Tuesday 21st July 2020
In India’s capital, Delhi, a 200-year old mosque was damaged due to heavy rains. The central dome of the Mubarak Begum Mosque, built-in 1823, collapsed yesterday. Many parts of India are suffering from flooding due to heavy monsoon rains. In the state of Assam, 84 people are believed to have died and 3 million have been displaced.
Pakistan is restarting its polio vaccination campaign, which had been stopped due to COVID-19. At least 59 cases of polio have been recorded this year in Pakistan.
In China, part of the Chu river dam has been demolished to relieve flood pressure after heavy rains. Almost 140 people have died or been reported missing due to recent floods.
The UK said yesterday that it would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and stop arms sales. The strict new security law imposed in Hong Kong by China has been given as the reason. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab made the announcement in parliament yesterday…
"Given the role china has now assumed for the internal security of Hong Kong and the authority it's exerting over law enforcement. The UK will extend to Hong Kong the arms embargo that we’ve applied to mainland china since 1989. To be clear, the extension of this embargo will mean there'll be no exports from the UK to Hong Kong of potentially lethal weapons, their components, or Ammunition and it will also mean a ban on the export of any equipment not already banned which might be used for internal repression.” (00.00-00.28)
Also in the UK, an experimental Vaccine at Oxford university is showing positive results against the coronavirus. The vaccine is said to have created a protective immune response in the 200 people who took it. Larger trials are expected to be carried out soon in Brazil, South Africa, and the USA to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of this vaccine.
In Germany, the leaders of four states have appealed to the United States’ congress not to withdraw American troops. President Trump announced the removal of American soldiers from Germany after disagreements about NATO spending. The German leaders say it will weaken the bond of friendship between the US and Germany.
In the United States over 143,000 coronavirus deaths have been recorded. President Trump defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, claiming the US had one of the world’s lowest mortality rates. “I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest, mortality rate anywhere in the world. Do you have the numbers please? Because I heard we have the best mortality rate.”
Also, in the US, rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has launched his presidential campaign. Speaking to a rally on Sunday, in Charleston North Carolina, West gave an emotional speech where he talked about abortion… "and I called my wife and she said we're gonna have this baby I said we're to have this child my mom saved my life my dad wanted to abort me my mom saved my life there would have been no Kanye west because my dad was too busy"
There has been violence on the triple border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. In recent days there have been many arrests and one soldier was killed in Paraguay’s second city – Ciudad del Este.
In Mali protests are continuing calling for the resignation of president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Leaders from Ghana, Senegal, Niger and Cote d’Ivoire are expected to visit Mali’s capital Bamako on Thursday.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, hundreds of protestors backed by the Catholic church are demanding the parliament's dissolution. They claim the parliament is stopping important reforms.
In Cote d’Ivoire the ruling party has asked president Alassane Ouattara to run for president for the third time. Previously, Outtara said that he would not seek a third term, and Prime Minister Coulibaliy would be the party’s candidate in the election this October. However, Coulbaly died suddenly two weeks ago. Opposition parties say that the constitution of Cote d’Ivoire gives a maximum of two terms as president, so Outtara cannot be a candidate.
The United Arab Emirates launched its first mission to Mars on Sunday. The Hope Probe was launched from Japan's Tanegashima Space center for a seven-month journey. It will orbit the planet and send back data about the atmosphere of Mars.