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June 21

Law and crime

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announces that Catalan separatists would be pardoned Tuesday for their 2017 unsuccessful independence bid. Sánchez says he aims to ease tensions with Catalonia. President of the Catalan Government Pere Aragonès says the pardons are welcome but that they will pursue more concessions, such as an amnesty to all those involved, which would benefit around 3,000 people.
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The pro-democracy tabloid says it is considering closure by Friday after the arrest of its five top executive members and the freezing of its assets. The tabloid's founder Jimmy Lai has already been convicted of multiple charges and faces a case, along with 46 others, on subversion charges.
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The Australian National Party undergoes a leadership spill, replacing Michael McCormack with New England Representative Barnaby Joyce. Joyce previously lead the Nationals from 2016 to 2018 and was replaced by McCormack following sexual harassment allegations. As per the party's coalition agreement with the Australian Liberal Party, Joyce is set to replace McCormack as Deputy Prime Minister. Many Nationals have been critical of the Morrison Government's moves towards carbon neutrality and hope Joyce will counter this.
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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's government collapses after a vote of no-confidence is adopted by the Riksdag. He has one week to resign or call a snap election.
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New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard becomes the first transgender athlete chosen to compete in the Olympic Games, when the New Zealand Olympic Committee announces she is selected to compete in the Tokyo Olympics as part of the women's weightlifting team.
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June 20

Sports

Jon Rahm wins the 121st U.S. Open, becoming the first Spanish champion.
Source: Reuters external link

Disasters and accidents

Thirteen people are killed in Alabama, United States, during the Tropical Storm Claudette. Ten of the victims, nine of whom are children, die in a fiery 17-vehicle crash.
Source: USA Today external link
A tornado strikes Naperville, Illinois, U.S., destroying 12 homes and injuring six people.
Source: WBBM-TV external link

International relations

The Taiwanese Mainland Affairs Council says that it will "adjust" the operations of its Hong Kong offices beginning tomorrow, stating that since July 2018, the Hong Kong government has been hindering the offices' operations by pressuring the Taiwanese staff to sign a letter affirming China's claim to Taiwan under the One-China policy in order to receive their work visas.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
Diplomats meet in Vienna to negotiate and restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, an agreement signed in 2015. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warns against rejoining the deal and calls for allies to "wake up" to the threat of Iran.
Source: BBC external link

Politics and elections

Prime Minister of the provisional Libyan government Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh announces the reopening of a major coastal road connecting the western city of Misrata and the eastern city of Sirte, declaring it a major step in restoring stability in the country. However, a media unit connected to the Libyan National Army disputes this, saying that the road remains closed.
Source: Al Jazeera external link
The Libyan Presidential Council bans all unauthorized military movement in the country, after forces loyal to Libyan National Army leader Khalifa Haftar announce that they have seized control of the southern border with Algeria earlier in the day. The seizure was the first major military operation of its type since the ceasefire was signed last October.
Source: Reuters external link
Armenian voters head to the polls for a snap parliamentary election.
Source: Reuters external link
In a series of elections seen as a major bellwether for next year's presidential election, exit polls show left-wing parties and the right-wing Republicans as the main winners, obtaining 34% and 29% of the total votes respectively. The far-right National Rally and the ruling centrist La République En Marche! receive disappointing results, with the former receiving 19% of the total votes, and the latter receving only 10.9% and not even qualifying for the second round in some regions.
Source: Politico.eu external link

Law and crime

Belgian officials report that Jürgen Conings, a 46-year-old soldier and far-right sympathizer who made threats against various politicians and virologists, was found dead in the Hoge Kempen National Park near the Dutch border.
Source: BBC external link
Germany bans the flag of Hamas after it was used during protests over the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis.
Source: Hamodia external link

June 19

Armed conflicts and attacks

President Ashraf Ghani names Bismillah Khan Mohammadi as his new defense minister and Abdul Sattar Mirzakwal as the new interior minister, replacing their respective predecessors amid a deteriorating security situation, with foreign forces withdrawing from the country and the Taliban gaining territory, capturing six more districts.
Source: DW external link
Saudi air defenses destroy six armed drones late in the evening, bringing the total of armed drones destroyed during the day to 17. A Houthi spokesman says that one drone was launched at Khamis Mushait while the Saudi air defenses say that two other drones toward Khamis Mushait were intercepted and that eight other drones were also launched toward the south of the kingdom.
Source: Reuters external link

Law and crime

Six people are critically wounded as a man intentionally drove his pickup truck into a group of cyclists taking part in a charity bike ride in Show Low, Arizona. The driver is shot and arrested. The motive behind the attack is unknown so far.
Source: BBC external link

International relations

Australia begins lodging a formal complaint against China with the World Trade Organization over anti-dumping duties on imported Australian wine.
Source: The Guardian external link

Politics and elections

As Brazil reaches 500,000 deaths due to COVID-19, demonstrations are held in hundreds of Brazilian cities and by Brazilians abroad. Protestors are critical of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the pandemic and demand his impeachment.
Source: The Guardian external link
Rival candidates concede victory to hardline Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi, who was widely predicted to be the next president. An official from the Interior Ministry claims that Raisi won 17.8 million votes out of the 28 million votes cast.
Source: Reuters external link
Protesters against the military junta carry out a national day of "flower protest" to celebrate the 76th birthday of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and condemn her arrest. The flower symbol was allegedly chosen because Suu Kyi is often seen with a flower on her head. Protests supporting the military junta led by Min Aung Hlaing also occur across the country.
Source: DW external link
Supporters of Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori gather following the election. Castillo supporters call for his win to be upheld, while Fujimori supporters call for the results to be overturned.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

June 18

Politics and elections

Iranian voters head to the polls to elect a successor to current President Hassan Rouhani. Hardline Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi is projected to be the winner. Reformists and dissidents are calling for a boycott after most of their candidates were initially rejected by the Guardian Council and one other, former Vice President Mohsen Mehralizadeh, dropped out, saying that there is no serious competition against the hardliners.
Source: BBC external link
Interim President Francisco Sagasti condemns a letter signed by retired military officers that urges the Peruvian Armed Forces not to recognize Pedro Castillo as President. Sagasti also announces that an investigation is launched into the retired officers.
Source: Reuters external link
The United Nations General Assembly reelects current Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres for a second term beginning in January.
Source: Reuters external link
The Montenegrin Parliament votes 43–27 to dismiss Justice Minister Vladimir Leposavić for disputing the death toll of the Srebrenica massacre in March. Legislators then voted 55–19 to pass a resolution condemning the Bosnian genocide, banning Bosnian genocide denial, and establishing a commemorative holiday honoring the victims of the Srebrenica massacre.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

Armed conflicts and attacks

A kidnapped female student is found dead as the Nigerian Army rescues five other students and two teachers who were kidnapped on Thursday from a school in Kebbi State.
Source: Reuters via SwissInfo external link
The Biden administration removes eight Patriot anti-missile batteries from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, and Iraq, removes the THAAD anti-missile defense system from Saudi Arabia, and announces that most jet squadrons and hundreds of American troops will be withdrawn from the region. The changes come in light of both de-escalating tensions with Iran and the administration changing its focus on countering China.
Source: Wall Street Journal external link

Disasters and accidents

Five construction workers are killed and nine more wounded after a school building site collapse pulling down the scaffolding supporting it, in Antwerp, Belgium.
Source: BBC external link
At least 17 mine workers are killed and 14 others are injured when the bus carrying them to work falls into a ravine in the Department of Ayacucho, Peru.
Source: La Vanguardia external link

Law and crime

A federal court in Switzerland sentences Alieu Kosiah of the ULIMO rebel group to 20 years in prison for acts of rape, killings and cannibalism. He had been arrested in Switzerland in 2014.
Source: Reuters external link
A driver intentionally rams his truck into a crowd of workers protesting outside a Lidl supermarket in Novara, Piedmont, Italy, killing one of the workers and wounding two others. The suspected attacker is arrested near the scene. The incident came after a series of violent attacks and assaults against workers' protests in Italy in the past few weeks.
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At least 17 Palestinians are injured and 10 arrested after the IDF stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque to break up a rally held in response to videos of far-right marchers insulting the Islamic prophet Muhammad during the Dance of Flags on Tuesday. A further 47 are injured when the IDF fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demostrators near Beita in the occupied West Bank protesting the recent establishment of a military outpost near the town.
Source: Al Jazeera external link

Sports

In basketball, the Los Angeles Clippers advance to their first NBA Conference Finals after a 131–119 victory against the Utah Jazz in game 6. They will play the Phoenix Suns. During the game, Terance Mann scores a career-high 39 points.
Source: AP external link