The European Commission launched legal proceedings against Germany’s Constitutional Court to assert the primacy of European Union law. The case relates to the German court’s ruling last year that the European Central Bank’s bond-buying programme contravenes the German constitution. That ruling contradicted a decision by the European Court of Justice, the eu’s highest court, which found that the programme complies with EU law.
Jihadists killed more than 138 people in an attack on a village in Burkina Faso, the deadliest incident since the start of an insurgency in 2015.
Assimi Goita, an army officer in Mali who has led two coups in less than a year, was sworn in as the president of a transitional government. His power-grab has prompted the African Union to suspend Mali. France has halted joint military operations against jihadists in protest.
Israel’s outgoing government approved a march by Israeli nationalists through Jerusalem’s Old City. Hamas, the militant Palestinian group that runs Gaza, warned that the march, due to take place on June 15th, could trigger a new round of violence.
Iran held a presidential debate in which Mohsen Mehralizadeh, a former provincial governor, pointed out the obvious: the regime has rigged the ballot in order to ensure that Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s judiciary and a staunch hardliner, wins the election on June 18th.
伊朗举行了一场总统辩论，前省长莫森·迈赫拉利扎德（Mohsen Mehralizadeh）在辩论中指出了显而易见的事实：政府操纵了投票，以确保伊朗司法部门负责人、坚定的强硬派易卜拉欣·拉兹(Ebrahim Raisi)在6月18日的选举中获胜
Mongolia’s presidential election was won by Ukhnaa Khurelsukh, who resigned as prime minister in January amid street protests about the country’s health service. Mr Khurelsukh is from the ruling Mongolian People’s Party; he won 68% of the vote, the most for any presidential candidate since the start of democratic elections in 1990.
A new species of dinosaur, excavated in 2007 in Australia, has been identified by palaeontologists as among the largest ever. Australotitan cooperensis, a plant-eating beast, would have been 6.5 metres tall and 30 metres long.
The numbers of new cases and deaths are steadily falling, according to the World Health Organisation, with “marked declines” in Europe and South-East Asia. But infections in Africa are rising.
UNICEF stepped up its campaign ahead of the G7 meeting to persuade rich countries to donate more vaccines to poor ones. Joe Biden was ready to donate 500m doses of the Pfizer jab.
In England 80% of adults were estimated to have antibodies against COVID-19, either through vaccination or having had the disease.
1. sworn in 宣誓就职
Thomas will be sworn in today as a justice on the Supreme Court.
2. be ready to do 准备做某事
The cat crouched ready to spring.
3. step up 提高；增加
The meeting ended with a pledge to step up cooperation between the six states of the region.
4. take place 发生；举行
The meeting should take place on the fifth of May.