Forty Five dead due to Uganda protests - At least 45 people died last week during protests in Uganda, according to a police spokesperson from the country. Protests have ensued as Ugandans have called for the release of presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi who was arrested at a campaign rally. He was charged with flouting coronavirus prevention restrictions. The country’ security minister said police have the right to shoot and kill protesters if there is a certain level of violence.
Former South African soccer player dies - Anele Ngongca, 33, died at the scene of an accident while he was driving in South Africa. He played for South Africa at the 2010 World Cup and was traveling to meet with his teammates. He played in the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals while playing for Bafana Bafana.
More than 26,000 children killed or maimed in Afghanistan - From 2005 to 2015, at least 26,000 children in Afghanistan were killed or maimed, according to data from the UN. As peace talks have stalled and U.S. troops have withdrawn, Afghanistan has seen a rise in violence. Save the Children found that an average of five children have been killed or wounded every day for the past 14 years in Afghanistan.
China aims to gather Moon rocks - For the first time since the 1970s, China will attempt to gather rocks from the Moon. The country launched a probe on Tuesday that is expected to bring samples to better understand the Moon. The Soviet Union was the last country to carry out a similar mission in 1976. China is also planning to gather samples from Mars within the next 10 years.
Gyms and shops to reopen in the United Kingdom - After the United Kingdom’s lockdown ends, gyms and non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen. The country’s lockdown is expected to end on Dec. 2. Meanwhile, bars will remain closed unless they are serving meals. Outdoor sporting events in low-risk areas will be allowed to admit up to 4,000 fans after the lockdown ends.
Head of Serbian Orthodox Church dies after fight with COVID-19 - After testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month, Patriarch Irinej died last week at the age of 90. He was the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and was honored in a funeral on Sunday. Three days of national mourning were declared by the Serbian government as thousands of people payed their respects in churches.
Mexico moves closer to legalizing cannabis - Mexican lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize cannabis for recreational use in an effort to slow down violent crimes linked to drug trafficking. If passed by the lower house by mid-December, the bill will become a law. The bill’s goal is to promote peace and security in society and would let residents carry up to 28 grams of cannabis.
Chile reopens borders - International visitors can now go to Chile as the country reopened its borders for the first time in eight months. The reopening of the borders is part of a step-by-step plan for opening Chile back up. Travelers can fly to Santiago but must show a recent negative COVID-19 test and agree to be tracked for two weeks through an app. Chile has registered more than 15,000 coronavirus deaths.
Some Americans may get vaccine next month - Dr Moncef Slaoui, adviser of Operation Warp Speed, said some Americans can get a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as Dec. 11. The United States has the highest COVID-19 tolls registered in the world as more than 12 million cases and 255,000 COVID-19 deaths have been registered. Vaccines from companies like BioNTech and Pfizer have seen promising results from their vaccines. Pfizer said it hopes to create 50 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year.
Trump urged to accept defeat - Allies of President Donald Trump are urging him to halt his efforts to overturn his loss in the presidential election. Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey, called Trump’s legal team a national embarrassment. Multiple lawsuits from the president aimed at overturning election results have failed. States like Pennsylvania, a key battle ground, are set to certify election results.