June 13th, 2019.
Huge crowds took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against a government bill which would allow local courts to authorize extraditions to China. In Brazil, president Jair Bolsonaro and Justice minister Sergio Moro attended a soccer match at a Brasília stadium; it was Moro’s first popularity test after conversations between him and members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce were leaked to the press. The British government began to take the first steps towards the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where Assange faces up to 17 counts of violation of the Espionage Act. Ride-sharing app company Uber will begin testing its new service in Australia and the United States, which will transport passengers by air; each aircraft, developed especially for the company, will be a hybrid between a helicopter and a drone. Finally, two oil tankers have been attacked in the Gulf of Oman, one of the main thoroughfares for most of the oil produced in the Middle East.
Take a look at our highlights.
Bolsonaro and Moro are cheered by Flamengo supporters in stadium
President Jair Bolsonaro and Justice and Public Safety minister Sergio Moro were cheered by the crowds present at the Mané Garrincha stadium, where they watched the match between Flamengo and CSA, won by Flamengo by two goals to nil. Both received Flamengo jerseys from supporters and wore them over their jackets. Economy minister Paulo Guedes and vice-president Hamilton Mourão were also present. This was Moro’s first test of popularity after the private conversations between him and members of the Operation Car Wash taskforce were leaked to the press, putting him in an uncomfortable situation.
British government paves the way for Assange’s extradition to the US
United Kingdom Interior secretary Sajid Javid claimed in an interview with BBC Radio that he signed a request by the United States for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been imprisoned in London for two months, and faces 17 different charges of violating the Espionage Act in the US; he also has been accused of rape in his native country, Sweden. A decision will now have to be made by local British courts before extradition procedures can be initiated.
Uber begins testing flying taxi service
Melbourne, Australia, as well as Dallas and Los Angeles, in the United States, have been chosen by ride-sharing company Uber as the first cities in the world to be served by their new service, Uber Air. The first test flights are scheduled for 2020, and Uber plans on beginning commercial operations by 2023. Uber Air aims at reducing traffic jams, which costs billions of dollars to the economy of these countries each year. Each aircraft will be a hybrid between a helicopter and a drone, and will be able to carry four people. They will land and take off from specific points designed especially for them.
Two oil tankers are attacked in the Gulf of Oman
Two oil tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman, off the coast of Iran, according to international news agencies. The crews of both ships were rescued and there are no reports of casualties. The tankers were in international waters when they sent distress signals to US Navy vessels in the area, and members of their crew claimed they were hit by some sort of projectile, possibly a torpedo. Around one-fifth of all the oil consumed in the world passes through the Strait of Hormuz, located close to the Gulf of Oman. The incident is being investigated by the United Kingdom Marine Trade Operations, a branch of the British Royal Navy.