• Namitha Ragunath

Thursday 1st October 2020


In the United States, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took part in their first presidential debate on Tuesday night. During the debate issues like Covid-19 death rates and the supreme court were discussed. When asked if he would condemn white supremacy groups, like the proud boys, Mr trump asked the group to "stand back and stand by”.

"You want to call them - What do you want to call them? Give me a name? Who do you want me to condemn? Proud boys, stand back and stand by. But I'll tell you what - I'll tell you what - somebody's got to do something about Antifa and the Left. Because this is not a right wing problem, this is a left wing problem."

During the debate, Mr Biden used the Arabic term Inshallah when Trump said he would release his tax returns. While the Arabic term means “God willing”, it also used to express uncertain commitments.

Speaker: "Will you tell us how much you paid in federal income taxes in 2016 and 2017?"

Trump: "Millions of dollars. Millions of dollars. Millions of dollars. And you'll get to see it, you'll get to see it.

Biden: "When? Inshallah?"

This comes after news on how Trump has only paid $750 in taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden also asked the president to shut up during one point of the debate, and called the president a clown, a liar, a racist, and ‘the worst president America has ever had’

"Will you shut up, man. You're the worst president America has ever had. I'm not here to call out your lies, everybody knows he's a liar."

During the debate, Trump had claimed there was nothing smart about Joe Biden.

"Did you use the word smart? Uh so you said you went to Delaware State but you forgot the name of your college. You didn't go to Delaware State. You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don't ever use the word smart with me, don’t ever use that word. Because you know what? There's nothing smart about you Joe."

In Brazil, president Bolsonaro said he will not accept Biden’s ‘coward threats’ over the Amazon Rainforest. Mr Biden had called for a world effort to offer Brazil $20 billion to end Amazon deforestation or face “economic consequences.” Bolsonaro said that this was a threat, and that he does not accept bribes.


In India, protests have begun in several parts of the country, after a 19-year-old gang-rape victim from the Dalit community was cremated against the wishes of her family. The victim’s brother said neither the police nor government officials got permission from the family to cremate her in Uttar Pradesh yesterday. Angry protesters fought with police in New Delhi while in Kolkata, protesters burned a big picture of Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh.

In Azerbaijan, the president has vowed to ‘fight on’ until Armenian forces leave the Nagorno-Karabakh region. The region is officially a part of Azerbaijan, but it is governed by ethnic Armenians. The two countries fought a war in 1988 over this territory. Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "extremely concerned by the warlike messages" coming from Turkey, an ally of Azerbaijan. Turkey says it is "fully ready" to help Azerbaijan recover the territory.


In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that plans are in place to allow university students to return home at Christmas.

"And I want to pay a particular tribute to the students who are experiencing a first term back at university unlike anything they could have imagined. I can assure you, and assure everybody at university that plans are being put in place to allow students home safely for Christmas."

In France, authorities said it will slowly ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. This is part of new animal welfare measures. On Tuesday, the Ecology Minister also announced a ban on farming minks for fur and on keeping dolphins in captivity in marine parks. This move was called as "an historic victory" by leading animal rights groups.


In Rwanda, Felicien Kabuga has been transferred to a United Nations tribunal to stand trial on the charges of genocide and crimes against humanity. France’s top appeals court ruled this yesterday. Felicien Kabuga is accused of providing equipment to fighters that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis.

In Nigeria, a Covid-19 test kit that can give results in less than 40 minutes has been developed. The Health Minister said it was much faster and 10 times cheaper than the PCR testing method currently being used. The kit is yet to be approved by regulatory bodies but has raised hopes of boosting the country’s low testing rate.

And finally in Florida, history has been made as an all women fire fighting crew was created for the first time in its 57 years of existence. The women, who range in age from 29 to 53, have nearly 80 years of firefighting experience between them. Their story has now gone viral, inspiring other women to work hard to reach their goals.

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