July 29th, 2020.
Brazil’s Federal Prosecution Office is considering the creation of a new organ uniting all the country’s anti-corruption taskforces; some critics, however, claim that this may be a move to allow political interference in investigations. The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, known as “Europe’s last dictator”, has tested positive for COVID-19; Lukashenko has become notorious for his negationist attitude towards the novel coronavirus pandemic. The German police have resumed investigations on British girl Madeleine McCann, who disappeared from her parents’ hotel room in Portugal in 2007, after leads surfaced pointing towards a German national convicted of pedophilia in that country. US president Donald Trump sent 100 federal agents to contain the recent wave of protests which took hold of Portland, Oregon. Finally, the state of Florida has reached a new record COVID-19 death rate, with 186 people dying within 24 hours.
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Brazilian government plans on creating new anti-corruption unit
The Office of the Brazilian Federal Prosecution Office is discussing the creation of a new organ which would unite all anti-corruption taskforces. The so-called National Unit for the Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime, UNAC, would allegedly allow a more specialized and centralized action from public authorities. But some of its members have expressed their fears that the move may allow political interference in corruption investigations. Prosecutors from the Operation Car Wash and Operation Greenfield taskforces, two of the country’s main anti-corruption initiatives in recent history, fear that the new organ may try to weaken their scope of action.
Belarus dictator tests positive for COVID-19
The president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, confirmed yesterday he tested positive for COVID-19, although, according to himself, “he hasn’t felt any symptoms.” Known as “Europe’s last dictator,” Lukashenko has been ruling the former Soviet republic with an iron fist since 1994, and was one of the few world leaders who did not impose any restrictive measures against the novel coronavirus pandemic. In March, he even recommended vodka and sauna as treatments for the virus, and defined isolation measures adopted by other nations as a “psychosis”.
German police resume Madeleine McCann investigations
Yesterday, the German police began to search and dig in a land plot near the city of Hanover, allegedly associated with the investigation surrounding British girl Madeleine McCann, who was allegedly kidnapped during her parents’ vacation in Portugal in 2007. The case resurfaced in early June, after the identification of a new suspect, 43-year-old Christian B., a German national convicted for pedophilia in Portugal. Several members of the local police, as well as sniffer dogs were dispatched to the place, where the suspected once lived.
Trump sends over 100 federal agents to suppress Portland protests
United States president Donald Trump has decided to deploy 100 federal agents to Portland, in order to contain the recent wave of protests which took hold of the Oregon city. According to a report by The Washington Post, the Department of Homeland Security is studying sending 50 other agents from the US Customs and Borders Protection to reinforce the local officers already deployed to protect federal properties in the city. Last week, Trump announced he was sending federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, and threatened to intervene in other cities: “We’re not going to let New York and Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit and Baltimore… Oakland is a mess, we’re not going to let this happen in our country. All run by liberal Democrats.”
Florida reaches new daily COVID-19 death rate
The Department of Health of the southern American state of Florida registered yesterday a new record of daily deaths caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic. 186 people died between Monday and Tuesday, and the total number of casualties caused by COVID-19 is 6,117. Within the last 24 hours, Florida registered a slight increase in the number of people infected, 9,243, compared to 8,901 on Monday. According to a report issued by the state government, a quarter of all infected individuals, 109,473, are concentrated in Miami-Dade County.