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Friday 24th June 2022


In Belgium, Ukraine and Moldova were given candidate status to the European Union yesterday. European Council President Charles Michel said the Georgia would also be given candidate status after some priorities were addressed. In order to join the EU candidate countries must meet standards about their economy and level of democracy. Leaders of the 27 country-bloc met yesterday in Brussels and made these decisions faster than normal because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, however after gaining candidate status most countries spend years before joining the EU. Lithuania’s president Gitanas Nauseda said that it was important for Ukraine to have candidate status to give political support...

“And I think that this political support is very important for the fighting spirit of Ukrainians. They are very brave. They are very effective in fighting against <the> aggressor. But they need political support. They need economic, military support too. And this is the least we can provide to them and to continue this heroic fight for freedom.”

In Ukraine there is still heavy fighting in the Eastern Donbass region. The governor of the Donetsk region has said that there is no place in Donetsk which is safe for civilians. In the South three Russian cruise missiles hit the city of Mykolaiv and other missiles were destroyed near teh city of Odessa. Some heavy rocket systems have arrived in Ukraine from the United States. From Russia a video has been shared on social media which appears to show a Ukrainian drone crashing into an oil refinery in Russia’s Rostov region. The mayor of Enerhodar, an occupied city in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region, has said that some of its citizens are being abducted and tortured by the Russian occupiers.

Nike the sportswear company, has said that it is stopping operations in Russia. The United Kingdom placed more sanctions on Russia yesterday, including banning export of jet fuel and banknotes.


In Afghanistan rescue operations are continuing to find people, after more than a thousand people were killed in an earthquake. Hospitals are reported to be overwhelmed with injured people. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the UN was “fully mobilised” and The Taliban has asked for more international help. Afghanistan has been in a humanitarian crisis since the Taliban took control last year.

In Turkey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday. It is the first time that Prince Salman has visited Turkey since a group of Saudi assassins murdered the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in 2018. The American CIA say that Salman personally ordered the murder and Erdogan has also said that the murder was ordered by the Saudi government. Salman’s visit to Turkey was aimed at normalizing relations. Also in Turkey, Turkish authorities said that they had arrested 5 Iranians suspected of plotting to kill Israelis with guns.

In Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi is now in solitary confinement. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Myanmar, imprisoned Ex-Leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved to solitary confinement. After a military coup last year, Aung San Suu Kyi's democratically elected government was removed from power. She has since been charged with multiple counts of corruption. Many international human rights organizations have criticized her arrest and trial, which were not accessible to the media.


In Senegal people have protested by bashing pots and pans in the capital, Dakar. Senegal’s main opposition party encouraged people to make noise after their candidates were disqualified from parliamentary elections next month.

South Africa has removed almost all of its coronavirus restrictions. South Africa is the African country that has recorded the most cases and deaths from COVID19. The world is now reporting the lowest number of deaths from COVID19 since March 2020.


In the United States, the Supreme Court has ruled that the state of New York cannot ban the carrying of guns in public. New York passed a law last week, saying that people cannot carry guns outside of their homes without specific permission. The Supreme Court has now said that this violates the constitution of the United States, which says that people should be allowed to carry guns in public for self-defense. Out of 9 supreme court judges, 6 are considered conservative, and were chosen by Republican presidents. These 6 voted to stop New York’s new law. New York Governor Kathy Hochul, said that the decision was “reprehensible”...

“Today the Supreme Court struck down a New York Law that limits who can carry concealed weapons...This decision isn’t just reckless, it’s reprehensible. It’s not what New Yorkers want.”

And in Argentina a woman has survived 7 hours trapped under snow. The woman was covered in snow during an avalanche near Ushuaia and was rescued more than 7 hours later.

That’s your world news for this week. A big thank you to Meghan in Ireland for becoming our newest supporter. If you enjoy the podcast you can help to support us at Supporters can also read the transcripts of every episode. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and Iwill see you on Monday.

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