The Great Barrier Reef has deteriorated to such an extent it should be listed as a world heritage site “in danger,” a United Nations committee said Tuesday — prompting immediate backlash from the Australian government. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee recommended the listing, recognizing the climate crisis as the driving factor behind the destruction of the world’s largest coral reef. It called for Australia to “urgently” address threats from climate change.
China has expanded its clampdown on cryptocurrencies, telling banks and payments platforms to stop supporting digital currency transactions. That follows an order on Friday to shut down Bitcoin mining operations in Sichuan province. The price of Bitcoin slumped by more 10% on Monday but stabilized in Asian trading on Tuesday. Banks were told to not provide products or services such as trading, clearing and settlement for cryptocurrency transactions.
A request to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors for Germany’s final Euro 2020 group stage match against Hungary has been turned down by UEFA. Munich mayor Dieter Reiter had said he wanted to light up the city’s stadium in the colors on Wednesday in protest against a new law in Hungary. The legislation bans gay people from appearing in school educational materials or programs for under-18s.
Taliban fighters took control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province Monday and encircled the provincial capital, police said, as the insurgent group added to its recent battlefield victories while peace talks have stalemated. The Taliban’s gains came as the Pentagon reaffirmed the U.S. troop withdrawal was still on pace to conclude by early September.
There were 140 known COVID-19 cases at the Copa America in Brazil on Monday, up from 66 positive tests on Thursday. CONMEBOL said in a statement that of the 15,235 tests, the number of people infected was 0.9% of the total. On Sunday, Chile admitted some of its players at Copa America violated the tournament’s virus protocols after a barber visited the players’ hotel in the Brazilian city of Cuiaba.