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Tuesday 14th July 2020

Updated: Jul 16

“Let me be blunt… too many countries are heading in the wrong direction”


Charity Save The Children has reported that almost 10 Million children may not be able to go back to school after Covid-19 shutdowns. The United Nations has also stated that 132 million people may be pushed into chronic hunger due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Health Organization has said that the pandemic could get worse if nations don’t take more precautions. Speaking yesterday WHO chief Tedros Adhanom said that too many countries are heading in the wrong direction.

“If governments do not clearly communicate with their citizens and roll out a comprehensive strategy focused on suppressing transmission and saving lives. If populations do not follow the basic public health principles of physical distancing, hand washing, wearing masks, coughing etiquette, and staying at home when sick. If the basics aren’t followed there is only one way this pandemic is going to go – its going to get worse, and worse and worse.”

Africa now, where confirmed coronavirus cases have reached 600,000 and over 13,000 people have died.

In Somalia, there was a suicide bombing yesterday targeting the army chief. General Yusuf Rage escaped unharmed, while one civilian was killed, and several were injured. The Al-Shabaab jihadist group claimed responsibility.

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela, died at 59 years old on Sunday evening. She had been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2015.

Construction on Nigeria's international gas pipeline has begun after a delay of 15 years. The project is worth around $3 billion.

Asia,

China has announced sanctions against United States politicians, in retaliation for Washington sanctioning Chinese politicians for alleged human rights abuses of the Uighur minority. According to human rights groups, the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province are being forced into brainwashing campaigns. China has denied this and claims it is to educate and prevent extremism.

In Afghanistan, an attack claimed by the Taliban killed 11 people yesterday. A bomb placed in a car exploded near an office of the National Directorate of security. Four attackers were killed and around 43 civilians were also injured.

The terrorist behind New Zealand's Christchurch mosque shootings represented himself yesterday in court after firing his lawyers. This raised concern that he would use next month's court appearance to promote his white supremacist views. He has already pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced on August 24 on 51 murder convictions and terrorism charges.

Americas…

In the United States, the body of Hollywood actress Naya Riveria, one of the leads of the show Glee, has been found in California lake. Riveria went missing last Wednesday when she was boating with her four-year-old son.

President Donald Trump has denied having problems with Anthony Fauci, the top disease expert. There were rumors that Trump wanted to fire Dr Fauci…

“Well, I have a very good relationship with Dr Fauci, Ive had for a long time, right from the beginning, Ive found him to be a very nice person; I don’t always agree with him…”

Latin America is the new epicenter of the coronavirus, as deaths in the region account for nearly half of COVID deaths worldwide. Mexico's confirmed coronavirus death toll is now the fourth highest in the world, with 35000 deaths. Peru, Panama, Chile and French Guiana have some of the highest infection rates in the world.

Europe

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make masks mandatory in shops today. Speaking yesterday Johnson said that masks were important. “I do think that in shops it is very important to wear a face covering. If you're going to be in a confined space and you want us to protect other people, and to receive protection in turn.”

Andrzej Duda has won Poland's presidential election with 51.2% of votes. The conservative leader narrowly won the election as the opposition candidate, liberal Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski, won 48.8 percent.

On the Azerbaijan-Armenia border, four soldiers were killed yesterday|. The two countries have been in conflict for decades over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory.

Authorities in Russia's Krasnoyarsk Region announced a state of emergency yesterday, following an oil spill by the mining company Nornickel. This is the second oil-spill in three months.

A study of the world’s largest birds has said that the Andean Condor can fly 100 miles, without moving its wings. The Andean Condor, native to Patagonia spends only 1% of its time flapping its wings, and can fly for 5 hours without flapping at all. With Stephen Devincenzi and Khadija Tahir.

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