TikTok users jailed in Egypt - In Egypt, five women have been sentenced to prison for two years for posting “indecent videos.” The group is accused of violating values and principles in Egypt. Multiple activist groups have launched an online campaign calling for the women to be released.
Kenya bans alcohol - As coronavirus cases rise in Kenya, the country has extended its night curfew for another month. Meanwhile, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned alcohol sales in all restaurants. The country has 17,000 coronavirus cases, and at least 280 people have died from the virus.
North Korea defector tests negative for COVID-19 - Over the weekend, North Korea reported that a resident who had re-defected from South Korea tested positive for COVID-19. But South Korea said the re-defector didn’t have the virus. He had traveled to North Korea by crawling through a drainpipe and swimming for a mile.
Vietnam cases surface - In Da Nang, Vietnam, 15 new coronavirus cases were reported. The cases marked the first time the virus has been known to be present in the country since April. Tourists are not allowed to enter Da Nang for 14 days and visitors are being flown home. Vietnam has had a little over 400 cases, but no deaths.
Cat has COVID-19 in the United Kingdom - In the United Kingdom, a cat tested positive for the coronavirus. It is believed it is the first time a house cat has had the virus. The cat most likely caught the virus from its previous owner. The case is thought to be rare, and people are encouraged to not be alarmed.
Amazon creating jobs in Ireland - At least 1,000 jobs from Amazon will be brought to Ireland over the next two years. The company is also planning to invest in a new campus in Dublin city centre. That campus is expected to open in 2022 and will feature the company’s cloud computing workforce. The company has been investing and growing in Ireland for over 15 years.
Flooding in Mexico - Tropical depression Hanna has caused flooding after heavy rain hit the streets in Monterrey in northern Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said rain could cause flash flooding and mudslides in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. Authorities have been searching for an 11-year-old boy who is believed to have fallen into a stream in Monterrey.
Formula 1 races canceled - Formula 1 races in Mexico and Brazil will not take place this year because of the coronavirus. Formula 1 said it would be irresponsible to hold races in the countries as it pointed to rising cases in the countries. The races will move to Europe this year.
Shooting at Austin protest - Police detained a motorist who is accused of driving his car through a Black Lives Matter protest and then opening fire on a demonstrator who approached his vehicle and allegedly brandished a rifle. Demonstrator Garrett Foster died at the hospital and authorities have not identified the shooter. Police say Foster was seen carrying an AK-47 — a common occurrence at protests in Texas.
John Lewis honored - The late Democratic Congressman John Lewis will be laid to rest this week in the U.S. Capitol rotunda. Lewis died from pancreatic cancer on July 17. His body was taken to the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr Memorials and the Black Lives Matter Plaza. Lewis was 80.