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Monday 6th June 2022

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In Bangladesh at least 49 people have died and more injured after an explosion and fire at container depot in the city of Chittagong. Some firefighters and rescuers died as the explosion happened when they were trying to extinguish the fire. The explosion was so big that it was hear many kilometres away, and windows of nearby buildings were smashed. It is possible that the explosion was caused by chemicals in the depot.

In Hong Kong 6 people were arrested on Saturday as police tried to stop people from commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre. On the 4th July 1989 hundreds, or possibly thousands, of students and civilians were killed by the Chinese army, in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, however the event is censored in China and discussion about it is forbidden. In Hong Kong there has traditionally been commemorations of the event with hundreds of thousands of people attending, however, China has banned the event for the last three years and there were lots of police on the streets this weekend. In Taiwan there were public services.

Australia has criticised China for putting a military aeroplane in danger when a Chinese fighter plane moved close and released flares. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that this happened in international airspace over the South China sea...

“I can confirm that on the 26th May a RAAF P-8 maritime surveillance aircraft was intercepted by a Chinese J-16 fighter aircraft during what was a routine maritime surveillance activity in international airspace in the South China Sea region. The intercept resulted in a dangerous manoeuvre which did pose a safety threat to the P-8 aircraft and its crew.”

Kazakhstan is waiting for the results of a referendum held yesterday on a new constitution. President Kassym Tokayev promised that this new constitution takes power away from the president. Tokayev became president in 2019, after Nursultan Nazarbayev ruled Kazakhstan as a dictator for almost thirty years.

Africa

In Nigeria at least 50 people have died after men with guns entered a church in Ondo state. No group has claimed responsibility but some people were also kidnapped. President Muhamad Buhari promised to find the attackers.

In Tunisia judges are striking and protesting this week against interference by president Kais Saied. Last week Saied fired 57 judges after accusing them of corruption and in February he removed the supreme judicial council which regulated judicial independence. Next month Tunisia is expected to vote in a referendum to approve a new constitution, however some parties have told people to boycott the referendum.

Americas

In Peru there were protests against president Pedro Castillo this weekend. There have been many protests in Peru this year, with opposition parties criticising the government’s handling of the economy, and people complaining about rising prices.

In Bolivia archaeologists have found evidence of a large network of settlements underneath the Amazon rainforest. Archaeologists now believe that there was a system of towns and villages spread across hundreds or thousands of square kilometres of people that lived between 600 and 1500 years ago.

Europe

Ukraine’s capital city Kyiv was hit by Russian airstrikes this weekend, for the first time in five weeks. Mayor Vitaly Kitschko said that there were many explosions that mostly targeted railway infrastructure. Russia’s defence ministry said that the missiles had destroyed tanks and vehicles given to Ukraine by European countries. Ukrainian railway head Oleksandr Kamyshin said that there was no military equipment at the sites that were hit. There were no reports of deaths in Kyiv.

In the Eastern city of Severodonetsk Ukrainian counter-attacks have stopped Russian forces from taking control of the city. Russia almost captured the city last week, however, some reports now say that the city is split 50-50. There is also continuing fighting in Kharkiv, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions.

The United Kingdom has finished 4 days of national celebration to mark the Diamond jubilee of Queen Elizabeth 2nd - 70 years since she became Queen. On Saturday her son Prince Charles thanked The Queen on behalf of the world. He called her “mummy”...

“Your Majesty. Mummy. The scale of this evening’s celebration and the outpouring of warmth and affection over his whole jubilee weekend is our way of saying ‘thank you’ - thank you from your family, the country, the commonwealth, in fact the whole world...”

In Switzerland an albino Galapagos giant tortoise has been born, believed to be the only one in the world. Giant tortoises are normally grey and black but this one is white with red eyes. Having an albino Galapagos giant tortoise is extremely unlikely, because although the probability is around one in 100,000, there are only 20,000 tortoises in the world.

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