Nigerian president says he wants to end police brutality - Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said he will introduce reforms to end police brutality. Recently, a man was allegedly killed by police in an incident that was caught on video. Protests have ensued as a result of the incident, with one protest resulting in police firing tear gas at demonstrators.
COVID-19’s economical impact on Africa - International Monetary Fund Chief Kristalina Georgieva said the world must do its part to assist Africa as at least 43 million more Africans are at risk of extreme poverty because of the pandemic. Family incomes have been reduced by 12 percent, and there have been more than 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases in the continent. Approximately 37,000 people in Africa have died from the virus.
North Korea displays military - North Korea’s military was honored in a parade that marked the 75th anniversary of the Worker’s Party. The parade features missiles and other weapons and was the first parade in two years. North Korea last featured missiles in its parade when President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un held their first summit two years ago.
State of emergency in Kyrgyzstan - Officials in Kyrgyzstan, a central Asia country, have declared a state of emergency as protestors clash. Shots were recently fired at the country’s former president’s car at a rally on Friday as demonstrators demand for a new vote to be held over a recent parliamentary election. Curfews and military restrictions have been enforced, and the government is controlling who can travel in and out of the capital.
Madrid under state of emergency - Spain has ordered a 15-day state of emergency due to a rise in COVID-19 cases. Madrid and other cities are under restrictions that are being enforced by 7,000 police officers. Hotels and restaurants are limited to 50 percent capacity, leaving and entering Madrid and other cities is banned unless for essential duties and social gatherings are limited to six people. Spain is experiencing 500 virus cases for every 100,000 residents.
Planes crash in France - Five people were killed when two small planes collided in mid-air before crashing in France. The crash occurred last Saturday, and around 50 firefighters were called to the scene. No one else was harmed when the planes crashed. Among those aboard the planes included three tourists. An investigation into the incident has ensued.
Hurricane in Mexico’s Caribbean coast - Hurricane Delta has arrived near Puerto Morelos. The United States National Hurricane Center warned that the storm can be life threatening in an area populated with tourists from Mexico. Residents in the area have moved into shelter for safety and a hurricane warning is in effect between Dzilam and Tulum.
Brazil passes five million cases - Brazil reported 31,553 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total number of infections to over 5 million cases. Only the United States and India have had more cases. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has ignored advice to enforce restrictive measures to slow the spread of the virus. Brazil has had the most COVID-19 related deaths in Latin America.
Trump returns to public events - Recently out of the hospital after a positive COVID-19 case, President Donald Trump made remarks in front of supporters at the White House last Saturday. His doctor has since given him a COVID-free clearance.
Plot to kill Michigan governor foiled - Alleged militiamen had planned to hold a “treason trial” for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and kidnap her. She has been targeted by those who don’t believe COVID-19 is a real threat, and 13 men were charged in connection to the alleged plan. Attorney General Dana Nessel said Whitmer was moved around to keep her and her family safe from the attempted kidnapping.