Cuban embassy in
France, is attacked with three
molotovs, resulting in a fire outside building but without any injuries. The identities of the perpetrators of the attack are unknown.
Indonesia reports a record 47,128 recoveries and 2,069 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the nationwide total of recoveries to 2.596 million and the nationwide death toll to 86,835.
South Korea restore hotlines between the two countries, more than a year after
Pyongyang cut ties in June 2020. The move comes after months of correspondence by letters of negotiations between South Korean president
Moon Jae-in and Supreme Leader
Kim Jong-un in an attempt to improve relations between the two countries.
A court in
Hong Kong finds 24-year-old Tong Ying-kit, the first person to be charged under the national security law on July 1, 2020 (one day after its approval), guilty of terrorism and secession. He faces a sentence from seven-to-life in prison. The ruling also marked a limit to free speech for the slogan "
Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times", which Tong carried when he committed the offense. The judges stated that the slogan could "incite others to commit secession".
The trial against Cardinal
Giovanni Angelo Becciu and ten others for financial crimes open in the
Holy See. Becciu and a monsignor are the only two to appear in court in person. Becciu denied any wrongdoing and the trial was adjourned.
Pope Francis had previously stripped Becciu of his immunity and approved his indictment. Becciu's lawyers asked the court not to order the Cardinal's arrest.
The main opposition
IslamistEnnahda Movement accuses President Saied of staging a
coup as clashes between the President's supporters and Islamist protesters continue in the capital
Tunis. An Ennahda office is burned down in the city of
Bangladesh reports a record 15,192 new cases and 247 deaths from
COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 1.179 million and the nationwide death toll to 19,521.
Croatia restricts the number of gatherings to 50 people for those who are unvaccinated and 1,000 people for those who are
vaccinated in five coastal
Adriatic Croatia until August 15 in order to prevent the introduction of restrictions for travellers returning from the country.
restaurants are allowed to resume their indoor service across
Ireland for the first time since March 2020, although customers must have official proof that they have been fully
vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 within the last 180 days.
French Parliament approves a law that requires all
healthcare workers to receive a
vaccine by September 15 as well as the adoption of a "Health Pass" that will allow residents to travel on
airplanes, and enter
restaurants and some public venues. The law can be applied until November 15 depending on the COVID-19 situation and will also apply to children over the age of 12 beginning on September 30.
Nigerian authorities confirm that the bandits who
kidnapped dozens of children from a school in
Kaduna State, have released 28 of them and that 81 others remain in captivity. This was the tenth mass kidnapping incident since December 2020.
Armed bandits kidnap a negotiator who had been sent to pay the ransom by the parents of the remaining students being held in captivity. The bandits had demanded nearly
fires in the region of
Italy, damage buildings, force the evacuation of 1,500 people and destroy 20,000 hectares of land. Italy has asked for help from other
European countries to battle the fires.
Ten people are killed and 44 are injured in a bus crash near
Croatia. The bus, traveling on a regular route from
Kosovo, swerved off the highway after one of the drivers briefly fell asleep. The driver was arrested after the incident, while the second driver was killed in the crash.
South Africa returns to adjusted alert level 3, which means that inter-provincial travel can resume,
alcohol sales bans are lifted, non-essential businesses can reopen, and gatherings of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors are allowed. Additionally,
schools can reopen from 26 July 2021.
social distancing measures are imposed in
Hanoi for the next 15 days under "Directive 16" which requires people to stay home except for essential reasons in order to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Vietnam reports a record 7,978 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 90,934.
Burundian Minister for Mining Ibrahim Uwizeye suspends the operations of several international
mining companies, including one running the only
rare-earth mine in
Africa, saying they were not properly sharing the profits and that the mining contracts signed were "unbalanced".
Indonesia reports a record 38,988 recoveries and 1,566 deaths from
COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total of recoveries to 2.43 million and the nationwide death toll to 80,598.
Fiji isolates 87 crew and passengers on an inter-islands ship due to COVID-19. The ship's people have been the latest of around 4,000 people infected with COVID-19 who have been turned away from hospitals due to a lack of beds.
Montenegro closes all
nightclubs as well as bans all indoor gatherings and music festivals due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Nightclubs could be reopened on August 2, but only for those who have been
tested negative, or who have recovered from COVID-19.
Madagascar officials announce that two French citizens arrested over a plot to kill President
Andry Rajoelina are former members of the French Armed Forces. The Government of France says that it is working with its consulate in Madagascar as the French military says that it has no comments on the arrests.
Tajikistan holds its largest military exercise, mobilizing 130,000 servicemen in addition to 100,000 active servicemen and parades more than 1,000 military vehicles and many more warfare equipment and military helicopters.
PresidentEmomali Rakhmon urged Tajik people to protect the "peace and stability achieved at a high price" amid a Taliban offensive in neighboring
Indonesia reports a record 36,370 recoveries and 1,449 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the nationwide total of recoveries to 2.39 million and the nationwide death toll to 79,302. The country also surpasses three million cases of the virus.
Government of Italy announces that it will require people in
the country to show a proof of vaccination of at least one dose, a negative
COVID-19 test, or that they have recovered from COVID-19 in order to participate in social activities such as indoor dining, visiting museums, and attending shows beginning on August 6.
(The New York Times)
Chileangovernment announces that beginning on July 26, fully vaccinated residents will be able to travel internationally by
airplane without special permission as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decrease and the number of people who have received a
vaccine continues to increase.
AfghanTajik asylum seeker who has been held in immigration detention by
Australia for eight years sues the
Australian Government in the
Federal Court. A former employee of the
Islamic Republican government, the man fled an assassination attempt by the
Taliban and argues that his family is still being targeted in Afghanistan and that his indefinite detention prevents him from organising their escape from the violence. The Government has requested the case be dismissed and denied they had any legal obligations towards Afghan citizens.
Madagascar arrest six individuals, including a foreign national, after months of investigation into a plot to kill President
Andry Rajoelina. The Attorney General accuses those arrested of having "a plan for the elimination of the head of state".
Tanzanian opposition leader
Freeman Mbowe and 15 members of his
Chadema party, who were arrested yesterday, are charged with terrorism, according to a statement from the party.
Amnesty International condemns the charges and the United States said yesterday that Mbowe's arrest was "very concerning".
Both Netto and Lira deny that such a threat happened, with the former declaring that the Estadão reported an "invention" and
Superior Electoral Court President
Luís Roberto Barroso commenting that "the [democratic] institutions are working". Estadão's editor, João Caminoto, reaffirms the veracity of the report in a social media post.
Current events of July 21, 2021 (2021-07-21) (Wednesday)
GovernorMike Parson announces that
Missouri will launch a "Be a Mo VIP Winner" campaign to vaccinate individuals amidst a rise of cases in the state. In five rounds, over 180 people will be drawn with each receiving a
US$10,000 prize. The announcement comes after 3,031 cases of
COVID-19 was reported in the state, the highest since January.
Hong Kong arrest Lam Man-chung, the former executive editor-in-chief of the now closed Apple Daily newspaper. It is the latest arrest surrounding the closure of the paper which has already seen its founder
Jimmy Lai convicted and awaiting trial along with many other activists on subversion charges.