Wednesday 7th October 2020
In the United States. President Donald Trump was criticised yesterday for telling people not to be afraid of the coronavirus. Trump returned to the White House on Monday after three days in hospital with COVID19. Trump released a video, telling people not to the let coronavirus dominate you...
"...and I learned so much about coronavirus, and one thing that's for Certain don't let it dominate you don't be afraid of it you're going to beat it we have the best medical equipment we have the best medicines all developed recently, and you're going to beat it I went I didn't feel so good, and two days ago I could have left two days ago two days ago I felt great like better than I have in a long time I said just recently better than 20 years ago don't let it dominate don't let it take over your Lives"
Yesterday former First Lady Michelle Obama released a video message criticizing the Trump administration for mishandling the Coronavirus pandemic, and encouraging people to vote for Joe Biden. Obama also said that Trump’s policies were racist.
“They’re stoking fears about black and brown Americans. Lying about how minorities will destroy the suburbs. Whipping up violence and intimidation. And they’re pinning it all on what’s been an overwhelmingly peaceful movement for racial solidarity. So what the president is doing is once again patently false, it’s morally wrong, and, yes, it is racist.”
Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is expected to face Hurricane Delta today. Hurricane Delta has intensified since passing Cuba and the Cayman Islands. Today Hurricane Delta’s Winds are up to 185km/h, and are expected to increase to 225km/h by the end of this week.
In Burkina Faso, thousands of voters will not be able to participate in the upcoming presidential election due to a new law. The law says that voting registration is reduced in areas with heavy conflict. Burkina Faso has faced years of conflict and violence with groups such as al-Qaeda and Daesh. The reduction in voter registration is expected to leave 400,000 people unable to vote.
In Mali, the leaders of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, have lifted sanctions on Mali as the military appears to be handing over control to civilians. The sanctions were imposed after a coup in August overthrew President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Mali has now nominated retired Colonel Bah Ndaw as interim president and former Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane as prime minister. The transitional government has said that it will last for 18 months.
In Greece, a court in Athens, will announce the verdict on a far-right neo-Nazi group today. A member of the ‘Golden Dawn’ group, Giorgos Roupakias, is accused of killing Pavlos Fyssas, an anti-racism campaigner murdered in Athens in 2013. Thousands of anti-racism protesters are planning to march in Athens, calling for a guilty verdict. The ‘Golden Dawn’ group has previously held seats in parliament and has been accused of murder, money laundering, and weapons possession.
In the United Kingdom, a report has concluded that the Church of England's failed to protect sexual abuse victims during the last 80 years. The report said that the church protected the abusers and silenced the victims - in order to protect the church. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the Church of England, has apologized and said that changes must be made.
Also in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson held a virtual conference yesterday. In his speech, he said that the UK should not just return to normal, but rebuild better than before...
"After all we’ve been through, it isn't enough to just go back to normal. We’ve lost too much, we’ve mourned too many. We see these moments as the time to learn and to improve on the world that went before, and that's why this Government will build back better."
In Kyrgyzstan, Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov has resigned after the results of Sunday’s elections were cancelled by the election commission. Thousands of people protested on Monday - accusing the government of rigging the election. Opposition leader Sadyr Zharapov was appointed Prime Minister, despite being in jail until yesterday morning. 13 opposition parties have formed a coalition.
In Pakistan, police are looking for the murderers of a university Professor in Peshawar city. Naeemuddin Khattak, a professor of zoology, was allegedly shot dead on Monday by another professor. Khattak belonged to the minority Ahmadiyya group, which claim to be Muslim but have been declared non-muslims by the Pakistani parliament.
And Eddie Van Halen, guitarest of the American rock band Van Halen died of cancer yesterday, aged 65. Eddie started the band with his brother Alex Van Halen and vocalist David Lee Roth. Van Halen had most success in the 80s and have sold over 80 million records.
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