Thursday 16th June 2022


In the UK, the government said they still plan to send asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda. The first flight was cancelled minutes before take-off. This was after the European Court of Human Rights brought up some legal issues. Yesterday, Home Secretary Priti Patel said plans for the next flights have already begun.

Priti Patel: ”This government will not be deterred from doing the right thing. We will not be put off by the inevitable legal last minute challenges, nor we will allow mobs - madam deputy speaker - to block removals. We will not stand idly by and let organized crime gangs who are despicable in their nature and their conduct, evil people, treat human beings as cargo. We will not accept that we have no right to control our borders, madam deputy speaker. We will do everything necessary to keep this country safe, and we will continue our long and proud tradition of helping those in genuine need."

The European Union has signed a deal with Egypt and Israel. This deal states that the EU will now import natural gas from Egypt and Israel. The deal aims to reduce the EU's reliance on gas from Russia. The Israeli gas is expected to be sent to Egypt and then shipped to markets in Europe. Israel said it will allow large exports of Israeli gas to Europe for the first time.


In Ethiopia, at least 40 people have been killed. This was after members of a rebel group launched attacks on Tuesday. According to Ethiopian authorities, 10 of those killed were members of the government . Officials say the city returned to normal yesterday. But businesses and offices remain closed.

In Nigeria, police are investigating a reported mass kidnapping. According to authorities, one of the alleged hostages shared their location and tweeted for help while they were being kidnapped. That is how the news of the kidnappings came to public attention. This led to the public demanding an Investigation. The hostage tweeted that there were 17 hostages, including three pregnant women and two children.


In Hong Kong, new school textbooks will state that Hong Kong was never a British colony. This is to support China's claims that they have always had complete rule of Hong Kong. China has always said it never gave up power. China says it's surrender of Hong Kong to the British was due to unfair Opium War treaties.

In Saudi Arabia, authorities have been seizing rainbow-coloured toys and children's clothing. They claim it encourages homosexuality. Officials have removed many different items from shops. This included hair clips, t-shirts, hats and pencil cases that were rainbow coloured. One official said the items go against the Islamic faith as it promotes homosexual colours to children. Shops found to be selling items like this will now face legal penalties.

In India, rescuers have managed to save a 10-year-old boy who fell into a well. The boy was trapped in the well for five days. Rescuing him was made even harder, as Rahul Sahu has hearing and speech difficulties.


In Brazil, police have arrested a second suspect involved in the disappearance of British journalist and indigenous expert. The man was detained on suspicion that he was involved in the case with his brother. However, he earlier denied this. Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira went missing in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest on 5 June. Some of their belongings, including clothes and a laptop, were found on Sunday.

Nicaragua's Congress has allowed Russian forces to continue training in Nicaragua. The agreement allows 230 Russian soldiers to enter Nicaragua between July 1 and Dec. 31. This agreement was expected as President Daniel Ortega has shown support for Russia’s attack on Ukraine. However this has been criticised by the United States.

And finally, Netflix is looking for people to join a reality TV show inspired by it’s most popular series of all time, Squid Game. Netflix said it would give the largest cash prize in reality TV history. And of course, not involve injuries and death.

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