Shoppers in Melbourne stripped supermarket shelves as the city went back under a strict lockdown and shut its state borders after a spike in coronavirus cases. Australia’s second-largest city and the surrounding area of Mitchell Shire will remain locked down for six weeks to try to prevent a second wave, said Victoria’s premier Daniel Andrews.
The number of US cases of coronavirus has surpassed 3 million. The country has confirmed far more cases than any other country in the world and now accounts for about a quarter of global cases. Vice President Mike Pence urged schools to reopen despite the pandemic, echoing comments from Trump. But many school officials are expressing doubts about their ability to safely reopen their doors.
The US attack that killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani violated international law, a UN expert says. Soleimani died along with nine other people in a drone strike near Baghdad airport in Iraq in January. A report by the UN’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, says the US had not provided sufficient evidence of an imminent threat to life to justify the attack.
A wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was torched near her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, on the night of July Fourth, as Americans celebrated U.S. Independence Day, said the artist who commissioned the sculpture. In January, a large wooden statue resembling Donald Trump, designed by a local artist last year, was burnt in Slovenia’s city of Moravce, east of the capital Ljubljana.
Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died, the country’s President announced. In a statement, President Alassane Ouattara said the nation was in mourning over Coulibaly’s death on Wednesday afternoon, which occurred shortly after he attended a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace. Coulibaly, 61, had been chosen to run as the ruling party’s candidate in this year’s October presidential election.