The Haitian President, Olympic Games fans, American troops leaving Afghanistan. This is the news of Thursday.
The Tokyo Olympics will not have fans. US troops will leave Afghanistan before the end of the summer. And most Americans don’t believe the police treat people equally.
This is Jules with the news you need to know on Thursday.
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The Tokyo Olympics will be without fans. The decision to ban fans comes as a state of emergency linked to COVID-19 – which takes effect Monday and continues until August 22 – has been announced for the capital of Japan. Tokyo reported 896 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, up from 673 a week earlier. This is the 19th day in a row that cases have surpassed the mark established seven days earlier. New cases reached 920 on Wednesday, the highest daily total since 1,010 reported on May 13. However, it is still possible that fans will be allowed to attend events held outside Tokyo, in areas that are not subject to a state of emergency. “Now, in the face of COVID-19, we have no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way,” said Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto.
US troops will be out of Afghanistan by September
President Joe Biden announced that the United States ‘military mission in Afghanistan will end on August 31, ending the United States’ longest war. Biden said the United States has achieved its main goals: to obtain the terrorists who attacked the United States on September 11, to bring justice to Osama bin Laden and to reduce the terrorist threat to the point that it does not present an active threat. for the United States. The president also added that it is “the right and responsibility of the Afghan people alone to decide their future and how they want to run their country.” His announcement comes as the Taliban continue to rapidly gain new territory, raising fears the country could slide into civil war. The United States has withdrawn more than 90% of its troops and equipment, the Pentagon announced this week.
What everyone is talking about
US citizen arrested in assassination of Haitian president
A day after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, an American citizen was among those arrested in the murder, according to the Washington Post. The arrests come amid a manhunt for a group of “mercenaries” implicated in the assassination of Moses; police said they killed four people in the case and detained two more on Wednesday evening. Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said police sources in the country told him 28 mercenaries were involved in the operation, many of them Venezuelan nationals. He also added that two Haitian-Americans were part of the assassination. team. As the investigation continues, Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph declared a “state of siege” akin to martial law and said he was in charge of the country.
Most Americans don’t believe police treat people equally, poll finds
According to a new USA TODAY / Ipsos poll, only 22% of Americans said police treat everyone equally. Even fewer respondents, 17%, said criminal courts and lawyers treat everyone equally. These results are a double-digit drop in public trust since a USA TODAY / Pew Research Center poll in 2014, when 32% of Americans said law enforcement did a great or a good job dealing with racial groups. and ethnic equally. In terms of funding for law enforcement, 77% said they would like more police to be deployed on street patrols, while 62% also noted that some police budgets should be used to fund. community policing and social services.
Cunard remains moored (for now)
Cunard Line has canceled its cruises after an unspecified number of crew members scheduled to board the Queen Elizabeth ship tested positive for COVID-19. Although the subsidiary of Carnival Corp. worked with health officials to take immediate action to avert a COVID-19 outbreak – including limiting new crews joining the ship and implementing contact tracing and isolation – Cunard n was unable to complete preparations to resume navigation. Service on the line, originally scheduled to board with passengers on July 19, will now target August 13 as the return date, Cunard chairman Simon Palethorpe said in a statement. A total of five departures have been canceled, all on the Queen Elizabeth ship.
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