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Thursday 28th May 2020

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United States president Donald Trump has attacked Twitter, after two of his tweets were tagged with a fact-check. Twitter says that the fact-check system provides people with a link to verified information, whenever a tweet contains potential misinformation. Trump’s original tweets were about postal voting being unfair, something that he has talked about before…

“People that aren’t citizens, illegals, anybody that walks in California is gonna get a ballot. We’re not gonna destroy this country by allowing things like that to happen. We’re not destroying our country. This has more to do with fairness and honesty and really our country itself. Because when that’s starts happening, you ??? you have a rigged system.

Trump later complained about Twitter by tweeting that social media platforms could be regulated, or shut down. Since May 11th Twitter has been labelling tweets with links to fact-checks.


NASA and private company SPACEX could not start their mission to space yesterday, because of bad weather. The mission, to send austronauts to the International Space Station, will be attempted again on Saturday. It will be the first time since 2011 that people have been sent into space from the United States.


There were demonstrations in Minneapolis yesterday, over the death of an African American man by policemen. Videos showed the moments before George Floyd’s death, with a policeman kneeling on his neck. 4 policmen have been fired. The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, said that this was not good enough, and that the policemen should be charged with murder…

“Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail? If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now. And I cannot come up with a good answer to that question, and so I am calling upon Henepin County attorney Mike Freeman to act on the evidence before him, I am calling on him to charge the arresting officer in this case.”


Africa

Felicien Kabuga has had his first day in court in Paris. Kabuga is on trial for crimes against humanity during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.


Libya. Russian military aeroplanes have been seen flying to airbases in Libya, according to the United States military. Russia says that it is not interfering in Libya, however, it is suspected that they are supporting warlord Khalifa Haftar.


The Egyptian doctors syndicate has said that the state is failing to protect them. 19 Egyptian medical staff have died of COVID19, and some doctors have resigned because of a lack of protective equipment.


The European Union has announced 750 billion euros to help member countries recover their economies. Almost half will go to Italy and Spain, the countries worst hit by the pandemic. Yesterday European Comission president Ursula Von der Leyen said that this money must benefit the next generation of Europeans…

Next generation EU is specifically built as a sound answer to the next generation, but more important is that we have a pact with the next generation, that we say yes we have to raise money now and invest it, but we will invest it in the European priorities that are so important for you, that is the European green deal, and that tsi the digitization, this is of utmost importance for the young generation so I want if they have to pay it back partly that money, at least they should harvest and reap the benefits of these investments.”


360 demonstrator s were arrested yesterday in Hong Kong. They say that new laws are designed to pass power to Beijing. One new law would make it illegal for people to boo the Chinese national anthem. Taiwan has promised support for Hong Kong’s people. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said that Hong Kong cannot be considered an autonomous state.

In Australia, American company novavax, has started vaccine trials on humans. In the world, many different COVID19 vaccines are being trialled, but none are expected to be ready until 2021. The Uk started vaccine trials on humans last month, and Thailand is trialling a vaccine on monkeys.


Latin America

In Brazil, a study has shown that 60% of people want stricter lockdown measures. This is in contrast to the view of President Jair Bolsonaro who says that stopping the economy could kill more people than the virus itself. Most places in Brazil have implemented some type of social distancing measures. Over a thousand people were confirmed to have died form COVID19 in Brazil yesterday.


Suriname. At the time of recording this podcast, it seems likely that the opposition will win the country’s general election. If this is true, then it will be the end of President Desi Bouterse’s ten year rule.


Venezuela has made an agreement with the United Nations to buy food and medicine using its gold reserves. And sea turtles have been spotted close to Rio De Janairo’s airport. Without the loud sounds of aeroplane engines, the animals have come closer to the city.

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