Monday 18th July 2022


Many countries in Europe are experiencing a heatwave right now. France, Spain, Greece, Portugal and Morocco are fighting forest fires. Today or tomorrow. the United Kingdom is expected to reach temperatures over 40’C for the first time ever.

In Greece a cargo plane traveling from Serbia to Bangladesh has crashed. Serbia’s defence minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said that the plane was Ukrainian but was carrying Serbian-made weapons that had been bought by the Bangladeshi government. There are videos filmed by local people which seem to show the plane on fire before crashing to the ground. The Ukrainian foreign ministry said that 8 Ukrainian crew members died.

In Ukraine Russian missiles hit industrial centres and a shipbuilding centre in Mykolaiv yesterday. The Russian army also bombed many other areas of North, East and South Ukraine. Yesterday a funeral was held for Liza Dmyriyeva, a four year old girl who was killed by a Russian missile in the city of Vinnytsya in central Ukraine last week.

In Hungary there have been 5 days of protests against tax changes. Protesters say that a new law will badly affect small businesses


In Sudan fighting between tribes has killed at least 65 people according to the health ministry. The Hausa and Birta ethnic groups have been fighting in the Blue Nile State.

Zambia has sent a Chinese man to Malawi after a request by Malawi for his arrest. Lu Ke is a resident of Malawi and is accused of racism and child exploitation for making personalised videos using Malawian children.

In Mali 6 people have been killed in an attack near Bamako. There is often fighting between government forces and rebel groups in the north of Mali, but it is rare for there to be attacks near Bamako, in the southwest.


The United States house of representatives has passed legislation to protect the right to travel for an abortion. The bill is not expected to pass in the senate where there is a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans. Since the right to an abortion was removed by the Supreme Court last month, over ten states have passed laws that criminalize traveling to another state to receive an abortion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats will continue to fight for the right to abortion...

“Democrats will not stop ferociously defending freedom for women and for every American.”

Mexican police have arrested the drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. Quintero was a leader of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s and has been wanted by the United States for the murder of a US drug enforcement officer in 1985. During his arrest a helicopter crashed, killing 14 people. This appears to be an accident.


In Saudi Arabia Prince Mohammaed Bin Salman welcomed US president Joe Biden this weekend. Before becoming president, Biden said that Saudi Arabia should be made a “pariah”, which means outcast, after American intelligence said that Bin Salman ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Biden was aiming to mend the alliance with Saudi Arabia and improve relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, however Biden also said that he holds Bin Salman responsible for Khashoggi’s murder...

“He basically said that he was not personally responsible for it. I indicated that I thought he was...”

In Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has been sworn in as interim president, after the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Speaker of parliament Mahinda Abeywardena said that a new president would be chosen by parliament within a week.

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Prime Minister Min Aung Hlaing is in Russia talking to leaders from Russia’s defence and energy ministries. Myanmar has been ruled by a military junta since a coup d’etat last year.

And India will overtake China as the most populated country in the world next year, according to a report by the United Nations. Both India and China are expected to have 1.4 billion people. The world is expected to pass 8 billion people on November 15th.

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