Week 16 - 23/10/2020

Published on 23 October 2020 at 17:16

Final US Presidential Debate

The Final US Presidential Debate took place this week and while not as rowdy as the initial debate between current President Donald Trump and former Vice-Presidential and current Democratic candidate Joe Biden there was still a lot to take out of it. Both candidates came to blows on extremely differing outlooks on the current Covid-19 pandemic with Joe Biden emphasising the impact of the Trump administration on the growing 221,000 deaths due to Covid-19. Despite the rather civil approach at the beginning of the debate as the night went on more personal attacks were through at each candidate most notably Presidents Trump’s accusations that Mr Biden was involved in numerous corruption scandals in Ukraine.


Australian Vatican Money Probe to End

Following on from the prosecution of the former treasurer of the Vatican, Cardinal George Pell the Australian Police has stated that they will no longer be investigating a large transfer of money from the Vatican to Australia before the former treasurer came under scrutiny. Victoria Police said in a statement that they had been made aware of a “transfer of monies from the Vatican over a period of time in Australia” but that the Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre hadn’t advised them of any wrongdoing. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Wednesday that they were reviewing the current information and making it available to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC).


Belgian Foreign Minister in Intensive Care

The former acting Prime Minister of Belgium now current Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes had tested positive for Covid-19 last week but since then her situation has worsened and she has been admitted to intensive care. A spokesperson for the Minister has said that "She is conscious, and she can communicate" and that she is “stable.” Her successor Prime Minister Alexander de Croo wished her a “speedy recovery” and reminded the general public that “no one is immune from this dangerous virus. Together as one, we will beat Covid-19."


12 Protestors Violently Killed in Nigeria

According to Amnesty International this week at least 12 protesters were shot and killed when army and police in Lagos, Nigeria shot into a crowd of peaceful protestors. Witnesses at the shooting say that the perpetrators fired into a crowd of 1,000 in an attempt to disperse them following the introduction of a curfew on all citizens. Following this, buildings in the city were set ablaze and protestors clashed with police and army officials. In a statement Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said "This is the toughest night of our lives as forces beyond our direct control have moved to make dark notes in our history" and has called for an investigation into the "the rules of engagement employed by the men of the Nigerian army that were deployed."

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