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UN to probe Gaza war

The United Nations Human Rights Council has nominated a panel for investigating crimes committed during Israel’s 11-day war on the Gaza Strip. Former UN rights chief, Navi Pillay, will head the three-person commission of inquiry. The panel will investigate Israeli war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and also possible violations by Palestinian resistance movement Hamas. Israel has opposed the probe and said it won’t cooperate with the team. At least 250 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the conflict that ended in a May 21st ceasefire. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said Israeli airstrikes on Gaza might constitute war crimes.

Anti-G20 protest

Hundreds of protesters have rallied in the Italian city of Naples as the G-20 group meets to discuss environmental problems. Flag-waving protesters chanted slogans demanding more action on global warming. On Thursday, environment and energy ministers from the G-20 discussed biodiversity and the natural environment. Officials said the group made little progress on how to reach climate goals. Energy and climate change issues will be on Friday’s agenda. The G-20 meeting is seen as a key intermediate stage ahead of global climate talks known as COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November.

Mexico rising Covid cases

Mexico has reported its highest daily rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases since the end of January with over 16,000 infections. According to the country’s Health Ministry, the total number of coronavirus cases has surpassed 2.7 million. Mexico has also registered 419 deaths in a 24-hour period. The total death toll is now at over 237,000. That’s while the Mexican government says the real number of cases is likely significantly higher. Elsewhere in Latin America, Brazil has logged nearly 50,000 new infections and over 1,400 new fatalities. With a total death toll of over half a million, the South American country suffers from the world's second-deadliest Covid-19 outbreaks.

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