South America

Regional News • Americas • South America
Puebla Group demands the resignation of Luis Almagro from the OAS
Puebla Group demands the resignation of Luis Almagro from the OAS
Credit: Sodacan / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

The group of progressive leaders explained that the difference of more than 20 points in this last elections show there was no fraud in the 2019 elections.

The Organization of American States, and the General Secretary Luis Almagro, were one of the main objectors to the past election results which ended in violence and a coup.

The OAS claims were rejected by several studies recently and the disputed electoral centers were the MAS got more than 90% of the votes in the 2019 election got even higher percentages in the re-run.

Health
Mexico's Covid-19 death toll reaches 30,000 as it vaults over France for the world's fifth-highest.

Saturday's tally of 523 deaths pushed Mexico's coronavirus toll to 30,366, giving the nation the 5th highest Covid-19 death toll in the world, and the 2nd highest in South America (behind Brazil).

This comes as Mexico recorded its highest spike in new infections, with 6,914 new cases being reported by officials. The spike brings the number of confirmed cases to 252,165.

It is believed that the total number of infections and casualties is far greater than officially reported due to an inadequate amount of testing.

Science • Space
2020 Strawberry Moon lunar eclipse occurs today
Full moon, so called "Strawberry moon" viewed  from Tochigi prefecture, eastern Japan.
Full moon, so called "Strawberry moon" viewed from Tochigi prefecture, eastern Japan. Credit: On-chan (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Today's lunar eclipse that begins at 17:45(UTC) and lasts until 21:04(UTC) will be a "penumbral eclipse," which occurs when the outer ring of Earth's shadow just grazes the moon.

This subtle lunar eclipse will be entirely visible for observers in eastern Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and Australia. It will start at moonrise for those on the eastern coast of South America, western Africa and Europe, and at moonset for skywatchers in Japan and New Zealand.

The full moon in June is called a Strawberry Moon because it coincides with the strawberry harvest. In Europe, an old name for this full Moon is the Mead Moon or the Honey Moon.