Welcome to the daily news! Today’s topics include stories on the war in Ethiopia, the Tokyo Olympics and coronavirus updates. These headlines are courtesy of FreedomForum.org.
Manila Bulletin, Published in Manila, Philippines
Researchers from a university in the Philippines are trekking through the rainforest in order to catch and swab bats. The DNA samples they collect will be sent to Japan to have genetic sequencing done. This information will hopefully work to prevent the next virus passed from animals to humans.
The Pioneer, Published in New Delhi, India
In India, there has been an increase of 80% in reported incidences of domestic violence. The National Commission for Women started a dedicated WhatsApp hotline for reporting these happenings. The chairperson says that increased levels of stress and financial anxiety due to the pandemic have also exacerbated this issue.
The Dominion Post, Published in Wellington, New Zealand
The Tigray community in New Zealand is marching for awareness and recognition of the atrocities being committed by the Ethiopian and Eritrean forces against the Tigrayan people of Ethiopia. The fighting in the Tigray region is now being described as a genocide.
The National, Published in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The torch for the 2021 Summer Olympics began its journey today across Japan’s 47 prefectures through a relay involving 10,000 runners. This year’s Olympic Games will be markedly different with no international spectators present and a plethora of rules related to the coronavirus.
Khaleej Times, Published in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The largest vaccine manufacturer in the world is located in India which is currently experiencing a new influx of Covid cases. Due to this crisis, they are clamping down on vaccine exports in order to focus the demand for vaccines in India. This has a particularly detrimental effect on countries in the developing world which are relying on the Covax initiative which is sourcing many of its vaccines from India.
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