In Afghanistan explosions near a school have killed at least 50 people. A car bomb and two other bombs exploded on Saturday in the capital Kabul. The Afghan government has blamed the Taliban for the attack, however the Taliban has denied responsibility. The neighbourhood where the explosions took place has many members of the Hazara ethnic minority which is often targeted by Daesh, the Islamic State group.
In Japan over 300,000 people have signed a petition to cancel the Tokyo Olympics. The Olympic games were delayed last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, however the Japanese government has said that they will take place this year, despite a ‘state of emergency’ being in place in Tokyo. Opinion polls have shown that more than half of Japanese people don’t want the Olympics to take place this year, however they are expected to start on the 23rd July.
China’s Sinopharm COVID19 vaccine has become the sixth vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Tedros Adhanom, head of the WHO encouraged national medical agencies to approve the vaccine...
“This afternoon WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm, Beijing’s COVID19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality.”r
India is employing former army medics to support its healthcare system. Many Indian states have extended lockdowns during continuing reports of overwhelmed hospitals and a lack of oxygen supplies. India is now reporting over 4,000 COVID deaths every day, although reports say that the true number could be much higher as many Indians die at home.
In the Maldives, police have arrested a suspect in relation to an explosion that injured former president Mohamed Nasheed. Nasheed, who is now the speaker of the Maldives’ parliament, is recovering in hospital after the explosion outside his home in the capital Male.
In the United States there was a charity concert on Saturday called Vax Live, calling for equal distribution of COVID vaccines. Celebrities and musicians performed - some in the Sofi Stadium in California, and some from their homes. President Joe Biden gave a speech between music from Jennifer Lopez and the Foo Fighters. The United Kingdom’s Prince Harry spoke of the importance of sharing COVID vaccines equally, and gave thanks to medical professionals...
“Tonight is a celebration of each of you here - the vaccinated front-line workers in the audience, and the millions of front-line heroes around the world. You spent the last year battling courageously and selflessly to protect us all. You have served and sacrificed, put yourselves in harms way, and acted with bravery, knowing the cost. We owe you an incredible debt of gratitude.”
In Brazil there have been protests against a police raid that left 28 people dead in a favela - an area of poor housing. The United Nations said that it was concerned about the raid and Amnesty International has called the operation ‘unjustifiable’. Rio de Janairo’s police force said that the operation took place ‘without errors’, and said that children were being recruited to join a drug gang that controls the favela.
In Chad, the military has claimed victory over rebels in the north. President Idriss Deby was killed by northern rebels last month, while visiting soldiers. Deby had ruled Chad for 30 years. His son Mahamat Deby has promised elections in 18 months.
In Guinea a landslide has killed at least 15 people. Rescuers are searching for survivors after the landslide at a gold mine in north-eastern Guinea.
In the United Kingdom pro-independence parties have won a majority in Scotland’s parliament. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says that this shows that Scotland should have another independence referendum.
“Both the SNP and the Scottish Greens stood on a clear commitment to an independence referendum within the next parliamentary term. It is a commitment made to the people by a clear majority of the SNPs who have been elected to our national parliament. It is the will of the country.”
UK prime minister Boris Johnson has said that it would be irresponsible to have another referendum when Scotland should be recovering for the COVID19 pandemic. In 2014 there was a referendum on Scottish independence, and 55% of people voted to remain part of the United Kingdom.
In Italy, archaeologists have found the remains of 9 Neanderthals in a cave near Rome. Neanderthals were the closest relatives to humans, and became extinct around 40,000 years ago.
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