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Monday 29th June 2020.

Half a million people are confirmed to have died of COVID19. 5 million people have recovered.

Starting in the Americas…

Yesterday United States president Donald Trump tweeted a video of one of his supports shouting “white power”…

The president has been condemned by Tim Scott – the only black Republican senator. In an interview with CNN, Scott said that the video should be taken down, and that it was ‘terrible’…

“That was a terrible display I saw in that video. I watched the whole video before I came on the show. The whole thing was terrible” The video has now been removed from twitter. English Rock Band the Rolling Stones have threatened legal action against Donald Trump for using their music at his rallies. Neil Young, Tom Petty, Adele and REM have also complained of their songs being used at Trump rallies.

In Brazil the largest newspaper the Folha de Sao Paulo has started a pro-democracy campaign. The paper is asking people to wear yellow in support of democracy, which it says is under threat from President Jair Bolsonaro, who openly supports the military dictatorship which ruled Brazil for twenty years. Bolsonaro is under investigation for corruption, as well as being criticised for not taking the coronavirus pandemic seriously. Last week, Brazil reported 250,000 COVID19 cases.

The rest of Latin America quickly

Costa Rica has started mass testing with the aim of reopening for tourism. Argentina has restarted lockdowns in the capital Buenos Aires and the northern city of Resistencia. Peru, Chile and Colombia have all reported more than 10,000 new COVID cases in the last 3 days.

Europe had many elections this weekend. Iceland’s president Johannesson won a second term – winning 92% of the vote.

Poland’s president Andrzej Duda won the most votes in presidential elections yesterday, however he did not reach the 50% needed to stop a second vote. Duda won 42% of votes, and will face a second round won the 12th July, against the mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskow, who won 30%.

In France there was low turnout for local elections yesterday. Socialists won in Paris and Prime Minister Edouard Phillipe won the mayoral race in Le Havre. The far-right “national rally” party has won the city of Perpignan – it’s the first time that the far right has won in a large city.


In Malawi Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in as president yesterday. In 2019 Chakwera came second in an election against president Peter Mutharika, but the result was annulled by the constitutional court. Last week a fresh election showed Lazarus Chakwera winning 59%. This is the first time in African history that a court decision has lead to the opposition winning an election.

Egyptian celebrity belly dancer Sama-el-Masry has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for postings on social media. A court in Cairo said that photos and videos were sexually suggestive, and that she had violated family principles. Since President al-Sisi came to power in 2014, hundreds of journalists, activists and intellectuals have been arrested, and many websites have been blocked.

Asia The Philippines has reported a fast rise in coronavirus cases in the last two weeks – bringing a total of 35,000. Most of the new cases are in the two biggest cities -Manila and Cebu.

Pakistan has said that it has started to produce locally designed ventilators – machines used to help the breathing of COVID patients. Pakistan is believed to have only 1,500 ventilators for its 212 million people. Confirmed COVID cases in Pakistan rose from 100,000 to 200,000 in the last 3 weeks. In the last 2 days this podcast was listened to by people in The US, the UK, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, New Zealand, France, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Norway, Russia, Germany, Australia, Italy, Turkey, Taiwan, the UAE, China, Pakistan, Canada, Belgium, Nicaragua, Czechia, Tunisia, Georgia, Iran, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica. Tell them the news in your local area. Send a 30-second audio message by whatsapp to +44 7307 872842 with your name and location.

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