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Friday 5th August 2022


Asia

China has fired missiles into the Taiwan straight and other areas around Taiwan in response to the visit of United States House speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan on Tuesday. China made military exercises in the land and sea close to Taiwan. Japan said that Chinee missiles has landed in its territorial waters, including one that flew over Taiwan.

Speaking next to Taiwan’s president Tsai Ing-Wen, Pelosi said that her visit was a sign of the United States’ support for Taiwan’s democracy,..

“And Taiwan has been an island of resilience in the world. Indeed the people of Taiwan have proven to the world that with hope, courage and determination, it is possible to build a peaceful and prosperous future, even in terms of the challenges you face... Today the world faces a choice between democracy and autocracy. America’s determination to preserve democracy here in Taiwan and around the world, remains iron-clad.”

Pelosi visited South Korea yesterday, and will go to Japan today, where she will meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

In Afghanistan the Taliban have said that they didn’t know that the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Al-Zawahiri was living in Kabul. The United States have said that they killed Zawahiri in a drone strike, that caused no other casualties. Zawahiri was one of the main organizers of many terrorist attacks against the United States, including the September 11th attacks of 2001.

India has made new carbon emission targets. Khadija Tahir reports...

India has announced new targets for reducing carbon emissions. India is the world's third-largest carbon polluter, and this week, India announced new emissions promises, including plans to meet energy demands using more renewable energy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced these goals at the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow and the Indian Government has now formalized them.

Africa

Nigeria’s air force has said that it will use “maximum firepower” against armed groups. There has been almost daily violence from armed groups, often known as “bandits” in Nigeria’s north.

Somalia has named a former Al-Shabaab spokesman as the minister of religion. Muktar Robow was an important member of the islamist jihadist group, until he left in 2013, and the United States once offered €5 million dollars as a reward for his capture.

Europe

In Ukraine Russia has been increasing attacks in the East, especially in Donetsk region. Some military analysts say that Ukraine may be able to recapture territory in Southern Ukraine, because of Russia losing soldiers and equipment. Ukraine’s defence ministry said yesterday that 140,000 residential buildings had been destroyed or damaged since Russia invaded on the 24th February.

Amnesty international has released a report criticising the Ukrainian army, saying that it is putting civilians in danger by keeping bases in residential areas. Ukraine said that Amnesty international was blaming Ukraine for Russia’s invasion, and said that Ukrainian soldiers were in towns and cities to protect them from Russian attacks. Ukraine defence ministry also said that Russia doesn’t allow groups like Amnesty International to operate in its territory. Russia has been accused of deliberately firing its artillery from close to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, because it knows that Ukraine will not fire back in the same area, as it could cause a nuclear accident.

In Russia, the American basketball player Brittney Griner has been sentenced to 9 years in a penal colony, for attempting to smuggle drugs. A penal colony is a type of prison where prisoners are expected to do forced work. Griner was found with cannabis oil, which is legal in the US, but illegal in Russia. Some commentators say that Russia is using Griner to be able to use her in a prisoner swap with an important Russian prisoner in the US, such as Viktor Bout, a Russian weapons dealer, who has been in prison in the US for over ten years. US President Joe Biden said that Griner’s detention is “unacceptable”.

Americas

In Venezuela, a politician has been sentenced to 8 years in jail for trying to assassinate president Nicolas Maduro. On the 4th August 2018 a drone exploded when Maduro was speaking at a military parade, but no one was hurt. The family of Juan Requesens say that he was not involved in the plan and that he has been targeted because he is a critic of Maduro’s government.

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay have launched a joint bid to host the football world cup in 2030. Uruguay hosted the first ever world cup in 1930, and Chile and Argentina have both hosted once before.

In Mexico, 6 species of miniature frog have been discovered. Scientists say that they had not been found before because they live in dark areas of the forest, and because they are so small. They are all smaller than a Mexican peso.

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