Global Review – 7th June

CDU stops the ultra-right in Saxony

Deutsche Welle reports Germany’s governing Christian Democrats are celebrating  an emphatic victory in the state election in Saxony-Anhalt – the last poll before national polls in September. The CDU won 36% of the vote (+ 6.2%). The far-right AFD follows with 22.5% (-1.8%). The SPD garnered 8.5%(-2.1) and the Greens got 6.5% (+ 1.3%). 

Mexico votes in midterm elections

TV Azteca announces votes are being counted in Mexico’s mid-term elections seen as a test of support for President López Obrador. He is hoping his party will retain its two-thirds majority in Congress to continue his programme of social and institutional reforms. 

Peru: Fujimori has razor-thin lead

According to an exit poll produced by the Ipsos Institute for America TV, Fuerza popular candidate Keiko Fujimori is ahead in the presidential ballot in Peru with 50.3%, compared to 49.7% of Pedro Castillo of Peru Libre.  Both have called for calm, prudence and peace. 

30 killed in Pakistan train crash

Two passenger trains collided in southern Pakistan, killing at least 30 passengers and injuring 50 others. Dawn reports one train derailed causing the second to hit it and overturn. Eight carriages were destroyed. Heavy tangled iron is making it difficult for salvage teams to get out survivors. 

Pope stops short of an apology over Canada school deaths

Ansa quotes Pope Francis saying he was pained by the discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former Catholic school for indigenous students in Canada and called for respect for the rights and cultures of native peoples. However, he stopped short of a direct apology some Canadians had demanded. 

Meghan and Harry welcome baby girl, Lilibet Diana

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced the birth of their second child, Lilibet ‘Lili’ Diana Mountbatten-Windsor. The Guardian reports the baby weighs over three pounds. Both mother and child are doing well and are already home. She is eighth in line to the throne, after the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, Harry, and Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. Harry retained his place in the line of succession despite quitting royal life, and dropping his HRH style. 

Four new COVID-19 cases in Victoria

The Age says Australia’s second most populous state, Victoria, on Sunday reported two new locally acquired COVID-19 cases. Two other new cases were reported on Sunday by an aged care home. The four new local infections bring Victoria’s total cases to 74. 

Germany beat Portugal for third U21 EURO title

Germany have won their third UEFA European Under-21 Championship title after Lukas Nmecha’s goal gave them a 1-0 win against Portugal. Sport 1 says Nmecha scored four minutes into the second half to settle the final in Ljubljana, having been on the losing side against Spain two years ago. Portugal, facing a third final defeat, worked hard to level, but Germany held on to follow their triumphs of 2009 and 2017.

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