In Bolivia former president Jeanine Añez has been sentenced to ten years in jail, after a court found her guilty of a coup d’etat against former president Evo Morales. Morales was president for 13 years, and in 2016 there was a referendum in which Bolivians were asked if they wanted to allow a president to run for a third term in office. Bolivians rejected the proposal, however, in 2019 Morales ran for presidency again anyway, as the supreme court said that there should not be any term limits. Morales was declared the winner of the 2019 election, however, there were allegations of fraud and weeks of protests against Morales. The police and military then stopped supporting Morales and Jeanine Añez, the second vice president of the senate, became interim president. Supporters of Morales called this a coup, and protests against Añez then started. Añez continued as interim president until new elections were held in 2020. Luis Arce, won the presidency, as a member of the political party of Evo Morales, MAS. Opponents of Morales and MAS, say that Añez is a political prisoner. Opponents of Añez say that she was the leader of a coup, and that she misused her power while she was interim president.
In the United States, hearings are continuing related to the attack on the congress building last year by supporters of former president Donald Trump. President Joe Biden said that Americans deserved to understand what happened...
“It is important that the American people understand what truly happened and to understand that the same forces that lead January 6th remain at work today. It is about democracy itself. We have to protect our democracy...”
Kenya is restarting its Khat trade with Somalia. Khat is a leaf that is chewed in parts of East Africa which has a stimulant effect, and it is illegal in the European Union and some other countries. Somalia stopped importing Khat in 2020 during diplomatic problems with Kenya.
Tanzania has signed a deal to extract natural gas with the Norwegian company Equinor and the British company shell. The project is expected t ocost $30 billion dollars, and will see Tanzania export liquified natural gas by 2030.
In Ukraine there is intense fighting in the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk. Russia is using a much bigger number of soldiers and weapons than Ukraine has to slowly capture more land around Severodonetsk. There are reports that hundred of civilians are hiding at a chemical plant in Severodonetsk, which caught fire yesterday because of Russian bombs. Russian state media said that cruise missiles had been used to destroy weapons given to Ukraine by Western countries in the Ternopil region. Russia has started giving Russian passports to people in 2 Southern regions of Ukraine that it is occupying, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia. There have been reports of anti-Russia attacks in some occupied areas, however this is difficult to verify.
A former British soldier has died in Ukraine. The family of Jordan Gatley said that he travelled to Ukraine in March to volunteer to fight against Russian forces, and that he was been killed in the city of Severedonetsk. Gatley’s family said that they were proud of him and the he was a hero. Thousands of foreigners are believed to have travelled to Ukraine to help Ukrainian forces, however it is difficult to know how many are fighting now. UK defence minister Ben Wallace visited President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv this weekend.
Around 20,000 Ukrainians have travelled to Georgia as refugees. This is because they were left in Russian controlled areas of Ukraine, and the only way they could escape was to enter Russia and then travel on to Georgia. In Georgia many of these Ukrainians have told journalists that men and women were separated and they were interrogated for hours or days.
In Russia McDonald’s restaurants have re-opened with a new owner and a new name. In May McDonald’s decided to stop operating in Russia because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. All 850 restaurants have been bought by the businessman Alexandar Govor, and 15 in Moscow have started operating with the name “Tasty and that’s it”.
In France there were parliamentary elections yesterday. Most opinion polls show a left wing coalition and President Emmanuel Macron´s Republique en Marche party winning a similar number of seats in parliament.
In India there has been violence between Hindus and Muslims which has left two people dead in Eastern India. Muslims have been protesting recently after comments about the Muslim prophet Muhammad by two politicians from the ruling BJP party. The BJP has suspended the politicians but protesters want them to be arrested.
Thailand’s government is giving away one million marijuana plants to encourage the growth of cannabis for commercial reasons. Thailand decriminalised marijuana last week.
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