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Wednesday 14th October 2020

AFRICA

In Guinea, around 90 people were killed by security forces during protests this weekend according opposition groups. Thousands of Guineans have been protesting since last year against the current president Alpha Conde's decision to run for a third term as president. Guinea's elections will take place on 18th October in which President conde will face his political opponent Cellou Dalein who has been leading the protests against Conde's third term.


In Nigeria, the police chief has announced that people arrested during the anti-police brutality protests will be released. President Muhammadu Buhari announced the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Sunday, but protests have continued in major cities across Nigeria against police brutality. The campaign is now gaining worldwide attention on social media, and protests continue as people say they are not convinced that SARS has been completely disbanded.


EUROPE

In the United Kingdom, the leader of the Labour party, Sir Kier Starmer, held a press conference yesterday, asking for a 2-3 week national lockdown to reduce the rising rate of COVID19 infections.

"there's no longer time to give this prime minister the benefit of the doubt. The government's plan simply isn't working. Another course is needed that's why I'm calling for a two to three-week circuit break in England in line with SAGE's recommendation. A temporary set of clear and effective Restrictions designed to get the r rate down and reverse the trend of infections. Three things are now clear; the government has not got a credible plan to slow infection; it has lost control of the virus; and it is no longer Following scientific advice."


The Norwegian government has announced that it faced a cyber attack from Russia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Soreide announced yesterday that the government believed Russia was behind the attack in August in which many politician's emails were hacked.Russia has not commented on the accusation.


In Belarus, the main opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has announced that President Alexander Lukashenko must resign within 13 days or face a national economic boycott. Tikhanovskaya said that workers across Belarus will go on strike if Lukashenko does not resign. The EU has already imposed sanctions on Lukashenko, who has been president of Belarus for 26 years. Lukashenko claimed to win an election last month, but most international organizations say that these elections were not free or fair.


ASIA

Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim met King Abdullah yesterday. Ibrahim claims to have been the victim of political persecution for over twenty years. Yesterday Ibrahim said that he now has a majority in parliament, and that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin should resign...

“I would appeal to the Malaysians to exercise patience and wisdom and to allow the King to digest, decide based on the spirit of the constitution and the discretion of His Highness. Meanwhile we must remember that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has lost his majority, and therefore it would be appropriate for him to resign”.


In India, an advertisement for jewelry showing an inter-religious couple has been removed after complaints from far-right organizations. After a viral social media campaign accusing the brand of hurting Hindu sentiments, the ad was removed, and the company apologized. However, yesterday MP Shahi Tharoor pointed out that India itself is the the longest surviving symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity.


In Afghanistan, thousands of people are fleeing the Helmand province after violent clashes between the government and the Taliban. The violence has continued despite ongoing peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban in Qatar.


AMERICAS

In Argentina, thousands of people protested against the government and their poor handling of coronavirus yesterday. Protesters demonstrated against corruption, the poor justice system, and the economic crisis that has been made worse by the pandemic. The official exchange rate of foreign money is now half of the black market rate. Argentina has now confirmed 900,000 cases of coronavirus.


And in Peru, the ancient city of Machu Pichu has been opened for one visitor. Jesse Katayama from Japan came to Peru in March to visit Machu Picchu but became stranded due to the coronavirus and border closings. Peru's government gave him special permission to visit the city for a few days before he finally returns to Japan.


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