Friday 11th September 2020
In The Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 58 people have been killed in two attacks in the Ituri province. The provincial interior minister, Ajio Gidi, said that the attacks were carried out by ADF, a Ugandan armed group, which has been active in eastern DRC for 30 years. According to the UN, ADF's violent incidents increased since the start of 2020 due to the launch of a large-scale army campaign against them.
In Burkina Faso, heavy rains have caused severe flooding, killing at least 13 people and injuring many others. The Ministry of Finance has allocated $9.1m to help the flood victims. Burkina Faso has a population of 20 million people and, in recent years, has suffered from violence by groups such as al-Qaeda and Daesh, leaving hundreds of people dead or homeless.
South Africa. George Bizos, the human rights lawyer who defended Nelson Mandela, died yesterday in his home in Johannesburg, at the age of 92. With more on the life of George Bizos, we have Khadija Tahir...
"George Bizos was born in Southern Greece and moved to South Africa in 1941 to escape Greece's Nazi occupation. He met Nelson Mandela as a student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and the two became lifelong friends. Bizos was a top member of the anti-apartheid movement and defended Mandela and other political activists. After retirement in 1990, he joined the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) as counsel. He received many awards during his lifelong struggle for justice. Nelson Mandela - after becoming South Africa's first Black president - gave Bizos the Order for Meritorious Service. He is survived by three sons and seven grandchildren."
In Colombia at least seven people have died during protests in the last two days. On Wednesday morning, a video went viral of the Colombian police abusing a 46-year old man who was apparently breaking social distancing rules. The man later died in hospital, leading to massive protests in many parts of Colombia. Protesters took to the streets in Bogota yesterday afternoon, destroying a police station. At least 150 civilians and police have been injured.
Cuba is expected to devalue the peso's one-to-one exchange rate with the United States dollar for the first time since the 1959 revolution. The measures are part of reforms aimed at fighting an economic crisis caused by tougher US sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic. Shortages of basic goods have worsened this year, and the tourism sector's closure has left many Cubans without work.
In Lebanon, a massive fire has broken out at Beirut's port, creating panic among the city's residents. The fire is close to the site of the 4th August explosion, that killed more than 190 people, injured 6,500, and damaged thousands of buildings. The Lebanese army said the fire was at a warehouse where oil and tyres are stored, and that army helicopters were taking part in efforts to extinguish the fire.
China. The US has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students and researchers who were considered to be a security risk. Nearly 370,000 students from China enrolled at US universities in 2018-19. The move follows a proclamation by President Donald Trump in May aimed at Chinese nationals suspected of having ties to the military. Trump said some had stolen data and intellectual property. China has accused the US of racial discrimination.
Greece is sending three ships to help house thousands of migrants on the island of Lesbos after a fire destroyed an overcrowded camp. For the last 3 nights families slept on roads and in fields and car parks after fleeing Moria camp, where about 13,000 refugees had been living. 400 teenagers and children have been flown to mainland Greece. Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said about 2,000 people would be given shelter on the ships.
In The United Kingdom, actress Dame Diana Rigg died yesterday in London at the age of 82. Rigg was famous for roles including Emma Peel in TV series The Avengers and Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones. Dame Diana also played the only woman who became Mrs. James Bond. She played Tracy, who married George Lazenby's 007 in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service...
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