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Thursday 14th April 2022

Europe


In the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, bombing has increased significantly, according to the mayor.


Polish president Andrzej Duda has said the war in Ukraine is terrorism. United States president Joe Biden has called Russia’s invasion a genocide.


“Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has driven up gas prices and food prices all over the world. Your family budget, your ability to fill up your tank, none of it should hinge on whether a dictator declares war and commits genocide half a world away.


“To help deal with the price hike I’ve authorised release of 1 million barrels per day from our strategic petroleum reserve. This is by far the largest release of our national reserve in history.”


Ukraine will receive an extra USD 800 million in military aid from the United States.


At the United Nations, human rights activist Nadia Murad has launched global guidelines for collecting evidence for sexual violence during war. The Murad Code aims to reduce the risk of further trauma for survivors when giving evidence. The United Nations says it is hearing accounts of sexual violence during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


The United Kingdom scheme “Homes for Ukraine” has been questioned by the United Nations. The United Nations refugee agency says the scheme could be exploited without proper safeguards.


Finland will decide whether to join the NATO alliance in the next few weeks. Finland and Sweden are close NATO partners but haven’t joined the alliance. Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin said Finland must be prepared for “all kinds of actions from Russia”.


Africa


Uganda’s government is deploying pesticides to fight the armyworm, which destroys cereal crops. Uganda’s agriculture ministry says that outbreaks have been worsened by drought periods and early rainstorms. It says that the outbreak is probably caused by climate change, which has caused the armyworm to migrate to Uganda.


Ivory Coast prime minister Patrick Achi and his government have resigned. President Alassane Ouattara will reduce the size of the government from 41 to around 30.


In South Africa, the death toll from heavy rains has reached 259. President Cyril Ramaphosa has visited victims’ families and promised to help them.


Asia


In the Philippines, more than 42,000 people have been displaced and 200 injured by typhoon Megi. The typhoon has triggered landslides which have killed 56 and left many more missing. Survivors are still being evacuated from flooded areas.


South Korea will give a second Covid-19 booster shot to people over 60. The infection rate in this age group has risen to over 20%, due to a surge in the Omicron variant.


India is likely to face more power cuts this year. Coal supplies are at the lowest pre-summer levels in at least nine years.


Americas


In the United States, a wildfire has burned several homes in New Mexico. The fire spread to 15,000 acres with winds of up to 70 mph.


Also in the United States, a man has been arrested after a subway shooting on Tuesday. 23 people were wounded in the attack. If he is found guilty, the man could face life in prison.


And in Guatemala, the earliest evidence of the Maya calendar has been found. A symbol representing the ‘7 deer’ day from the third century BC has been found inside the ruins of a pyramid. The ‘7 deer’ is one of the Maya calendar’s 260 named days. Before now, the earliest record of the Maya calendar was from the first century BC.


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