DISASTERS: Yesterday, masked gunmen opened fire on mine clearers working for the HALO Trust (as in the charity that helps remove landmines after war) in Afghanistan, leaving at least 10 people dead. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack - while Afghan officials have pointed fingers at the Taliban for taking part, too. This comes after the US struck a peace deal with the Taliban. In other news, a three-story dilapidated building just collapsed in the Indian city of Mumbai, killing 11 people. The collapse came amidst heavy monsoon rains. Over in South Korea, nine people were killed after a five-story building fell onto a bus. The building was apparently in the process of being demolished.
CORONAVIRUS: Recently, it came out that Prez Biden is planning to donate 500 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to 100 countries around the world. About half of the vaccines would be distributed this year, with the other half going out in 2022. Speaking of which, the World Health Organization is asking the world’s govs to speed up plans to send coronavirus vaccines to the nations that have been hit hardest by the virus. Think: Argentina, Bahrain, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Maldives, Paraguay, Seychelles, Suriname, and Uruguay - the ten countries with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last couple weeks. And in other news, the European Union just OK’d a new travel certificate that’d let people move between European countries without having to quarantine or get extra coronavirus tests.
WORLD: ICYMI, Russia’s gov isn’t exactly a fan of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Case in point: the gov has allegedly tried to frame, jail, and even poison him. Yes, really. Yesterday, the gov took another step to silence Navalny by banning the organizations he founded and labeling them “extremist.” It also blocks anyone associated with those organizations from running for office. Meanwhile, Biden’s currently in the midst of his first official overseas trip as prez. He kicked off the trip by issuing a warning to Russia: the country will face “robust and meaningful” consequences if it engages in “harmful activities.”