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Friday 1st July 2022

Europe

Ukraine has forced Russian forces to leave Snake Island in the Black Sea. Russia captured Snake Island on the first day of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the 24th February. Yesterday Russia said that it had left Snake Island because military objectives were complete, however Ukraine said that Russian forces were forced to leave because of many successful Ukrainian attacks on the island. Military analysts say that Snake Island is strategically important for control in the Black Sea and for Ukraine’s Western coast. Russian missiles hit the southern city of Mykolaiv yesterday. At least 5 people were killed in a residential area. In Eastern Ukraine Ukrainian authorities said that they are trying to evacuate residents from the city of Lysychansk. Russian President Vladimir Putin denied responsibility for the missile attack on a shopping centre on Monday. Ukraine announced yesterday that it had swapped 144 Russian prisoners of war for the same number of Ukrainian prisoners of war, most of whom were captured at the Azov steel factory in Mariupol.

In Spain, NATO leaders have promised to support Ukraine for as long as necessary. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the UK would increase its defence spending from 2% of GDP to 2.5% of GDP by 2030. Yesterday The UK also promised another £1 billion pounds worth of military support for Ukraine, including armoured vehicles, anti-tank weapons, drones and anti-air weapons, as well as training. US president Joe Biden announced how the US would increase its military presence in Europe...

“The United States is doing exactly what I said we would do if Putin invaded. Enhance our enforced posture in Europe. We’ll station more ships here in Spain. We’re stationing more air defence in Italy and Germany. More F-35s in the United Kingdom. And to strengthen our eastern flank, new permanent headquarters for the armoured 5th core in Poland in addition, an additional brigade combat team positioned in Romania, an additional rotational deployments in the Baltic countries...”

Asia

China’s president Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong to celebrate 25 years since the former British colony was returned to China. Xi said yesterday that Hong Kong had “risen from the ashes”. Last time Xi visited Hong Kong, in 2017, tens of thousands of people protested, demanding democracy, however protests are not expected this time, because most opposition leaders are now either in jail or have left Hong Kong. According to the organization Freedom House, since China has taken control of Hong Kong, “freedom has been crushed for the people of Hong Kong”.

Israel’s parliament has voted to dissolve itself, meaning that Israel will hold its fifth election in less than four years.

In The Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, was sworn in as president yesterday. Marcos, known as BongBong, is the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the Philippines for over twenty years who was known for violence and oppression against political opponents and citizens. Yesterday Bongbong told people not to think about the past...

“We will build back better by doing things in the line of the experiences that we have had. Both good and bad. It doesn’t matter. No looking back in anger or nostalgia...”

Africa

In Nigeria gunmen have killed security staff at a mine, and kidnapped workers. Nigerian authorities said that four Chinese workers were also kidnapped.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo there was a ceremony yesterday to bury the golden tooth of the independence leader and first Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, 61 years after he was assassinated. Hundreds of people, including Belgium’s foreign minister, attended the burial.

Americas

In the United States, Republican member of Congress Liz Cheney, said that Republicans cannot be loyal to both Donald Trump and the constitution. Cheney, who is also the vice-chair of the congress investigation in the attacks on the congress building last year, said that the United States was facing a threat that it had never faced before...

“It has become clear that the efforts Donald Trump oversaw and engaged in were even more chilling and more threatening than we could have imagined. We are confronting a domestic threat that we have never faced before and that is a former president who is attempting to unravel the foundations of our constitutional republic.”

In Canada a gold miner has found a mummified woolly mammoth. The mammoth is believed to have been around one month old, and probably lived around 35,000 years ago.

That’s your world news for this week. Send us a message at send7.org. We read every message. If you enjoy the podcast you can also become a supporter. Supporters can read the transcripts of every episode. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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