An explosion near a school in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday killed at least 25 people and wounded at least 52. Most of the wounded were reported to be students. An Interior Ministry spokesperson did not specify the cause or the target of the explosion. Kabul is on high alert since the US announced plans last month to pull out all U.S. troops by Sept. 11.
While hospitals in India plead for life-saving oxygen and Covid-19 casualties remain on a rise, India’s PM Modi is pushing ahead with a $1.8B parliamentary revamp, including a new home for himself. The decision to continue with the project, categorized as an ’essential service,’ has infuriated the public and opposition politicians. India registered a record 4,187 casualties in the last 24 hours.
Israeli riot police clashed with Palestinian worshippers at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday. As per the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service, at least 136 people have been injured. Israel said six police officers were wounded. The US called for ’de-escalation’ and said the threatened evictions could ’worsen’ the situation in east Jerusalem.
European countries separated themselves from the US about Covid-19 vaccine waivers. French leader Macron said that IP rights is not the issue of the day. All the leaders of 27-nation bloc discussed the proposal of the US to share vaccine IP rights. But EU leaders were divided on its usefulness. According to experts, waiver negotiation will take years and cannot be covered for immediate needs.
A new research by Rhodium Group claims that China emits more greenhouse gas than the entire developed world combined. In 2019, China emitted 27% of the world’s greenhouse gases. The US was the second-largest emitter at 11% while India was third with 6.6% of emissions. China’s emissions have more than tripled over the previous three decades. China has vowed to reach net-zero emissions by 2060.
Remnants from a Chinese rocket are expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry over the weekend. The rocket was launched from Wenchang Space Launch Center on 29 April to carry China’s first module of its future space station into orbit. ’We’re hopeful that it will land in a place where it won’t harm anyone,’ US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government has complained to US officials about their alleged financing for an anti-corruption group that allegedly engaged in political activity against the Mexican administration. López Obrador’s comments came shortly before a scheduled online meeting with US VP Kamala Harris. ’It is an interventionist act that violated our sovereignty,’ he said.
Preliminary data released on Friday signaled deforestation of Brazil’s vast Amazon forest in April 2021 was the highest for that month in at least five years. This government report comes two weeks after Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said his government would dedicate more energy and resources toward curbing deforestation.
The Ukrainian military said Friday that two soldiers have been killed and another wounded under fire from Russia-backed separatist rebels in the country’s east. Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting in eastern Ukraine since 2014. According to Ukraine’s military, 36 soldiers have been killed in the east this year.
Amnesty International has apologized to Alexei Navalny for stripping him of its ’prisoner of conscience’ status. ’Following careful evaluation Amnesty International has decided to re-designate Alexei Navalny as a ’Prisoner of Conscience’,’ it said in a statement. On 24 February, Amnesty stripped the status on the grounds that in the past Navalny made comments that qualified as advocacy of hatred.
Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is in a critical condition following a bomb attack outside his home in the capital Male on Thursday night. Two of his bodyguards and two apparent bystanders, including a Briton, were also wounded in the explosion. Officers are trying to identify four possible suspects but no arrests have been made. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast.
Several victim of sexual harassment united and alleged that they were sexually harassed and touched with an improperly by Doctor Who star Noel Clarke. This not the only case which BBC suffered. Another Doctor Who actor, John Barrowman, was accused of exposing himself to co-workers on BBC productions. After the case report was published by the Guardian, BBC removed Clarke from their production.
Japanese hold an online petition to postpone Tokyo Olympics over the course of global pandemic in order to prevent disease. More than 187,000 signs were gathered in only two days since the campaign has started. The goal is to bring the number over 200,000 to show concerns over the largest sport events in the world. Japan fights with 4th wave of Covid-19 pandemic and sluggish vaccination push.