Election officials killed by landmine in Niger - At least seven members of the electoral commission Niger were killed by a landmine explosion. The group’s vehicle drove over an explosive device in the southwest part of the country. Niger held a second round of its presidential election on Sunday. It is unknown if the vehicle was purposely targeted.
Rare giraffes killed by power lines - Three Rothschild’s giraffes were electrocuted by low-hanging power lines in Kenya. The species is endangered as experts estimate that there are less than 1,600 in the wild. Kenya Power is planning to replace the power lines so that they are tall enough for giraffes to walk underneath.
China says soldiers died in India conflict - Chinese authorities revealed that four of its soldiers died during a clash with Indian troops in June of last year. The conflict occurred at the Himalayan border and was the first deadly clash to occur in the border area in 45 years. India previously said that 20 of its soldiers were killed in the conflict. The Chinese soldiers who died were given posthumous awards.
Australia begins vaccine rollout - Australia is preparing to start vaccinating its residents against the coronavirus this week. The country’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, was given the vaccine as a way to promote it over the weekend. The country is expected to administer at least 60,000 doses this week. The Pfizer vaccine is being used in Australia.
Italian ambassador killed - Luca Attanasio, Italy’s ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, was killed in the country. He was 43 and died in a hospital after his convoy was attacked. Among those who were also killed in the attack included an Italian military police officer and a Congolese driver. The convoy belonged to the United Nations.
France struggles to loosen restrictions - High COVID-19 cases in France and Germany are making it difficult for the two countries to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the virus. France is under a national curfew and the French city of Nice is going into partial lockdown for the next two weeks. Shops are open in the country, but restaurants and leisure facilities are still closed as the country is trying to avoid its third national lockdown. There are more than 25,000 COVID-19 patients in French hospitals.
Inquiry says Colombia army killed thousands - The Colombian army is accused of killing 6,402 civilians between 2002 and 2008. The figure was discovered through an inquiry by a special court that is looking into crimes committed during a conflict between troops and left-wing rebels. The inquiry also acknowledges that the country’s army falsely tried to pass off the civilian deaths as enemy combatants.
Ecuador president winner unclear - It is unknown who will face first-placed presidential candidate Andres Arauz in the second round of Ecuador’s presidential election. The first round of the election was held more than two weeks ago, before a recount was stopped. Margins between the second and third-placed candidates were thin, prompting both of them to demand a recount. The recount was stopped because the electoral council couldn’t agree whether or not to carry out the action.
United States records 500,000 COVID-19 deaths - The United States was on track to pass 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 as of Monday. It has been just over a year since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed on the west coast of the country. The White House plans to host a candle-lighting ceremony and a moment of silence before President Joe Biden addresses the nation. There have been 28.1 million Americans who have been infected by the virus.
Three killed in gun shop shooting in New Orleans - Authorities in New Orleans said a shooter at a gun outlet opened fire, leaving three people dead and two others injured. The shooting occurred at the Jefferson Gun Outlet, located in a New Orleans suburb. Those who were injured from the incident are in stable condition in a hospital. The gunman who was killed and the victims have not been identified.