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Wednesday 9th September 2020

ASIA

In Pakistan at least 19 miners were killed after a rockslide in a marble mine yesterday. The mine, located in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province is known for its high-quality white marble, sold internationally. At least 20 people might still be trapped according to investigators. Pakistan's mines often have low safety standards resulting in many accidents.


India. Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty was arrested by India's narcotics control authority in a drugs case related to the death of her actor-boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. Rajput, 34, was found dead in his flat in Mumbai on 14 June. Police said he had committed suicide, but his family registered a police complaint against Chakraborty, accusing her of aiding the suicide. Chakraborty has denied any responsibility.


In Sri Lanka, a politician sentenced to death for murder has been sworn in as a member of parliament. Premalal Jayasekara - from the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Party - was convicted in July of murdering an opposition activist after he opened fire at an election rally in 2015. He was convicted and sentenced after being nominated for the election on the 5 August, and he was allowed to take his seat in parliament. Opposition members wore black scarves in protest yesterday, and some left parliament while Jayasekera was being sworn in.


AFRICA

In Sudan, an ancient archeological site is at risk of flooding due to rising water in the river Nile. Al-Bajrawiya was a city two million years ago, during the Meroitic empire. The ruins have now been surrounded with sandbags, and workers are pumping out water to prevent damage. Other ancient sites along the Nile are also at threat. Last week, Sudanese authorities declared a three-month national state of emergency after record-breaking flood that killed at least 99 people.


South Africa's economy shrank by 51% in the second quarter of 2020. South Africa was already suffering from high unemployment and power cuts before COVID-19. This is the first time in history that South Africa's economy has contracted for four consecutive quarters. With almost 640,000 cases, South Africa has the seventh-largest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.


EUROPE

The United Kingdom government has admitted that it may break international law regarding Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, admitted yesterday that a new plan breaks part of the withdrawel agreement signed with the European Union in January...

"I would say to my honorable friend, that yes this does break international law in a very specific and limited way..."

Former prime minister Theresa May questioned whether this decision would risk the UK's international reputation as a trustworthy nation.

"the united kingdom government signed the withdrawal agreement with the Northern Ireland protocol this parliament voted that withdrawal agreement into UK Legislation. The government is now changing the operation of that agreement given that how can the government reassure future international partners that the UK can be trusted to abide by the legal obligations of the Agreements it signs".


A Turkish court has sentenced Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbeki citizen, to life in prison for an attack on an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people. The shooting was at the Reina nightclub on New Year's Day in 2017. Masharipov was given 40 life sentences on Monday and will not be eligible for parole. Daesh, the Islamic State group said it was responsible for the attack.


AMERICAS

A Bolivian court has blocked former President Evo Morales from seeking a seat in the Chamber of Senators, saying that he does not meet residency requirements. Morales said that he believed the court was acting under threats and pressures. After 14 years in power, Morales resigned under pressure from the military and police on 10 November 2019, during protests and allegations that he was trying to claim re-election dishonestly. He went into exile in Argentina, and last month, Bolivia's justice ministry filed a complaint against him for rape and human trafficking of a 16-year-old girl.


And in Canada. a rooftop greenhouse has broken production records. The rooftop in Montreal can now produce enough food to feed nearly 2% of Montreal's population throughout the year. Lufa Farms have their rooftop garden on top of their distribution centres and they cultivate over 100 different types of fruit and vegetables.


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