Thursday 22nd April 2021
In Russia, hundreds of people attended pro-Alexey Navalny protests yesterday. Police have detained nearly 100 Navalny supporters protesting in several cities. Navalny, who is an anti-corruption campaigner, is currently in a prison hospital. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for 3 weeks and his doctor says he could die at any minute. President Vladimir Putin warned Western countries not to get too involved with Russia. At his annual nation speech, Mr Putin said Western counties were constantly trying to "pick on" Russia.
Putin: "If someone interprets our good intentions as indifference or weakness, and is willing to cross a red-line, they should know Russia's response will be asymmetric, fast, and tough."
In India, yesterday at least 22 Covid patients died in a hospital, after they lost oxygen supply. Officials said there was no oxygen flowing to ventilators for about 30 minutes, leading to the deaths. Officials say there was a leak in the hospital, but it is unclear how exactly the accident happened.
In Indonesia, a navy submarine has gone missing with 53 people on board. The submarine was last seen near Bali yesterday morning, but it failed to report back and contact was lost. Indonesian officials have called on Australia and Singapore to help in the search of the submarine.
In Chad, opposition politicians have rejected President's Idriss Déby's son to take over Chad. Mahmud Deby was selected by the military to lead Chad for 18 months until elections. This is due to the death of his father. Déby, who had been in power for 30 years, died after being shot by rebels, according to the army. The rebels have also rejected Deby’s son to take over, saying: "Chad is not a monarchy.” French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the funeral on Friday.
In Nigeria, a member of staff has been killed and a number of students have been kidnapped. This happened during a raid on a university in the northern state of Kaduna. Kidnappings by armed criminal gangs have become common in Nigeria, with more than 800 students kidnapped since December.
In Germany, thousands of people protested outside of Germany’s parliament yesterday. They were protesting against a bill that would give the government more powers to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to change the Infection Protection Act, so that it allows the government to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews in areas with high infection rates.
In the UK, yesterday the Queen turned 95 years old. Due to the death of her husband, Prince Phillip, there was no public celebrations. The royal family continues to observe two weeks of mourning until Friday.
In the United States, there will be an investigation into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis. The justice department will look at whether there has been a pattern "of unconstitutional or unlawful policing”. It follows national outrage over the killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin. The former officer was convicted of murder on Tuesday. Yesterday, President Joe Biden spoke about racism in the United States.
Joe Biden: "There were systemic racisms as a stain on our nation's soul. The guilty verdict does not bring back George, but through the family's pain they're finding purpose so George's legacy will not be just about his death - but about what we must do in his memory"
In Brazil, dozens of Brazilian celebrities have urged US President Joe Biden to not sign any environmental deals with Brazil while deforestation in the Amazon rises. The celebrities say Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has reduced forest protection and increased deforestation. US celebrities like actor Leonardo DiCaprio and singer Katy Perry also signed the letter.
And finally, today is Earth day. According to the official website, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is 'Restore Our Earth’. This focuses on fixing our world’s ecosystems by making more eco-friendly technology, ideas, and changes.
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