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Thursday 25th June 2020.

Half the world’s coronavirus cases are in the Americas.


The World Health organization is expecting total coronavirus cases to reach ten million in the next few days. WHO head Tedros Adhanom said that the organization is now supporting many countries in obtaining oxygen to support the breathing of COVID-19 patients. The WHO has warned that the situation in Latin America is particularly bad, with many countries reporting very fast rises in cases…

“We expect to reach a total of 10 million cases within the next week. This is a sobering reminder that even as we continue research into vaccines and therapeutics, we have an urgent responsibility to do everything we can with the tools we have now to supress transmission and save lives”


Mexico reported a record 6,200 infections yesterday. Brazil reported over 40,000 cases for Tuesday. But experts in both Mexico and Brazil say that because of low testing rates the true number of infections is probably much higher.


United States President Donald Trump welcomed Polish president Andrzej Duda to the White house yesterday. Poland will have a presidential election on Sunday, where Duda hopes to win a second term as president.

And Former US president Barack Obama helped raise $11 million for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Obama and Biden live streamed an event to their supporters…

“Youre all feeling a sense of urgency. The same kind of urgency that Im feeling right now, that Michelle is feeling, that so many of us feel as we look at the news and we talk to our friends and neighbours and those who are hurting and I am here to say that help is on the way if we do the work. Because there’s nobody that I trust more to be able to heal this country and get it back on track than my dear friend Joe Biden.”


Europe

The President of Kosovo has been condemned by the International Criminal Court, for war crimes. Hashim Thaci has been accused of murders and dissappearances during Kosovo’s independence war of 1998 and 1999.


A group of migrants rescued from ships in the Mediterranean have tested positive for coronavirus. Out of 210 refugees rescued off of the coast of Italy, 28 tested positive.


Asia

United Nations chief Antonio Guterrez has asked Israel to abandon its plans to annex parts of the Palestinian West Bank. During a UN meeting yesterday most countries in the world agreed that Israel’s plan was bad for peace in the region…

“I address you today with a deep sense of concern over the evolving situation in Israel and Palestine. We are at a watershed moment. Israel’s plans to annex part of the occupied West Bank has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelies, and the broader international community. If implemented annexation would constitue the most serious violation of international law. Grevously harm the prospect of a two state solution and undercut the possibilities of a renewal of negotiations.”


US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that annexation of the West Bank was Israel’s decision to make.


Iran’s President Rouhani has said that peace talks with the United States are possible if the US re-enters the 2015 Nuclear deal. In 2018 The United States abandoned the deal, signed with the European Union and Iran.


India reported a record number of new COVID19 cases yesterday, almost 17,000. Soldiers are being used to manage healthcare centres in Delhi, and authorities have promised an extra 20,000 beds would be available in temporary facilities.


Africa

In Libya, Aguila Saleh, the leader of the House of Representatives, the Eastern government, has asked Egypt to intervene militarily if the GNA attacks Sirte. Yesterday Italian foreign minister Luigi di Maio visited Tripoli’s government, the GNA. The Arab league is calling for peace talks.


In Burundi health workers have accused the government of hiding the true scale of the coronavirus pandemic. Burundi has only reported 144 cases and one death.


In Gabon the lower house of parliament has voted to legalize gay relationships, one year after criminalizing them. Gay sex is illegal in most African countries, however Botswana and Angola decriminalized it last year.


And in Tanzania a self-employed miner has found gemstones worth $3.3 million dollars. Saniniu Laizer found the two large Tanzanite stones, weighing almost 15KG. In a ceremony yesterday, The Mr Laizer was given a large cheque for 3.35 million dollars, after the gemstones were bought by the Tanzanian state.

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