Friday 3rd July 2020
Starting in Asia In Myanmar a landslide has killed over 160 people. Officials say that heavy rain sent a wave of mud into a jade mine in the northern Kachin state. Myanmar is the world’s biggest source of jade, but jade mines are often dangerous and accidents are common. In 2015 a landslide at a jade mine in Kachin state killed over 100 people.
Hong Kong. The United States congress has backed sanctions against China for its new security law in Hong Kong. China has said that it will retaliate with sanctions on the US. On Wednesday evening US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that Hong Kong would become “just another communist city”…
“Free Hong Kong was one of the world’s most stable, prosperous and dynamic cities. Now, now it will be just another communist run city where the people will be subject to the party elite’s whims… it’s sad.” On Wednesday the British government announced plans to give British citizenship to millions of Hong Kongers. Australia is planning to allow Hong Kongers to stay in Australia as well. China has criticised the UK, the US and Australia, saying that they should not interfere with China’s national issues.
Europe Brexit talks have stopped early, because of “serious disagreements” – according to Michel Barnier, the EU‘s negotiator. Barnier complained of a lack of respect from the British government. On Wednesday German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the EU to prepare for a no-deal Brexit.
In Russia, preliminary results show that people have voted for constitutional changes. Vladamir Putin has been either Prime Minister or President since 1999, and now he will be able to stay in power until 2036. Opposition politician Alexei Navalny said that the vote was illegitimate.
The United States had its highest single-day increase of coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 51,000 confirmed. Texas, Florida and California are the worst hit. Despite this, the US has had its second month of job growth. 4.8 million jobs were created in June. President Donald Trump said that they were “putting out the flames of the coronavirus….
“Todays announcement proves that our economy is roaring back, its coming back extremely strong. We have some areas where we are putting out the flames of the fires, and that’s working out very well , we’re working closely with governors, and I think its working out very well, I think you’l l see that shortly. So these are numbers that are not numbers that other presidents would have…”
Presidential candidate Joe Biden said that there is no victory to be celebrated…
“There’s no victory to be celebrated. We should hope but there’s no victory to be celebrated. We are still down nearly 15 million jobs and the pandemic is getting worse not better. We’ve already had more than 128,000 dead. And the number keeps climbing. That’s a direct consequence of Donald Trump’s bumbled leadership and total mismanagement of this crisis from the start.”
Latin America quickly…
Brazil has passed 60,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, after one thousand deaths were confirmed for Wednesday. In Mexico at least 24 people were killed in an attack on a drug rehabilitation centre in Guanajato state on Wednesday. And yesterday a judge in London said that Juan Guaido is the recognized president of Venezuela. Because of this, Nicolas Maduro should not have access to $1 billion dollars of gold stored in the Bank of England.
And finally Africa
In Ethiopia 2 people were reported to have been killed by security forces, during the funeral of musician Haacaaluu Hundeessa. Since Hundessa was killed on Monday, at least 90 people have died in different protests. It is still not known who murdered Hundessa.
In Tunisia a 27 year old blogger is on trial for sharing a video on facebook. Amna Chargui is charged with insulting the Qu’ran – the muslim holy book. Amnesty international condemned Tunisia for attacking freedom of expression.
And in Somalia the National theatre will open for the first time in 8 years, since a suicide bombing destroyed the building. The theatre was opened in 1967 and is an important cultural landmark in Mogadishu.