CORONAVIRUS: Nepal is going through some major changes. Lately, the country’s been facing a worsening coronavirus crisis that’s in many ways mirroring India’s coronavirus crisis. Cases have skyrocketed from 100 per day to nearly 10,000. Cue a lot of anger directed towards the prime minister, who did things like tout unproven coronavirus remedies and go to crowded events. So this week, the gov put it to a vote...and removed the prime minister from office. Now, lawmakers are faced with the task of forming a new gov. In other news, the US CDC just rec’d the use of the Pfizer vaccine in kids ages 12-15. And in an example of the growing vaccine disparity, some Indian states are experiencing serious vaccine shortages.
WORLD: All eyes are on Israel-Palestine. More and more rockets and air strikes have been fired toward Israel and Gaza in the past day, with Israeli air strikes toppling entire high-rise buildings in Gaza. 83 Palestinians and 6 Israelis have now been killed. The violence has also spread to the streets of Israel. See: rival groups of extremist Jews and Arabs have been attacking each other’s cars and shops. Intro growing fears of a civil war. Meanwhile, it was just revealed that China has imprisoned or detained at least 630 imams and other Muslim religious figures since 2014. All this comes as part of the country’s crackdown in Xinjiang, which violates human rights. And in other news, recently, a US judge made a ruling that could give Derek Chauvin a longer sentence in the murder of George Floyd.
ECONOMY: Recently, southern Taiwan was hit with an accident at a power plant. In response, authorities instituted an emergency rolling blackout across the island - meaning millions of people were left without electricity for hours. As of now, it looks like power has been restored. Meanwhile, everyone’s talking about the Colonial Pipeline. Quick refresher: earlier this week, a cyberattack forced the shutdown of one of the US’s largest pipelines. That attack has since led to gas shortages throughout states like Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida. Now, it looks like the pipeline is officially up and running again - but it will still take a few days for things to get fully back to normal. In other news, inflation in April accelerated at its fastest pace in more than 12 years. Consumer prices also saw a big jump.