The Week in Stories Around the Globe


Teacher and cousin of Black Lives Matter founder ‘Tased to death’ by LAPD

“He was so committed to his students. He was so present for them and was an educator who believed in education.” She recalled how Anderson at a young age was driven to “be a better human being, to make a difference and to impact people’s lives”.

#BlackLivesMatter #RestInPower #KeenanAnderson

Attempted assassination of Francia Márquez, Colombia’s first Black vice president, foiled

Márquez is Colombia’s first Black vice president. She was elected last September along with President Gustavo Petro, an economist and former guerrilla fighter, who is attempting to raise taxes on the wealthy, increase government spending, and start peace talks with the nation’s remaining rebel groups.

Before she entered politics, Márquez led protests against mining companies and illegal miners operating in Cauca and was forced to leave her home village of Suárez due to numerous death threats.

#Columbia #FranciaMarquez #LatinAmerica #Assassination

Peru protests spread to Cusco, gateway city to Machu Picchu

Health officials in Cusco said 37 civilians and six police officers were injured on Wednesday when protesters tried to take over the city’s Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport, a gateway for tourists to visit the nearby Incan citadel of Machu Picchu. One civilian later died after being hit by gunfire, officials said.

#Peru #Violence #Politics #Rebellion

‘We made a mistake.’ Omicron origin study retracted after widespread criticism

TOPSHOT – A teacher is tested at the Cadjèhoun Health Center in Cotonou on May 9, 2020. – Benin on Saturday was conducting mass coronavirus testing of teachers ahead of the reopening of schools as part of a plan to loosen measures against the pandemic. The West African nation of 11 million is set to end six weeks of travel restrictions to key cities and allow some students back to classrooms from Monday. (Photo by Yanick Folly / AFP) (Photo by YANICK FOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Omicron was first discovered in late 2021 in Botswana and South Africa, quickly spread across the world, and has dominated the pandemic since. Its exact origin has been a mystery, in part because Omicron is so different from the variants circulating before it.


#COVID19
#Botswana #SouthAfrica #Science

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