Monday 4th July 2022


In Ukraine, Russia says that it now controls all of the Luhansk Oblast region after capturing the city of Lysychansk. Russian State media company TASS reported yesterday that Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that all of the Luhansk People’s Republic had been “liberated”, and Ukraine’s military said that it had withdrawn its forces from Lysychansk to save their lives. After failing to capture the capital Kyiv, in March, Russia said that its main focus would be on the Donbas region, which is made of the Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts. Russia now controls around three-quarters of the Donbass, where it recognizes local separatists as the legitimate governments.

On Friday a Russian missile hit an apartment building in the southern city of Odessa, killing at least 19 people, including children. Yesterday at least 6 people were killed in an attack on the town of Slovyansk. In Russia there are reports that a Ukrainian missile hit the city of Belgorod. 4 people were killed according to the governor of Belgorod Oblast. Belarus’s president Alexander Lukashenko has said that Ukraine fired missiles into Belarus last week, however Ukraine denies this. Yesterday Australia’s Prime Minister visited areas of Ukraine close to Kyiv, that Russian forces occupied for most of March before retreating. Anthony Albanese said that Russia had committed war crimes...

In Denmark there was a shooting in a shopping centre yesterday. Police said that several people had died and the attacker had been arrested.

In the United Kingdom and across Europe there were gay pride events this weekend. In London one million people attended for the 50th anniversary of the celebration.


In the United States the state of New York has passed new laws restricting the right to carry guns in some specific public places, including Times Square. Recently New York State tried to ban carrying guns in all public places, however the Supreme Court of the United States said that this was unconstitutional.

Also in the United States the stock market has had its worst start to the year since 1970. The S&P 500 index fell by 20% since January. Stock markets in Europe and Asia have also fallen sharply. Many countries are raising interest rates to try to slow inflation.

Argentina’s economy minister, Martin Guzman has resigned. Argentina has an inflation rate of 60% annually, one of the highest in the world. In a letter of resignation to president Alberto Fernandez, Guzman said that the government was divided on Argentina’s economic future.


In Sudan there was an increase in protests this weekend 9 people died according to Reuters news agency. This year there have been almost weekly protests in Khartoum against the military, which took power in a coup d’etat in October last year.

In Libya there have also been more protests this weekend. People protested in Tripoli and in Benghazi against the two rival governments that are based there. Protesters are demanding that both governments resign and that elections are held across Libya.

Mali has had the economic sanctions on it removed after an agreement with ECOWAS the Economic Community of West African States. ECOWAS agreed to remove the sanctions because the military government agreed to a two-year transition to democracy.


In Uzbekistan, there were large protests in the Western Republic of Karakalpakstan. People are protesting a possible change to the constitution which, they say, would take away Karakalpakstan’s autonomy. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that people had died in the protests, but didn’t say how many. A referendum is planned, to ask Uzbeks if they want to change the constitution. Opposition groups say that Mirziyoyev wants the constitution change so that he would be able to run for president twice more.

And in Singapore a new beer has been released made using sewage water. NewBrew is made using ingredients from Europe and using waste water that is highly filtered and treated with ultraviolet light, so that it passes drinking water guidelines of the World Health Organization. NewBrew says that its beer has been so popular that it has sold out in some restaurants where it was on tap.

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