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World in brief: July 13, 2020

ISRAEL: Thousands demonstrated in Tel Aviv on Saturday against the government’s failure to protect jobs lost during the Covid-19 crisis.
Unemployment has hit 20 per cent and protesters complained that the government was not compensating people who had lost their incomes.
Israel is reporting more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases a day.

FRANCE: The widow of bus driver Philippe Monguillot, beaten to death when he asked four passengers to put masks on, has called for “exemplary” punishment to prevent such murders.
Bus drivers in the Bayonne region returned to work today after a week of withdrawing their labour, following a meeting between Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin which agreed “increased security” for drivers.

UNITED STATES: 180 academic institutions have issued a statement of protest at President Donald Trump’s decision to expel thousands of Chinese students.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have already taken legal action against a new visa policy for international students from institutions Washington deems to have links to the Chinese military.
US academics say the students are innocent victims of the president’s anti-China foreign policy.

RUSSIA: Demonstrators held a second day of protests in Khabarovsk over the arrest of their governor.
The far eastern city’s Governor Sergei Furgal of the nationalist Liberal Democratic party was arrested on Thursday and is accused of involvement in the murders of several businessmen.
Thousands have joined protests against the arrest, saying he was being targeted for political reasons.


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