Yesterday, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced the “ten commandments” for what will be “Joint and Intelligent Preventive Isolation” that will allow the country to return to productivity, but still without a social life, as part of a pandemic emergency. The President stated that the Coronavirus will not leave the country or the world on April 27, and recalled that according to experts, COVID-19 will remain for a year and a half.
Pablo Escobar will go down in history as the most revered drug lord of his time. His power and influence permeated beyond the borders of Colombia and was felt in the hallways of the Palace of Justice, the country’s judicial epicenter. Now 27 years after his death, his legacy lives on.
Thousands of students marched on Thursday in the main cities of Colombia to demand the government increase the budget for public education. In Bogota, where the demonstrations were the most numerous, these ended with small clashes between the police and hooded groups. Even several journalists were intimidated by strangers, but the students themselves fixed the situation by moving them away.
Former leaders of Colombia’s once-largest guerrilla group recognized their “ethical and political” responsibility for the numerous kidnappings of civilians committed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. FARC is suspected to be responsible for kidnapping at least 522 missing people. “We are reflecting deeply over the acts of war so that we can ask for forgiveness for the errors committed,” said Rodrigo Londono, president of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, FARC’s political party.
- CHINA: Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Donald Trump of the United States remain optimistic about a possible trade deal between their two countries. The two spoke on the phone Saturday, and hope to reach a deal during the 90-day ceasefire period, which was announced at the G-20 summit.
- BRITAIN: Home Secretary Sajid Javid agreed to a joint action plan with French counterpart Christophe Castaner to tackle a rise of migrants trying to reach Britain in small boats. Some 220 people have attempted to cross the English Channel since November.
- CONGO: Long-delayed presidential elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are underway. Voters in the capital, Kinshasa, braved torrential rain, long delays, and broken machines to participate in what might be the first peaceful transfer of power in the nation’s history.
- VENEZUELA: The Venezuelan government announced it is willing to investigate a plot to assassinate Colombian President Ivan Duque, involving three of its nationals. Relations between the neighboring countries— and the leaders personally— have been tense.
- BANGLADESH: Bangladesh’s leading lady, Sheikh Hasina, won a third term as Prime Minister Sunday, amid widespread claims of vote-rigging. Seventeen people were killed across the country as the vote took place.
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