1. The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, an Air India Express plane with 190 people on board, which was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, in the southern state of Kerala, India, killing at least 18 people.
2. Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has declared a “state of environmental emergency” after Japanese companies Okiyo Maritime Corporation and Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. owned ship that ran offshore days ago began spilling tons of fuel.
3. Russia set to register world’s first COVID19 vaccine this week, mass vaccination to begin in October.
4. A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, 4th August, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital, and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky. More than 70 people were killed and 3,000 injured, with bodies buried in the rubble, officials said.
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5. At least 30 people have died and 12 remain missing after 46 days of heavy rains in South Korea with the country’s longest monsoon in seven years causing severe flooding and landslides.
6. More than 1,200 houses are said to have been damaged and several hundred people have been rendered homeless due to riverine and flash floods after heavy rains across large parts of Sudan, the United Nations Relief Wing has reported.
7. In a news briefing, “Daring to Stand up for Human Rights in a Pandemic”, which documents attacks on human rights defenders during the pandemic, Amnesty International highlights the hypocrisy of governments including Egypt, India, Iran, and Turkey, who have left prisoners of conscience to languish in appalling conditions despite widely publicized prisoner release programs.
8. The Sri Lankan government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is waging a campaign of fear and intimidation against human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, and others challenging government policy, facilitated by the government’s highly militarized response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has included intimidation, death threats, physical assaults, and arbitrary arrests.
9. The world reached an important milestone this week in the fight to end child labor when all 187 member countries of the International Labour Organization (ILO) ratified ILO Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, committing to eliminate hazardous work endangering children around the world.
10. Prioritizing the safety and well-being of women and girls, the United Nations (UN) and its partners launched a COVID-19 Humanitarian Response Plan to assist some 5.4 million poor and marginalized people in the Philippines.
News Collated by: Darshi Shah Darshi is a masters student in international management and sustainability at Sciences PO, Paris and the Communications Lead at Contego Humanitas Foundation.