The Statistic

5th June, 2020
Number of cases of Ebola detected in a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (as of 3rd June, 2020): Eight (with four deaths)
Source: WHO


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5th June, 2020
DECLARED: A state of emergency by Russian President Vladimir Putin after an estimated 21,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility in Siberia.
RETRACTED: The findings of a study which found that there was an increased risk of death for those taking anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to combat coronavirus by three of its four authors; the World Health Organization said it will resume trials suspended when the study was published.
SCUFFLES: Between police and protestors at an unauthorised vigil in Hong Kong marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square violence in China in 1989.


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Rev AMY BUTLER, former senior minister of Riverside Church in New York City, says that in addressing issues like racism "it’s time to go beyond words to faithful action, as Jesus did"...

In an article first published on The Conversation, SUMIT GANGULY, of Indiana University, says he's not surprised that India's Dalits are among those worst affected by the coronavirus crisis in India given the caste system which still operates in the nation...

Former US police officer and now a visiting associate professor of sociology at Emmanuel College in Boston, TOM NOLAN looks, in an article first published on The Conversation, says police culture in the US appears to be stuck in an “us vs them” mentality...

They Said It

"[T]he report has documented deep-seated impunity for serious human rights violations, and victims have been deprived of justice for the killings of their loved ones. Their testimonies are heartbreaking.”
- Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking in response to a report which reveals actions to tackle security threats and illegal drugs in the Philippines has resulted in serious human rights violations including killings and arbitrary detentions, as well as the vilification of dissent.


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This Week on the Web

5th June, 2020
Young Australian climate activist OSCAR DELANEY recently wrote a piece for Anglican Focus in which he reflected on growing up in Indian slums, how climate change will hit the worst-off first and hardest and why he is taking on mining tycoon Clive Palmer. Read 'Slumdog takes on millionaire'...


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The Word Explained

1st June, 2020
Purgatory: Catholic belief that there is a half-way house, before Heaven, for some people whose sin still needs to be dealt with.


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