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‘What have I done?’ 12-year-old black boy gives chilling account of ongoing racist abuse he suffers at school

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A 12-year-old boy in California recounted his experiences with racism at school — including being physically hit by his peers — during a moving address to his school board.

“I have been hit, chased, thrown down and called the n-word several times this year,” Daniel Pocklington said at a meeting of the Rocklin County School Board. “It is hard for me to find a safe way to go to school and actually feel important. It keeps happening and I don’t feel safe or like it’ll get better.”

He told CBS 13 Sacramento that he once received an anonymous note containing a racial slur — and that none of his classmates would own up to it.

“Why does this keep happening to me?” he mused in an interview.

Responding to Pocklington’s stories of racist abuse, the school board said the administration at his elementary school “took appropriate action” and eventually addressed his entire fifth grade class about tolerance.

After video of the preteen’s school board speech made waves in his community, he reportedly received a letter of support from his hero, former President Barack Obama.

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“He represented [that] this is what black people can do. Don’t judge us by our skin,” Pocklington told ABC10. “We can do better than you think.”

Watch 12-year-old Daniel Pocklington describe the racist abuse he faces below:

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Hong Kong is bracing for another mass rally Sunday as public anger seethes following unprecedented clashes between protesters and police over a controversial extradition law, despite a climbdown by the city's embattled leader.

Organisers are hoping for another mammoth turnout as they vowed to keep pressure on chief executive Carrie Lam, who suspended work on the hugely divisive bill Saturday after days of mounting pressure, saying she had misjudged the public mood.

Critics fear the Beijing-backed law will tangle people up in China's notoriously opaque and politicised courts as well as hammer the city's reputation as a safe business hub.

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Here’s why the FDA is urging people to be careful with ‘poop transplants’

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In recent years, a medical procedure known as fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), known colloquially as "poop transplants," have risen in popularity as a means of treating certain infections of the gastrointestinal tract without antibiotics. But according to Business Insider, the FDA is issuing a warning on the procedure following its first ever reported death.

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Saudi Arabia urges ‘decisive’ response to threats against energy supplies

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Saudi Arabia's energy minister on Saturday called for a "swift and decisive" response to threats against energy supplies following twin attacks on tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel.

"There must be a swift and decisive response to the threat against energy supplies... created by the recent terrorist acts in the Arabian Gulf," Khalid al-Falih was quoted as saying on the ministry's Twitter page.

He was speaking at a meeting of G20 energy and environment ministers in Japan after the attacks on Thursday, which sent crude prices soaring amid a tense standoff between Iran and the US.

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