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Friday 13th May 2022

Europe

Finland will apply to join NATO.-The North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Finland has considered itself neutral since World War 2, however, yesterday Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and President Sauli Niinisto said that Finland would apply to join NATO because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s foreign minister spoke to the European parliament yesterday...

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has altered the European and Finnish security environment, however Finland is not facing an immediate military threat. Should Finland decide to apply, the accession of Finland would strengthen the security and stability of the Baltic sea region and Northern Europe. Finland is a regional security provider and it would further strengthen NATO as a further ally...”

On Wednesday, before announcing that Finland would apply to join NATO, president Niinisto said Russia must look in the mirror for why Finland wants to join NATO...

“They are ready to attack a neighbouring country. If that would be the case that we join, well my response would be that you caused this. Look at <in> the mirror.”

Opinion polls taken before Russia invaded Ukraine showed that only 25% of Finnish people wanted Finland to join NATO. One recent poll showed that 76% now want to join NATO. Sweden is also expected to announce that it will apply to join NATO very soon. Yesterday Russia said that Finland’s decision was a threat and said that it would retaliate.

In Ukraine, the Russian army continues to bomb the Azov steel factory in Mariupol. Ukrainian forces have recaptured more towns around the second city Kharkiv. 6 million people have left Ukraine in the last ten weeks according to the United Nations, 90% are women and children.

In Switzerland the biggest ever white diamond has sold at auction for almost $22 million dollars.

Africa

In Nigeria a violent mob has killed a student after she was accused of blasphemy. The woman, who has not been named, died after being targeted by a group who accused her of insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

In Ghana a taxi driver has been praised after returning over a $1000 dollars that he found in his car. After seeing a video of the family thanking the taxi driver, Ghana’s vice-President Mahamadu Bawumia gave the taxi driver more than double the amount as a reward.

Americas

In the United States a vote in the senate to make the right to abortion a federal law, has failed. 51 senators voted against the proposed law, with 49 voting for it. One Democrat senator, Joe Manchin, voted with the 50 Republicans against the proposal. Democrats are trying to make abortion a federal right because the supreme court is expected to soon change its position which currently makes abortion a right. Democrat leader of the senate Chuck Schumer said that the supreme court overturning the right to abortion will be the beginning of an attack on other rights...

“Our kids will grow up in a country with fewer rights than those who came before them. If we do not take a stand now to protect a woman’s right to choose, it will be open-season on our God-given freedoms.

Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency because of a variety of cyber attacks. A Russian-speaking gang, known as the Conti gang, has claimed responsibility to the cyber ransom attacks. The United States has offered a $10 million dollar reward for information leading to the identification of the Conti gang

Asia

In Israel and Palestine there are different reports on how the Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed on Wednesday. Al Jazeera has reported that Akleh was killed by the Israeli military while she was reporting on an Israeli raid on the Palestinian city Jenin, and some reports from AlJazeera say that she was deliberately targeted. Israel originally said that Akleh was shot by Palestinian militants, however yesterday Israel said that it was not clear how she was shot.

In Afghanistan’s third largest city Herat, the Taliban have introduced new rules to separate men and women. Taliban leaders said that men and women cannot eat together in restaurants, even if they married, and men and women cannot go to parks on the same day.

North Korea has confirmed its first COVID19 infection in its capital Pyongyang. A lockdown has been ordered. North Korea has not vaccinated anybody against COVID19.

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And in space, the supermassive black hole at the centre of the milky way has been pictured for the first time. Sagittarius A cannot be seen because no light can escape it, however a shadow around it has been captured by a team of 8 telescopes around the world.

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