/ 15 July 2021

An update on international hotspots

• The death toll from riots in South Africa has risen to 72, and almost 1,300 people have been arrested. Triggered by the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week, the major cities and small towns in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces are in crisis. Capturing headlines yesterday was footage captured by the BBC of a baby being thrown from a building in Durban that was on fire – thankfully she’s fine…

• Reports say 140 protesters, journalists and human rights activists are missing in Cuba since the start of the biggest anti-government protests in 30 years. Thousands are calling on the government to act as the country endures bad economic conditions and rising COVID cases.

• The Taliban in Afghanistan has seized control of a major border crossing with Pakistan – a big strategic win for them. Their fighters have also been accused of committing war crimes after footage emerged of their execution of 22 unarmed Afghan commandos. The killings defy the Taliban’s assurance it is accepting the surrender of soldiers. This week’s #SquizShortcut covers what happening in Afghanistan – get on it… 

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