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The Monday Catchup

May 4, 2015

The six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray (via nbcnews.com)

Good morning folks! Here’s what you missed while you were cramming for finals:

The lead story: Six police officers have been charged in relation to the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. After riots raged last week, Baltimore’s mayor lifted a curfew on Sunday as a peaceful rally was held in front of Baltimore City Hall.

Coming up, Yemen, a Chinese manufacturing slowdown, a new royal baby, and more.

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, gave birth to a second child, a girl, over the weekend, The new royal baby has not been named but is already fourth in line for the British throne. [UPDATE: 4 May, 12:30 – One hour ago, the royal baby’s name was released! The newest UK royal is named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.]

4,800 people, attempting to migrate from Libya to Italy, were rescued by the Italian coast guard in the Mediterranean. This comes shortly after 900 Libyans died in a similar attempt, and amid calls that the Italians step up their naval presence to save the lives of those attempting the dangerous voyage.

An unknown force has begun fighting the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The soldiers, who are loyal to the Yemeni government, may be Saudi troops, a charge the Saudi government denies.

Two gunmen opened fire on a community center in Texas and were killed by police. The community center was hosting a showing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

China had its worst manufacturing output in a year during the month of April. This comes amid a general slowdown in the Chinese economy this year.

Ethiopian Israelis took to the streets in Tel Aviv to protest police brutality in their communities. These protests turned violent as protesters clashed with police.

Ed Miliband, once considered too weak, is now poised to become Britain’s next prime minister. If elected, the Labour Party leader would replace current Conservative PM David Cameron.

Another candidate has entered the race for 2016. Dr. Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon and recent hero of the conservatives has announced that he too will be entering the field, running as a Republican.

Continuing coverage: As relief supplies pour into Nepal after last week’s earthquake, the government is taking its time in the distribution and the bureaucracy is getting the blame.

The weather: Expect rain early in the week, but skies clearing up and temperatures in the 80s come Thursday and Friday.

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