In China, the World Health Organization has again said that the most likely cause of the COVID19 pandemic was that the virus passed from an animal to a human. The WHO did not say which animal they expected caused the transmission. A WHO team that has been visiting Wuhan said that the idea that the virus leaked from a laboratory was very unlikely....
“Our initial findings suggest that the introduction through an intermediary host species is the most likely pathway and one that will require more studies and more specific targeted research,”
The first cases of COVID19 were reported in December 2019 in Wuhan. Today over 100 million people are confirmed to have been infected, however, some experts estimate that the true number could be over a billion. Last week in the Indian Capital city Delhi, a study showed that more than half of people have already had COVID19.
In India rescuers are continuing to search for survivors of the glacier disaster. On Sunday a glacier - a large piece of ice - crashed into a dam in Utterakhand, causing floods in the area. At least 32 people are confirmed to have died, however around 200 people are missing.
Iran began vaccinating its citizens against COVID19 yesterday. Iran is using the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Iran has confirmed 1 and a half million cases of COVID19 and almost 60,000 deaths.
In Myanmar protests are continuing against the military coup d’etat. Khadija Tahir reports...
In Myanmar, clashes between police and protesters continue to take place after the army seized power in a coup last week. Yesterday, the police fired rubber bullets at thousands of protestors. One woman suffered a critical head injury, which appeared to have been caused by real bullets according to a doctor who spoke to Reuters. Despite a ban on public gatherings, Burmese people have been protesting for four days. They are demanding the release of Myanmar elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was arrested last week. Myanmar's army claims that the country's 2020 elections were corrupt, although foreign observers of the election said that it was fair.
The United States Senate is carrying out a trial that could convict former President Donald Trump of incitement of insurrection. If convicted Trump would be banned from holding public office ever again, however, it is not expected that Trump will be convicted, as it would require 16 Republican senators to vote with Democrats. Yesterday Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer asked Republican senators to consider how serious the crime was...
“Every senator, Democrat and Republican has to approach this trial with the gravity it deserves. A mob of white supremacists and insurrectionists and domestic terrorists falsely believed the election was stolen and tried to overthrow the government. The trial is about whether the president - the man chiefly responsible with feeding the mob, with th e lies that motivated their behaviour, who told them to come to DC, directed them at the Capitol - is guilty of inciting the violence.”
In Ecuador it is still not clear who will be in the second round of the presidential election. With 98% of votes counted, economist Andres Arauz has won around 32% of votes. However both indigenous leader Yaku Perez and right-wing Guillermo Lasso have won around 19%. It is possible that a recount will be needed to decide which candidate will face Arauz in a second round.
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In Egypt the AlJazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein has been released from jail, after 4 years. AlJazeera director general Mostefa Souag said that the release of Hussein was a good day for press freedom. Hussein was accused of defaming the state of Egypt - however no charges were brought against him. Tomorrow it will be ten years since President Hosni Mubarak resigned, marking the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Despite the revolution calling for a transfer to democracy, Egypt today is still considered an authoritarian regime by the Democracy Index
Nigeria’s former finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is expected to be confirmed as the new chief of the World Trade Organization. If Okonjo-Iweala is chosen, then she will become the first woman and the first African to lead the WTO. Okonjo-Iweala was praised for her work on tackling corruption in Nigeria.
In Germany a man has been charged with being an accessory to over 3,500 deaths at a Nazi concentration camp. The man is 100 years old and his name has not been released. Last week a 95 year old woman was charged with accessory to murder for working in a different Nazi concentration camp.
In France, the oldest person in Europe has survived coronavirus. Sister Andre, a nun, celebrated her 117th birthday this week.
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