What Is Happening Around The Globe This Week.

RFA News 2021

The state funeral of Chad’s long-serving President Idriss Déby is being held after he was killed by rebels.
Among the foreign leaders is France’s President Emmanuel Macron, for whom Chad is a key ally in the fight against jihadists in region.
Friday’s ceremony saw a military march-past and a speech by his son, Gen Mahamat “Kaka” Déby Itno, who the army has named as the country’s new leader.

The African Union has condemned the extension of the term of Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo and is sending a special envoy to Mogadishu to help resolve the political impasse there.
The AU’s Peace and Security Council made the announcement after hours of closed-door meeting where it also resolved to mediate the crisis.
A communique issued after the session on Thursday urged all parties in the country to “immediately resume dialogue on the basis of the September 2020 Agreement”.

Italy has a $265 billion plan to overhaul its economy. Prime minister Mario Draghi will present his cabinet with the draft, which includes spending to make buildings earthquake-proof and beefing up broadband.
The European Commission could sue AstraZeneca. It asked member states to support a lawsuit against AstraZeneca for its botched Covid-19 vaccine rollout, with Dublin now on board, but no legal action has been taken yet.

The UK parliament accused China of genocide. It endorsed a motion alleging that all five criteria for genocide are being met in Beijing authorities’ actions towards ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, including Uyghurs.

Switzerland scrambles to revive a long-stalled EU treaty. Swiss president Guy Parmelin heads to Brussels for a summit with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Failing to strike a deal would threaten Bern’s ties with its biggest trading partner.

Joe Biden is set to unveil a series of tax rises. To finance massive childcare and education spending, the US president will propose nearly doubling capital gains levies on those earning $1 million or more, meaning federal tax rates for some could reach 43.4%.

A missing Indonesia submarine will run out of oxygen tomorrow. An all-out rescue mission involving several countries is underway to save the crew of 53. Rescuers have spotted an unidentified object at depth.