Updated: Jun 22, 2021
In Armenia, yesterday acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan claimed victory in a snap parliamentary election. Snap elections are usually set to decide urgent issues. Pashinyan called for the election to deal with the political crisis following a war with Azerbaijan. Ethnic Armenian forces lost a six-week war against Azerbaijan last year and gave up their territory in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region. More than 6,500 people were killed in the war, according to the latest official figures from Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Dubai’s Princess Latifah, who has barely been seen or heard from in months, has been photographed in Madrid’s airport. The Instagram post appears to show Princess Latifa, the daughter of the ruler of Dubai, with a friend in Spain. In February, a video shot by Princess Latifa was released. In the video she said she was being held captive in a villa and feared for her life.
In Ethiopia, votes are being made for Ethiopia’s first general election since 2015. Ethiopian Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, casted his vote yesterday. At the polling station he denied that there is hunger in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region. AA: "You can see how this is a free and fair election. Everybody is here fore free. And I hope it will be the best election in our history. There is no hunger in Tigray, there is a problem in Tigray, and the government is capable of fixing that."
Yesterday The World Trade Organization said Africa is working with the European Union to create labs around Africa to produce more vaccines. They said these labs would be set up in South Africa, Senegal, Rwanda, and possibly Nigeria. Africa is facing a major shortage of coronavirus jabs. The United Nations has urged countries to donate surplus supplies to Africa.
In Sweden, the parliament has passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Stefan Lofven. A vote of no confidence is a vote about whether a person in power is still suitable to hold their position. A total of 181 of the 349 MPs voted to remove the Prime Minister. It is the first time in Swedish history that a prime minister has been removed in such a vote. The Social Democrat leader has a week to resign or call a snap election.
In the UK, there were protests in London yesterday, the day all coronavirus restrictions in England were meant to end. Protestors held signs against coronavirus rules such as lockdowns, vaccines and vaccine passports. Eight people have been arrested in protests near the House of Commons.
In Scotland, a ban on non-essential travel between Scotland and Manchester has begun. However, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has criticised the decision to ban travel between Manchester and Scotland. Yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon defended the ban.
NS: “I have a duty, it's one I take very seriously, to keep Scotland as safe as possible. I’m sure Andy Burnham feels that same sense of duty towards people in the greater Manchester area. I have always got along well with Andy burnham; If he wants a grown-up conversation, he only has to pick up the phone, but if - as I suspect might be the case - this is more about generating a spat with me as part of some positioning in a labour leadership contest of the future, then i'm not interested.”
In Nicaragua, police have detained another potential candidate for the presidency. Opposition journalist Miguel Mora was detained under Nicaragua's controversial "treason" law. Treason is when someone betrays their own country. He is the fifth potential presidential candidate to be arrested in the past three weeks. The rise in detentions comes five months before elections, in which President Daniel Ortega is expected to run for a fourth consecutive term.
In the United States, the government has announced it will offer gender confirmation surgery for transgender veterans. Gender confirmation surgery, also known as sex reassignment surgery, are different surgeries which change a person's body to match their gender identity. For the first time, this will be provided under the health care coverage. The change was announced at a Pride event in Florida. Previously hormone therapy and mental health services were covered but not surgery.
And finally, today is World Rainforest Day. Today is dedicated to the spreading awareness and inspiration to protect our rainforests. Rainforests cover less than 2% of the Earth, but is home to 50% of the Earth's plants and animals.
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