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5 things to know for June 20: Travel chaos, Covid-19, Ukraine, January 6, Colombia

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1. The chaos of travel

A combination of harsh weather conditions, staff shortages and infrastructure problems is forcing major airlines to struggle to cope with increased travel. Between Friday and Sunday, more than 3,200 flights were canceled and around 9,000 flights were delayed, according to data group FlightAware. The increase in delays and cancellations comes just days after Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg urged airline CEOs to improve their flight schedules and better respond to disruptions. Last Friday, before June 19, the most popular air travel day of 2022 was recorded, according to TSA statistics. Airports haven’t been this crowded since Thanksgiving 2021.


The CDC on Saturday approved Covid-19 vaccines for children as young as 6 months old, paving the way for the upcoming start of vaccinations. The announcement came shortly after CDC vaccine advisers voted unanimously to recommend Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines to the nation’s youngest age group. President Joe Biden hailed the CDC’s decision, calling it “a monumental step forward in our nation’s fight against the virus.” While vaccinations may not start until Tuesday in some places, health officials now have to deal with a large number of parents who remain reluctant to vaccinate quickly. According to an April survey, only 18% of parents of children under 5 said they would vaccinate their child against Covid-19 as soon as a vaccine became available.


Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union could lead to “greater hostile activity” from Russia as the EU considers whether the country should be formally considered for candidate status, it said. warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Leaders of the 27 EU member states will meet this week to discuss a possible way forward for Ukraine. However, even though the EU and its members have largely supported Ukraine in its war effort, Ukraine’s ongoing fight raises several issues and could slow down the timeline. In fact, experts say it is highly unlikely that Ukraine will be able to meet the EU’s criteria to start negotiations before the end of the war. The average time for a country to join the EU is 4 years and 10 months.

4. January 6

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold a hearing on Tuesday that will show evidence of then-President Donald Trump’s involvement in a scheme to subdue fake voters, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN on Sunday. Federal prosecutors are examining bogus Electoral College certifications created by Trump allies that falsely declared him the winner of seven states he lost in 2020. The fake certificates were sent to the National Archives by Trump allies in the weeks following the election and had no impact. on the election result. Schiff, a panelist, also said the committee plans to show “brave state officials who have stood up and said they will not go along with this plan to either call lawmakers back to session or cancel the certification of results for Joe Biden”.

5. Colombia

Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s presidential race on Sunday, becoming the first left-wing leader to do so. The former guerrilla with a turbulent past won by a narrow margin with more than 50% of the vote, against 77-year-old entrepreneur Rodolfo Hernandez. In this historic victory, her running mate Francia Marquez will now become the first Afro-Colombian to hold executive powers. During his victory speech on Sunday, Petro called for an agreement to end the violence in the country, saying, “What’s coming here is real change, real change.” Incumbent Colombian President Ivan Duque said he had called Petro to congratulate him on his victory and would meet soon to begin the transition.


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4 million

That’s the number of people affected by monsoon floods in northeast Bangladesh, according to the country’s disaster management ministry. The situation could soon get worse, with heavy rain forecast for the next 24 hours. Officials said 90% of Sunamganj – one of the hardest hit districts – is under water and almost completely cut off from the rest of the country.


“We must be careful of slogans that violate the rules of Islam and public morals such as promoting the colors of homosexuality, targeting the younger generation.”

— Ministry of Commerce of Saudi Arabia, on the Saudi government’s decision to seize rainbow-colored toys and clothes from shops in the country’s capital, Riyadh, claiming the items encourage homosexuality. According to Saudi state-run al-Ekhbariya TV, authorities seized brightly colored items, ranging from hair accessories, pencil cases and children’s backpacks to rainbow stripes featured in packets of pencils, all designed for children. Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia, which adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia.


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