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Monday 25th July 2022

Europe

In Turkey, Russia and Ukraine have signed a deal to allow grain exports to restart from Ukrainian ports. The United Nations has said that the deal could save the lives of tens of millions of people around the world, who depend on Ukrainian grain. UN Chief Antonio Guterres said that it was an agreement for the world...

“This initiative must be fully implemented because the world so desperately needs it to tackle the global food crisis.”

The deal promises the safe passage of ships to and from the port of Odessa and other ports. However, on Saturday, the day after the deal was signed, The Russian army hit the port of Odessa with missiles. Russia said that it had hit military targets in Odessa, however Ukrainian politicians have said that civilian buildings were hit.

Yesterday Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia was aiming for regime change in Ukraine, something that he had denied in the past. Ukraine says that it will liberate the Kherson region by September. Most of the Kherson region has been under Russian occupation since March. Canada said yesterday that a Canadian volunteer had been killed in Ukraine. On Saturday the US said that 2 US citizens had been killed in the Donbass region. The United Nations say that 9.5 million people have left Ukraine since Russia invaded on the 24th February, making it the biggest refugee crisis in the world since the partition of India in 1947.

Spain has now recorded over 3,500 cases of monkeypox, more than any other country. Germany, France, the UK and the US have also reported more than a thousand cases. This weekend, The World Health Organization declared monkeypox a “global health emergency”. Over 17,000 cases have now been reported in 75 countries. Most cases are in gay men. There is no vaccine for monkeypox but some countries are using the smallpox vaccine, which has been shown to be quite effective against monkeypox. WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom said that not enough is known about the virus...

“I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern. We have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in international health regulations”.

Hungary’s president Viktor Orban has been criticised by opposition politicians and other European politicians for talking about “race mixing”. In a speech on Saturday, Orban said that Hungarians should not become a mixed race, and said that European countries that had allowed non-Europeans to settle are “no longer nations”.

Asia

In Palestine Israeli forces killed 2 men in the West Bank. Israel called the men terrorists, and a militant group called the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s brigade confirmed that they were members. There were also reports yesterday that the Israeli army fired at a fishing boat close to Gaza, saying that it was carrying supplies for Hamas, and refused to stop.

In Japan a volcano has erupted on the island of Kyushu. Some residents have been told to leave their homes after the eruption of Sakurajima volcano.

In China the Chinese Paddlefish has been declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The Chinese paddlefish lived in the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, but it had not been seen for over ten years. The IUCN blamed overfishing and the construction of dams for the extinction.

Africa

In Tunisia there is a referendum today asking people if they support a new constitution. If passed, the new constitution will give more power to President Kais Saied, and opposition groups say that it will bring a return to autocracy in Tunisia.

In Gabon the former director of the Gabon Oil company has been sentenced to 12 years in jail for corruption. Christian Patrichi Tanasa and his deputy Jeremie Ayong were both found guilty of illegally extracting money from Gabon’s state energy company.

Americas

In the United States, former President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon has been convicted of failing to provide information to congress. Bannon refused to appear before the congress committee which is investigating the attack on Congress on January 6th last year. Bannon could receive time in prison, however he will appeal. The committee has also released a video which shows Trump telling his staff that he doesn’t want to say that the election is over, when recording a speech the day after the attack...

“But this election is not over. Congress has certified the results...

- I don’t want to say the election is over. I just want to say congress has certified the results, without saying that the election is over, OK?”

At a Republican rally this weekend, Trump called the committee “corrupt” and “a hoax”.

In the Bahamas 16 people for Haiti have died as their boat capsized when trying to reach the Bahamas. Bahamas police said that they had rescued 21 people. The number of Haitian migrants trying to reach the Bahamas has increased recently.

In Argentina, Diego Maradona’s football boots will be sent into space. Maradona, who died in 2020, will have his boots and messages recorded by his fans launched on a satellite, named the Barrilete Cosmico, or Cosmic Kite, a nickname for Maradona.

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