NEWS DIGEST 29.05.2022: Sunday world news stories from NewsNow

Our news this Sunday morning is from NewsNow (World).

Riot police fired tear gas and pepper spray at Liverpool supporters forced to endure lengthy waits to get into the Champions League final amid logistical chaos and an attempt by UEFA and French authorities to blame overcrowding at turnstiles on people trying to access the stadium with fake tickets on Saturday. The start of the showpiece game of the European football season, which Liverpool lost 1-0 to Real Madrid, was delayed for 37 minutes and kicked off as security was still struggling with the flow of frustrated supporters into the Stade de France. UEFA claimed thousands of ticketless fans were trying to gain access to the 80,000-plus capacity French national stadium, but it did not identify where they were from. French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin claimed stewards were assaulted by Britons who forced entry without tickets or with counterfeit tickets. French Sports Minster Amélie Oudéa-Castéra also overlooked any shortcomings by authorities by claiming thousands of English fans “complicated the work of stewards and police forces” and tweeting: “Violence has no place in the stadiums.” – Champions League chaos: Tear gas fired at Liverpool fans (The Telegraph ~ Business)

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A passenger plane went missing in Nepal on Sunday with 22 people on board, its airline said. The Twin Otter aircraft took off from the western town of Pokhara at 9:55 am (0410 GMT) but soon lost contact with air traffic control. “A domestic flight bound for Jomsom from Pokhara has lost contact,” Sudarshan Bartaula, spokesman for Tara Air, told AFP. He said there were 19 passengers on board and three crew members. Phanindra Mani Pokharel, a spokesman at the Ministry of Home Affairs, said two helicopters have been deployed for a search operation – Nepal flight missing with 22 people on board (AFP/Shine ~ News – World)

Washington [US], May 29: The United States on Sunday expressed concern over Beijing’s efforts to restrict and manipulate the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and her team to China that “did not enable a complete and independent assessment of the human rights environment” in the country, including in Xinjiang, where “genocide and crimes against humanity are ongoing”. “The United States remains concerned about the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and her team’s visit to the People’s Republic of China and Beijing’s efforts to restrict and manipulate her visit,” the State Department said in its statement. “While we continue to raise our concerns about China’s human rights abuses directly with Beijing and support others who do so, we are concerned the conditions Beijing authorities imposed on the visit did not enable a complete and independent assessment of the human rights environment in the PRC, including in Xinjiang, where genocide and crimes against humanity are ongoing,” it added. The US urged China to respect the human rights of Tibetans, those living in Hong Kong, and all others who seek to peacefully exercise their human rights and fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In a statement, the UN rights chief also shared the concerns of a number of human rights mechanisms about laws and policies to counter terrorism, radicalism and their application – US slams China for ‘restricting, manipulating’ UN human rights chief’s visit (ANI)

Nigeria’s main opposition party on Saturday named former vice president Atiku Abubakar as its candidate for the 2023 election to replace President Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP ruled Nigeria for a decade and a half before its then-president Goodluck Jonathan was ousted by the APC alliance in 2015 to bring Buhari to power. The APC said the delaying of its own primaries decision followed a ruling by electoral authorities to extend the deadline for the submission of candidates’ names. Most top PDP candidates like Abubakar were from the north though the Rivers State governor Wike is from the south. Most APC top candidates, including Tinubu and Osinbajo, are also from the south of Nigeria – Nigeria’s opposition party names Atiku Abubakar as its flagbearer (africanews EN ~ News)

SEOUL, May 29 – North Korea on Sunday indicated that it may ease COVID-19 curbs as the country’s pandemic situation has shown signs of improvement and of disease transmission coming under control. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and “made a positive evaluation of the pandemic situation being controlled and improved across the country,” Yonhap news agency cited the North’s Korean Central News Agency reported, without saying when the meeting took place. The Political Bureau meeting “discussed the issues of continuously stabilising and improving the overall anti-epidemic situation while further consolidating the experiences gained in the early period of the anti-epidemic work,” the KCNA said. The KCNA report hinted that it could ease virus curbs to prevent the economy from deteriorating further while expressing confidence that the pandemic situation is being controlled, it added. North Korea’s daily new suspected COVID-19 cases stayed below 100,000 for the second straight day, according to its state media Sunday – North Korea hints at possibility of easing COVID-19 curbs (Bernama.com ~ World)

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