Friday 2nd October 2020
In India, three soldiers were killed along the disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan yesterday. The Indian army has said that the Pakistani military carried out the attack unexpectedly. Fighting is common along the line of control of the disputed Kashmir region.
Also in India yesterday, police detained two opposition leaders who were on their way to meeting the family of a rape victim. The 19-year-old woman's death has led to widespread protests all over India. Emergency laws have been imposed in Utter Pradesh after clashes between the police and protesters. Protests were inflamed by the death of another rape victim on Tuesday. At least 25 protestors have been arrested so far.
Armenia and Azerbaijan have continued fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Over a 120 people are now thought to have been killed in the last few days, including soldiers and civilians. Yesterday French President Emannuel Macron said that Syrian fighters are operating in the area.
Japan's stock exchange stopped trading all day yesterday due to a technical fault. The central Tokyo exchange was inactive for the whole of Thursday. The Japan exchange group announced that the shutdown was not due to a cyber-attack. The stock exchange is expected to operate normally today.
The European Union has started legal action against the United Kingdom for the new internal market bill. If passed, the new Internal Market bill gives the United Kingdom the power to ignore an agreement signed with the EU last year. In a statement, the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, called the bill a contradiction of the UK's commitments.
"This draft bill is by its very nature a breach of the obligation of good faith laid down in the withdrawal agreement. Moreover, if adopted as is it will be in full contradiction to the protocol of Ireland - Northern, Ireland the deadline lapsed Yesterday. The problematic provisions have not been removed - therefore this morning the commission has decided to send a letter of formal notice to the UK government. This is the first step in an infringement procedure...”
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there has been violence as refugees were being transferred to a refugee camp. Two people were killed, and 18 were injured in the incident in Bihac in the North West of Bosnia. Authorities have said that the migrants were from Afghanistan and Pakistan. Bosnia currently has almost 10,000 migrants.
In Germany, Alexi Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who was poisoned in early August, spoke to a magazine Der Spiegel yesterday. He claimed that President Putin was responsible for his poisoning and that Russia was trying to avoid a situation similar to the Belarus protests. Navalny said that he would be going back to Russia to continue his work. Russia has denied any involvement in Navalny’s poisoning.
In Venezuela, there have been hundreds of protests across the country, against the shortage of petrol and frequent power cuts in the country. Venezuela has been suffering from these shortages for years, but the coronavirus pandemic has made them worse. Economic crises in Venezuela in the last ten years have lead to 6 million Venezuelans leaving the country - the largest refugee crisis in the history of the Americas.
In Canada, a 37-year-old Indigenous woman has died in Montreal after not receiving proper medical treatment. Ms. Echaquan live-streamed video from a hospital bed, showing hospital staff shouting at her as she suffered from extreme stomach pains. She died soon after. Investigations are being carried out to determine what caused her death. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it “the worst form of racism”.
In The United States, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi criticized the coronavirus stimulus package yesterday, saying it was not enough to deal with the current economic crisis...
"We have come down 1 trillion dollars, and then we came down a trillion to 100 billion dollars. Pretty soon, we are just having a conversation. We are not really meeting the needs of the American people.”
Also in the US, there has been talk of changing the format of the two coming presidential debates, after Tuesday’s debate was widely considered to be an incoherent mess. On Twitter yesterday Trump said “Why would I allow the Debate Commission to change the rules for the second and third Debates when I easily won last time?”
In Sudan, the government will sign a peace deal with various rebel groups - hoping to end decades of conflict that have killed hundreds of thousands of people. The agreement will be signed on Saturday in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Sudan has had multiple civil wars since its independence in 1956.
South Africa reopened its borders for international flights yesterday for the first time in six months. The cape town airport was full of celebrations as performers danced to traditional music, and jets of water were sprayed to welcome the first flight from Dubai to South Africa.
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