In Canada, police in Ontario said a driver hit a family with his car because they were Muslim. It was announced yesterday that four people were killed and a nine-year-old boy was seriously injured. The victims were all members of the same family, and were hit while waiting to cross a street. A 20-year-old man has been arrested. The man has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder.
United States Vice President Kamala Harris began a three-day trip to the Northern Triangle yesterday to focus on migration. The Northern Triangle is made up of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The three countries is where a majority of migrants come from. During a meeting with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei, Kamala Harris said that it is important to discourage people from these countries from making a journey to the US border.
KH: "There are also longstanding issues, that are often called the root causes of immigration. We are looking at the issue of poverty, and the lack therefore of economic opportunities, the issue of extreme weather conditions, and the lack of climate adaptation, as well as corruption and the lack of good governance, and violence against women, indigenous people, LGBTQ people, and afro-descendants. And as we have discussed, these are the acute factors that in many ways are causing people to leave their homes despite the fact that they'd probably prefer to stay,"
In Mali, military commander Assimi Goita, was sworn into office as the new interim president, yesterday. This is despite facing criticism over gaining power twice in nine months. Goita removed a transitional president and prime minister last month, after accusing them of failing to consult with him. He was inaugurated at a ceremony in the capital Bamako.
In Nigeria, the government says it's in discussions with social media platform Twitter. This was after Nigeria suspended the social media platform over the weekend. Authorities also ordered broadcasters to deactivate their accounts. Western diplomats have criticised the suspension, saying free speech is a key part of democracy. The Nigerian government has denied it ordered the shutdown after Twitter removed a tweet from President Muhammadu Buhari, after broke twitter guidelines.
In China, A top World Health Organization official yesterday said the WHO cannot force China to give more data on how COVID-19 began. There are theories that the virus jumped from animals, possibly starting with bats, to humans, or that it escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China. However, scientist have said the theory that the virus came from a lab was untrue. China has repeatedly denied that the lab was responsible for the outbreak.
In India, yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government will be giving free COVID-19 vaccines to all adults. Modi has faced weeks of criticism over the vaccine rollout that has been given to fewer than 5 percent of India’s estimated adult population of 950 million. India is the second worst-hit nation after the United States with just below 29 million confirmed COVID-19 infections.
In the UK, yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock said all adults aged 25 to 29 will be able to book their first dose of a covid-19 vaccine from today.
MH: "I'm delighted to be able to tell the house that from this week we will start offering vaccinations to people under 30, bringing us ever closer to the goal of offering a vaccine to all adults in the UK by the end of next month."
In Ukraine, a new shirt for Ukraine's football team has caused anger in Russia. On the shirt is a map of Ukraine with the slogan “Glory to Ukraine”. However the map includes Crimea, which Russia considers a part of Russian territory. Russia took the Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, and considers it a part of its territory. This however, is rejected internationally. European football's governing body Uefa said the shirt follows regulations, and has been approved for Euro 2020.
And finally, in France, a replica of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting is going on sale in Paris. It is be sold for €300,000. The painting was said to have been created by a follower of da Vinci in the early 17th Century. The painting has caused many to doubt which Mona Lisa painting is the original.
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