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➊ Malawi pol­i­tics: Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in as Malawi’s new pres­i­dent Sunday after the an­nounce­ment the pre­vi­ous night that he had won the coun­try’s re­run elec­tions. Chakwera urged na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in his in­au­gu­ral speech in the cap­i­tal, Li­longwe. He won with 58% of votes cast, beat­ing the incumbent pres­i­dent Peter Mutharika, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial re­sults. Chakwera’s vic­tory came after months of street protests against the re­sults of the elec­tion in May 2019 in which Mutharika had been de­clared the win­ner. The Con­sti­tu­tional Court struck down the re­sults, cit­ing wide­spread ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

➋ Arc­tic pol­lu­tion: A Rus­sian com­pany said Sunday that it im­prop­erly pumped waste­water into the Arc­tic tun­dra and that it has sus­pended the re­spon­si­ble em­ploy­ees. The state­ment from Nor­nickel is the sec­ond time in a month the com­pany has been con­nected to pol­lu­tion in the eco­log­i­cally del­i­cate re­gion. In May, around 21,000 tons of diesel fuel leaked at a Nor­nickel­-op­er­ated power plant; some of the fuel en­tered a lake that feeds into an arm of the Arc­tic Sea. Sunday’s state­ment came after the in­de­pen­dent news­pa­per No­vaya Gazeta re­ported that wa­ter tainted with heavy met­als at a nickel­pro­cess­ing plant were be­ing pumped into a river. Both fa­cil­i­ties are near No­rilsk, north of the Arc­tic Cir­cle.

➌ Ama­zon slay­ings: Two mem­bers of the Yanomami eth­nic group in Brazil’s Ama­zon rain for­est were shot to death by il­le­gal gold prospec­tors in­side the Indige­nous com­mu­nity’s ter­ri­tory, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from the group. Ju­nior Heku­rari Yanomami, a mem­ber of the group who is head of the lo­cal health coun­cil, said Orig­i­nal Yanomami, 24, and Mar­cos Yanomami, 20, were slain June 12. The deaths were only re­ported re­cently due to the re­mote­ness of the re­gion in Brazil’s Ro­raima state and com­mu­ni­ca­tion dif­fi­cul­ties. The So­cio­en­vi­ron­men­tal In­sti­tute, an en­vi­ron­men­tal and Indige­nous ad­vo­cacy group, says more than 26,000 Indige­nous peo­ple live in Yanomami ter­ri­tory and they have faced in­va­sions by prospec­tors and con­tam­i­na­tion of their wa­ter­ways since the 1980s.

➍ Evan­gel­i­cal sta­tion: Is­raeli reg­u­la­tors an­nounced Sunday that they or­dered a U.S. evan­gel­i­cal broad­caster taken off the air, say­ing the chan­nel hid its mis­sion­ary agenda when it ap­plied for a li­cense. Asher Bi­ton, chair­man of the Cable and Satel­lite Broad­cast­ing Coun­cil, said he in­formed “GOD TV” on Thurs­day that it had seven days to stop broad­cast­ing. The con­tro­versy over GOD TV’S “She­lanu” sta­tion has put Is­rael and its evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian sup­port­ers in an awk­ward po­si­tion, ex­pos­ing ten­sions the two sides have long pa­pered over. Is­rael has wel­comed evan­gel­i­cals’ po­lit­i­cal and fi­nan­cial sup­port, es­pe­cially as their in­flu­ence over the White House has risen dur­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion. But most Jews view any ef­fort to con­vert them to Chris­tian­ity as deeply of­fen­sive, a legacy of forced con­ver­sion by Chris­tian rulers.

➎ Gay pride: The Tai­wanese cap­i­tal held its an­nual LGBT pride pa­rade Sunday, mak­ing it one of the few places in the world to pro­ceed with such an event in the face of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic. The pa­rade in Taipei has drawn tens of thou­sands of peo­ple in the past, but par­tic­i­pant numbers Sunday were re­duced by both virus con­cerns and heavy rain. Those who did take part said it was a tes­ta­ment both to Tai­wan’s abil­ity to con­tain the pan­demic and its com­mit­ment to rights for peo­ple of all sex­ual ori­en­ta­tions. In all, the is­land of 23.7 mil­lion peo­ple has con­firmed only 447 cases, in­clud­ing seven deaths. Tai­wan is the only place in Asia where same­sex mar­riage is le­gal, and its lib­eral po­lit­i­cal sys­tem has long pro­moted hu­man rights, free speech and free­dom of assem­bly.

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