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Wednesday 8th September 2021

Asia

In Myanmar the leader of opposition against military rule has announced a “defensive war”. In February the military removed Myanmar’s democratically elected government and detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of The National Unity Government, which represents the Democratic Government that was removed, called on the Burmese people to attack military targets, especially the military leader Min Aung Hlaing.

In Japan 3 people are confirmed to have died after taking a contaminated coronavirus vaccine. 1.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, made in Spain, were suspended from use 2 weeks ago.

In Afghanistan the Taliban has announced a new government. Mohammad Hassan Akhund has been named as the leader of the government. Akhund was foreign minister during the previous Taliban government, from 1996 to 2001. At a news conference in Kabul yesterday, spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid announced the names of the new leader, defence minister, finance minister, foreign minister and 30 other roles. The Taliban have promised an ‘inclusive’ government, although most analysts say that is is unlikely that women will be represented. Yesterday United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, visited Qatar to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. Blinken said that the Taliban had promised to allow Americans and Afghans with travel permits to leave the country...

“We have been assured again that all American citizens and Afghan citizens with valid travel documents will be allowed to leave. And again we intend to hold the Taliban to that.”

In India a 12 year old boy has died from the Nipah virus. The Nipah virus can be spread from pigs, bats and between people and over half of people infected die according to the World Health Organization. Kerela has asked hundreds of possible of contacts of the boy to isolate. Kerela is also one of the few places in India that is still recording very high numbers of coronavirus cases. Despite less than 3% of India’s population living in Kerela, it is reporting over half of India’s coronavirus cases.

A Vietnamese man has been jailed for breaking coronavirus restrictions. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Vietnam, a man has been sentenced to five years in jail for breaking COVID-19 protocols and spreading the virus. The man travelled from Ho Chi Minh city to his home province in south Vietnam and lied about his travel history on his health declaration forms. He later tested positive for the coronavirus, and a court found him guilty of spreading the virus to eight other people, one of whom died. Vietnam had a recent surge in coronavirus infections due to the highly contagious delta variant, and most of the cases have been found in Ho Chi Minh city.

Americas

El Salvador became the first country in the world to name Bitcoin as an official currency, yesterday. The US dollar is the other official currency. One in three Salvadorans receive money from relatives abroad, mostly, in the United States. President Nayib Bukele says that they will save money by sending bitcoin instead of dollars.

In Brazil there were protests for and against President Jair Bolsonaro yesterday, on Brazil’s independence day. Bolsonaro has been fighting against the supreme court recently, which has ordered an investigation into whether Bolsonaro’s government has deliberately spread fake news. Most opinion polls show Bolsonaro losing the presidential election next year to former President Lula da Silva.

Africa

In Guinea the leader of a coup d’etat that removed President Alpha Conde has named leaders of a “unity government”. Mamady Douboya has spoken about a transition, but has not given a length of time. Leaders of West African countries are meeting virtually today to talk about how to respond to the coup in Guinea. Last year President Conde changed the constitution to allow himself to be elected as president for a third time, sparking deadly protests.

In Egypt, Human Rights Watch have released a report accusing Egyptian security forces of hundreds of extrajudicial killings since 2015. Human Rights Watch also blames President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi with targeting political opposition and journalists since taking power in a coup d’etat in 2013.

Europe

The United Kingdom will raise taxes on workers and employers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that it was necessary and responsible to raise the National Insurance tax to pay for health and care services.

And in Spain a teenager is demanding 3 million euros from the local health department, after she was accidentally swapped with another baby shortly after birth. The 19 year old woman is suing the health department of La Rioja, after a DNA test showed that she did not share DNA with her father.

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