Iran presidential election
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution has urged supporters of presidential candidates not to foment differences in the run-up to the upcoming election. The Leader added opponents are using social media to fuel differences among presidential candidates. He said this is a plot hatched by the enemy. Elsewhere in his remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei called on people to vote for whoever candidate they believe is their right choice. He urged voters to turn a deaf ear to those try to promote voter apathy by creating the impression that going to the polls would be futile. He said those individuals do not care about the nation. The Leader also touched upon the process of establishing the eligibility of presidential hopefuls. He said the Constitutional Council did its job and finalized the eligible candidates for the race.
US-China COVID-19 row
China hits out at the United States after Washington orders a new probe into the origins of the novel coronavirus. The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said the Washington is trying to divert attention from its own incompetent response to the pandemic by accusing Beijing. The remarks came one day after US President Joe Biden tasked the country’s intelligence community to find out within 90 days whether COVID-19 originated in nature or in a laboratory in China’s Hubei Province. Earlier this year, a fact-finding mission from the World Health Organization found no natural source for the coronavirus. However, the world body also dismissed the lab leak theory as highly unlikely.
France role in Rwanda genocide
France recognizes its responsibility in Rwanda genocide, from supporting a genocidal regime to ignoring warnings of the impending massacre. President Emmanuel Macron said France had a duty to admit the suffering it inflicted on the Rwandan people by too long valuing silence over the examination of the truth. He, however, stressed that his country was not an accomplice to the carnage. A Rwanda genocide survivors' group reacted to Macron’s comments, saying it regretted the lack of a clear apology from the French president. A report issued by French historians in March said France bears "heavy and overwhelming responsibility" over the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. They concluded that in July 1994, the masterminds of the genocide gathered in a safe zone established by French forces in the west of the African country. The massacre saw at least 800,000 killed by Hutu extremists in around a hundred days.