Tuesday 20th July 2021
In Peru, Pedro Castillo has been declared president-elect. This is weeks after winning the popular vote in a run-off election. Peru announced its verdict after investigating claims of electoral fraud by his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori. Mr Castillo is a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader. He won just over 50% of the votes.
In the US state of Oregon, the nation's largest wildfire has burned through more than 300,000 acres. This has led to thousands of evacuations. Over 2,000 fire-fighters are trying to put out the fire. This is one of the largest fires in Oregon's history. Since starting on 6 July, it has already burned an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. It is one of more than 80 major fires spreading across 13 US states. The fires are due to heat waves and high winds.
In Nigeria, separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested. This is weeks after he was declared wanted for allegedly keeping a large amount of weapons. Mr Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin's capital, yesterday night. Sources told Nigerian media that he was heading for Germany and would be returning to Nigeria today.
In Morocco, a court has sentenced a famous journalist and critic of the government to six years in prison. Omar Radi was convicted of sexual assault and spying - charges that he denied. Rights activists have accused the authorities of using the justice system to target and silence opposition voices. Mr Radi's work has involved investigations into corruption.
In India, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to cross more than four million. Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected compared to the previous few years. However, it is difficult to say how many of these deaths have been caused by Covid-19. India has officially recorded more than 414,000 Covid-19 deaths so far. The country is one of the few major economies without an estimate of excess deaths during the pandemic.
In Singapore, a 16-year-old schoolboy has been charged with murdering another student. The case has shocked the country. Police officers found the body of a 13-year-old boy in a school bathroom yesterday. The police have said an axe may have been used. Early investigations found that the two boys did not know each other. Extreme violence in schools is rare in Singapore, which has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ex advisor said the PM didn’t want to tighten Covid restrictions when cases were rising last autumn. He said he didn’t want to do this because he thought people dying from it were "essentially all over 80”. He also said the first lockdown was a disaster.
DC: "The Prime minister's attitude was that essentially the first lockdown was a disaster we should never have done it. His attitude at that point was a weird mix of partly it's all nonsense and lockdowns don't work anyway, and partly - well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can't kill the economy just because of people dying over 80. The normal thing on a Wednesday evening is to go see the queen. And therefore he was going to go and see the queen. He said "uh well that's why that's what i do every Wednesday solve this i'm going to go and see her. So I said to him there's people in this office who are isolating, you might have coronavirus, I might have coronavirus - you can't go and see the queen; what if you give what if you go and see her and then give the queen coronavirus."
In Germany, the government is facing criticism over Germany’s warning systems after the worst flooding in decades left at least 160 people dead. The floods caught many off guard, destroying houses and leaving people trapped in rising waters. More than 170 people are still missing. The opposition Green Party said the disaster showed Germany must prepare better for extreme weather events.
And finally, the UK is planning to make it illegal for people to write fake reviews online. The government plans on having bigger fines for companies that trick people into spending more than they want to online.
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