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Monday 22nd November 2021


Americas

“We the jury find the defendent Kyle H Rittenhouse not guilty.”

In the United States there have been protests and riots against the not-guilty verdict of Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse killed two people last year during police brutality protests. He said that he shot people in self-defence, and the jury believed that this was true. Polls have shown that most Republican voters think that Rittenhouse is not guilty of murder, however most Democrat voters think that Rittenhouse is guilty of murder. President Joe Biden said that he stands by the decision of the jury.

Also in the United States, Vice President Kamala Harris has become the first woman to be acting president. Harris was given presidential power for 85 minutes, while President Joe Biden was having a health check.

Chile had a general election yesterday. Polls show that the two top candidates for president are Gabriel Boric, a left-wing congressman and Jose Antonio Kast a former congressman who is generally described as far-right. If no candidate receives over half of votes, then there will be a second round in December.

Venezuela held regional elections yesterday. This was the first time in 4 years that Venezuela’s main opposition parties have agreed to participate in elections.

Europe

In the United Kingdom hundreds of refugees are arriving in small boats every day. 25,000 refugees have crossed the English channel from France this year. It is believed that at least ten people have died when trying to reach the UK in the last few weeks.

Austria has become the first country in Europe to make COVID19 vaccinations compulsory for everyone. The only other countries in the world to make COVID19 vaccinations mandatory for adults are Indonesia, Micronesia and Turkmenistan. Today Austria has entered its fourth lockdown, which chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has said will last at least ten days. In the UK, health secretary Sajid Javid has said in an interview with the BBC that mandatory vaccinations will not happen in the UK...

“Taking a vaccine should be a positive choice. It should be something that if people are a bit reluctant, that we should work with them and encourage them so with the exception of what we’ve done for example in health care and social care which is very different - you are choosing to work with vulnerable people - in terms of requiring mandatory vaccination for the general population - I don’t think that that is something we would ever look at.”

In the Netherlands there have been violent protests against COVID19 restrictions. Maya Dil reports...

In the Netherlands, police have shot and wounded at least 3 people when a protest in Rotterdam turned into riots. The protests were against new Covid-19 measures. Seven people were injured and at least 20 arrested in what Rotterdam's mayor called "an orgy of violence". The 2G measures would allow only people who are vaccinated or have recovered from COVID to enter restaurants, cinemas, churches, and other spaces. There were also large protests in Amsterdam.

Africa

In Sudan Abdalla Hamdok has been reinstated as Prime Minister, one month after being removed by the military. Yesterday, Hamdok said that he had reached an agreement with army leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan to share power in order to stop violence. However, protests continued yesterday in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, as protesters continue to ask for full civilian rule. A 16 year old boy was killed by security forces during protests.

In Uganda police have killed at least 5 people accused of being part of an extremist group responsible for suicide bombings last week. The jihadists were killed in a confrontation with police on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nigerian pop start Davido has raised over $400,000 dollars in three days by asking his fans to send him money. Davido said in a tweet that he needed to pay for his car to pass through a port, and gave his bank account details.

Asia

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has told the president of the Olympic committee that she is safe and well. There were concerns for Peng after she wasn’t seen or heard from in public for two weeks after she claimed to have been sexually assaulted by China’s former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli. Peng made the allegation on Chinese social network Weibo, however, it was quickly deleted and China has censored the topic within China. Most foreign news websites are blocked in China, as well as Facebook, Google and Wikipedia.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that controversial new farm laws will be repealed. Farmers have been protesting for more than a year against changes to farming laws that they say take power away from farmers. Around 60% of Indian workers work in the agriculture industry.

And also in India a man who was declared dead was later found to be alive. The 40 year old man was hit by a motorbike, and was declared dead by doctors in Utter Pradesh. He then spent 7 hours in a freezer in the morgue, however when his family went to identify his body, they realised that he was breathing.

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