Ethiopia declares ceasefire after Tigrayan fighters enter Mekelle

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Tigray conflict
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has declared an immediate and unilateral ceasefire in its Tigray region after nearly eight months of fighting. The ceasefire was announced after Tigrayan fighters entered and took over the regional capital Mekelle on Monday, forcing government soldiers to retreat. The Ethiopian military has occupied the region since November after invading it with help from Eritrean and militia forces. The violent conflict has forced refugees into neighboring Sudan, and caused hundreds of thousands of people to suffer from one of the world’s worst famines.

Facebook lawsuit
A federal judge has dismissed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook that were filed by the Federal Trade Commission and more than 40 US states. The lawsuit argued that Facebook holds a monopoly over “personal social networking” after Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014. US District Judge James Boasberg said the lawsuit failed to provide enough facts to back its claims and that the states had waited too long to file their case. But he also said the FTC could file again, and gave it 30 days to bring forth an amended lawsuit.

Australia lockdown
Lockdowns in four of Australia’s major cities following an outbreak of the delta COVID-19 variant could impact more than 20 million Australians. Officials in several states have restricted movement and pushed for vaccinations to limit the flare-ups, as less than 5% of the population is fully vaccinated. Australia’s prime minister said Monday that people under 40, previously unable to access the AstraZeneca vaccine — over concerns about blood clotting and vaccine shortages — could now get the jab after consulting with their doctors. The delta variant has also forced South Africa to impose at least two weeks of strict lockdown to combat a devastating third wave of the coronavirus.

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OHCHR head Michelle Bachelet called on states to stop denying and start dismantling racism, "to end impunity and build trust, to listen to the voices of people of African descent, and to confront past legacies and deliver redress."

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"[T]he general security system is not joining up the dots to really investigate what's going on inside the police force, in the military, in particular, because they say they could be worried about about how big this thing is," Williams said.

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Listen: Temperatures soar as multiple heat waves strike across the globe

A young person cools off in the Yesler Terrace spray park during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, Sunday, June 27, 2021, in Seattle.

A young person cools off in the Yesler Terrace spray park during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, June 27, 2021, in Seattle. 


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Heat waves across the US, Canada, parts of Europe and Siberia brought soaring temps this week. And, after the killing of Black American George Floyd, several African countries urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to investigate police brutality in the US. The rights office conducted a global investigation, and the new report confirms that police brutality toward people of African descent has been allowed to continue with impunity. Also, in his new short story collection, "Alien Stories," writer E.C. Osondu uses science fiction to explore the many meanings of “alien.”

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