Georgians are casting ballots in local elections amid a political standoff between the ruling party and the opposition over the arrest of former President Mikheil Saakashvili. Around three and a half million people are eligible to vote. The polls are held for local self-government bodies, where mayors and city councils will be chosen for a 4-year term. On Friday, police detained Saakashvili who had flown back home from Ukraine and was campaigning for the main opposition party, the United National Movement. Saakashvili left Georgia in 2013. He was later convicted in absentia on charges of abuse of power and was sentenced to six years in prison. Authorities accuse him of deliberately trying to destabilize Georgia.
US COVID-19 fatalities
US fatalities from COVID-19 surpass the grim threshold of 700,000; a toll roughly equivalent to the population of the country’s capital, Washington.
Milan climate change protest
Italian riot police have clashed with climate activists in the city of Milan. The activists were out on the streets of Milan for a second day in a row. They want swift action to tackle climate crisis. The Italian city is hosting meetings by energy and environment ministers from different countries. The meetings are taking place ahead of a UN climate conference set to open in Glasgow later this month. The conference aims to secure more ambitious climate action from signatories of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Nearly 200 countries signed that agreement. It aims to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.