Nigeria wedding leaves 18 dead - In Kaduna, Nigeria, a gunmen shot at least 18 people and injured at least 30 others at a wedding party. The gunmen fled after the attack, and no arrests have been made. Gangs have been targeting northwest Nigeria, but authorities have yet to identify a suspect.
Zimbabwean journalist arrested - Hopewell Chin’ono, a journalist in Zimbabwe, live-streamed himself being arrested after recently reporting on alleged COVID-19 procurement fraud in the country’s health department. The U.S. Embassy called his arrest deeply concerning, and his lawyer called it an abduction. Amnesty said Chin’ono’s arrest was designed to intimidate others.
China reopens movie theatres - China is reopening some movie theatres in low risk areas as the country continues its nationwide reopening. Movie theatres will be forced to operate within strict guidelines and will be expected to open at 30 percent capacity. Movie theatres in China were largely affected by shutdowns as many were forced out of business.
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Hong Kong - Hong Kong announced on Sunday that it recorded its highest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic started. There have been more than 100 new coronavirus cases, and officials called the situation really critical. Non-essential civil servants will be required to work from home, and Hong Kong is aiming to conduct 10,000 COVID-19 tests a day.
France now requires masks - As COVID-19 outbreaks rise in France, the country has made face coverings a requirement in public spaces. The northwest and eastern region of the country are two areas that have been particularly impacted by rising virus cases. France has reported over 200,000 infections and 30,000 deaths since the pandemic began.
Belgian authorities investigate alleged police killing - Authorities in Belgium are investigating the death of a man who was allegedly killed while a police officer kneeled on his back. The man was 29 and was arrested after allegedly trying to attack people. Police say the man appeared intoxicated and was injured. Social media posts have called for justice for his death.
Colombians hang red flags - In Colombian neighborhoods, many residents are hanging red flags outside their homes as a symbol to ask the government for help. Workers have been negatively impacted because of the pandemic. Colombia has had at least 204,000 coronavirus cases, and its lockdown was recently extended until August 1 to combat the spread of the virus.
Bahamas closed to the U.S. - After reopening its borders at the beginning of the month, the Bahamas announced it will ban U.S. visitors from entering the area. All flights and vessels, with exceptions of commercial flights from the UK, Canada and the EU will be prohibited. Americans on the islands will be allowed to leave, but no tourists will be allowed.
Couple charged for pointing guns at protesters - Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral when photos of the couple surfaced of them pointing guns at protesters. Now, the two have been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. Kim Gardner, St. Louis circuit attorney, said the couple’s behavior was unacceptable. The McCloskeys were also charged with fourth-degree assault.
John Lewis passes - Civil rights leader and United States representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district, John Lewis has passed away at the age of 80. Lewis helped organize the March on Washington and led hundreds of protesters in a peaceful march in Alabama. During that march, state troopers attacked him and left him with a broken skull. The event became known as Bloody Sunday. Leaders throughout the country remembered Lewis and his role in advocating for civil rights.