1. Israel's right-wing leader Bennett backs deal to oust PM Netanyahu
12 years of Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, might be unseated when the ultra-nationalist leader Naftali Bennett tried to form a unity government with centrist party leader Yair Lapid. Mr. Netanyahu said the proposal deal of coalition would weaken Israel and called Bennett a liar when Yamina leader had promised not to join forces with Lapid. Analysis of Middle East correspondent, Yolande Knell, has commented that ‘Israel is much closer to a new coalition, but Benjamin Netanyahu should not be written off yet.”
2. Taiwan must choose between virus and politics
Taiwan has signed deal to buy 20 million doses of locally produced vaccines. Now, Taiwan has only 1% of population vaccinated and is dealing with community infections. Last week, Taiwan's President, Tsai Ing-wen, accused China of blocking deal with BioTech for Covid-19 shots as they were about to finish contract with Germany manufacturers. Besides, discussion of the origin of Covid-19 is heating up in US. Professor Dale Fisher, a member of the first World Health Organization team, investigated Covid-19 in Wuhan. When it comes to speculation of superficial investigation, he replied ‘Of the member that I had spoken to, they don’t really feel that things are being hold back, there are just more works need to be done.’
3. Belarus: Hundreds join global solidarity protests
Last week, a Ryanir flight from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Minsk, Belarus for a bomb threat which turned out to be fake. A journalist, Roman Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega was arrested. One activist in Belarus talked about the impact in the Belarus right now but refused to reveal his name nor voice for his own safety. The activist said the demonstration of protest is different because they will track you on phone. For example, his neighbor was arrested in 3 am for trying to put a ribbon in a tree and they can arrest you for nothing. For political prisoner, they put a yellow mark on. The condition for a political prisoner is worse because they do not let you sleep and will beat you. The do not give you letters or books. We are worried of Roman and hope he would alive.
4. Nigeria school abduction: Gunmen kidnap students in Niger state
Gunmen have kidnapped unknown number of students on Sunday in Niger state in Nigeria. 150 students are said to be taken and 2 were shots in the process with 1 people killed and the other critically injured. BBC Nigeria correspondent Mayeni Jones says kidnapping becomes more common across Nigeria in recent months. It is said the latest attack is done by criminal gang to stop student from going to western school.
5. India’s Covid fraudsters selling fake drugs and medical supplies
Indian police in capital Delhi are investigating more than 700 cases of fraud selling fake medical equipment for Covid patients. With country’s devastating second wave of the virus, many families are fallen victim to pay for fake oxygen and medicine on social media. 350 people have been arrested for fraud.