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Wednesday1st December 2021

Europe


In Latvia, NATO has warned Russia not to attack Ukraine. In 2016 Russia invaded Ukraine, taking control of the Crimean Peninsula. A referendum was then held in Crimea, in which people voted to join Russia, however the referendum was not recognized by most countries, because of the presence of Russian soldiers in Crimea. Russia has also been accused of supporting separatist rebels in the East of Ukraine, and NATO has said that Russia is building up a strong force on the border with Ukraine. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that Russia would pay a high price for invading Ukraine...

“We see a Russian military built-up. We see heavy armour. We see drones and combat-ready troops. And we call on Russia to be transparent, because this is unprovoked and unexplained... There will be a high price to pay, for Russia, if they once again use force against the independent sovereign nation - Ukraine.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also said yesterday that Russia will act, if NATO crosses ‘red lines’.

In France Eric Zemmour, a far-right television presenter, has declared that he will run for president next year. French justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti has called Zemmour a ‘racist’ and a ‘holocaust-denier’. Current opinion polls for the next Presidential election show no candidate receiving more than 25% of votes.

Asia

Iranian officials have met representatives from Russia, China, Germany, France and the UK to discuss the restarting of 2015 Nuclear Deal. Iran wants the United States to stop its economic sanctions on Iran, before it returns to the agreement, which limited Iran’s nuclear programme, and allowed foreign observers in nuclear sites.

Bangladesh has elected its first transgender mayor. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Bangladesh, a small town has elected the country's first transgender Mayor, Nazrul Islam Ritu. Ritu, who belongs to a large Muslim family, fled her hometown in her 20s but later returned and helped build two mosques, and donated to the local Hindu temples. She will now serve as Mayor of her hometown. Bangladesh officially recognized transgender people as a separate gender in 2013, and in 2018, they were allowed to use the term "third gender" when registering to vote.

In Australia, a report has shown that one in three people in the Australian parliament have been sexually harassed. The report said that over 60% of female members of parliament reported sexual harassment. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the report was ‘disturbing’...

“Like anyone who works in this building, I find the statistics that are presented there of course appalling and disturbing. I wish I found them more surprising.

Africa

In Sudan there have been more protests against the deal between Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and the military. Security forces used teargas on tens of thousands of protesters in Khartoum. Demonstrators are demanding a return to full civilian rule, after Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok signed a deal with the military which allows shared control of the transitional government.

Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have started joint attacks on islamist rebels in the east of the DRC. The Ugandan army said that they had attacked a group called the “Allied Defence Forces” which claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in Kampala two weeks ago.

Americas

Barbados became a republic yesterday. British Queen Elizabeth has stopped being the Queen of Barbados, and Sandra Mason has become the first ever President of Barbados. The Queen’s son, Prince Charles, gave a speech. In he same ceremony, Barbadian singer Rihanna was named as national hero of Barbados...

“The designee for national hero of Barbados, ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, may you continue to shine like a diamond...”

Honduras still has not finished counting votes in its presidential election. However, supporters of left-wing opposition leader Xiomara Castro are celebrating, as she has clearly won more votes than the governing National party. Castro will probably be the first female president of Honduras.

Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d’Or, the prize for the best footballer in the world. Messi has won the Bellon d’Or seven times - more than any other player.

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