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July 28, 2020 | Via BBC

Republicans Introduce $1tn Pandemic Recovery Plan

US Senate Republicans have proposed spending an additional $1tn (£776bn) to address the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The plan includes $100bn for schools and issuing stimulus payments of up to $1,200 to most Americans. Under the plan, the payment would replace a $600 boost to unemployment benefits during the pandemic. The proposal sets the stage for negotiations with Democrats who have called it “totally inadequate”.

July 28, 2020 | Via Reuters

Malaysian Ex-PM Najib Sentenced to 12 Years Jail, Fined for Abuse of power

A Malaysian court on Tuesday sentenced Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak to 12 years in jail and fined him 210 million ringgit ($49.40 million) for abuse of power linked to a multi-billion dollar financial scandal at state fund 1MDB. The court also sentenced him to 10 years in jail on each of three charges of criminal breach of trust and three charges of money laundering for illegally receiving nearly $10 million from former 1Malaysia Development Berhad unit SRC International.

July 28, 2020 | Via NBC News

Australian Wildfires Declared Among ‘worst Wildlife Disasters in Modern History’

Nearly 3 billion animals were affected by Australia’s worst wildfire season that burned from last July through March this year, scientists announced Tuesday — a figure almost three times higher than original estimates. The report released Tuesday and commissioned by the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia said more than 46 million acres were scorched. An estimate in January said 1.25 billion animals were affected.

July 28, 2020 | Via The Guardian

British-Australian Academic Moved to Notorious Iran Desert Prison

A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year-prison sentence in Iran for espionage has been moved to a remote desert prison, notorious for violence and reportedly stricken with coronavirus. Cambridge-educated Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Middle East scholar, had been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison for nearly two years, before her sudden move three days ago to Qarchak women’s prison, south-east of Tehran.

July 28, 2020 | Via Sky News

TikTok Influencers Jailed in Egypt over ‘Indecent’ Videos

Five TikTok influencers have been jailed in Egypt for posting “indecent” videos on the social media platform. The young women have been sentenced to two years in prison for “violating the values and principles of the Egyptian family”, inciting debauchery and promoting human trafficking, according to a statement from the public prosecutor. In the videos, they are seen posing in cars, dancing in kitchens and joking in skits.

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