Politics | The economist
October 23, 2021
The police investigating the murder of a Conservative MP in the UK treated the incident as an act of terrorism. Sir David Amess, who represented the city of Southend in east London, was stabbed to death during one of his weekly polls with voters. The suspect is a 25-year-old man who was born in the UK to a Somali family. He was reportedly once referred to a program that seeks to discourage youth from becoming radicalized.
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Healthcare executives in Great Britain called for the immediate reintroduction of pandemic measures such as masks in public places and home-based orders. Covid-19 deaths are at their highest level since March but still less than 10% of the January high. The government said infections could hit 100,000 a day over the winter but did not plan to reinstate restrictions. The British Medical Association described this as “willful negligence”.
In Russia Vladimir Putin supported a plan to leave workers at home for a week to contain a spate of Covid-19 infections. It will be the next time Russia has come closest to a lockdown.
The European Parliament awarded its annual Sakharov Prize Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader who was jailed after surviving an assassination attempt by Russian agents.
Ursula von der Leyen swore that the European Commission would punish Poland after its Constitutional Court ruled, at the request of the Prime Minister, that parts of the EU treaties are incompatible with Polish law. The Commission President’s threat is directed against Polish access to around 57 billion euros in funds to recover from the pandemic.
A primary with members from six opposition parties in Hungary elected Peter Marki-Zay, the mayor of a small town, as a joint candidate for next spring elections against Viktor Orban, the prime minister. The parties will also put forward common candidates for all parliamentary seats.
A body of senators in Brazil In a draft report recommended that President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with crimes against humanity, among other things, for downplaying the Covid-19 virus and not fighting it. Mr Bolsonaro, who told Brazilians to “stop complaining about the disease”, is unlikely to be brought to justice. More than 600,000 of his compatriots have died.
Thousands protested in The saviour against President Nayib Bukele. Salvadorans are angry about the introduction of Bitcoin as legal tender and decisions that have undermined democracy, such as the firing of judges. In response to the protests, Mr. Bukele changed his Twitter profile to “Emperor of El Salvador”.
A group of 17 American and Canadian missionaries, including children, were kidnapped by a gang Haiti. The Caribbean country already had one of the highest kidnapping rates in the world, but the security situation has deteriorated since the assassination of then-President Jovenel Moïse in July. Encouraged gangs vie for territory.
Seven people were killed and dozens injured Lebanon when gunfire broke out during a protest against the judge investigating the explosion in the port of Beirut last year. The rally was organized by the country’s two largest Shiite parties, Hezbollah and Amal, who are unhappy with the investigation. They blamed a Christian faction for the violence that denied involvement.
According to reports, 14 people were killed in a bomb attack on an army bus in Damascus Syrian state media. Although the country is still fighting decades of civil war, attacks in the capital have become rare. No group acknowledged responsibility, but the army responded by shelling the opposition-controlled Idlib region, reportedly killing 10 people.
the Democratic Republic of Congo accused Rwanda Troops cross the border and invade several villages, leading to clashes with Congolese soldiers. Rwanda said its men only hunt smugglers and want to be on friendly terms.
Ethiopia bombed Mekelle, the capital of the breakaway province of Tigray, in an escalation of years of civil war. Abiy Ahmed, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, also threatened to stop all food aid to the country. That would make efforts to avert famine in the blocked Tigray even more difficult.
Microsoft said it would shut down its local version in China from LinkedIn, a professional networking site. A LinkedIn manager wrote that the service there is facing a “significantly more difficult operating environment”.
China denied reports that it tested a nuclear device Hypersonic missile in August. It was later reported that there were two tests, the first in July.
North Korea confirmed that it had tested a new submarine-launched ballistic missile, which the UN has banned it from doing. The rocket landed in the Sea of Japan. The launch comes amid increasing missile testing by North and South Korea in recent weeks, raising concerns about an accelerating arms race.
Floods and landslides killed more than 150 people in India and Nepal after heavy rain that lasted for several days. The subcontinent’s monsoons generally go back to October, but changing weather patterns have made it more unpredictable.
India has now spent 1 billion Covid-19 Vaccinations. More than 60% of the population have had one vaccination and around a quarter have received two doses.
The US Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to suspend a law in Texas that is de facto forbidden cancellation, on the grounds that this violates decades of constitutional precedents. The law was designed to allow private individuals to sue anyone who helps with an abortion. His supporters say this is legally a deterrent, not a ban.
This article appeared in the section Die Welt this week of the print edition under the heading “Politics”.