cured." TB Joshua also had posts removed from Facebook. Joshua is one of the most influential preachers in Africa, with nearly two million subscribers on YouTube.

4. 'Ultra-white' paint can help fight climate change, scientists say

Scientists in the US say they have developed the whitest paint ever. The new paint, created at Purdue University, is said to be able to reflect more than 98% of sunlight. Applying the paint to enough rooftops could help cool the planet, the scientists explained.

5. Scientists inject human stem cells into monkey embryo

An American-Chinese research team has developed monkey embryos containing human cells. The human stem cells were injected into macaque embryos and studied for 20 days. Ethical concerns have been raised about the experiment.



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