Friday 25th September 2020
Pakistan's two main opposition parties have united to launch a new movement against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan. On Sunday, the country's main opposition parties, the Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), announced the creation of the "Pakistan Democratic Movement" (PDM) and announced countrywide protests starting next month. They say that the military rigged the 2018 election to help Imran Khan's party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
A South Korean official has been shot dead and burned by North Korean soldiers, according South Korea’s defence ministry. The man, who worked for the fisheries department, disappeared from a boat near the border and was later found in North Korea’s water. South Korea say that North Korean soldiers shot the man and burnt his body as an anti-coronavirus measure. North Korea is thought to have a "shoot-to-kill" policy to prevent Covid-19 from entering the country.
In Hong Kong, democracy activist Joshua Wong was arrested yesterday for participating in an unauthorized protest last year, and for breaking Hong Kong’s anti-mask law. Wong was released 3 hours later, and told the media that the government must stop political persecutions.
“So I urge the international community, instead of only focusing on prominent activists, just like me, I wish more people can pay attention to how twelve detainees are still being detained in Xunjun and with the secret detention, which is a total violation of human rights. And it is time to urge the government to stop the political persecution. The chilling effect is not the way out and it will not cause us to surrender.”
France will close all restaurants and bars in Marseille, France’s second largest city. The decision was made after a fast increase in coronavirus cases. On Wednesday Health Minister Olivier Véran said that all restaurants, bars, and gyms would close for at least two weeks from Saturday. France is now recording around 10,000 new cases of COVID 19 every day - double the daily average of new cases than in France’s first wave in March and April.
The United Kingdom is also facing its second wave of COVID19. On Wednesday over 16,000 new cases were reported - the second highest single day since the pandemic began. Yesterday, chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled a plan to subsidize the wages of workers whose hours are cut due to the pandemic.
"... but my expectation and hope is that this new scheme will be able to benefit large numbers of people and help protect their jobs through the difficult winter months especially as demand is depressed in their companies..."
In Sudan, Academy Award judge Hajooj Kuka, says he has been whipped in prison. He was among five artists sentenced to two months in jail by a court in Khartoum, for disturbing public safety. In an interview with the BBC from prison, Kuka said that their imprisonment showed that allies of former President Omar al-Bashir still hold power in Sudan.
Mali's interim president, colonel Bah Ndaw, has made his first public appearance meeting. Ndaw met former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan in Bamako yesterday on a mission for West African group ECOWAS.The military appointed Ndaw as interim president last month after removing Boubacar Keita from power.
In the United States, the niece of President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit yesterday, accusing him and two other family members of fraud. Mary Trump says that President Trump, his brother and his sister, cheated her out of an inheritance. Trump has not commented publicly on the allegations.
In Washington Trump was booed by a crowd outside the Supreme Court, where people were paying their respects to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Attendees could be heard chanting “vote him out” when Trump stood next to Ginsburg’s coffin...
Mexico is opening its ancient sites to the public again after coronavirus forced them to close. The remains of Mayan city Chichén Itzá was opened to the public on Tuesday. The city is a Unesco World Heritage Site and was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. Chichén Itzá was was a major city of the Maya people, between 600 and 1200 AD.
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