26 July 2021

Morning headlines – July 26th 2021

Florin Jipa

Image source: AP

Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 8.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 4.9 million people got the vaccine, with more than 4,7 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 109 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 1 death and in ICU there are now 34 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Putin touts the Russian fleet. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, stated on July 25th, at the 325th celebration of the Naval Forces: “Today, the Russian navy has everything it needs to defend our homeland, our national interests. We can locate any enemy, whether they’re on, under or above the water. And if required, deal them an unavoidable strike. Russian Navy’s presence was provided in almost all areas of the global ocean”. (Aleph News)
  • Political crisis in Tunisian: The Parliament – frozen, the government’s chief – dismissed. The Tunisian president Kais Saied has announced, on Sunday, that he is freezing Parliament’s activities. Also, he dismissed the government’s chief, Hichem Mechichi, after a day full of protests against the Tunisian leaders. (Mediafax)
  • Italy cannot cope with the Sardinia fires and asks for international support. Italy asked, on Sunday, the help of neighboring European countries to fight against the fires that are destroying a large part of Sardinia. (Mediafax)
  • High-level US-China meeting. The US diplomacy deputy, Wendy Sherman, met with the Chinese deputy minister of foreign affairs, Xie Feng, in Tianjin, in north of China. While the US representative asked to responsibly develop the competition between the two economic and military powers, China asked the US to stop “demonizing” the country. (Reuters)
  • The Iraqi prime-minister meets the US president. Prime-minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi is visiting the United States to meet with president Joe Biden. They will discuss about the US presence troops, the fight against the Islamic State terrorists and the pro-Iranian militias. (AP)

Romania’s defence and security

  • Black day on the Romanian roads. July 25th will be remembered as one of the bloodiest days so far on the Romanian roads, after nine people lost their lives in two road accidents. Apart from this day, 39 people died in road accidents, this year. The minister of Home Affairs asks the Romanians to drive safely. (Aleph News)
  • The Rosia Montana file, discussed in the UNESCO Commission. The discussion on the Rosia Montana at UNESCO was rescheduled for Monday, July 26th. The committee will meet today, at 12.30 pm, and Romania’s file is the sixth. The Rosia Montana file was sent to UNESCO in 2017, in the last day of Ciolos’s government. In 2018, the request was withdrawn. On January 31st 2020, Romania’s Government sent the file again to UNESCO. Since 2013, when the Government started the exploitation at Rosia Montana, the project is being contested on the streets. The exploitation involves setting up a lake with cyanides which is 400 hectares long. (Aleph News)
  • July 26th – The Day of Military Archives. On July 26, 1920 by Order no. 4 of the General Staff, the Archives of the 6th History Section of the General Staff was established.