In Peru, after processing more than 96% of the ballots, it is still unclear who won the presidential elections, the candidates – political old-timer Keiko Fujimori and newcomer to politics Pedro Castillo – go head to head. Immediately after the end of the voting the day before, the daughter of the ex-President of Peru, Keiko Fujimori, took the lead. Now her opponent from the left party Pedro Castillo is in the lead with a minimal advantage.
Castillo, a village teacher and union leader, is popular with Peruvians in the country’s remote rural areas. But Fujimori still has a chance to win back thanks to the not yet counted votes of Peruvians abroad. The conservative right-wing candidate, People’s Power, has already reported possible violations and “signs of fraud,” however, without providing evidence.
Castillo, a candidate from the radical left-wing Marxist party Free Peru, promised in his election program to nationalize key sectors of the economy and raise taxes. Fujimori tried to present him to her supporters as a person capable of transforming Peru into a new Venezuela or North Korea.
Castillo, speaking about his opponent, never tired of reminding his supporters of the history of the Fujimori family and a series of corruption scandals associated with it.
Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a prison sentence on corruption and abuse of power charges, is a supporter of the neoliberal economic model, which involves lowering taxes and encouraging entrepreneurial activity.
The country has changed four presidents over the past three years. Seven of the last 10 presidents of Peru have been accused of corruption.
The latest on coronavirus
The number of cases of coronavirus infection in the world has exceeded 173 million, during the pandemic more than 3.7 million people died, more than 2.1 million people were vaccinated, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Briefly about the news related to the coronavirus pandemic:
- American rock musician Bruce Springsteen announced that his Broadway show will resume in June after a forced coronavirus hiatus. Rocker is one of the first to return with concerts in New York – most theaters and concert venues will not begin work until September.
- Canadian authorities are considering lifting some of the entry restrictions for fully vaccinated tourists, Bloomberg reported. In particular, it is assumed that vaccinated travelers will no longer have to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada.
- A leading Japanese virologist and government adviser has warned of the risks of the spread of the coronavirus during the upcoming Olympics. “The authorities and organizers say they are holding the Games safe. But everyone knows that the risk remains. It is impossible to host the Olympic Games without the risk of infection,” said Tohoku University professor Hiroshi Oshitani.
- Quarantine regimes are gradually being relaxed in European countries. What can now be done in each specific country in Europe – and what is not? Read more about this in our selection How Europe comes out of quarantine: restrictions by countries of the continent
- On the evening of June 7, the Presidents of the United States and Ukraine, Joe Biden and Volodymyr Zelenskyy, spoke on the phone. The head of the White House invited the Ukrainian president to come to Washington for a visit this summer. Biden, according to US national security adviser Jake Sullivan, assured Zelenskiy that the US “will firmly defend Ukrainian sovereignty.”
- The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has managed to recover most of the funds paid to the Darkside hackers who carried out a cyberattack on the operator of one of the largest pipelines in the country, Colonial Pipeline. US officials say the attack was organized from Russia. The US Department of Justice reported that the authorities were able to track the money transfers made in cryptocurrency and identify approximately 63.7 bitcoins ($ 2.3 million at current exchange rates) that were associated with the payment of the ransom. As the department explains, the FBI had a “private key” (that is, a password to a digital wallet), or “an approximate analogue of the password required to access funds.”
- Russian biologists managed to revive several rotifer worms, which more than 24 thousand years ago were in the permafrost in the east of Yakutia. “So far, this is the most reliable evidence that multicellular living things can live tens of thousands of years in a state where their metabolism stops almost completely,” said Stanislav Malyavin, one of the authors of the study, a researcher at the Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science, Russian Academy of Sciences.
On Tuesday, a decision will be made on the appeals of the former general of the Bosnian Serb army, Ratko Mladic, who was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Hague War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia in 2017, having been found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.
Ratko Mladic commanded the Bosnian Serb army during the war in the former Yugoslavia in the first half of the 1990s and, according to the tribunal, is guilty of the murder of thousands of civilians in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The main crime committed on the orders of Ratko Mladic is the massacre in Srebrenica, where in 1995 more than seven thousand Muslims, men and boys, were killed.
What Mladic himself said at the hearing on his appeal can be read here.
Daughter of Navalny and Svetlana Tikhanovskaya at the summit in Geneva
Darya, 20, daughter of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, will speak at a human rights summit in Geneva. Navalny was honored with the Courage Prize of the Geneva Forum for Human Rights in February. The award will be presented to his daughter.
Ex-presidential candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya is also expected to speak at the summit.
British actress Keira Knightley raised the topic of harassment and sexual harassment in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar magazine (on sale Wednesday). According to the Guardian, Knightley said that the harassment problem is so great that she does not know a single woman who has never encountered it in her life. And when, according to her, after the abduction and murder in Kent of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, she read what women do to protect themselves when they go home alone, she said: “I do all this too, and I don’t even notice it . It’s all very sad. “
Some time ago, the actress announced that she would no longer be filmed nude with male directors.
“We are afraid to leave the house”
The fighting in Gaza is over, and a truce has been announced between the radical Hamas group and the Israeli military. But is the deeper conflict between the Israeli Arabs and the Jews, who, against the background of the confrontation in the Gaza Strip, took to the streets, burned cars, smashed shops, and attacked each other, has been settled?
Several thousand people have been arrested, and it seems that the situation has returned to normal, but in mixed areas, where Jews and Arabs live side by side, people are afraid to go out in the evening. How to reconcile people now and live on?