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Friday 8th July 2022

Europe

In the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has resigned as Prime Minister. Between Tuesday and yesterday 50 members of the government resigned, and many others told him that he had to resign. Many members of the Conservative party said that there had been too many controversies while Boris Johnson was Prime Minister, including parties during coronavirus lockdowns, and bad behaviour by important Conservatives. Boris Johnson has said that he would like to continue as Prime Minister until a new leader of the Conservative party is chosen, however, many senior members have said that someone else should be chosen as an interim Prime Minister. In a speech yesterday, Johnson said that he wanted to continue, and said that he had won a great majority in parliament in 2019, but that the conservative politicians around him made it impossible for him to continue. Johnson listed the achievements of his government, and said that the UK will continue to support Ukraine after a new leader is found....

“And of course I’m immensely proud of the achievements of this government, from getting Brexit done, to settling our relations with the continent for over half a century, reclaiming the power for this country to make its own laws in parliament, getting us all through the pandemic, delivering the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe, the fastest exit from lockdown, and in the last few months, leading the West in standing up to Putin’s aggression in Ukraine. And let me say now, to the people of Ukraine, that I know that we in the UK will continue to back your fight for freedom for as long as it takes...”

Johnson said that being Prime Minister was the best job in the world...

”...and I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world, but them’s the breaks.”

In Ukraine, yesterday Russian armed forces bombed areas of the Donetsk region, and civilian deaths were confirmed in Kramatorsk and Slovyansk. Yesterday The Russian army also combed Kharkiv region, Sumy region, Dnipro region, Zaporizhzhia region, Mykolaiv region, Kherson region, Odessa region and Snake Island, which Russia abandoned last week. Yesterday Russian president Vladimir Putin said that Russia was “just getting started” in Ukraine, and said that if The West wants to beat Russia on the battlefield then “let them try.”

Africa

In Kenya a court has frozen more than $40 million dollars in accounts that belong to the Nigerian company Flutterwave. Flutterwave is a payment platform, similar to paypal, which is popular in Africa. Kenya’s high court is investigating Flutterwave for money laundering

Tunisian Tennis player Ons Jabeur has become the first African to ever reach the final of a grand slam tournament. Jabeur will play against Kazakhstani Elena Rybakina tomorrow.

Americas

In Mexico, inflation has hit the highest rate in 21 years. Prices for consumers were almost 8% higher in June compared to June 2021.

In Antigua and Barbuda the high court has said that a law that prohibits same-sex activity is unconstitutional. The high court ruling essentially makes homosexuality legal in Antigua and Barbuda.

Brazil has sent the Italian gang member Rocco Morabito back to Italy. Morabito was known as the “Cocaine King of Milan” and lived in South America for many years until he was captured in Brazil in May. He will serve a 30 years prison sentence in Italy.

Asia

China is the biggest threat to the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the CIA and FBI. The head of the American intelligence agency the FBI and the British intelligence agency MI5, have given a media conference together for the first time. Christopher Wray of the FBI said that the Chinese government was trying to steal technology...

“We consistently see that it is the Chinese Government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security... The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology. Whatever it is that makes your industry tick, and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market.

MI5 director, Ken McCallum said that the idea that China developing economically would also give more freedom to its people, had failed....

“The widespread Western assumption that growing prosperity within China and increasing connectivity with the West, would automatically lead to greater political freedom, has, I’m afraid been shown to be plain wrong. But the Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Not to emulate them, sadly, but to use them for its gain.”

And in Pakistan, a baby goat has very long ears. Here’s Khadija Tahir...

In Pakistan, a baby goat with very long years has gone viral on social media. The goat named Simba, which was born last month in the city of Karachi, has ear over 50 centimetres long. Simba has appeared on both national and international television and even won a beauty contest. Its owner has now approached the Guinness world record to see if Simba can be included in a new category.

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