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Thursday 23rd September 2021

Africa

In Tunisia, the president declared yesterday that he can make official orders and ignore parts of the constitution. This is as he prepares to change the political system in Tunisia. President Kais Saied has had nearly total power since July 25. This is when he fired the prime minister, suspended parliament and gained authority. Opposition has called his move a coup. Tunisian politicians are urging him to name a prime minister and explain how he intends to move past the crisis.

In Algeria, the government announced yesterday that airspace to all Moroccan flights will be closed. This is the latest in the dispute between the two neighbour countries. The move was announced after a meeting of the High Security Council chaired by President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. The immediate shutting down affected all civilian and military aircraft as well as to those registered in Morocco. The council said this due to the continued dispute and hostile practices from Morocco.

Asia

Southeast Asia has been named as the worst-affected region by air pollution. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that air pollution was one of the biggest environmental threats to human health. They said it caused seven million premature deaths a year. The World Health Organization have now strengthened its air quality guidelines, saying that urgent action was needed to reduce exposure to air pollution. They have said air pollution can cause diseases as easily as unhealthy diets and smoking.


In Afghanistan, a month after the Taliban takeover, at least 70 Ukrainian citizens are stranded and waiting to leave Afghanistan. Including their family members, this number rises to approximately 200. They have appealed directly to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy several times for help. Many have run out of money and their Ukrainian bank cards do not work on Afghan ATMs.



Europe

In the Netherland, a Dutch court ruled that border police can use ethnicity as one of the reasons for selecting people for border checks. Rights activists have promised to challenge this. The ruling yesterday came in a case brought against the government by two people, backed by rights groups. They argued that they were chosen for checks by officers because of the colour of their skin. The Hague District Court ruled that ethnicity can be one of the reasons for picking people, but it can’t be the only reason. The checks are made at airports and on trains and buses from European Union destinations. This is to stop people illegally coming and staying in the Netherlands.

European football’s governing body UEFA has urged FIFA to stop pushing its plan for holding the World Cup every 2 years. FIFA, the governing body of world football, has made it clear they want to change the current four-yearly cycle of the World Cup. Arsene Wenger, FIFA’s head of Global Football Development, said this month he was “100 percent convinced” of the plans to change the World Cup.

AW: "Overall, I think I have got a very positive response; but this decision is a democratic decision and will be made certainly by the 211 countries who are affiliated to FIFA"

Americas

In the United States, talks on police reforms have failed in the US Congress. This is after members of the Democratic Party were unable to reach an agreement with Republicans. Democratic Representative Karen Bass said yesterday that negotiations she had with Republican Senator Tim Scott were unsuccessful.


In Haiti, conditions are getting worse in a camp where thousands of mostly Haitian asylum seekers are living. They have gathered in hopes of getting asylum in the United States. Currently, President Joe Biden is being pressured to stop the deportation flights to Haiti. Images from journalists have showed people with small babies and toddlers living in huts made out of grass in Texas, just across the river from Mexico. The situation at the US-Mexico border has caused a lot of criticism in recent days. Especially after images were shared showing US border officials on horses using things that looked like whips to scare Haitian migrants and asylum seekers trying to cross the river.

And finally, in the UK, all schools and colleges in Cornwall are being given litter pickers made from old hospital masks. The Royal Cornwall Hospital says reusing some of its masks helps reduce plastic pollution.


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