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Wednesday 28th October 2020

ASIA

In Pakistan, eight people were killed and over a hundred injured in a bomb blast at a religious school in Peshawar, yesterday. According to local police, a man was seen entering the building, holding a bag that contained explosives. Peshawar has seen extreme violence in recent years due to the Taliban uprising in North Pakistan. Peshawar was the scene of one of Pakistan’s worst terrorist incidents in 2014 when Taliban terrorists entered the Army Public School and killed 150 children.


India signed a military agreement with the United States yesterday on sharing sensitive satellite data, which is useful in drone attacks. The agreement was announced after a meeting between the US secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Indian defense Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi. The deal is thought to be very important for US-India relations and also to reduce China's influence in the region. Relations between China and India have been tense for months after fighting in the Himalayan border region.


Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has filed a criminal complaint against dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders. Wilders shared a cartoon picture of Erdogan on Saturday, calling Erdogan a terrorist. In Turkey, insulting the president is illegal, and may be punishable with up to 4 years in prison, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that in the Netherlands freedom of speech is the highest good, and that includes cartoons of politicians.


AMERICAS

In the United States, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice On Monday night. Barrett is the first Supreme court justice to be elected so close to a presidential election and candidate Joe Biden says that it shouldn’t have happened. Barrett’s appointment has created a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court.


Yesterday, former president Barack Obama criticized the Trump administration for their poor handling of the coronavirus outbreak. At a rally in Florida, Obama ridiculed Trump for continuing to dismiss the seriousness of COVID19...

"And what’s his closing argument? That people are too focussed on COVID. He’s said this at one of his ralles - COVID COVID COVID he’s complaining. He’s jealous of COVID’s media coverage. If he had been focussed on COVID from the beginning, cases wouldn't be reaching new record highs across the country this week. If we were focused on COVID now, the white house wouldn't be having its second outbreak in a month—the white house! He's turned the white house into a hot zone! Some of the places he holds rallies have seen new spikes right after he leaves town; and over the weekend, his chief of staff said, and I'm quoting here, I'm not making this up, his chief of staff, on a news program, says, "we're not going to control the pandemic."


In Philadelphia, there have been large protests after local police shot and killed a black man who was holding a knife. On Monday evening Victor Wallace was killed by police after approaching them with a knife and refusing to put it down. Wallace's father said that his son suffered from mental health issues and was taking medication.


Mexico’s government has said that the COVID19 death toll is probably much higher than the current official number. In Mexico 89,000 people have been confirmed to have died of COVID 19, but the government has now said that the true number is probably 139,000.


EUROPE

In Italy, there have been protests against the government's new rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On Monday night and into Tuesday morning protests in Milan and Turin became violent - shop windows were smashed, and there were clashes with police. On Sunday the government announced new restrictions, including that all bars and restaurants must close at 6pm. Over 21,000 new cases of COVID19 were reported in Italy on Sunday, the highest single day ever.


Between France and the UK 4 people have died, including two children, after a migrant boat sank. 18 people were rescued by French authorities. The boat, which was trying to reach the UK was spotted near the French city of Dunkirk. This year over 7,000 migrants have reached the UK by boat.


AFRICA

In Tanzania’s semi autonomous region of Zanzibar yesterday, the opposition party ACT-Wazalendo accused security forces of killing nine people and arresting their leader a day before the national elections. ACT-wazalendo said that presidential candidate Seif Sharif Hamad was arrested yesterday, although he has since been released. Voting is taking place today.


In Sudan, doctors have told the Guardian newspaper that there has been an outbreak of Rift Valley fever. Two weeks ago the government denied the exist of the disease in Sudan, however, doctors have said that dozens of people have now died and over a thousand people have been infected since floods in august.


And near Australia, scientists have found a massive coral reef in the Great Barrier reef. The reef, which is taller than the Empire state building, is the first to be discovered near Australia in over 120 years.

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