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Regional News • Africa
South Africa: 1 million Coronavirus cases
South Africa: 1 million Coronavirus cases
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South Africa has surpassed 1 million cases of the Coronavirus. The new and more contagious strain 501.V2 is spreading more dominantly in many areas of the resurgence, experts say.

“We are not helpless in the face of this variant,” infectious disease specialist, Dr Richard Lessells told Associated Press. “We can change our behaviour to give the virus less opportunities to spread.”

Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
Berlin police arrested a man suspected of cannibalism and murder
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Berlin investigators have arrested a man on suspicion of murder and cannibalism, after discovering the bones of a man who disappeared in September. The 44-year-old victim, known as Stefan T., disappeared without a trace after leaving his apartment shortly before midnight in early September, in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin. On November 8th, people taking a walk found bones in a wooded area of the city's Pankow district, which turned out to be the remains of the missing man.

"The suspect had an interest in cannibalism," Berlin prosecutors' office spokesman Martin Steltner told The Associated Press.

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joe Biden elected president
Joe Biden elected president
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Democrat Joe Biden has won the 2020 US presidential election, according to projections by CNN, Fox News, Associated Press. The former Vice President has been elected the 46th president of the United States, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

The race was called for Biden on Saturday when predictions that Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes put him over the 270-vote threshold needed to win the Electoral College, pending the outcome of any legal challenges.

Regional News • Europe
Belarus: Accreditations from western media journalists removed

Journalists working for western media outlets had their accreditations removed on Saturday in Belarus. This comes a day after a German ARD TV crew was arrested in their hotel and later deported. Journalists affected worked for Reuters, Radio Liberty, AFP, AP and BBC, among others.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Peter Green, blues guitarist and Fleetwood Mac co-founder, dies at age 73
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970
Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac in 1970 Credit: W.W.Thaler - H. Weber, Hildesheim / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

Peter Green has died "peacefully in his sleep" at age 73. Green, who was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist, co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967. He left the band four years later, though Mick Fleetwood told the Associated Press in 2017, that Green deserved the "lion’s share of the credit for the band’s success."

Climate & Environment
Over two million Indians have planted 250 million trees while socially distancing
Farm Fields of Munnar, India
Farm Fields of Munnar, India Credit: / Ravi Pinisetti

In order to work against climate change over two million people have gathered in northern India to plant 250 million trees. The government has initiated the project and officials in Uttar Pradesh have provided the saplings across the state.

According to Associated Press the volunteers, lawmakers and government officials that participated maintained social distance as the Covid-19 pandemic is still going on with India the country with the fourth most infections in the world.

Regional News • Asia • China
China forces Uyghurs to have less children through mandatory birth control, abortions and other measures
Uighur women in Kashgar
Uighur women in Kashgar Credit: mikepryan (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

In order to reduce the number of Chinas Muslim population, the Chinese government is reportedly forcing women of the minority onto birth control and to do regular pregnancy checks.

According to Associated Press women are also forced to abort pregnancies, to take birth control as well as forcing them to get sterilised. The failure to comply with these measures is the main reason why people of the minorities are sent to detention camps.

Technology • Internet & Web
German Covid-19 contact tracing app cost €20 million
German Covid-19 contact tracing app cost €20 million
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Corona-Warn-App, the German Covid-19 contract tracing app by the Robert Koch-Institut, allegedly cost 20 million euros to develop, according to AP News. The presumed monthly costs are between 2.5 and 3.5 million euros, which includes manual tracing.

Regional News • Americas • United States
AG William Barr says DC protestors were "not peaceful", defends use of force by law enforcement
AG William Barr, January 2020
AG William Barr, January 2020 Credit: The United States Department of Justice / Public domain

In an interview with CBS News, Attorney General William Barr said protestors on Lafayette Square on June 1 were not peaceful, justifying the use of force by law enforcement. Barr claimed protestors were attacking officers by throwing projectiles and didn't leave the area after multiple warnings. "They were not peaceful protesters. And that’s one of the big lies that the media is, seems to be perpetuating at this point," so Barr. In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr also said: "I’m not involved in giving tactical commands like that. My attitude was, get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it."

Regional News • Americas • United States
Joe Biden wins enough delegates to formally secure Democratic presidential nomination

Former vice-president and the last remaining contender for the Democratic presidential nomination Joe Biden has announced that he has managed to secure the needed 1,991 delegates to formally win the nomination. Seven states and the District of Columbia have held democratic primaries on Tuesday and eight states still have to vote. According to Associated Press he stands at 1,995 delegates.

First COVID-19 vaccine tested

According to Associated Press the first COVID-19 vaccine was tested at the Kaiser Permanente research facility in Seattle, Washington. The vaccine was developed by the biotechnology company Moderna Therapeutics and contains a harmless part of the COVID-19 viral genome. The NHS-funded trial was fast-tracked, skipping animal experiments. According to the researchers, results may take many months.

White House overruled Center for Disease Control and Prevention's advice that old people should not fly

While the Center for Disease Control and Prevention wanted to recommend that people of higher age and people that are physically fragile should not fly, the White House overturned the plans. The air travel recommendation was removed following an inside source of the Associated Press.