Tuesday 30th June 2020
In the Americas
United States President Donald Trump yesterday retweeted a video of a white couple pointing guns at protestors of the Black Lives Matter movement. This comes one day after sharing a tweet of one of his supporters shouting “White Power!”. He also criticized Princeton University for its decision to remove former US President Woodrow Wilson's name from its schools due to racist beliefs.
Also in the US, the supreme court rejected a strict abortion law in Louisiana, yesterday. The law would place restrictions on doctors who perform the procedure. If passed, it would have caused many abortion clinics to close.
In Brazil, protestors are demanding President Jair Bolsonaro's resignation. The "Stop Bolsonaro" protests took place online, in major cities and 20 other countries. Brazil had its highest number of COVID cases last week, with 260,000 confirmed cases and over 7,000 deaths.
Mexico's President Andres Obrador announced that he will visit Washington soon. Obrador said that he will celebrate the new North American trade deal with Donald Trump.
In Chile, thousands of foreign workers are stranded due to Covid-19 lockdowns. Many are fruit pickers from Bolivia, and cannot go back due to closed borders and low savings.
Ex-French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has been sentenced to five years in prison for corruption. He has been found guilty of using $1 million from public funds to pay his wife and children for work they did not do. His wife was sentenced to 3 years in prison for being his accomplice.
The United Kingdom is the country with the third highest number of confirmed COVID19 deaths – at over 43,000. Schools have been closed since March. Yesterday United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out a 10-year plan to rebuild schools. The program has a $1.2 bn budget and aims to help the UK's economy recover from the COVID crisis. Speaking to Times Radio yesterday, he said the coronavirus has been a disaster for the UK economy… "This has been a disaster right let's not mince our words. I mean this has been an absolute nightmare for the country and the country has gone through a profound shock. But in those moments you have the opportunity to change and to do things better, and we really want to build back better, to do things differently, to invest in infrastructure, transport and broadband right you name it. What you can't do I think at this moment is go back to what people called austerity when it wasn't actually austerity, but people called it austerity and I think that would be a mistake. This is a moment now to give our country the skills, the infrastructure, and the long-term investment that we need, so that's why we're putting money now into education. To further education. Billion-pound package going into in schools. I think this is the moment for you know a Roosevelte'en approach to the UK moving forward yes and let me explain that I do think that the investment will pay off."
In Pakistan, four gunmen entered the Pakistan Stock Exchange building in Karachi early yesterday morning. All four attackers and three civilians were killed. Seven civilians were wounded. The Baloch Liberation Army, a separatist group, has claimed responsibility.
In India, fuel prices have increased, leading to protests. The government says it raised fuel taxes to off-set the economic crisis.
India has also opened the largest coronavirus hospital in the world, with 10,000 beds, in Delhi. On Sunday, it reported the highest daily rise in cases with 19,900 new infections, bringing the total to 528,000 cases.
An attack on a cattle market in Afghanistan yesterday has caused 23 deaths. Authorities have said that rockets were fired by the Taliban. Peace talks are expected soon as part of the deal signed by the USA and the Taliban in February.
In Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, a ferry accident has led to the death of 30 people. The collision between two ferries happened early Monday morning. Ferries are a common mode of transport in Bangladesh and are often in bad condition.
Iran has issued an arrest warrant for Donald Trump and 35 others for the killing of General Qassem Suleimani. They have asked Interpol for help. Suleimani was killed in a drone attack in Iraq on 3rd January this year, which caused political tensions worldwide.
A Nigerian commission has called for the cancellation of an auction in Paris. The sale included sacred Nigerian statues, which it claims were stolen during the Nigerian civil war in 1967-1970.
Libya's national oil corporation hopes to resume oil production soon. All energy exports have been stopped for six months due to the civil war which has continued since 2014. Libya has been split into the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in the west, and the Libyan National Army (LNA) in the east.
Today is the 60th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo's independence from Belgium. The DRC is the 11th largest country in the world, and the 2nd largest in Africa, after Algeria.