Politics This Week | The Economist

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The Taliban have stepped up their assault on afghanistan cities, with fighting raging in Herat, the third largest in the country, Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, and Kandahar. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for a bombing at the home of the defense minister in Kabul. The jihadists have been emboldened by the impending withdrawal of US forces from the country.

Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia Prime Minister, lost his majority in Parliament when 11 MPs from a coalition partner withdrew their support. Muhyiddin clung to power despite a slim majority, ahead of a vote of confidence. He promised to reconvene Parliament in September and face a motion of no confidence at that time.

The Covid-19 continues to rage South East Asia. Indonesia has crossed 100,000 total recorded deaths from the virus. Daily infections in Thailand and Malaysia are reaching new highs and cases in the Philippines are on the rise again.

Officials of China said the recent increase in covid-19 infections in the country could be attributed to a Russian airliner that landed in Nanjing. Travel to and from Beijing has been reduced. The 11 million residents of Wuhan, the city where covid-19 was first identified, must be tested again.

The recent flood in central China’s Henan Province, killed at least 302 people and 50 others are missing, according to the mayor of Zhengzhou, where most of the deaths occurred.

In Hong Kong authorities have accused Anthony Wong, a pop star, of corruption for singing at a pro-democracy rally in 2018. Mr. Wong heads a group that has been blocked from streaming sites in China due to political themes. his songs. He was indicted along with a Legislative Council candidate for providing entertainment with the intent to influence people’s votes.

Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender athlete participate in a solo Olympic sport. The New Zealander was eliminated from her weightlifting event after failing three lifts.

André Cuomo was pressured to resign as governor of New York after the state attorney general released a report on allegations of sexual misconduct and found he had harassed 11 women. Mr. Cuomo denies his actions were inappropriate. Joe Biden was among many Democrats who called on him to step down.

Ebrahim Raisi, a die-hard cleric, was invested president of Iran. He took office amid allegations that Iran was behind two attacks on international ships. An explosives-laden drone struck an Israeli-run tanker off the coast of Oman, killing two people. Days later, gunmen boarded an oil tanker owned by a Dubai company, allegedly redirecting it to Iran before leaving the ship.

from Zambia government deployed the military ahead of the general election. The ruling party has tried to buy or intimidate voters in a bid to defeat Hakainde Hichilema, an opposition candidate who could possibly win if the elections were fair. It won’t.

Pedro Castillo, the new left-wing president of Peru, appointed Guido Bellido, a political novice, as Prime Minister. Mr. Bellido is under investigation for alleged “apologies” for Shining Path rebels and has been criticized for posting homophobic and sexist messages on social media. Pedro Francke, a leftist economist, has been appointed finance minister.

from Brazil The highest electoral tribunal has opened an investigation into Jair Bolsonaro’s statements about the 2022 elections. The president has repeatedly asserted, without any evidence, that there would be fraud in the electronic voting system.

Mexico launched a lawsuit against the US arms manufacturers for their alleged complicity in allowing the guns to cross the border illegally. The lawsuit, filed in a Boston court, says companies are doing little to prevent their guns from falling into the hands of drug cartels.

A Belarusian sprinter at the Olympics asked Japanese police for help after her coaches tried to send her home when she criticized them. Poland offered asylum to Krystina Timanovskaya. In Ukraine, Vitaly Shishov, a Belarusian activist who helped people flee his country’s repressive regime, was found hanged in a park. In Belarus two opposition activists were tried in a closed courtroom.

Firefighters have fought to tackle the worst forest fires in Turkey for decades, which killed at least eight people. The biggest fires have been in areas teeming with seaside resorts.

German prosecutors said the trial of a centenary former guard in Sachsenhausen nazi concentration camp would go ahead in October. The anonymous man is accused of having participated in the murder of more than 3,500 people in the camp.

More than 200,000 protesters marched in Paris and other French cities against a government decree requiring people to show a covid pass before boarding trains and planes and entering restaurants and cafes. It was the biggest protest against the new law to date.

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the WHO called on rich countries to delay distribution booster injections vaccines until the end of September so that supplies can be diverted to the poorest countries, where the vast majority of people have not been vaccinated.

new York became the first city in America to require proof of vaccination for customers entering restaurants, gyms and other indoor locations. The performance will begin on September 13.

More cities in America including Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, CC, reintroduced rules requiring or recommending that people wear masks in indoor public spaces. Louisiana said anyone over the age of five, regardless of their immunization status, should wear one in public. that of Florida governor, Ron DeSantis, rejected a mask warrant. Hospitalizations due to the disease and new cases are at their highest level in the state since the start of the pandemic.

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