12 October 2021

Morning headlines – October 12th 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 51.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 5.7 million people got the vaccine, with more than 5.5 getting both doses and 386.000 of them getting the third one.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 9.148 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 209 deaths, and in ICU there are now 1.632 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Putin’s opponent, Aleksey Navalny, was designated a terrorist and an extremist. After being poisoned with a military chemical agent and then sent behind bars, a commission of the prison he is in changed his status to an extremist and a terrorist. (Aleph News)
  • Two deaths after a small aircrafts crashed in Germany. The airplane, which had two people on board, crashed on Monday in Siebengebirge, Germany. (Mediafax)
  • Hungary and Poland are joining forces against the EU. The two countries have disputed, on Monday, the EU’s justice system and have attacked the mechanism which can let them with zero European funds, after they sent a contestation to the EU Court of Justice, from Luxemburg. (AFP)
  • The EU leaders will meet with Taliban representatives. According to Amir Khan Muttaqi’s statement, he will meet, on Tuesday, in Doha, with the EU’s representatives. The Taliban have met, last week, with the US and Great Britain’s representatives, trying to seek better relations with the Western countries. (AFP)
  • Kim Jong Un thinks the US is the main cause of the instability in the Korean Peninsula. Present at a weaponry exhibition, the North-Korean leader has accused the US for the instability in the peninsula. North Korea has presented, this year, three new missiles: a ballistic one launched from the submarine, another ballistic missile which can be launched from a moving train and a supersonic cruise missile. (AP)
  • Japan claims sovereignty over the Kuril Islands. Japan’s  prime-minister, Fumio Kishida, has stated, on Tuesday, in the Parliament, that the Northern Territories (south of Kuril Islands) belong to Japan. These were occupied by Russia at the end of the World War II. (Tass)

Romania’s defence and security

  • The designated prime-minister starts to negotiate the establishment of a new government. The USR president, Dacian Ciolos, the designated prime-minister, is about to start, on Tuesday, the negotiations with PNL, UDMR and minorities parties to establish a new government, but the chances are quite small, because Florin Citu said that PNL does not want to join this government. (Mediafax)