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Monday 9th August 2021

Asia

In Afghanistan the Taliban has gained control of 5 provincial capitals this weekend. Since May the Taliban has taken much of the countryside, however in the last 2 weeks they have been fighting in major cities. Over half of Afghanistan is now controlled by the Taliban. Three of the biggest cities in Afghanistan, Herat, Lashkar Gar and Kandahar, are all experiencing heavy fighting right now. Despite having removed most of its soldiers from Afghanistan, the United States is continuing air strikes on the Taliban. According to the International Organization for Migration 300,000 Afghans have been forced to leave their homes because of the fighting.

In Japan the Olympics finished yesterday. The United States won the most medals, followed by China, Japan and Great Britain. San Marino became the smallest country by population to ever win a medal at the Olympics. There are just 30,000 people in San Marino.

In India scientists have found that giving two doses of different COVID19 vaccines improves the immune response. People who received a combination of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine, known in India as Covishield, and the Indian developed Covaxin have developed a stronger immunity to COVID19 than people who received two doses of the same vaccine.

Americas

The United States senate is moving closer to passing an infrastructure package worth $1 trillion dollars. Republicans voted with Democrats this weekend to pass the bill. Democratic Senator Tom Carper said that the package was historic...

“The infrastructure, investment and jobs act includes among other provisions, the largest federal investment in public transit in history, the largest investment in clean drinking water and waste water infrastructure in history, the largest investment in clean energy transmission in history, the largest investment in climate resiliency in history, and the largest investment in transportation electrification in history.”

Colombian and Panamanian leaders are meeting today to discuss the crossing of migrants from Colombia to Panama. Thousands of migrants are currently stuck on the Colombian side of the border, where they are waiting for boats to take them to Panama. The migrants are from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti and some African countries, and most are trying to reach The United States.

Africa

In Mozambique the port city Mocimboa da Praia has been recaptured by government forces a year after being taken by islamist jihadists. The Rwandan military has been helping Mozambique to regain control of territory in the Cabo Delgado region.

In Zimbabwe, the United Nations has criticised the practice of child marriage. The UN made a statement after the death of a 14 year old girl after she gave birth. The UN said that one in three girls in Zimbabwe marry before they are 18.

Europe

In France from today it is necessary to show a health-pass to enter restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces. People will be required to show that they are vaccinated against COVID19 or have taken a recent test. Last week 200,000 people protested against the health pass, however surverys have shown that most people support the idea. President Emmanuel Macron has said that the health pass will protect people’s freedoms.

Greece is continuing to fight wildfires. Evia, the second-largest island in Greece has two major fires burning now, and thousands of people have been evacuated from the island. Firefighting planes are being used and ten countries have sent help.

In Spain, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi cried while talking to reporters about leaving Barcelona. Often called the best player in the world, Messi suggested yesterday that he may play for the French team Paris Saint Germain...

Today I have to say goodbye to all this. I spent so many years here - all my life. I arrived when I was 13.

In the United Kingdom, Barbie has made a doll of scientist Sarah Gilbert. Gilbert was the co-creator of the Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine. Gilbert said that she hopes that more little girls will be interested in science.

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