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Thursday 12th May 2022

Europe


Russian and Ukrainian forces continue to fight on Zmiinyi Island, also known as Snake Island. The Ukrainian island was occupied by Russia on the first day of its invasion of Ukraine, but Ukraine is making efforts to retake it.


Ukrainian officials have called conditions in Mariupol a “medieval ghetto”. They have appealed to the United Nations and the Red Cross to help evacuate wounded soldiers.


Ukraine has shut off some Russian gas supplies that run through territory occupied by Russia. This is the first time Russian gas supplies to Europe have been disrupted since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.


Russia has demanded a formal apology from Poland after red paint was thrown on the Russian ambassador in Warsaw on Monday.


Britain has agreed new deals with Sweden and Finland to improve European security. British prime minister Boris Johnson has said that Britain would provide support if they came under attack


“It’s worth emphasising that if Sweden were attacked and looked to us for help and support, then we would provide it. But it’s up to Sweden to make the request and to spell out exactly what support is requested.


“I’m sure the UK will support whatever course of action Sweden decides to embark upon and we will be a useful and supportive as we can.”


Swedish prime minister Magdalena Andersson said that Sweden and the United Kingdom would assist each other in a variety of ways in the event of an attack.


“In times of crisis, cooperation becomes even more important and this applies not least for our international defence partnerships, and the prime minister and I have agreed to face challenges in peace, crisis and conflict together. And if either country should suffer a disaster or an attack, the Untied Kingdom and Sweden will assist each other in a variety of ways.”


Ireland’s foreign minister has warned that the European Union would take legal action if Britain undermined the Northern Ireland protocol. British prime minister Boris Johnson has proposed overriding the Northern Ireland Brexit deal, which was signed in 2019.


Africa


In Togo, eight soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in an attack yesterday. These could be the first deaths in Togo caused by Islamist militants, but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.


In Egypt, five soldiers have been killed in an attack on security forces. The military says it has carried out air strikes in response.


Tunisia’s agriculture minister has announced that the prices of some foods will rise, after protests by farmers. Farmers have been protesting against the high cost of animal feed. The prices of milk, eggs and poultry will rise to ensure a profit margin for farmers.


Asia


India’s Supreme Court has stopped the government from using a sedition law used by the British colonial government. The law says that anyone bringing hatred, contempt or disaffection towards the government could be punished with up to life in prison. It is now being reviewed by India’s government.


Sri Lanka’s president Gotabaya Rajapaksa will appoint a new prime minister and cabinet this week, after the former prime minister resigned.


New Zealand will fully reopen its international borders from 31st July, which is two months earlier than the government’s original time frame.


Americas


Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has replaced his energy minister. Adolfo Sachsida will replace Bento Albuquerque.


United States president Joe Biden has nominated seven new members to the United States Sentencing Commission. The commission has not had enough members since 2019. The replacements include United States District Judge Carlton Reeves, who would be the first black person ever to chair the commission.


And billionaire Elon Musk has said that he will remove former United States president Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter when he buys it. Musk has offered to buy Twitter for USD 44 billion.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing, or in a voice message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.


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