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Thursday 24th March 2022

Europe


A Ukrainian presidential advisor says that six Russian generals and dozens of other high-ranking soldiers have been killed in Ukraine. Russia’s Defence Ministry has not confirmed this number, and it is difficult to verify. Yesterday, Russia held a funeral service for the deputy commander of its Black Sea Fleet.


Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has asked French companies, including carmaker Renault, to leave the Russian market, saying they are "sponsoring the Russian war machine".


Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend the G20 summit later this year in Indonesia. Some members have suggested that Russia should be excluded, over its invasion of Ukraine. China has said that Russia is an “important member” of the G20.


NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg has asked China to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ahead of a NATO summit today.


“I expect leaders will call on China to live up to its responsibilities as a member of the UN Security Council. Refrain from supporting Russia’s war effort and join the rest of the world in calling for an immediate, peaceful end to this war. We also call on Belarus to end its complicity in Putin‘s invasion. The decisions we take tomorrow will have far-reaching implications.”


In the United Kingdom, more than 25 people have been taken to hospital after a chlorine gas leak in London. The leak occurred at the aquatic centre used during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Around 200 people were evacuated from the building and nearby residents were told to close their doors and windows. London Ambulance called it a “major incident”.


Asia


South Korean authorities say that Covid-19 infections have surpassed 10 million, nearly 20% of the population. South Korea has faced a surge in infections due to the Omicron variant.


In Afghanistan, the Taliban has said that high schools will remain closed for girls until they can make a plan in line with Islamic law. The Taliban had previously announced, last week, that high schools would reopen for girls yesterday. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the decision is “a profound disappointment and deeply damaging for Afghanistan”.


Africa


In the Gambia and Senegal, more than 6,000 people have left their homes during fighting between Senegalese soldiers and separatists earlier this month. The Senegalese army launched an attack against rebels fighting for independence on 13th March.


Ethiopian Airlines CEO Tewolde Gabremariam has resigned to focus on medical treatment. Ethiopian Airlines has become Africa’s biggest carrier during Gabremariam’s leadership.


Americas


Mexico’s government says that Mexico and Saudi Arabia will strengthen their economic relations. The Saudi Arabian foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud is in Mexico for a 10-day tour.


Jamaica’s prime minister Andrew Holness has told Britain’s Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, that Jamaica wants to be “independent” and address “unresolved issues”. William and Catherine began a week-long tour of former British Caribbean colonies on Tuesday. Protesters gathered outside the British High Commission in Kingston during their visit, calling on the United Kingdom to pay reparations for slavery.


And a portrait of Marilyn Monroe will go up for auction in May for around USD 200 million. The painting is by Andy Warhol and would be the most expensive 20th century painting ever sold at auction, according to auction house Christies.


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 lovely day.

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