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Monday 1st March 2021

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In Myanmar at least 18 people were killed this weekend in protests, according to The United Nations Human Rights office. Protests have continued non-stop since a military coup d’etat which took power one month ago. The United Nations Human Rights office said that police and military forces use lethal force against protesters. There were reports of violence in Rangoon, the largest city, Mandalay, the second city, and many other parts of Myanmar. The Burmese military has ignored international criticism. They say that it was right to take power, because of election fraud in November’s general election

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gave the orders for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , according to a new report from the United States. Khashoggi was killed in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. In November 2018 the CIA concluded that Prince Bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi’s murder. In 2019 while campaigning to become president, Joe Biden said that he would stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, if this were true.

“Khashoggi was in fact murdered and dismembered, and I believe , in the order of the Crown Prince, and I would make it very clear - we were not going to in fact sell more weapons to them...” On Saturday Biden said that he spoke to King Salman, and talked about the importance of human rights.

Iran has said that now is not the time to start talks with the United States about the 2015 Nuclear deal. US President Joe Biden has recently said that Iran must first comply with the 2015 deal for economic sanctions against Iran to be stopped. However yesterday Iran said that the US must lift sanctions first. The White House said that it was ‘disappointed’.

Americas

El Salvador held elections yesterday. President Nayib Bukele’s New Ideas party is expected to win the most seats in the legislative assembly.

Ecuador’s health minister has resigned over the allocation of coronavirus vaccines. Juan Carlos Zevallos stepped down during an investigation into the mishandling of the vaccine programme. Last month the health ministers of Peru and Argentina resigned after being accused of helping people to jump the queue for vaccinations.

Africa

In Nigeria there has been another mass-kidnapping of school students. This report from Maya Dil...

In Nigeria, the parents of 317 abducted school girls are waiting for news about their daughters. The girls were kidnapped by around 100 gunmen from their school in Zamfara state on Friday. The police are working with the military to search the forest. The government has denied rumours that the girls have been found. In recent years there have been many kidnappings from schools in Nigeria.

In a different school kidnapping in Niger State 42 people were released on Saturday, - one week after being kidnapped. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the government is fighting all types of criminals...

“The government will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizen across the country. Criminals are criminals and will be dealt with accordingly.”

In Chad, a candidate for president has said that his house was attacked yesterday and his family members were killed. Yaya Dillo said to French Radio station RFI yesterday that his mother and son were killed by government forces. The Chadian government said that they were trying to arrest Dillo but people began shooting from the house.

Cote d’Ivoire has become the second country to receive COVID19 vaccinations from the COVAX scheme. COVAX, which is led by the World Health Organization, is planning to deliver 2 billion doses of vaccine to 90 countries this year. Cote d’Ivoire will start vaccinations today.

Europe

Czechia has ordered Russia’s Sputnik V COVID19 vaccine, president Milos Zeman said yesterday. Czech politicians have blamed the European Union for slow access to vaccines. Zeman said that Czechia would not wait for the Sputnik vaccine to be approved by the EU medecine regulator.

And in Italy archaeologists have found an ancient Roman chariot buried near Pompeii. Officials have said that the chariot is extremely well preserved. It is made of iron, bronze and tin, and was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79.

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