In the United States there were large ceremonies across the country this weekend to remember the people who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. President Joe Biden spoke at all three sites that planes crashed - the world trade centre in New York, The pentagon in Virginia, and a field in Pennsylvania...
“It is so hard. Whether it’s the first year or the twentieth. Children have grown up without parents and parents have suffered without children. Husbands and wives have had to find ways forward without their partners in their life with them. And so on this day Jill and I hold you close in our hearts and send you our love and we hope that twenty years later the memory of your beloved brings a smile to your lips even while still bringing a tear to your eye.”
Former President George Bush who was president in 2001, said that people should remember the unity that they felt on September 11th, instead of being divided by politics and culture...
“So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment. That leaves us worried about our nation and our future together. I come without explanations or solutions . I can only tell you what I’ve seen. On America’s day of trial and grief, I saw millions of people instinctively grab for a neighbours hand and rally to the cause of one another. That is the America I know.”.
In Peru, Abimael Guzman, head of the Shining Path rebel group, has died in prison aged 86. Sendero Luminoso, or Shining Path, is a communist group that has attempted to use violence to overthrow the Peruvian government. Abimael Guzman founded the group in 1969, and he was captured in 1992.
In Afghanistan the new Taliban government has said that women will be allowed to study as long as universities are segregated between men and women. Taliban education minister Abdul Baqi Haqqani also said that women must cover their heads when attending university. Last week the Taliban banned women from playing sports.
In the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he will stand as candidate for vice president in next years election. In the Philippines presidents are limited to only one term of 6 years. The vice President is chosen in a separate election, meaning that they are often from different parties. Opposition parties have accused Duterte of trying to maintain power, however he has said that he is driven by a love of his country.
In Morocco businessman Aziz AKhannouch has been asked to form a government by King Mohammed. Akhannouch’s liberal RNI party won the most seats in last week’s parliamentary election, removing the islamist PJD party from power after ten years.
In Guinea, former president Alpha Conde is well, according to leaders from other African countries who visited him this weekend. ECOWAS ,the Economic Community of West African States, sent representatives to Guinea’s capital Conakry where they met with the Conde and with leaders of the military coup that removed him from power last week. Guinea has been suspended from ECOWAS and the African Union, as they demand a return to civilian rule.
Belarus has been selling access to the EU to Iraqi migrants for €5000 euros, according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper. Iraqis have been shown adverts on facebook promising access to Lithuania, Latvia or Poland after flying to the Belarussian capital Minsk. Migrants have reported being taken to the border and then shown how to cross illegally. Last week the EU held talks with the Iraqi government and Iraq has agreed to stop flights to Belarus. The Belarussian government denies using illegal immigration as a weapon against EU sanctions.
In the United Kingdom, Scotland will start a vaccine passport scheme next month but England will not. Nightclubs and other large events will require people to show proof of vaccination against COVID 19 in Scotland. However, in England, there will not be a vaccine passport scheme. Maya Dil reports...
In England, plans to make vaccine passports have been cancelled, said Sajid Javid, the health secretary, yesterday. People would have had to show proof of being vaccinated against covid19 to enter large events like nightclubs and sports events. Other countries, such as France, already have similar requirements. The UK government faced pressure from members of its own party, and the hospitality sector to stop the plans for vaccine passports in England.
And in France the Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric as a tribute to the artist Christo. Christo Javacheff who died last year and his wife Jean Claude, had said that they had always dreamed of wrapping the Arc de Triomph in fabric, and that is happening this week.
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