In Albania, the parliament yesterday impeached President Ilir Meta. The parliament voted 104-7 to remove the president. The final approval will come from Albania’s Constitutional Court within three months. A report of a parliamentary investigation said that Meta broke the constitution by being bias against the ruling Socialists during the April 25 parliamentary electoral campaign. The report said Meta violated 16 articles and also caused violence.
In the UK, the High Court has ruled that the government acted unlawfully when collecting public opinion on their handling of COVID-19. This is because the government hired a company that was closely connected to the prime minister’s former advisor, to do the research. Yesterday the court said the government had shown “bias” in awarding half a million pounds to the public relations company, called Public First. Angela Rayner, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said this was a total breach of power.
AR: "This is taxpayers money that's been wasted and it's completely unacceptable and that's why I think that that money should be recouped but equally we need an investigation to stop this, you know, this, this cronyism and this, you know, a total breach of power."
In Serbia, a volleyball player has been banned for two matches after making a racist gesture during a game against Thailand last week. Sanja Djurdjevic pulled her eyes with her fingers, to make them appear smaller. This caused anger amongst many fans online, as the gesture is known to be offensive towards asians. The player has since apologised along with the Volleyball Federation of Serbia, who described the incident as a "simple misunderstanding”. The federation has also been fined £15,000.
In the United States, Joe Biden began his first foreign trip as US president yesterday. During this trip he will meet with his European partners and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day trip will begin with a meeting today with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Biden and Johnson will then attend the G7 summit. Mr Biden will also meet the Queen at Windsor Castle and join his first Nato summit as president. Biden said the trip is about America meeting the world's democracies.
Biden: "Over the next few days, I said I will be participating in meetings with many of our closest partners in the G7 in Cornwall, then onto Brussels and Nato Summit, the EU and the EU summit. This diplomacy is essential, because no single nation acting alone can meet all the challenge we face today because the world is changing."
In Colombia, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report yesterday claiming the police abused “mostly peaceful demonstrators”. This was during protests that began in late April against the tax reform but grew into protests against social inequities. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has told Colombia’s government to “take urgent measures to protect human rights, to teach officers to respect protesters and bring to justice those responsible for abuses. Colombia is in its sixth week of demonstrations which have spread across Colombia, sometimes turning violent. Dozens of protesters have been killed or injured, allegedly by police.
In Pakistan, two police officers who were protecting polio vaccination workers in northwest Pakistan were shot dead yesterday. The policemen died at the scene, while the attackers drove away on their motorcycles. Police said they are sending out many police officers to find the shooters. Pakistani fighters regularly organise attacks on polio teams and police protecting them. Pakistani fighters say that anti-polio drive is part of a Western conspiracy.
In Bahrain, yesterday it was announced a political prisoner serving a life sentence has died after being infected with COVID-19. Bahrain has come under pressure from human rights organisations over prison conditions including overcrowding, poor sanitation and a lack of medical care. Since the March outbreak of the coronavirus in Bahrain’s main prison, families have been protesting, demanding the release of political prisoners and for better prison conditions.
In Mozambique, a report released yesterday said fighters abducted dozens of children during raids in 2020. Save the Children the abduction of children has become a new and regular tactic by armed groups. Over the past three-and-a-half years, the fighting in the Cabo Delgado province has killed nearly 3,000 people and displaced more than 700,000 people. Half of those displaced are children.
In Morocco, the parliament has passed a law legalising the production of cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses. The aim is to boost agriculture and create jobs in underdeveloped areas. Morocco is one of the world's biggest producers of cannabis for illegal drug use. The use of the drug for non medical or industrial uses will still be illegal.
And finally, Russian scientists have brought tiny worms that have been frozen for 42,000 years, back to life.
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