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Friday 18th September 2020

The world has now confirmed 30 million coronavirus infections. 22 million of those have recovered.

Friday 18th September 2020

Starting in Africa

Burundi’s new government has been unable to stop human rights violations, according to a United Nations report. UN investigators have said that while there had been hope for change when President Evariste Ndayishimiye replaced Pierre Nkurunziza in June, so far, human rights violations are continuing.

In Somalia, a report into money transfer systems has found that more than $3.5m in cash has been moved between suspected weapons traffickers in recent years. The report suggests that a Yemeni arms supplier was able to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars. These findings could prevent Somali transfer companies from working with international banks.


In the United States, a former model has accused President Donald Trump of sexual assault. In an interview with the British newspaper The Guardian, model Amy Dorris spoke of being assaulted by Trump in 1997....

“I was just like ‘no, no, no’, and I was like nervous laughing, like ‘no’, get away, but then he just grabbed me, and he just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off and that was when his grip became tighter, and his hands were kind of very gropey, and all over my butt, my breasts, my back like everything, but his grip was hard, you couldn’t pull away. I was pushing his tongue out of my <sic> my mouth with my teeth. It was pretty traumatic, and jarring and shocking...”

Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault by around 25 women, of which 5 have gone to court.

Canada. In the province of Alberta, police have arrested a man for speeding and dangerous driving after he was found asleep at the wheel of his self-driving car. The speed limit on most of Canada’s highway network is 110km/h, and the car was traveling at 150km/h.


In France, an association of COVID-19 victims is filing a legal complaint against Prime Minister Jean Castex for alleged mishandling of the pandemic. The association, which has 200 members, filed a complaint with the Court of the Republic yesterday, the only court in France that deals with cases against government ministers. Over 31,000 people are confirmed to have died of COVID19 in France.

In Greece, police on the island of Lesbos have launched an operation to rehouse thousands of refugees and migrants after the fire at the Moria refugee camp last week. The refugees are being moved to a temporary center, the Kara Tepe camp, near the island's main town Mytilene. Many refugees have refused to go, fearing that living conditions would be as bad or worse than at Moria.

In the United Kingdom, the demand for coronavirus testing is three to four times higher than the ability to test. Dido Harding, the head of NHS improvement, said that the UK’s testing capacity was limited...

“It is clearly obvious that there is significantly more demand than capacity today. The number of people calling 111 and visiting the website would be 3 to 4 times the number of tests we currently have available.”


In Afghanistan, dozens of people have died after Taliban fighters attacked pro-government checkpoints in Nangarhar province. According to a government spokesperson, at least 11 Afghan security personnel and eight pro-government fighters were killed in the Khogyani district. About 30 Taliban fighters are also reported to have died. The Afghan government and the Taliban are currently holding talks in Qatar, to end the long-running conflict.

New Zealand is facing its deepest recession in decades, as its GDP shrank by 12.2% between April and June. This is New Zealand's first recession since the global financial crisis and its worst since 1987. New Zealand was briefly declared coronavirus-free, and has only reported 25 deaths, but new cases continue to rise. The economy is likely to be an important issue in next month's election, which was delayed because of the pandemic.

In Australia, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott had his phone number and passport details obtained by a hacker after posting a picture of his boarding pass on Instagram. The hacker Alex Hope said he uncovered Mr. Abbott's details from his Qantas boarding pass in just 45 minutes. He then spent months attempting to contact Mr. Abbott to alert him of the security breach. The airline company Qantas said it had now updated its cybersecurity protocols.

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