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Friday 7th January 2022

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In Kazakhstan protests have become more violent. The police have said that they killed “dozens” of people trying to enter administrative buildings and police departments and that 18 members of security forces have been killed. Russia has sent soldiers to Kazakhstan, after being requested by the Kazakh president Kassym Tokayev. The government resigned on Wednesday, however protesters are demanding the resignation of President Kassym Tokayev, and the end of the power of Nursutan Nazarbayev, who has practically ruled Kazakhstan since its independence from the USSR in 1991.

In India, most of the passengers on a flight from Italy have tested positive for coronavirus. This story from Khadija Tahir...

In the Indian city of Amritsar, 125 passengers on a flight from Italy have tested positive for COVID-19. The flight from Milan landed Wednesday afternoon after which the 160 passengers were tested. According to health officials, the 125 passengers who tested positive will be placed in isolation. Many Indian states have introduced measures to slow down the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. India reported over 90,000 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday - the highest number in 6 months.

In Australia, Serbian World Number One tennis player Novak Djokovic has had his visa denied. It was believed that Djokovic had a medical exemption to enter Australia despite not being vaccinated againt COVID19, however the Australian border force did not accept his medical exemption. Djokovic’s parents said that his treatment was a political attack on Serbia. And Serbian president Aleksander Vucic has accused Australia of mistreating Djokovic. Djokovic is currently in a coronavirus quarantine facility while he challenges the decision. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday that he supported the decision of the border force...

“Rules are rules, and there are no special cases...”

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal said yesterday that Djokovic knew the risks of coming to Australia unvaccinated...

“I believe in what the people who know<s> about medicine say, and if the people say that we need to get vaccinated - we need to get the vaccine. That’s my point of view you know, I went through the COVID, I have been vaccinated twice and if you do this you don’t have any problem to play here.”

Americas

In the United States, President Joe Biden spoke yesterday, on the first anniversary of the attack on The United States congress building. On the 6th January 2021, supporters of President Trump rioted in the congress building, after President Trump told them that he had actually won the election, and that they should “fight like hell”...

TRUMP: “And we fight - we fight like hell, and if you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country any more.”

5 people died during the riots, and 4 police officers committed suicide afterwards. Yesterday Biden said that Trump was the first president for 200 years, who did not allow a peaceful transition of power, and that he had put a dagger at the throat of democracy...

“I did not seek this fight, brought to this Capitol one year ago today. But I will not shrink from it either. I will defend this nation. And I will allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy. We will make sure the will of the people is heard. That the ballot prevails, not violence. That authority in this nation will always be previously transferred.”

Chile’s constitutional assembly has chosen a president. Maria Elisa Quinteros will be the head of the assembly which is re-writing the Chilean constitution, after a referendum in 2020 agreed that a new constitution should be written.

Europe

Italy has made it mandatory for everyone over 50 to receive a COVID19 vaccination. Vaccination was already obligatory for teachers and health workers. Austria is the only country in Europe to make COVID vaccination compulsory for all adults.

France has fined Google and Facebook €210 million euros for making it difficult for people to stop the companies from tracking their online activity. France’s national information commission, said that Google and Facebook made it complicated for people to refuse cookies.

Africa

In Sudan three people were killed in protests against military rule yesterday. Protesters don’t want the military to have any role in the governance of Sudan.

In Cameroon, the African Cup of Nations - the most important men’s football competition in Africa, will start on Sunday. The tournament was postponed from 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Algeria are the defending champions, however, hosts Cameroon, won the competition in 2017.

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