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Militants belonging to the 3R group attack a military position in the village of Mann, Central African Republic, killing six civilians and wounding several more. (Al Jazeera)
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YouTube bans News Corp's Sky News Australia channel for seven days after commentator Alan Jones spread COVID-19 misinformation. This comes shortly after The Daily Telegraph ended Jones' regular column over similar concerns. (The Guardian)
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Flash flooding continues for the fourth day in Kamdesh, Afghanistan, killing several more people, bringing the death toll to 113. (Al Jazeera)
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2021 Myanmar coup d'état
On the anniversary of the coup, military junta leader Ming Aung Hlaing names himself prime minister "in order to perform the country’s duties fast, easily and effectively", according to the State Administration Council. (Reuters)
July 31, 2021 (Saturday)edithistorywatch
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  • 2021 Myanmar protests
    As the six month anniversary of the military coup against civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi approaches, protests occur in Mandalay with university students waving flags and saying that there is "no possibility of dialogue" with the junta. The junta says that former civilian leaders are spreading "biased information". (Reuters)
  • Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina calls on the military to take "responsibility for threats to national sovereignty and threats to national security" after a plot to assassinate him was foiled last week. Rajoelina called on the new military graduates to uphold democracy. (Madagascar Tribune)
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July 30, 2021 (Friday)edithistorywatch
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July 29, 2021 (Thursday)edithistorywatch
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The Royal Spanish Academy confirms that Alfonso de Palencia's dictionary dates from 1492, so it predates Antonio de Nebrija's "Latin-Spanish Dictionary" and becomes the earliest known Spanish vocabulary. (El País)
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LGBT rights in Uganda
Local human rights activists in Uganda petition President Yoweri Museveni not to sign a controversial bill against gay sex into law as it could increase discrimination and hate crimes and incite violence against gay men. The bill further criminalizes homosexuality by punishing "penetration of another person’s anus" with up to 10 years' imprisonment. Richard Lusimbo, a 34-year-old activist, says that even people suspected of being gay will be attacked if the bill comes into effect. (PLM Daily)
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Peru's President Pedro Castillo names Guido Bellido of the party Free Peru as his prime minister. (Reuters)
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July 28, 2021 (Wednesday)edithistorywatch
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Argentina announces that they will pay $250 million to the Paris Club and $350 million to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid default. Economy minister Martín Guzmán asks both entities to restructure the debts in order to make payment viable. The IMF has expressed its willingness for the payment after months of negotiations on a $45 billion debt acquired by the previous administration. (Ámbito)
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July 27, 2021 (Tuesday)edithistorywatch
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The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York orders American handicraft chain Hobby Lobby to forfeit a 3,600-year-old tablet containing a portion of the Epic of Gilgamesh to the federal government, after the company illegally purchased it in a private auction in 2014. The Justice Department had been looking to claim the tablet since 2013, as it was suspected to have been stolen from an Iraqi archeological site in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, so it could be repatriated back to Iraq. (CNN) (NBC News)
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North Korea–South Korea relations
North and South Korea restore hotlines between the two countries, more than a year after Pyongyang cut ties in June 2020. The move comes after months of correspondence by letters of negotiations between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in an attempt to improve relations between the two countries. (Reuters)
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  • Hong Kong national security law
    A court in Hong Kong found 24-year-old Tong Ying-kit, the first person to be charged under the national security law, guilty of terrorism and secession after driving his motorcycle into police. (DW) (Bloomberg)
  • The trial against Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu and ten others for financial crimes opens in the Holy See. Becciu and a monsignor are the only two to appear in court in person. Becciu denied any wrongdoing and the trial was adjourned. Pope Francis had previously stripped Becciu of his immunity and approved his indictment. Becciu's lawyers asked the court not to order the Cardinal's arrest. (Reuters)
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July 26, 2021 (Monday)edithistorywatch
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Foreign relations of Equatorial Guinea
The Foreign Minister of Equatorial Guinea announces the closure of the country's embassy in London, United Kingdom after the British government sanctioned Vice-President Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue over his "lavish lifestyle". The Minister said that Equatorial Guinea "will not allow interference in internal affairs". (Reuters)
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COVID-19 pandemic in France
The French Parliament approves a law that requires all healthcare workers to receive a vaccine by September 15 as well as the adoption of a "Health Pass" that will allow residents to travel on trains and airplanes, and enter restaurants and some public venues. The law can be applied until November 15 depending on the COVID-19 situation and will also apply to children over the age of 12 beginning on September 30. (France 24)
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