🌏 All The World News You Need To Know This Week (Jul. 5)

A gay nurse's brutal murder in Spain sparks nationwide protests, Canada's first woman indigenous Governor General and more

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Protests have broken out across Spain after Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old gay nursing assistant, was beaten to death in a suspected homophobic attack on Saturday July 10.

  • Luiz’s friend, Lina, told El Mundo that he was attacked by multiple people after he stepped out of a nightclub to make a video call in A Coruña, a city in northwestern Spain’s Galicia region.
  • Lina said a man and a woman passing by accused Luiz of trying to record them, and the man threatened to kill him if he didn’t stop filming, yelling a homophobic slur. Lina said the two tried to explain that they were just making a video call but the man attacked Luiz and left him with a badly bruised face. The assailant then returned a few minutes later with 12 other people who then proceeded to beat Luiz unconscious, CCTV footage showed. He later died in hospital.
  • By Thursday July 8, police said that they had arrested four people, aged between 20 and 25, suspected to have been involved in the killing. Authorities have not ruled out further arrests.
  • The violent attack sparked public rage, and hashtags such as #JusticiaParaSamuel and #JusticeForSamuel trended on Twitter. Thousands of people gathered across A Coruña, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Salamanca, Bilbao and Zaragoza, waving rainbow flags to demand justice for Luiz.

Also happening around the world

  • 🇭🇹 Haiti’s 53-year-old president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home early Wednesday July 7. Haiti has been rocked by widespread protests in recent months demanding Moïse, who had been ruling by decree for more than a year, resign.
  • 🇯🇵 The Tokyo Olympics has officially banned fans from most events after Japan declared its fourth state of emergency over a rise in COVID-19 cases.
  • 🇬🇪  Organizers of pride in Georgia were forced to cancel the march over the safety of participants after far-right protesters stormed pride organizers’ office, attacking and injuring 50 journalists and breaking equipment.
  • 🇲🇽 An underwater gas leak ignited a swirling fire in the Gulf of Mexico, which lasted for more than five hours.

Mary Simon, an Inuk leader, has been appointed as Canada’s 30th Governor General, becoming the first Indigenous person to take on the role.

  • Simon, 74, is a former Canadian ambassador and longtime advocate for Inuit rights and culture.
  • She will act as the official representative of Queen Elizabeth II in Canada and commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • Although the role is largely ceremonial, her appointment required approval by the Queen and is seen as a symbolic gesture. It comes after several hundred unmarked graves were discovered at separate, former residential schools to assimilate Indigenous children around Canada in recent weeks.

A hospital in Milan, Italy, put an Egyptian mummy dating back to 900 to 800 BC into a CT scan to identify what he looked like, how he lived and how he died.

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