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Thursday 17th March 2022

Europe


The International Court of Justice has ordered Russia to stop its military actions in Ukraine. The court said it had not seen any evidence to support Russia’s justification for the invasion.


Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said that negotiations with Russia are becoming “more realistic”. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that proposals between Russia and Ukraine are “close to an agreement”.


President Zelenskiy has asked the United States to do more to protect Ukraine from Russia’s invasion. He is asking for a no-fly zone over Ukraine. United States lawmakers have said that a no-fly zone would risk creating a wider war with Russia.


The United States has said that it is ready to provide more aid to Ukraine. President Joe Biden has said that the United States will offer Ukraine USD 800 million more in security assistance, including drones and anti-aircraft systems.


NATO has said that it will adapt its own security to adapt to the “new reality” caused by the war, while still helping Ukraine. This could involve having more troops in Eastern Europe and possible defensive weapons on computer networks and in space.

The United Kingdom’s prime minister Boris Johnson has said there is no prospect of Ukraine joining NATO any time soon.


"Everybody's always said, and we've made it clear to Putin, there's no way Ukraine is going to join NATO any time soon. But the decision about the future of Ukraine has got to be for the Ukrainian people and for Volodymyr Zelenskiy as their elected leader, and we will back him. And the most important thing is that Putin's aggression, his absolutely barbaric attacks on Ukraine should stop, and should not be seen to have succeeded - and they won't succeed."


Africa


In Libya, the political crisis could lead to greater instability, according to the United Nations. The election that was planned for December did not take place. This month, the parliament appointed Fathi Bashagha as the new prime minister, but the interim government’s prime minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah has refused to step down. The United Nations has called for new elections to resolve the situation.


In Kenya, the parliament is proposing to change the forest law to make it easier to change the borders of protected areas. Activists say that this could damage wildlife and the environment.


Americas


In Peru, between 60 and 80 homes have been buried by a landslide. Eight people have been rescued and at least 15 people are missing.


In the United States, Idaho’s senate has blocked a bill that would outlaw gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children under the age of 18.


Asia


Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has said that chief executive elections could be further delayed. The elections were originally planned for 27th March but have already been postponed to 8th May due to Covid-19. Hong Kong is experiencing a peak in Covid-19 infections. Yesterday, Hong Kong reported around 29,300 new Covid-19 infections.


China plans to meet with the European Union on the 1st April to diffuse tensions. However, Lithuania has said that the summit should be cancelled until China says whether it stands with Russia or the West in the Ukraine conflict.


And China has its first Formula One driver. Guanyu Zhou will race on Sunday in Bahrain.


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

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