WORLD NEWS 06-07-2021

HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • HUMAN RIGHT GROUP CONDEMNS PIB SHARING FORMULAR.
  • U.S ORDERS TEMPORAL SUSPENSION OF FEDERAL EXECUTIONS.
  • AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 50 PERCENT CUT IN OVERSEAS ARRIVAL.
  • PAKISTAN ASSURES SUPPORT FOR CHINESE GOVT POLICIES.

AUSTRALIA/COVID LOCKDOWN

Australian Southeastern State, New South Wales is Aiming to step up covid 19 vaccinations.

The State Premier, Gladys Berejiklian disclosed this during an interview with newsmen but with the aims that within 24 hours extension of the covid-19 lockdown in Sydney could be determined, which is due to end on July 9.

As 18 new locally acquired cases were detected in the state, Berejiklia said the decision would also take into account her administration’s determination to make the current lockdown in the city of five million people the last.

Sydney authorities had on June 26 ordered a hard lockdown to quash an outbreak of the delta variant of covid-19 but officials again in recent times expressed frustrating after finding new infections linked to illegal gatherings and people flouting social distancing rules.

TALIBAN/AFGHAN

Taliban has planed a written peace proposal to Afghanistan government in august with the aim that the peace talks and process will be accelerated in the coming days and expected to enter an important stage.

Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid revealed this while speaking with Newsmen.

Mujahid said though the Talibans have upper hand on the battlefield, they are very serious with the talks even as its fighters make major territorial gains in the breach left by departing foreign forces by September 11.

He said Taliban leaders renewed the long-stalled talks with afghan government envoys in Qatar’s capital, Doha last week, both sides thereafter planned to share their possible written peace proposal which was said to be at a critical state now.

BELARUS/FORMER CONTENDER

Former Belarusian Presidential Contender, Viktor Babariko has been sentenced to a 14 year jail term on corruption charges.

Supreme Court of the republic of Belarus prosecutors, during the ruling had requested that Babariko, who maintains his innocence, be sentenced to 15 years jail for his alleged offences but finally sentenced for 14 years.

However, Babariko’s team said the charges against their client was fabricated to thwart his political ambitions.

Babariko, the former head of Belgazprombank, was arrested in June, 2020 just for trying to register as a candidate to run against veteran leader, Alexander Lukashenko in a presidential vote, but critics and observers said the election was massively rigged.

LEBANON/SOCIAL EXPLOSION.

Lebanon caretaker Prime Minister, Hassan Diab has called on the international Community to save the Country from its deep economic crisis.

The world bank had earlier announced that Lebanon’s crisis is one of the worst depressions of modern history, reacting to this, Diab warned that the country is a few days away from a social explosion, hence the need for international intervention.

Meanwhile, according to reports, Currency in the Country has lost more than 90 percent of its value and more than half of the population have been propelled into poverty.

There are also great anger over fuel shortages that spilled into fights at petrol stations and the prime minister appeared to be warning of the prospect of more unrest.

HONG KONG/SECURITY

Hong Kong leader, Carrie Lam has called on Parents, Teachers and Religious Leaders to observe the behaviour of teenagers and report those who break the law to authorities.

Lam made the call at her weekly news conference, expressing dismay at some residents mourning the death of a 50-year-old who stabbed a policeman before killing himself on July 1 on the anniversary of the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule and the Chinese Communist Party’s Centenary.

The financial hub has taken a swift authoritarian turn since china’s imposition of a sweeping national security law in 2020 and changes to its political system to reduce Democratic Participation and oust people deemed disloyal to Beijing.

ISRAEL/CITIZENSHIP LAW

Israel’s Parliament has failed to pass an extension to a controversial law barring Palestinians from the occupied west bank or Gaza who marry Israelis from being granted citizenship rights.

The legislation, which critics say is discriminatory and due to expire at the end of today is the first major political test for prime  minister Naftali Bennett’s coalition since it took office in june.

After a debate that lasted through the night, the vote was tied 59 to 59.

The Prime Minister set up the vote on the Citizenship law as a vote of confidence in his new Ideologically-diverse Government, which includes left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab Parties.

NLC CHIAR/ABDUCTION

Abductors of Taraba state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Chairman, Peter Jediel, have demanded for a ransom of 11 million naira from his family members.

Jediel, was said to have been kidnapped from his residence on Sunday, July 4, 2021 in Sunkani, the Administrative headquarters of Ardo-kola local Government council.

Report said his recent abduction, was his second from the same spot within the period of six months.

A family source who spoke with newsmen via telephone said the abductors called and demanded for 11 million naira before they can set him free, also, vowing not to collect less than the amount they are presently demanding for.

BETHEL/ABDUCTION

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed security agencies to ensure the safe and early release of all kidnapped victims in the country.

President Buhari gave the directive following the attack and abduction of over 100 students of bethel Baptist boarding school, Maraban Rido at Chickun local Government area of Kaduna state.

Report said the gunmen forcefully gained entrance into the school by breaking part of the perimeter fence of the college before military personnel foiled the attack.

Reacting, the President in a statement issued by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the abduction as cowardly and despicable, expressing concern over attacks on Kaduna and Niger states, largely targeted at students.

AGF/TRIBAL INSULT

The Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has denied insulting Igbo and Hausa tribes in Nigeria.

Malami made the denial in a statement issued in Abuja by his special assistant on media and public relations, Dr Umar Gwandu

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, a fulani man from Kebbi state said the insultive words ascribed to him against Igbo and Hausa tribes in a social media post was the handiwork of mischief makers to cause disaffection.

Malami, who noted that his initial reaction was to ignore the treacherous post, stated that it becomes imperative to set the record straight, clearing any Ambiguity caused by the disinformation post that he never insult any tribe as the Peace and Unity of Nigeria is his Priority.

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