Tuesday 6th April 2021
In the United States, Amazon has apologised for denying that drivers are, at times, forced to urinate in plastic bottles. In a tweet, Democrat Mark Pocan accused Amazon of this. The official Amazon Twitter account then replied: "If that were true, nobody would work for us.” The company has now apologised after evidence was found of drivers having to urinate in bottles.
Also in the United States, superstar The Weeknd has promised to donate $1m (£700,000) to Ethiopians caught in the conflict in Tigray. The star is the son of Ethiopian immigrants. Fighting between the Ethiopian army and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) began in November and has left millions of people homeless.
In Peru, one of the top candidates for the presidency has tested positive for Covid-19. Elections begin next week. George Forsyth was the former goalkeeper for Peru's national football team. Doctors say his right lung had been infected by the virus. Forsyth is one of 18 candidates running for the presidency and the fourth to be infected with the Coronavirus.
In Bangladesh, the government has set a week-long lockdown. Yesterday, domestic flights, ships and trains were closed. This is to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The rate of infections and deaths have increased in recent weeks. Travel from all European countries – except the United Kingdom – and 12 other countries has already been banned for three weeks.
In Jordan, Prince Hamzah said in a recording that he will not follow his house arrest orders. This means he will continue communicating with the outside world. Prince Hamzah is accused of plotting with foreign parties to destabilize Jordan.
Prince Hamzah:"I'm making this recording today to try to explain what's happened over the last few hours. My security has been removed and the internet and phone lines have been cut. I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, for the corruption, and for the incompetence that has been prevalent in our governing structure for the last 15 to 20 years. Even to criticise a small aspect of a policy leads to arrest and abuse by the security services."
In India, the country recorded its highest number yet of coronavirus infections in a single day yesterday. There were more than 103,000 confirmed cases at the time of this recording.
In Mozambique, the military regained full control of the coastal town of Palma yesterday. More than a week ago Palma was raided by militant Islamists. Residents who had left the town are starting to return home. Dozens of civilians were killed after the militants invaded Palma on the 24th of March.
In Ghana, more than 60 dead dolphins have been found in several beaches. The authorities in Ghana are trying to find out what has caused this to happen. Local fishermen say the situation is extremely rare. Officials are warning people not to eat the dolphins and other fish species that have been washed up. This is because it is not yet clear what caused their deaths.
In the UK, it was confirmed yesterday that outdoor pubs and restaurants can reopen next Monday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "hopeful" international travel can continue on the 17th of May.
BJ: "I can today confirm that from Monday the 12th of April we will move to step two of our roadmap. Reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers, and of course beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds. And on Monday the 12th I will be going to the pub myself and cautiously but irreversibly raising a pint of beer to my lips."
Portugal is entering its second phase of reducing COVID-19 restrictions. Museums, cafes and some schools will be reopening.
And finally in the UK, for the first time ever a black man has been elected head of an Oxbridge college. Lord Simon Woolley, who is an activist for equality, will be the next principal of Cambridge University's Homerton College.
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