HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- OYO LAWMAKERS DEMAND INVESTIGATION TO KILLINGS, ATTACKS IN STATE.
- PARLIAMENT APPROVES DETENTION OF MIGRANTS TO CURB ILLEGAL TRAVELS IN LITHUANIA.
- PRESIDENT BIDEN TAKES MOVE ON VOTING RESTRICTIONS.
- U.S SENATE SUPPORTS INFRASTRUCTURAL DEVELOPMENT IN COUNTRY.
The oyo state house of assembly has advised governor seyi makinde to set up a panel of enquiry to unravel those behind kidnappings and killings in ajaawa town.
Report has it that no fewer than two people were reportedly killed during a raid carried out in the town by some policemen recently.
Meanwhile, chairman of ogo oluwa local government area, seun ojo and the alajaawa of ajaawa had earlier raised alarm over killings and attack of some residents of the town by security agents.
However, the public relations officer of the state police command, adewale osifeso in a statement made available to newsmen, noted that some youths attacked policemen but, the state lawmakers urged the state governor to investigate the matter.
The assembly during its plenary noted that this was necessary in order to ascertain involvement or conspiracy of policemen in the matter.
South korea/covid curb
South korea has tightened social distancing rules across the country to tackle its worst-ever outbreak of coronavirus, a day after new cases soared to a new daily peak of 1,615.
The country’s prime minister, kim boo-kyum told an intra-agency covid-19 meeting that the average numbers of new cases from regions outside the seoul metropolitan area have been doubled from last week and that further curbs would be enforced in some high-risk areas from july 15.
Boo-kyum noted that gatherings of more than eight people have been banned while restaurants and bars must close by midnight.
He further stated that all schools in the greater seoul area would switch to online classes until july 25 and private educational institutes are required to close by 10 p.m.
The united states secretary of state, antony blinken has called on southeast asian nations to take action to end violence and restore democracy in myanmar
Blinken made the call during a meeting with foreign ministers of the association of southeast asian nations, asean.
While expressing deep concerns about the military coup in myanmar, the secretary urged asean to take joint action to release all those unjustly detained in the country and restore the country’s democratic transition.
The united states president, joe biden has declared preserving voting rights an urgent national test of our time.
Speaking at the national constitution center in philadelphia, president biden called for state efforts to curtail voting accessibility un-american and un-democratic as he launched a broadside against his predecessor, donald trump, who baselessly alleged misconduct in the 2020 election after his defeat.
The president therefore called passage of congressional proposals to override new state voting restrictions and restore parts of the voting rights act that were curbed in recent years by the supreme court a national imperative.
Leading senate democrats have agreed on a 3.5 trillion dollar investment plan aimed to include a budget resolution to be debated on soon.
Senate majority leader, chuck schumer disclosed this, noting that the move was to boost the united states president, joe biden’s drive for big new infrastructure investment.
According to schumer, the senate agreed after more than two hours of closed-door talks that included senate budget committee democrats and white house officials.
Report however revealed that republicans were not part of the negotiations.
The united states prosecutors have charged four iranians, alleged to be intelligence operatives for tehran, plotting to kidnap a new york journalist and human rights activist who was critical of iran.
A justice department revealed that in recent years, iranian intelligence officers tricked a number of overseas activists to travel to destinations where they were kidnapped and sent back to iran.
While the indictment did not name the target of the plot, report confirmed that the journalist, masih alinejad was an iranian-american who has contributed to the u.s. government-funded voice of america persian language service and reports on human rights issues in iran.
In a move meant to deter high numbers of migrants crossing the border with belarus but which stirred an outcry among humanitarian groups, lithuania’s parliament has approved the mass detention of migrants and curbed their right of appeal.
Eighty-four lawmakers were said to have supported the bill, with one objection and 5 abstentions, brushing aside protests from red cross and other non-governmental organizations saying it violates lithuania’s international obligations and migrant rights.
Lithuanian and european union officials have accused belarus of using illegal migrants as a political weapon to exert pressure on eu because of the bloc’s sanctions on minsk.
Meanwhile, information has it that more than 1,700 people had so far entered lithuania from its non-eu neighbour this year, including 1,100 in july alone but prime minister ingrida simonyte said the detention policy would prevent migrants from illegally travelling onwards to the more affluent west of the eu.
Afghan/taliban peace talk
A high-powered afghanistan government delegation, including head of the country’s reconciliation council, is set to meet the taliban in qatar for a long-stalled peace talk.
An afghan official, in a report revealed this, affirming that the doha talks will be led by abdullah abdullah, with ex-president hamid karzai among delegates.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief reporters, explained that the taliban is expected to bring its senior leaders to the table when the two sides meet, possibly on friday, july 16, 2021.
As the taliban maintained a political office in the qatari capital of doha, information has it that the renewed push to reach a peace deal comes as the united states winds down its military presence in afghanistan.
Signatories of iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers have seen their hopes of restoring the landmark accord by its signing anniversary dashed as multiple factors complicated the process.
Report said world powers party to the nuclear deal hoped to restore it as soon as the best option available to ensure non-proliferation.
Meanwhile, a clear date is yet to be decided for the start of the seventh and likely final round of talks in vienna to revive the joint comprehensive plan of action, the deal that was signed by iran, china, russia, france, germany, the united kingdom, and the united states on july 14, 2015.