Saudi air defenses destroy six armed drones late in the evening, bringing the total of armed drones destroyed during the day to 17. A
Houthi spokesman says that one drone was launched at
Khamis Mushait while the Saudi air defenses say that two other drones toward Khamis Mushait were intercepted and that eight other drones were also launched toward the south of the kingdom.
Fiji reports a record 150 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, thereby bringing the national toll to 1,798. The
Ministry of Health reports that most cases are from known clusters while others are under investigation. Also,
New Zealand announce that they will deploy doctors to Fiji to help deal with the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Rival candidates concede victory to
hardline Chief Justice
Ebrahim Raisi, who was widely predicted to be the next
president. An official from the Interior Ministry claims that Raisi won 17.8 million votes out of the 28 million votes cast.
Protesters against the
militaryjunta carry out a national day of "flower protest" to celebrate the 76th birthday of deposed leader
Aung San Suu Kyi and condemn her arrest. The flower symbol was allegedly chosen because Suu Kyi is often seen with a flower on her head. Protests supporting the military junta led by
Min Aung Hlaing also occur across the country.
Current events of June 18, 2021 (2021-06-18) (Friday)
Indonesia reports 12,990 new cases of
COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, which is the highest single-day total of new cases since late-January. It brings the nationwide total of confirmed cases to 1.96 million.
(The Straits Times)
Palestinian Authority cancels a planned vaccine exchange with
Israel involving at least one million doses of the
Pfizer vaccine, saying the first batch of doses Israel was going to send were near expiration. The swap was previously announced earlier in the day.
Restrictions are eased in
Melbourne as the number of cases decreases. Melbournians will now be allowed to travel anywhere in the state of
Victoria, public gatherings increase to 20 people and masks are no longer required outdoors. Private gatherings of up to 2 people will be allowed, gyms and indoor entertainment reopen, and workforce capacities increase. These new restrictions bring Melbourne into line with the rest of Victoria.
intentionally rams his truck into a crowd of workers protesting outside a
Lidl supermarket in
Italy, killing one of the workers and wounding two others. The suspected attacker is arrested near the scene. The incident came after a series of violent attacks and assaults against workers' protests in Italy in the past few weeks.
At least 17
Palestinians are injured and 10 arrested after the
Al-Aqsa Mosque to break up a rally held in response to videos of far-right marchers insulting the Islamic prophet
Muhammad during the
Dance of Flags on Tuesday. A further 47 are injured when the IDF fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demostrators near
Beita in the occupied
West Bank protesting the recent establishment of a military outpost near the town.
Zambianauthorities order the closure of
schools for the next 21 days and also suspend election campaigns for the
general election in August after reporting the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in one day. At the same time, the authorities restrict activities in religious sites to meetings only twice a week and for only one hour per day.
African Union (AU) launches an official commission to investigate allegations of
human rights abuses committed in
Tigray Region. The Ethiopian Foreign Ministry rejects the commission as "misguided" and without legal basis, saying that a joint probe by the AU and Ethiopia should be used instead.
Hong Kong arrest five executives of the Apple Daily newspaper as the newspaper warns that press freedom in the city is "hanging by a thread". It is the latest raid on the Beijing-critical newspaper which has already seen its chief
Jimmy Lai convicted under various charges, including unlawful assembly, and who currently faces a national security law case along with 46 other activists.
Pro-gun activists Mark and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to misdemeanor charges relating to an incident last year where they brandished weapons at
Black Lives Matter protesters during a
George Floyd protest in
Missouri, United States. They also agree to give up their guns and pay
US$2,750 in total fines.
The U.S. Supreme Court rejects a lawsuit brought by six African men against American food corporation
Cargill and the American division of
Nestlé for their
use of child slavery in
cocoa bean production in a 8–1 decision, saying that because the abuses took place outside the country the court did not have jurisdiction on the matter.
South Africa restricts gatherings to 50 people for indoor social and religious events and 100 people for outdoor events, and also extends their
curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and restrict the sale of
alcohol to Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. amid an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
coupmilitia group Karenni National Defence Force announces that it has stopped its operations against the
Burmese military following pleas by
civilians residing in the areas they operate in, which have seen 100,000 civilians
displaced. The group says that it will continue its opposition to the
military junta through other means. Additionally, deposed leader
Aung San Suu Kyi appears in court for the second day, and was reported to be in "better condition".
Batken District head Uchkun Jorobaev announces that nine houses that were burnt in the Aksai village during
border clashes with
Tajikistan will be rebuilt. Reconstruction is expected to be complete in August.
South Korea eases COVID-19-related restrictions at large concerts and sports events, with up to 4,000 people allowed to attend
K-pop concerts and other cultural shows, as well as allowing sport
stadiums to operate at 30% to 50% capacity depending on the district as the country continues its
Fiji reports 89 new cases of
COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as the
government warns that, due to the presence of the
Delta variant, which was first detected in India, the situation is worse than that seen in Australia and New Zealand. Fiji has now reported 1,118 cases nationwide.