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Friday 27th May 2022

Europe

In Ukraine the Russian army has continued to take control of some areas of the Donbass region. After failing to capture Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and other areas of Ukraine, Russia has been mostly focusing its army on the Donbass region where Russia has supported separatists that have been fighting for independence since 2014. The governor of the Luhansk region said yesterday that just 5% of Luhansk is still under Ukrainian control. There is still fighting in other parts of Ukraine including the second biggest city, Kharkiv, where officials said that 7 civilians were killed yesterday by Russian bombs. In the Southern city of Mariupol, which is now controlled by Russia, there have been reports of propaganda vans driving around the city, with large televisions showing Russian state media.

In Switzerland the World Economic Forum in Davos finished yesterday. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told the forum that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not and must not win the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba criticised NATO, saying that it was doing “literally nothing” to stop Russia. Ukrainian Mayor of Kyiv, and former boxing champion Vitali Klitschko said that it has seemed like one long day since Russia invaded Ukraine.

“I am very proud to be Ukrainian. I am very proud to be part of our society who is tough and defends our homeland from Russians.... 92 days of the war - I have a feeling it is one long long day non-stop.”

In the United Kingdom, Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been charged with sex offenses. Spacey has been accused of sexually assaulting three men over ten years ago.

Africa

In Senegal a fire in a hospital has killed 11 babies. President Macky Sall tweeted that he sent his sympathy to families.

Gambia’s government has said that it will prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh. Jammeh was president for over 20 years before losing power in 2016, when he was offered exile in Equatorial Guinea. Jammeh is accused of many crimes during his presidency, including rape, murder and torture.

In Zimbabwe the first African Elephant Summit finished yesterday. The trade of ivory - from elephants’ tusks, has been banned internationally since 1989, however Zimbabwe wants to allow the trade of ivory in Zimbabwe because it says that there are too many elephants today. No agreement was reached.

Asia

In Pakistan former president Imran Khan told his supporters in Islamabad to go home yesterday, stopping days of protest. However, Khan demanded that new elections be announced within the next 6 days, otherwise he would tell his supporters to protest again. Khan was removed from power last month after he lost a no-confidence vote in parliament, however he blamed a conspiracy by the United States for his removal from power. Some analysts say that Khan had fallen out with the military, which maintains power in Pakistani politics.

Qatar’s media network Al Jazeera has said that it will send a case to the International Criminal Court over the killing of its journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Palestine. Al Jazeera says that Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces on May 11th in the city of Jenin and a Palestinian investigation has said she was killed by Israeli forces. The case brought to the court in the Netherlands will also include the Israeli bombing of Al Jazeera’s office in Gaza last year.

Americas

In The United States there was a memorial service yesterday for the victims of a shooting at a primary school that left 19 children and 2 adults dead. Yesterday police said that the murderer wrote on Facebook that he would target a primary school half an hour before the attack started. Yesterday the New York Times asked all 50 Republican senators about the possibility of strengthening background checks for buying guns. Most of them rejected the idea. President Joe Biden has said that it is time for more gun control...

“As a nation we have to ask - when in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby? When in God’s name are we going to do what we all know in our gut needs to be done?”

In Venezuela the oldest man in the world is celebrating his 113th birthday today. Juan Vicente Peres Moya has 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. Despite being the oldest man, there are 22 women known to be older than Moya, including Lucile Randon from France who is 118.

That’s your world news for this week. If you enjoy this podcast please help to support us at send7.org/support. Supporters can also 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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