Top 10 world news: Apple daily executives charged under Chinese security law, First judge of colour nominated to Canadian SC & more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Jun 18, 2021, 09:34 PM IST
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Just a day after United Kingdom's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused China of using its security legislation to "target dissenting voices", the CEO, and chief editor, two of the five arrested Apple Daily tabloid's executives have been charged under the authoritarian law. Meanwhile, due to a dramatic rise in the number of coronavirus cases due to the new Delta strain, Russia's capital Moscow closed its European football Championship fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The United Kingdom is also suffering under the onslaught of the Delta strain of COVID-19, and according to a new study, a corelation has been discovered between the strain gaining prominence, and the number of patients infected with the coronavirus doubling every 11 days in England.

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A day after the Hong Kong government crackdown on its offices, the pro-democracy Apple Daily popular tabloid made it to the stands with an extra-large print run and a characteristic message of defiance emblazoned on its front that read: "We must press on".

After reporting over 17,000 cases in one day, Russia's capital Moscow closed its European football Championship fan zone and banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people due to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated Mahmud Jamal to the country's Supreme court, making him the first judge of colour since the146 years of the institution's existence.

Surpassing 10,000 for the first time since late February, the United Kingdom registered 11,007 new daily coronavirus infections on Thursday and according to a new study, the number of patients infected with the coronavirus in England doubling every 11 days.

A court in Belgium has ordered pharma giant AstraZeneca to deliver 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to European Union (EU) members by September 27, fewer than what the EU had demanded.

In a setback for gay rights, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a Catholic social services agency in Philadelphia could defy city rules and refuse to work with same-sex couples who apply to take in foster children.

France accuses Russia of making efforts amounting to "seizure of power" in the Central African Republic (CAR) acknowledging that CAR's cooperation with Russian "mercenaries" had prompted Paris to scale down its military support.

Based on a The United Nations Committee for Development Policy (UN CDP) recommendation, Nepal has qualified to graduate into a developing nation from a Least Developed Country (LDC) without meeting the per capita Gross National Income (GNI) criterion. 

Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is annually observed on June 19 to commemorate the day when the Confederate states, in 1865, surrendered to end the Civil War and African-Americans were informed about their long-due freedom.

Discover the story of the Sangorians, named after a Turkish soap opera, they count former Taliban insurgents among their ranks and dress like their enemies, but the shadowy "Sangorians" militiamen are among the fiercest forces on the Afghan battlefield.