Kenya government staff tests positive for COVID-19 - At least four staff members who work in the office of Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta have COVID-19. The staff members were sent to a hospital for treatment while Kenyatta is safe, according to a statement. Kenyatta and his family are regularly tested for COVID-19.
Elephant deaths surpass 150 in two months - In Botswana, officials are investigating the deaths of at least 150 elephants. The bodies of the elephants were found intact, meaning that it is unlikely they were poached. At least a third of the elephant population in Africa resides in Botswana.
Bollywood actor may have died from suicide - Sushant Singh Rajput, a 34-year-old actor, was found dead in his home. His death sparked social media posts from other Bollywood actors about their battle with depression and how it is difficult to talk about mental health in India. Police believe Rajput died from suicide.
Thirty-six new COVID-19 cases in Beijing - After not seeing any COVID-19 cases in 50 days, Beijing recorded 36 new cases last Saturday. The outbreak was linked to a large wholesale market in the city. Other provinces like Liaoning, Hebei and Sichuan reported new cases of the virus that may be connected to Beijing.
France eases restrictions - Cafes and restaurants are reopening in France while residents can now travel to other parts of Europe. Residents are also allowed to visit family members in retirement homes. Other European countries like Germany, Belgium, Croatia and Switzerland have reopened borders with EU countries.
Russia sentences American to prison for spying - Officials in Moscow have sentenced Paul Whelan, a former marine who had a USB drive in his possession that allegedly contained secrets, to 16 years in prison. Russia said Whelan is not a political prisoner, but Whelan said his charges are for political purposes. His lawyer plans to appeal the ruling.
Photos of COVID-19 victims fill church - In Peru, at least 5,000 photos of COVID-19 victims were placed in church pews. Archbishop Carlos Castillo said Peru’s health care system is based on “egotism and on business and not on mercy and solidarity with the people.” There have been at least 6,688 people who have died from COVID-19 in Peru.
Hostages released from Colombian rebel group - The National Liberation Army rebel group in Colombia has released six hostages. Among those who were released include two police officers and four civilians. Colombia’s government had been working on negotiations with the group last year until a bomb attack on a police academy killed at least 20 people.
Oscars postponed - The 2021 Oscars ceremony will be pushed back by at least two months. The release of numerous films have been delayed to the end of the year. The Oscars have been delayed three times in the past, most recently in 1981 after an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.
Supreme Court issues new ruling for LGBT rights - The Supreme Court voted 6-3 in a decision that prohibits discrimination against sexual orientation and gender identity. It is the first time the court spoke to legally protect transgender people. Last week, the Trump administration announced it was removing transgender health insurance.