US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continued his tour of the Middle East and North Africa, arriving in Sudan on Tuesday to discuss "deepening the Sudan-Israel relationship” and the potential removal of Sudan from the US State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism list. And, 20 years ago, the US resettled thousands of the persecuted Somali Bantu minority group. Now, many are being deported back to Somalia, where they face torture, extortion and discrimination. Also, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in Mumbai held a virtual convocation on Sunday where each student had an animated avatar they could watch "receiving" their degree on stage through an app.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used Jerusalem's Old City as the backdrop for his prerecorded speech to the Republican National Convention scheduled for Tuesday evening raising questions about violating longstanding diplomatic norms. And, China has imposed a sweeping lockdown on the western region of Xinjiang to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus. Also, Swedish climate activist and globe-trotter Greta Thunberg is headed back to school this week after a gap year.
Nodia Mena is Afro Honduran and moved to the US nearly 30 years ago. She left Honduras when she was 19, but was able to vote for the first time before leaving. She said the lack of change in her country led her to not take voting seriously. But that changed after seeing the enthusiasm toward politics in 1992.
Earlier this month, Canada’s immigration minister Marco Mendicino announced that the country will grant permanent residency to some asylum-seekers who have been working in institutions hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic: hospitals and long-term care homes.
The situation for furry friends has improved as airlines slowly increase the number of flights and some nations reopen their borders. But transporting house pets during this time is still very challenging.
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