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Monday 23rd May 2022

Asia

In Bangladesh and India floods are affecting millions of people, and at least 50 people are reported to have died. Flooding is common in Bangladesh and India’s Assam state, where land is low, however some experts say that climate change is making floods more common. Some reports say that in Bangladesh around 2 million people have had their homes flooded in the last few days. In Assam, 850,000 people have been affected by floods. There have also been deaths reported in India’s Bihar State.

South Korean president Yoon Suk-Yeol welcomed United States President Joe Biden this weekend. When asked about North Korea, Biden said that North Korea must stop its attempts to develop nuclear weapons, but said that the US has offered to give COVID19 vaccines to North Korea...

“The answer is yes, we’ve offered vaccines - not only to North Korea but to China as well and we are prepared to do that immediately. We’ve got no response. With regard to whether with the leader of North Korea, that would depend on whether he was sincere and he was serious.”

In Iran a senior member of Revolutionary guard has been assassinated. Colonel Hassan Khodayari was shot by men on a motorbike outside his home in Tehran yesterday. There has not been a claim of responsibility and state media said that the attackers were being tracked.

Australia held a general election on Saturday. At the time of recording this podcast only 72% of votes have been declared, however, it is clear that the Labour party will win the most seats in parliament. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resigned as the leader of the Liberal party and has admitted defeat...

“I’ve always believed in Australians and their judgement. And I’ve always been prepared to accept their verdicts. And tonight they have delivered their verdict and I congratulate Anthony Albanese and the Labour party and I wish him and his government all the very best.”

Anthony Albanese will become Prime Minister as leader of the Labour party...

“My Labour team will work every day to bring Australians together and I will lead a government worthy of the people of Australia. A government as courageous and hard-working and caring as the Australian people are themselves”.

Europe

In Ukraine today is the 89th day of the Russian invasion. Yesterday Russian airstrikes hit the southern City of Mykolaiv and many parts of the Donbass area. There is a lot of fighting around the city of Severodonetsk and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence has said that Severodonetsk is a top priority for Russia. Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second biggest city has also been bombed this weekend, despite Russian forces being pushed away from the city last week. All the Ukrainian soldiers who were inside the steel factory in Mariupol have now surrendered.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has said that he is ready to restart peace talks, however Ukraine will not accept any ceasefire with Russia that includes giving territory to Russia. Poland’s president Andrzej Duda was in Ukraine this weekend, where he became the first foreign leader to speak in Ukraine’s parliament since Russia invaded. Duda said that the Russian army should leave Ukraine, that Ukraine should not give land to Russia and that only Ukraine should decide its future.

Russia has stopped all gas exports to Finland because Finland refused to pay for gas using Roubles. Most of Finland’s gas comes from Russia, however Finland only uses gas for 5% of its energy, and Finland has said that it will use other sources of energy.

The United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain have all reported at least 20 cases of the disease monkeypox in the last few days. There has also been at least one case reported in 9 other European countries and Canada, The United States and Australia. Monkeypox is endemic in Africa, however this is the biggest ever outbreak outside of Africa. Experts have said that monkeypox is not highly contagious, and that the smallpox vaccine is effective against monkeypox.

Africa

In Nigeria four people have died after a building collapsed during heavy rain. A rescue operation is continuing in Lagos.

In Ethiopia the Tigray People’s Liberation Front has said that it will release over 4,000 prisoners of war, including 400 women. There has been a civil war in Ethiopia between Tigray forces and the Ethiopian army since 2020, however there has been a ceasefire since March. The United Nations is delivering food to Tigray, where millions of people are struggling to eat.

Americas

The United States is receiving baby formula from Europe, to help the US manage a shortage of the supplement powdered milk..

And Peru may receive some ancient shrunken heads from Turkey. The small human heads were found during a police raid in the Turkish city of Izmir, however archaeologists have said that they probably come from Peru, where some tribes practised shrinking heads.

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