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Friday 3rd June 2022

Americas

In The United States the head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg met with President Joe Biden yesterday to talk about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Stoltenberg said that part of Russia’s intentions in invading Ukraine was to weaken NATO but now NATO is stronger than ever...

“The most important message is that President Putin wanted less NATO and now he’s getting more NATO. More NATO military presence in the eastern part of the alliance and more NATO members because it is a historic decision by Finland and Sweden to apply for membership.”

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that countries around the world had been brought together to support Ukraine’s sovereignty...

“President Putin hoped that his war on Ukraine would divide NATO. Instead he has united NATO in support of Ukraine and in defence of its own members. He has brought countries around the world together to support the fundamental principles of sovereignty and independence. That is why we will continue to stand with a democratic, independent, sovereign Ukraine until this terrible war is over and, for that matter, long after it.”

Also in the United States, doctors have made an ear transplant using an ear which was 3D-printed using human cells. The company 3DBio Therapeutics said that the ear was 3D-printed using cells that originated from the person’s body.

El Salvador has been accused of “massive human rights violations” by Amnesty International, after 36,000 people were arrested in two months. The rise in arrests was ordered by President Nayib Bukele, with his government calling it a “war on gangs”. If the data is correct, then almost 2% of El Salvador’s adult population is now in prison, probably the highest rate in the world.

Mexico has reported that 11 people have died in hurricane Agatha, and more people are missing.

Asia

Turkey will now officially be known as Turkiye at the United Nations after a request by the Turkish government. Turkiye is the Turkish form of the name, however the government is said to want to encourage people to use the term Turkiye internationally as well. Some people have said that the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to distance Turkey from the bird which shares the name.

In Myanmar over a million pople have been forced to leave their homes since last year, accordign to the United Nations. In February last year the military removed the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then civilian militias and ethnic seperatist groups have been fighting against the army.

Africa

In Libya, Human Rights Watch, has accused the Wagner group of placing explosive mines near Tripoli. The Wagner group is a Russian private military company that is believed to work as a private army for Russian President Vladimir Putin. In Libya there is a de-mining operation which is continuing now. Human Rights Watch say that the Wagner group placed mines close to Tripoli in 2019 and 2020. The New York Times released a report last week which said that The Wagner Group had committed war crimes in Mali.

Hundreds of people have crossed from Senegal into The Gambia recently to escape violence. Earlier this year the Senegalese military launched an operation against independence fighters in the Casamance region, which is between The Gambia and Guinea Bissau.

Europe

In Ukraine, today is the 100th day since Russia launched a full invasion. Most of the city of Severodonetsk is now under Russian control and there are reports of fighting in the streets. According to military analysts, the Russian forces fighting in Luhansk are a mix of the normal Russian army, Russian separatist fighters, Chechnyan groups and the Wagner private military group. About 800 people, including children, are reported to be hiding under a chemical factory in Severodonetsk.

Ukraine has made some counter-attacks in the Kherson region in southern Ukraine, which has been occupied by Russia for 2 months.

Speaking yesterday to Luxembourg’s parliament, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 20% of Ukraine’s territory was now occupied by Russia, 100 Ukrainian soldiers were being killed every day, and that 243 children have been killed so far, and 200,000 children had been forefully taken to Russia, including some who were separated from their parents. Former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, said yesterday that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is “the most glaring breach of international law” in Europe since World War 2.

In Germany a study has shown that older people who drink lots of alcohol report having a higher quality of life than people who didn’t drink alcohol. The study, from the University Hospital in Bonn, suggested that people who drank more than a recommended amount of alcohol were happier, less likely to be fat, and found it easier to perform every day activities. Some medical experts have said that people should not take the study too seriously, as it doesn’t show the cause and effect of the results.

In the United Kingdom celebrations have started for the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2nd. Queen Elizabeth is the first monarch in British history to reign for 70 years. A four-day bank holiday started yesterday and will finish on Sunday, and there are celebrations throughout the United Kingdom and 14 other commonwealth countries. The Queen is 96.

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