Saturday 20th June 2020.
In Mali there have been more large protests calling for the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Tens of thousands of Malians protested in Bamako yesterday, showing frustration at the government’s handling of the economy, corruption and jihadist attacks.
Malawi is preparing for a general election on Tuesday. President Peter Mutharika won an election last year, but the result was annulled by the constitutional court. The candidates who came 2nd and 3rd in last year’s election have formed a coalition for this year. Combined Lazarus Chakawera and Saulos Chilima gained more than 50% in last year’s election.
The World Health Organization said yesterday that the coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating. Head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom, said that 150,000 cases were reported on Wednesday alone – the highest number in one day since the beginning of the pandemic. Adhanom reminded every person in the world that they all have a responsibility to maintain social distancing, wash their hands, and wear masks…
“ The pandemic is accelerating. More than 150,000 new cases of COVID19 were reported to WHO yesterday. The most in a single day so far. Almost half of those cases were reported from the Americas with large numbers also being reported for South Asia and the Middle East. The world iss in a new and dangerous phase. Many people are understandably fed up with being at home. Countries are understandly eager to open up their societies and economies, but the virus is still spreading fast. Continue maintaining your distance from others. Feel home if you feel sick. Keep covering your nose and mouth when you cough. Wear a mask when appropriate. Keep cleaning your hands.”
Iraqi media has claimed that a civilian was killed by a Turkish airstrike. Turkey often attacks the Kurdish PKK group in south east Turkey, and across the border in Iraq.
India has accused China of deliberately preparing the attack on Monday that killed 20 Indian soldiers. Reports from India said that China freed 10 captured Indian soldiers on Thursday, but China has denied ever holding Indian soldiers. India and China blame each other for the most serious fighting since a war in 1962.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday that Australia is under a cyber attack. The Australian government said that the attack was conducted by a nation state. Australia did not say what country it believed the attack was from, but local media has suggested that China is suspected. Beijing has denied responsibility.
“I’m here today to advise you that based on advice provided to me by our cyber experts, Australian organizations are currently being targeted by a sophisticated state based cyber actor. We know it is a sophisticated state based cyber actor because of the scale and nature of the targeting and tradecraft used”
In the United States yesterday people celebrated Juneteenth – a day to mark the abolition of slavery. 155 years since the abolition of slavery in the United States, people are asking for Juneteenth to become an official holiday. Yesterday, the pictures of 4 pro-slavery senators were removed from the US senate.
Brazil has passed one million confirmed coronavirus infections. Almost 50,000 Brazilians have now died, but experts warn that Brazil has not yet reached its peak. President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticised nationally and internationally for not taking the pandemic seriously. In March Bolsonaro described COVID19 as “a little flu”, and he has always been opposed to lockdowns.
Venezuela has $2 billion dollars in gold stored in the United Kingdom. But the gold in the bank of England, is now claimed by the two rival presidents of Venezuela – Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido. Maduro’s government claimed access to the gold recently, but officially the United Kingdom recognizes Juan Guaido as the president of Venezuela. British courts are expected to make a decision by September.
Hungary’s President Viktor Orban says that the government is preparing the economy for a second wave of coronavirus. The leader of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyro, has expressed support for Chechan protesters in France. Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has claimed to have stopped a revolution backed by foreign powers. Lukashenko has ruled since 1994. International organizations claim that elections in Belarus are not free and fair.
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