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Tuesday 11th August 2020.


Starting in Asia today


Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the country's entire government has resigned after the Beirut blast that killed at least 160 people. Diab said yesterday that “this crime" was a result of corruption, and that he will take “a step back" so that he can stand with his people "and fight the battle for change with them.”

In Pakistan, a bomb targeting an anti-drug force vehicle exploded at a busy market yesterday. The bomb killed at least six people and injured 20 others. The bomb was found in a motorcycle, and exploded in Chaman, a city which borders Afghanistan.

Yesterday in Hong Kong, business billionaire Jimmy Lai was arrested. Mr Lai, who is a British citizen, has been accused of causing hatred and spreading lies about Hong Kong. His case is the biggest arrest so far under the controversial security law set by China in June. Mr Lai has been a huge pro-democracy voice and a supporter of protests that started last year.


Europe


Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term. Opposition has refused to accept that the president won 80% of the vote in Sundays election. Many people believe that the votes were rigged. Police were seen yesterday dragging protesters out of a crowd and beating them. Many protesters were saying they are tired of the Lukashenko dictatorship.


British immigration minister, Chris Philp, will visit Paris today, to urge the local authorities to work harder to stop migrants from travelling through the English Channel. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that migrants travelling from France were "very bad and stupid and dangerous”:

"Be in no doubt what's going on is the activity of cruel and criminal gangs who are risking the lives of these people taking them across the Channel, a pretty dangerous stretch of water in potentially unseaworthy vessels. We want to stop that, working with the French, make sure that they understand that this isn't a good idea, this is a very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do."


Africa


Mauritius has declared a state of environmental emergency after roughly 1000 tons of oil from a ship started leaking into the sea. Volunteers in Mauritius are trying to keep the oil away from the island, by creating barriers and walls. Mauritius is home to many coral reefs, and tourism is a huge part of its economy. Many local fishers have been affected, and even schools have been shut down because of the terrible smells from the oil.

In the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 19 civilians have been killed and two others wounded. A local chief said yesterday, that these were apparently ethnic attacks, and happened in 3 villages.


In Egypt, elections to choose members of a newly formed Senate begin today. Results are due on August 19. Out of the 300 seats in the new Senate, 100 will be chosen by the president. Many are saying this is an attempt to gain more control, but the government says it will give minorities a voice.

Americas


A US cabinet member met Taiwan’s president yesterday. Alex Azar, the United States Health and Human Services secretary, said that one of the main reasons for his visit, was to talk about Taiwan’s great response to COVID-19.


“Taiwans response to COVID-19 has been among the most successful in the world, and that is a tribute to the open, transparent, and democratic nature of Taiwans society and culture."

In Northwest Baltimore, a major gas explosion destroyed three homes yesterday. One woman was killed and six others were seriously injured. We do not know the cause of the explosion just yet.


And finally in Mexico, a black bear has been caught on video going up to a visitor in the nature park and sniffing her hair. Authorities are saying wild animals should not be near citizens, but people keep feeding them just so they take selfies.

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