Thursday 27th May 2021


In the UK, yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser was asked about his time working for the government during the pandemic. Dominic Cummings said Mr Johnson was "unfit for the job”. He said that the Prime Minister ignored scientific advice and wrongly delayed lockdowns.

DC: "Fundamentally I regarded him as unfit for the job and I was trying to create a structure around him to try and stop what I thought were extremely bad decisions and push other things through against his wishes."

Mr. Cummings also said Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been fired for lying.

DC: "Like in much of the government system there was many brilliant people at relatively junior and middle levels who were terribly let down by senior leadership. I think that secretary of state for health should have been fired for at least 15-20 things, including lying to everybody in multiple occasions, in meeting after meeting, in the in the cabinet room, and publicly."

In the Netherlands, yesterday a court ruled that oil company Shell must reduce its emissions. This is a landmark case and the first time a company has been forced to change their policies to follow the Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement was made by the United Nations to tackle climate change. The court said that the Shell group is responsible for its own CO2 emissions. By 2030, Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to their 2019 emissions.

In France, many social media influencers have said they received offers to spread negativity about the Pfizer vaccine. The influencers said they were emailed by an unnamed group in the UK. Léo Grasset, who has 1.17m YouTube subscribers, tweeted that a large amount of money was promised by the unknown group. Several other French social media influencers, who are all involved in the health and science field, said they had been contacted with similar offers.


In Mali, interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have officially resigned. Both the Interim President and Prime Minister have been detained since Monday evening at a military camp outside the capital, Bamako. They have been accused of failing in their duties and seeking to sabotage the country's transition. West African officials plan to visit Mali to order their release from military detention.

In South Africa, yesterday former President Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty in a corruption trial. The case involves a $5bn deal that was made in the 1990s. The weapons deal involved buying new fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and warships. Zuma is facing 16 counts of corruption, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. Mr Zuma was South Africa's president from 2009 until 2018 when he was forced to resign. Yesterday crowds gathered outside the courthouse in support of Mr Zuma.

In Nigeria, more than 130 people are missing after a boat broke in two and sank. Most of the people on the boat were women and children. They were travelling from Niger to Kebbi state in northwest Nigeria. Witnesses say more than 160 people were on the boat and only 22 have been rescued. Local authorities have said that divers and emergency workers are trying to save the others.


In India, yesterday a powerful cyclone killed several people. Cyclone Yaas, hit the states of West Bengal as well as southern Bangladesh. This is the second cyclone to hit India in a week. Cyclone Tauktae killed more than 150 people.

China has beat Germany as the UK's biggest single import market for the first time ever. Goods imported from China increased by 66%, while Imports from Germany fell by 25%. This change came as trade with the European Union was affected by Brexit and the pandemic boosted demand for Chinese goods.


In the United States, yesterday eight people were killed in a shooting in California. The shooting took place at a train rail yard in San Jose. Officials say the victims include transit employees. The suspected shooter, a former employee, is also dead. Authorities say the shooter may have set his home on fire before the shooting.

And finally in Ecuador, tests have confirmed that a giant tortoise found on the Galápagos Islands is from a species which scientists thought had gone extinct. The last time that species was seen was in 1906.

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