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Monday 30th May 2022

Americas

In the United States there has been criticism of the police force in Texas that responded to the shooting at a school last week, that killed 19 children and two teachers. Steven McCraw, the Texas director of Public safety, said that it was the wrong decision for police to not try to enter the school earlier. Vice President Kamala Harris has called for a ban on assault weapons. At the funeral of a victim of a different mass shooting, in New York, Harris said “Enough is enough”...

“Enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear.”

Speaking at the The National Rifle Association conference, former president Donald Trump said that it would make schools safer if teachers had guns...

“And that’s why as part of a comprehensive school safety plan its time to finally allow highly trained teachers to safely and discreetly, concealed-carry. Let them concealed-carry... But the existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens who know how to use their weapon and can protect a lot of people. The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens.”

The United States is the only country in the world where there are more guns than people.

Colombia held a presidential election yesterday. At the time of recording this podcast votes are being counted. Presidents are limited to only one term in Colombia, so president Ivan Duque was not a candidate. Opinion polls have shown that former left-wing guerrilla leader Gustavo Petro may win the most votes.

Africa

Rwanda’s opposition leader has criticised the United Kingdom for a plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. The UK government has made a deal with the Rwandan government, in which some people who enter the UK illegally will be sent to Rwanda and flights are expected t ostart next month. However, opposition leader Victoire Umuhoza, says that Rwanda is a dictatorship, with a bad record on human rights. Umuhoza was jailed for 8 years and rights groups have said that she did not have a fair trial. Paul Kagame has been president of Rwanda since 1994 and international organizations have said that elections in Rwanda are not free and fair.

In Nigeria a stampede has killed over 30 people. The police said that the stampede was caused by overcrowding in a church charity event.

Europe

In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kharkiv, the second largest city in Ukraine, this weekend. Kharkiv has been under constant attack since Russia started its invasion in February, and Ukraine says that over 600 civilians have died in Kharkiv. The Russian army has been pushed further away from Kharkiv in the last few weeks.

In The Donetsk region, the Russian army captured the town of Lyman this weekend and is continuing to try to capture the city of Severodonetsk. Zelensky said yesterday that all important infrastructure in Severodonetsk has been destroyed. Its expected that around 100 Ukrainian soldiers are dying each day in the Donbass area, and that for every one Ukrainian soldier fighting there are 7 Russian soldiers fighting. There were also reports yesterday of Russian bombs in northern Ukraine, including Sumy and Chernihiv, which Ukraine recaptured last month. In the Kherson and Zaporishia regions, which have mostly been under Russian occupation for two months, Russia has made it easier for people to apply for Russian citizenship. In an interview with the BBC, Andrei Kelin, Russia’s ambassador to the UK, said that war crimes in the town of Bucha were a ‘fabrication’. In Lithuania people have raised money to buy a military drone to donate to Ukraine, raising €5 million euros in three days.

In Switzerland, the World Health Organization has said that an outbreak of monkeypox can be stopped using mild measures. In Europe there have been hundreds of cases of monkeypox detected in the last few weeks, and cases have also been found in the United States, Canada, Australia, Mexico and Argentina. There have not been any reported deaths.

Asia

In China, Michelle Bachalet, the United Nations head of Human rights, has said that China should review its counter-terrorism policies. There are believed to be over a million Uygher Muslims kept in camps in China’s Xinjiang province. China says that the camps are used for re-education and that people are not forced to stay there, however some countries have called the situation “genocide”. Bachalet said that fighting terrorism does not allow China to violate human rights...

“Violent acts of extremism have terrible, serious impact on the lives of victims, including those tasked to protect the community, but it is critical that counter-terrorism responses do not result in human rights violations...”

In Nepal a flight has gone missing. The small plane carrying 22 people lost contact with air traffic control in a mountainous area.

And in Pakistan a sister has been reunited with her brothers for the first time in 75 years. During the partition of India in 1947 Mumtaz Bibi was left in Pakistan, when most of her family moved to India. The Sikh family has now been reunited as Bibi’s two brothers crossed the border to visit her, after finding her on social media.

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