Terror victims remembered
A ceremony in memory of all victims of terror attacks was held yesterday in Paris. The names of the victims of attacks carried out by Muslim extremists last year in Paris and in July in Nice were read during the ceremony, which also remembered those killed in attacks in Brussels, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali. The ceremony, organized by associations of victims, brought together hundreds of families and people injured in the attacks, along with President Francois Hollande, former president Nicolas Sarkozy and other top officials.
End segregation: experts
Experts on the protection of national minorities are urging the government to end the “benevolent segregation” of Roma children in schools. A report by the Council of Europe says the practice of separate classes for Roma where they are meant to “catch up” before continuing in mainstream education is ineffective and discriminatory. Roma make up an estimated 8 percent of the population. The report issued yesterday also finds that the “uncompromising stance” on migration by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government “has fueled xenophobic and intolerant attitudes against refugees, asylum seekers and migrants.” Among the positive developments, the experts noted a significant rise in scholarship amounts awarded, including to Roma children, and found a “perceptible drop” in the number of anti-Semitic incidents.
Fire delays rocket launch
A wildfire burning on Sunday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California forced the postponement of a satellite launch, officials said. An Atlas 5 rocket was to carry a satellite known as WorldView-4 into orbit from the base. The satellite is designed to produce high-resolution images of Earth from space. The fire burning in a remote canyon did not immediately threaten the launch complex, but the blaze required firefighters to be redeployed from standing by at the launch, US Colonel Paul Nosek said on the base’s Facebook page. About 800 firefighters were trying to corral the fire. The launch would be postponed until at least Monday next week.
Civil rights leader honored
Representative John Lewis of Georgia was to be honored last night with Philadelphia’s Liberty Medal for his dedication to civil rights. Lewis, a civil rights veteran repeatedly threatened with violence while working for voting rights in the Jim Crow South, was a lieutenant of Martin Luther King and the youngest speaker at the 1963 March on Washington. He has represented Georgia in the House of Representatives since 1987. The medal is given annually to those who strive to secure liberty for people worldwide.
Tom Waits, wife honored
Tom Waits, his wife, Kathleen Brennan, and folk singer John Prine were honored yesterday for their songwriting at a ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. The Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards have been bestowed biennially since 2012 by the New England chapter of the writer’s group PEN.
TARNISHED LEGACY: Woodrow Wilson served as the university’s president before becoming the US’ 28th leader, but his racism was ‘significant and consequential’ Princeton University is removing former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th president’s “racist thinking and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision on Friday, according to a statement on Saturday. It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of the US’ racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of black Americans, has resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags and symbols of racism across the US. Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton
‘FULLY ENCLOSED’: Residents of Anxin County would be confined to their homes and would only be allowed out once a day to buy necessities such as food and medicine China yesterday imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.” After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in Hebei Province. Health officials said that Anxin County — about 150km from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family would be allowed to go out once a
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around