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EU Parliament Strips Carles Puigdemont And Two Other Catalans Of Immunity

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The European parliament has stripped former leader of Spain’s Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, of his immunity.

400 legislators voted to waive the immunity. 248 were against and 45 abstained.

The European lawmakers also voted to waive immunity for former Catalan health minister, Toni Comin, and former regional education minister Clara Ponsati.

The trio fled to Belgium in October 2017 with other Catalan separatists. They are wanted by Spain after holding an independence referendum that the Spanish government said was illegal. But in 2019, they won seats in the European parliament which gave them protection in their positions as members of the EU assembly.

The parliament’s legal affairs committee has now voted to recommend waiving their immunity.

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India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge

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India Has Recorded More Than 200,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases For The First Time

India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.

Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.

Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.

India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.

India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.

Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.

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Families Reunite As Australia-New Zealand ‘Travel Bubble’ Begins

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Hundreds of passengers from Australia have started arriving at New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, in a process that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in more than a year.

New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.

New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern told reporters in wellington, this bubble marks a significant step in New Zealand’s reconnection with the world.

Ardern said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne would visit New Zealand very soon.

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Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge

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Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge

British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a planned trip to India, originally planned for next week, because of the rise in India’s COVID-19 cases.

India is enduring a second wave of the virus, with infections passing the 15 million mark.

Johnson had already postponed the trip once in January, when COVID-19 infections were high in Britain.

Now that the trip has been cancelled, prime ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.

Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it will host in June.

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