President Yoweri Museveni, the longtime leader of Uganda was re-elected amid accusations of vote rigging levelled by his main rival Bobi Wine. 59 percent of the vote was won by Mr. Museveni, while 35 percent of the vote was won by Bobi Wine. Mr. Wine, who is a former pop star, had earlier pledged to provide evidence of fraud. Allegations of vote rigging have been denied by the Electoral Commission
IMPACT-se, a watchdog, revealed that textbooks that were part of the new curriculum for Palestinian children by UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestinians, included texts that incite violence and hatred, while glorifying terrorism. UNRWA chief Phillipe Lazzarini tweeted that the material was distributed in error. UNRWA has been criticised before for alleged incitement to violence in its publications.
India has begun one of the world’s biggest Covid-19 vaccination programs, marking the beginning of an effort to immunize more than 1.3B people. PM Modi implored citizens to keep their guard up and not to believe any ’rumors about the safety of the vaccines.’ It is not clear if Modi, 70, has been given the vaccine. India has registered more than 10.5M cases, and 151,000 deaths.
At Saturday’s digital convention, Armin Laschet, the 59-year-old Prime Minister of North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s largest state, was elected leader of Germany’s largest political party, the CDU. He succeeds Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the successor of Angela Merkel. Laschet, a centrist, beat Friedrich Merz, the favorite candidate of the conservative wing in a runoff.
Mexico’s President López Obrador vowed to lead an international effort to combat what he considers censorship by social media companies that have blocked or suspended the accounts of US President Trump. Obrador’s administration is reaching out to other government to form a common front on the issue. ’The first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,’ Obrador said.
German Chancellor Merkel’s party is choosing a new leader on Saturday, eight months before voters decide who will succeed her. The three candidates include: Friedrich Merz (a one-time rival of Merkel who stands for a more conservative course), Armin Laschet (governor of North Rhine-Westphalia), and Norbert Roettgen (heads parliament’s foreign affairs committee).
Polish government officials have denounced the deactivation of Donald Trump’s social media accounts, and said a draft law being readied in Poland will make it illegal for tech companies to take similar actions there.
A group of players have been confined to their hotel rooms for the next 14 days after two people on the charter flight from Los Angeles tested positive to Covid-19 on arrival in Melbourne. The quarantine would mean the players have no ability to train in the days leading up to the competition. Those quarantined include two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka.
The Congressional Executive Commission on China in a report revealed that new evidence suggests that ’crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide,’ has been taking place against Uighur Muslims in China since last year. A United Nations report claims that nearly one million Uighurs are detained in Xinjiang in concentration camps that China claims to be ’vocational training centers.’
Federal prosecutors said in court filing Thursday that the rioters at the Capitol intended ’to capture and assassinate elected officials.’ This came as prosecutors in a filing asked a judge to detain Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist photographed wearing horns as he stood at the desk of VP Pence in the chamber. Chansley is due to appear in federal court on Friday.
In an effort to heal long standing internal divisions, Mahmoud Abbas, the President of Palestine announced parliamentary and presidential elections on January 15, the first in 15 years. Many see the move as a response to criticism of the democratic legitimacy of Palestinian political institutions, including the presidency of Mr. Abbas. The announcement comes days before Joe Biden’s inauguration.
On Thursday, Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte stated that Presidency was ’no job’ for a woman and dismissed the rumors of his daughter running for the same. Although Duterte is popular amongst female voters, he comments that running for President ’is not for women. You know, the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different. You will become a fool here. So… that is the sad story.’
The US Department of the Treasury on Friday imposed sanctions on Cuba’s Interior Ministry and its leader, accusing them of human rights violations. The measures against the ministry and Brigadier Gen. Lázaro Alberto Álvarez Casas include freezing any bank accounts they may have in the US. The new sanctions come less than a week before the end of Trump’s presidency.
As per a tally from the Johns Hopkins University, two million people have died because of the novel coronavirus across the world. The US, which accounts for about four percent of the world’s population, has reported nearly 20 percent of all deaths globally. Nearly a million people have died due to COVID-19 related complications in the previous three and a half months alone.
The Netherlands government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s has resigned after thousands of Dutch families were wrongly accused of child welfare fraud and told to pay the money back. A recent report revealed that around 10,000 families had been made to repay tens of thousands of euros of subsidies after being wrongly accused of fraud, which led to many unemployment, bankruptcy and divorce cases.
Joe, the pigeon that was to be euthanized by authorities in Australia after reportedly crossing the Pacific Ocean, has been saved after he was found wearing a fake tag. Joe was to be killed for breaching the quarantine rules. ’Following an investigation, the department has concluded that Joe the Pigeon is highly likely to be Australian,’ the Dept. of Agriculture, Water and the Environment said.
’Abundant’ surface-to-surface ballistic missiles were fired and locally manufactured new drones were tested in a military exercise by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Friday. The drill was overseen by Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami in the central desert region. The drill has been conducted in the waning days of high tensions with US President Donald Trump’s administration.
A report by Green 2.0, an independent advocacy campaign that tracks racial and gender diversity within the environmental movement, has found that the green movement remains predominantly white. Data has shown that organizations added six people of color and eight women to their full-time staff from 2017 to 2020, and added two people of color and two women to their senior staff in that time.