Friday 16th October 2020
In Pakistan, 15 people were killed yesterday by unidentified attackers in the province of Baluchistan. The people were part of a convoy of the Oil and gas development corporation. The home minister of Baluchistan, Zia Langove, said that 7 armed attackers escaped from the area. In another incident, in the north of Pakistan, six soldiers of the Pakistan army were killed by a bomb.
Kyrgyzstan's President, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, resigned yesterday after protests against the disputed parliamentary elections held 2 weeks ago. Opposition groups seized the government building last week, and Jeenbekov sent soldiers to the streets of Kyrgyzstan's capital city, Bishkek. The parliamentary election has been annulled. On Wednesday, opposition leader Sadyr Zhaparov was appointed the acting prime minister, but it is unclear when new elections will be held.
Bangladesh has sentenced 5 men to death for a gang rape in 2012. This decision comes only days after Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape.
India's first Oscar winner, costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, died yesterday in Mumbai at the age of 91. Athaiya won her Oscar for her work on the 1983 film on the life of Mahatma Gandhi.
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a 60-billion-dollar plan to help the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The program focuses on creating more jobs over the next four years. South Africa was already facing a recession before the coronavirus lockdown started in March, and over the following months, almost 2 million jobs were lost. Ramaphosa also announced yesterday that COVID relief grants would be extended for another 3 months,
“We need to do everything in our means to provide support to those in society who continue to face hunger and also continue to face great distress. We will therefore be extending the special COVID19 grant by a further 3 months, so that we assist our people who are in distress.”
The Nigerian army issued a warning yesterday to protesters and promised to defend its democracy at all costs. Nigerians have been protesting police brutality for over a week. Protests successfully pressured the government to end the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), which has been accused of corruption and violence, especially against young people. Nigeria's government has banned all protests in the capital city of Abuja. Major General John Enenche spoke to the media yesterday.
In France, police raided the homes of senior government officials yesterday as a part of the ongoing investigation against the government handling of the coronavirus. A French court launched this investigation in July, and so far, the former prime minister and the current and former health Ministers are all under investigation. Almost 33,000 people are reported to have died due to the coronavirus in France. The government has recently imposed stricter guidelines reduce infections, including a night-time curfew in Paris and other major cities.
The European Union announced sanctions on six Russian officials and a chemical research Centre over the alleged poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The officials will face asset freezes and travel bans within the EU. The Russian government has denied any role in Navalny's poisoning. In a statement released yesterday, the EU said that the poisoning could only have been possible with Vladamir Putin’s consent.
In The United States, Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign after two of her staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. According to her campaign manager, Kamala Harris was not in close contact with the two staff members.
President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he would support a bigger coronavirus relief package than the one made by Congress. Speaking to Fox News, Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of trying to stop the negotiations for political gain.
"TRUMP: WE LIKE STIMULUS. WE WANT STIMULUS. WE THINK WE SHOULD HAVE STIMULUS BECAUSE IT WAS CHINA'S FAULT. IT WAS NOT THE AMERICAN WORKERS FAULT OR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.
REPORTER: WHY NOT JUST GO WITH SPEAKER PELOSI'S $2.2 TRILLION DEAL?
DONALD TRUMP: SHE IS ASKING FOR ALL SORTS OF GOODIES. SHE WANTS TO BAIL OUT BADLY-RUN DEMOCRAT STATES AND CITIES. SHE WANTS MONEY FOR THINGS, YOUR PRIDE COULDN'T LET IT HAPPEN."
In Mexico, a school owner has been sentenced to 31 years in prison for her part in the deaths of 19 children and seven adults. Monica Garcia Villegas has been charged with building an illegal apartment on top of the school. An earthquake in 2017 caused the building to collapse.
And in Canada, a dinosaur skeleton found by a 12 year old boy was completely recovered yesterday. The boy discovered small pieces of the fossil last year on a hike with his father. It is expected to be 69 million years old.
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