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Friday 17th July 2020


Americas

Twitter suffered a cyber attack late on Tuesday evening. The accounts of many famous people, including Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Kanye West, were hacked, and asked people to send them bitcoin. It is expected that the hackers received over a hundred thousand dollars in the short amount of time the posts were live. Yesterday Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted “Tough day for us at Twitter. We all feel terrible this happened.” The FBI is now involved in investigating the twitter attack. United States Attorney General Gerald Ford criticised American media companies for following Chinese censorhip rules. Ford said that technology companies like apple and google, as well as film companies like Disney, were collaborating with the Chinese Communist Party.

“And every year at the Academy awards, Americans are lectured about how this country falls short of Hollywood’s ideals of social justice, but Hollywood now regularly censors its own movies to appease the Chinese Communist Party. I suspect that Walt Disney would be disheartened to see how the company he founded deals with foreign dictatorships today. Over the years corporations such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Apple have shown themselves all too willing to collaborate with the CCP." In China many popular websites are blocked, including google, youtube, facebook and Wikipedia.


Peru’s president has changed his cabinet. The minister for health has changed for the second time since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Peru has confirmed 337,000 COVID cases – the 5th highest in the world.


Brazil has confirmed 2 million COVID19 cases. Cases doubled from one million to two, in less than one month. 76,000 people are known to have died.


Europe

In France 3 police officers have been charged over the death of a man in January. Cedric Chouviat died after being held on the floor close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The incident became infamous due to the similarity with the death of George Floyd in the United States.


The Vatican has released new guidelines on sexual abuse for its bishops. Pope Francis released the new rules yesterday, which include telling the police immediately when a case is reported. United Kingdom foreign secretary Dominic Raab made 2 large accusations against Russia yesterday. First Raab said that Russia tried to interfere with the UK’s election last year – saying that Russia had obtained secret documents and shared the online. Secondly, Raab said that Russia had tried to cyber attack British laboratories, trying to make COVID19 vaccines. Russia has denied both charges.

“We believe we know with reasonable confidence that Russian actors were involved in trying to interfere in the 2019 election… What I can also tell you today is that with our US/Canadian counterparts we’re also making it clear that we know that the Russian intelligence agencies, have been targeting in terms of cyber attacks, against efforts across those three countries, and here in the UK, our attempt to find a vaccine through research and development for coronavirus. And I think that’s pretty appalling I have to say”.


Africa

Gabon has its first female prime minister. Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda was previously the mayor of Gabon’s Capital Libreville.


Egypt and Sudan have asked for clarification from Ethiopia about the Rennaisance Dam. Egypt and Sudan say that water levels have dropped in the Nile river in their territory. Egypt receives 90% of its fresh water from the Nile.


Senegal restarted commercial flights for the first time in 4 months yesterday. People entering Senegal must show proof that they have tested negative for COVID19.


In Tunisia protests have continued in the Southern region of Tatouine. Yesterday demonstrators shut an oil pumping station. Unemployment in Tatouine is above 30%.


Asia

India has confirmed 1 million coronavirus infections. A 15 day lockdown began yesterday in the state of Bihar, home to 125 million people.


Yemen. The United Nations has asked for an international investigation into airstrikes that killed civilians on Wednesday. At least 11 people were killed in al-Jawf province, in airstrikes conducted by the Saudi led coalition. China’s economy grew by 3.2% from April to June. The easing of coronavirus lockdowns helped the economy to grow, after falling from January to March.


Scientists have taken the closest ever images of the sun. The Solar Orbiter, made by the European Space Agency is taking photographs from 77 million kilometres from the sun – between the orbits of Venus and Mercury.

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