IMAGO Weekend Roundup. With this year’s Olympics beginning this weekend, we bring you the latest news in sport from Tokyo and much more from around the world as this weekend saw environmental disasters continue, protests spark and political divides.

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Curated by our Picture Desk, we catch you up on the news and stories from across the globe. From uncovering stunning creative images, diving deep into the major news stories to the moments to remember from the sporting world.

It has been reported by the UN that Afghanistan civilian casualty figures are now at a record high. As an acute rise in deaths and injuries since May 1st sparks concern from the UN, Taliban troops have been exploiting the departure of foreign troops after the international withdrawal began. Women and girls have been particularly badly hit by the violence.

In Tunisia, after a day of heavy protesting in the streets against the ruling party leaders, the country’s political crisis has come to a head. Sunday saw the capital Tunis flooded with demonstrators cheering and celebrating as news broke that Tunisian president Kais Saied had suspended parliament and dismissed prime minister Hichem Mechichi. On a day in which many were reminded of the Arab Spring and the 2011 revolution, citizens took to the streets in support of the president’s ruling but has now sparked major political upheaval with the Islamist opposition calling it a “coup”.

Protests in Sydney turned violent this weekend as thousands took part in an anti lockdown rally. Demonstrators were seen throwing objects at police with 57 people arrested, two arrested for animal cruelty after attacking a police horse. As the country faces a new surge in corona cases, the Greater Sydney area has been in a strict lockdown for the past four weeks with the wider state of New South Wales stating record high numbers.

In Paris, protesters as part of the “Gilet Jaunes” movement too turned out in force this weekend against the newly introduced Health pass. Several hundred people opposed to the new introduction of the Health Pass that has been rolled out across France invaded the Champ-Elysees avenue in the capital and were seen to be forcibly evacuated by riot police. 

Countries in South East Asia and Malaysia are currently in the midst of a COVID third wave. Infection numbers have risen exponentially on the continent during the past few months after previously avoiding large-scale outbreaks in 2020. Struggling to cope with the devastating new wave, the death toll continues to rise with medical inefficiencies and lack of resources.

This year’s Olympics kicked off in Tokyo on Friday as the opening ceremony dazzled and the athletes began to start their events. With the United States, China, Japan and Great Britain at the top of the medal leaderboard, records have been broken and the first golds have been won in new sports. Over in skateboarding, Japan’s Momiji Nishiya, aged just 13, went on to win the first ever Olympic women’s street skateboarding gold beating Brazil’s Rayssa Leal, also aged 13 to the top. Alongside her, Japan’s hometown favorite, Yuto Horigome won the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport during the men’s street event. 

GB’s Adam Peaty won the nation’s first Tokyo 2020 gold in the men’s 100 breaststroke. This latest win has made him the first British swimmer ever to defend an Olympic title, and with a time under 56 seconds.

The battle in the pool continued with Australia’s, Ariarne Titmus and American Katie Ledecky as the two women swam in the 400m freestyle. Taking the gold this round, Ariarne Titmus shone in the pool but the rivalry will continue throughout the Games with Ledecky, five-time Olympic gold medalist keen to defend her titles. 

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