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Week 6 - (14/08/2020)

Published on 14 August 2020 at 18:08

Kamala Harris announced as Joe Biden’s Running mate

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this week announced that he had selected Californian Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. In a statement on Twitter he described Senator Harris as “a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants”. This nomination also marks the first time that a black female candidate has been the vice-presidential candidate on a major ticket. Harris noted when talking about Biden that he “can unify the American people because he's spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he'll build an America that lives up to our ideals.”

 

Micheal Martin meets with Boris Johnson in Northern Ireland

Taoiseach Micheal Martin met with UK Prime minster Boris Johnson for the first time since being appointed Taoiseach this week in Northern Ireland. During the Prime minister’s visit both himself and Mr Martin discussed ways in which to grow and sustain both countries economies post-Brexit and post-Covid-19. Also included in the talks was the resumption of Northern Ireland institutions whilst sharing the island of Ireland in a way that respects the Good Friday Agreement.

 

European Union set to impose sanctions on Belarus following fraudulent election result

Following mass outrage and protests from the results of the recent Belarusian presidential election which saw many claiming the election to have been rigged following the exit polls result of around 79.7% of Belarus’ population voting to keep long-time Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in power the EU is to begin imposing sanctions on the country of Belarus.

 

United Kingdom falls into recession for the first time since 2011

The UK this week has officially entered its first major recession since 2011. In large part due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures Britain’s economy saw a record fall of 20.4% between the months April and June. Following this it has again raised questions as to the effectiveness of Prime minister Boris Johnson’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as in addition to the economic decline of the economy Britain leads the way with the highest death toll caused by the virus in Europe at more than 50,000 deaths. A forecast from the Bank of England said it would take until the final quarter of 2021 for the economy to regain its former size. During this period unemployment is likely to rise heavily.

 

Creators of Fortnite, Epic Games open a lawsuit against Apple

Epic Games, creator of the popular free-to-play battle royal game Fortnite are set to open a lawsuit against Apple and Alphabet Inc’s Google following the companies’ removal of the game from their app stores for violating their in-app payment guidelines. A spokesperson from Epic stated in the lawsuit “Apple has become what it once railed against: the behemoth seeking to control markets, block competition and stifle innovation”. In a statement, Apple said that "Fornite" was removed from its app store due to Epic’s launch of a payment feature with the “express intent of violating the App Store guidelines” and stated that “the fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users”. While Google also removed the game from their Play Store the company’s spokesperson Dan Jackson has yet to comment on the lawsuit.


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