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Friday 23rd April 2021

Asia

India’s health system is collapsing according to local reports. Yesterday India confirmed over 330,000 new cases of COVID19, and over 2,200 deaths. There are reports of oxygen shortages throughout India, and reports of hospitals refusing patients. Patients also appear to be younger than in India’s first wave. The Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has said that 65% of COVID hospital patients are under 45 years old.

In Russia there were protests across the country yesterday, in support of Alexei Navalny. Thousands of people attended protests, despite warnings from the police. Around 1,800 people were arrested, according to rights groups. Also in Russia, soldiers will start to be removed from the border with Ukraine today, according to Russian state media. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the movement of soldiers to the Ukranian border had shown the ability to defend Russia.

In Myanmar over 250,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since the military took power in February, according to the United Nations. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews has said that the world must act immediately. According to rights groups over 700 people have now been killed by the military and police since the

coup d’etat.

In Pakistan there was a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel on Wednesday night. Khadija Tahir reports...

In the Pakistani city of Quetta, there was a bomb blast outside a luxury hotel on Wednesday night. According to local authorities, at least four people were killed and 12 others injured in the attack. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, which used a suicide bomber. The Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan was reportedly staying at the hotel but was not in the area when the explosion took place. The Taliban have been carrying out attacks in Pakistan for more than a decade, killing thousands of Pakistani citizens.

Europe

France will stop domestic travel restrictions from May 3rd, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced yesterday. France has been in a lockdown since the end of March because of a fast rise in COVID cases, however schools will reopen on Monday. France’s slow vaccination campaign has began to accelerate this week, and 20% of adults have now received at least one dose. The European Union has now started to use the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose.

In Sweden, the furniture company IKEA, has announced plans to invest in renewable energy. Ikea has previously installed solar panels on the roofs of its shops, and owns over 500 wind turbines.

Africa

Americas

The United States has said that it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. President Joe Biden hosted the Climate Leaders Summit, in which 40 world leaders participated. Biden said that dealing with climate change can lead to a more prosperous future...

“I talk to the experts and I see the potential for a more prosperous and equitable future. The signs are unmistakeable. The science is undeniable. And hte cost of inaction keeps mounting. The United States isn’t waiting. By maintaining those investments and putting those people to work The United States sets out on the road to set our greenhouse gases in half by the end of this decade.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India was committed to fighting climate change despite disruption to the development of India...

“Our ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows our commitment. Despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity.”

In Brazil, one of the world’s biggest weapons traffickers has been captured. Joao Filipe Barbieri was in prison for smuggling guns from the United States into Brazil, however he escaped 5 months ago. Most of the foreign -made illegal guns in Brazil come from the United States.

Africa

Angola has been hit by severe rains this week. Floods are expected to have killed 24 people in the Capital Luanda.

In Malawi there have been protests against the rising price of phone calls and data. Malawi is one of the most expensive places in the world to use mobile phone data.

And Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, an infectious disease the causes blindness. Trachoma is spread by the hands and clothes. Ghana was the first African country to be declared free of trachoma in 2018.

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