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Monday 2nd May 2022

Europe

In Ukraine, The United Nations has helped some civilians to escape the steel factory in Mariupol, which is the last place in Mariupol which is controlled by Ukrainian soldiers. Journalists have not been in Mariupol for weeks because it was too dangerous and most of the city has been completely destroyed by Russian bombs. The Red Cross has described Mariupol as ‘apocalyptic’. Before Russia invaded Ukraine over 400,000 people lived in Mariupol, however, now only 100,000 people are still in the city, and there is a severe shortage of food and medicine. Ukraine says that thousands of civilians have died in Mariupol since the Russian invasion. Mariupol was strategically important for the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s justification for invading Ukraine, as it is home to the Azov Battalion, which has historically been associated with neo-nazis, however, most international observers say that the actual number of neo-nazis is probably very small.

United States speaker of congress Nancy Pelosi visited the Ukrainian capital Kyiv this weekend. Pelosi, who is 82, said thank you to Ukrainian people and said that the US would support Ukraine until the fight was done...

“We believe that we a re visiting you to say thank you for your fight for freedom - that we are on a frontier of freedom and that your fight is a fight for everyone. And so our commitment is to be there for you until the fight is done...”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that Russia was mocking the United Nations by hitting Kyiv with rockets during the visit of UN chief Antonio Guterres. These were the first rockets to hit Kyiv in two weeks and hit a residential area where one person died. In the Vatican City yesterday Pope Francis called the war in Ukraine a “regression” during his Sunday mass, and said that it makes him suffer and cry.

Montenegro has a new Prime Minister. Dritan Abazovic is from the ethnic Albanian minority in Montenegro. After the previous coalition fell apart, Abazovic has formed a new coalition of pro-European and Pro-Serbian parties. Abazovic has said that priorities are fighting corruption and trying to join the European Union.

Americas

In Canada four trainee soldiers have died after their car drove into water in Ontario. In a seperate accident, also in Ontario, a helicopter crash also killed 4 people.

The British Virgin Islands will return to direct rule from the United Kingdom after Premier Andrew Fahie was arrested in the United States. Fahie is accused of drug trafficking. UK foreign secretary Liz Truss said that a period of direct rule from the UK is necessary to make legislative and constitutional changes. 30,000 people live in the British Virgin Islands.

Ecuador has declared a state of emergency in three provinces because of gang violence. President Guillermo Lasso has said that thousands of police and soldiers will be used to control areas linked to the drug trade.

The United States has now reported a million deaths related to COVID19, although the number of daily deaths is the lowest it has been since the start of the pandemic. This weekend chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci said that the United States will not reach a classical herd immunity to the coronavirus...

“We’ve had Alpha, Beta, Delta, Omicron, BA-2, BA-4, BA-5, so its very difficult to really get a strong classical herd immunity when you have immunity that wanes and a virus that in fact does not stay stable. We’re not going to get classical herd immunity with SARS-COVID-2

And also in the United States President Joe Biden spoke at the White House journalists dinner on the weekend. Biden made a joke about former president Donald Trump by saying that the United States had suffered a terrible plague, and then had COVID19....

Africa

In Cameroon and Nigeria joint military forces say they have killed 20 Boko Haram fighters in the Lake Chad area. A coalition of forces from Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger and Chad have been fighting the islamist jihadist group together since 2015.

In South Africa former President Jacob Zuma tried to give state assets to his business partners, according to a new report. A judge has released a 1000 page document that claims to show how Zuma tried to give away billions of dollars worth of state assets.

Asia

In China at least 23 people are trapped after a building collapsed in Changsha city in Hunan. 9 people have been arrested.

In Armenia there were large protests this weekend against the governments settlement with Azerbaijan. After a short war in 2020 Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to pass control of part of the Karabakh region to Azerbaijan. Opposition parties have criticised this decision and protests this weekend called for Pashinyan to resign.

And in Australia, Kylie Minogue will return to the television series Neighbours for its final episode. Minogue is the highest-selling Australian singer ever, however, she became famous in the 1980s for her role on the show Neighbours. She was last on the programme in 1988.

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