At least one person has died after protests erupted in Ivory Coast on Thursday as President Ouattara announced he will run for a controversial third term. In Mozambique, a jihadist group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State has taken over a port city in the north of the country, the government has tried to play down reports that it has lost control. Finally, our team in Tunisia meets the hoteliers who are feeling the pinch in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims begin the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually one of the world's largest religious gatherings.
Papers see the United States at a breaking point as the twin crises of police violence and the coronavirus outbreak "put America's deep racial inequalities in stark relief". For many cartoonists, US President Donald Trump is the one fanning the flames of the chaos. Israeli papers draw a parallel between the killing of George Floyd and the killing of an unarmed and autistic Palestinian man by Israeli border police. Finally, in more positive news, SpaceX astronauts brought a sparkly dinosaur on their mission to the ISS.
The coronavirus outbreak has shocked and surprised the world, but for many disease ecologists, Covid-19 may be just the beginning of many more mass pandemics. There is now growing evidence that we humans could be to blame for the crisis. This week on Down to Earth, we look at the potential link between the destruction of our ecosystems and the rise in animal-borne diseases, but also at how nature could be one of our greatest allies in the fight against Covid-19.
This week we're bringing you a special edition of Inside the Americas from the United States to show how the country is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. We go to Baltimore to see why African Americans are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. We then head to the epicentre of the US outbreak, New York City. Finally, in Los Angeles, we’ll show you what money can buy during a pandemic.