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Monday 7th September 2020

Europe

In Belarus one hundred thousand people demonstrated yesterday against the rule of President Alexander Lukashenko. Demonstrations have continued every weekend since the 4th August election, that protesters say were rigged. The European Union and many Western countries have declared that they did not recognize the elections. Yesterday there were demonstrations in many cities in Belarus, with the protest in the capital Minsk receiving over a hundred thousand people, according to human rights organizations. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have put travel bans on Lukashenko and many other Belarusian officials.

Turkey began military exercises in Northern Cyprus yesterday. Turkey is the only country to recognize the independence of Northern Cyprus. There has been tension between Greece and Turkey recently, as Turkey continues to search for oil and gas in waters that are claimed by Greece.

The United Kingdom has recorded its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since May. Almost 3,000 new infections were recorded yesterday. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the rise was concerning...

“The rise in the number of cases that we’ve seen today is concerning. The cases are predominantly among younger people. But we’ve seen in other countries across the world and in Europe this sort of rise in cases in younger people leading to a rise across the population as a whole and it is so important that people don’t allow this illness to infect their grandparents and to lead to the sort of problems that we saw earlier in the year.”

Africa

Libya’s two rival governments have met for talks in Morocco. Representatives of the Western Government of National Accord, and the Eastern House of Representatives met yesterday close to Rabat. The two sides surprised the international community recently, by agreeing to a ceasefire. Libya has been in a state of civil war for almost ten years.

Former Malian President Boubacar Keita has gone to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, officials have said. Keita was removed from power by a coup d’etat on August 18th. The African Union, The European Union and the United Nations Security Council have all condemned the Malian coup d’etat and told the Malian military to return power to civilians.

Asia

In Hong Kong almost 300 people were arrested yesterday during protests against the delay of elections. Yesterday was supposed to be Hong Kong’s election day, however the government postponed elections because of the risks of coronavirus. Demonstrators accused the government of using the pandemic to undermine democracy.

“Right now the protest is banned by the Hong Kong government. So we have to fight for the space to voice out what we care [about] - what we want to talk about.”

Japan is in the process of evacuating a hundred thousand people before the arrival of typhoon Haishen. Authorities advised the evacuation of people in the Southern provinces of Okinawa, Kagoshima, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned that high levels of rain, wind and waves are likely. Yesterday thousands of people in Southern Japan were left without electricity.

Americas

In the US open, the most important tennis tournament in the Americas, World Number one Novak Djokovic was removed from the tournament yesterday, after hitting a worker with a ball. After losing a point, Djokovic hit the ball in anger, and the ball accidentally hit the judge. Djokovic faced controversy this year after organizing a tennis tournament in Croatia in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic in Europe, during which he and many other players tested positive for the virus.

Also in the United States, President Trump yesterday said that Fox News should fire a reporter that said that he had referred to dead American soldiers as “losers” and “suckers”. The Atlantic Magazine reported that different sources said that the president had used these words to describe dead soldiers.

In Costa Rica researchers are using horses for a coronavirus treatment. Studies are beginning that will use antibodies from horses that will be injected into 26 patients. The University of Costa Rica has said that this treatment could help to save lives before a vaccine is available.

Today is independence day in Brazil. Brazil gained its independence from Portugal in 1822.

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