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Thursday 24th February 2022

Europe


Ukraine has declared a state of emergency. It has told its citizens in Russia to come back to Ukraine. Russia has begun evacuating its embassy in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.


In the Netherlands, a man has been arrested for holding a person hostage in an Apple store in the capital, Amsterdam. Police have said that the man was carrying guns and explosives. He demanded a ransom of EUR 200 million.


Romania will donate 1.1 million doses of Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria and Libya.


Asia


Japan will impose sanctions on Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida said Moscow’s actions were an “unacceptable violation of international law”.


India has said that it is willing to make investments in Sri Lanka to help ease the financial crisis. Sri Lanka has recently experienced power cuts across the country when it couldn’t pay for fuel shipments.


Americas


Cuba has criticised the United States over the Ukraine crisis and has called for a diplomatic solution. Cuba is a close ally of Russia. Cuba’s foreign ministry said the United States has aggravated the crisis by supplying weapons and military technology and applying unilateral sanctions.


In Mexico, migrants have fought police after protests turned violent near the border with Guatemala. Migrants have been waiting for months for permission to cross Mexico to the border with the United States.


United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has cancelled a meeting with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov which was planned for Thursday. He says it does not make sense to do the meeting after Russia entered Ukraine earlier this week.


“Last week, I agreed to meet Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov this week, on February 24th to discuss our countries’ respective concerns about European security, but only if Russia did not invade Ukraine. Now that we see the invasions beginning, and Russia has made clear its wholesale rejection of diplomacy, it does not make sense to go forward with that meeting at this time.

“I consulted with our allies and partners. All agree, and today I sent foreign minister Lavrov a letter informing him of this. The United Sates and I personally remain committed to diplomacy is Russia is prepared to take demonstrable steps to provide the international community with any degree of confidence that it’s serious abut deescalating and finding a diplomatic solution.”


Africa


Nigeria has begun a court case against US bank JP Morgan Chase. Nigeria says there was a fraud during the 2011 purchase of the OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria. Nigeria is claiming more than USD 1.7 billion in damages.


Madagascar was hit by Cyclone Emnati yesterday, with winds of up to 135 km/h. This is the fourth major storm in Madagascar in the last month.


Senegal has inaugurated a new 50,000 seat stadium. Senegal won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this month. The stadium will hold the Summer Youth Olympics in 2026.


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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