Thursday 3rd March 2022

Updated: Mar 3

In Europe, this is the eighth day of fighting in Ukraine.

The United Nations has agreed to reprimand Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. It has demanded Moscow to stop fighting and withdraw its military forces. This was agreed by 141 of the 193 members of the United Nations during an emergency session.

Russia’s Kremlin has said that officials are ready to hold a second round of talks with Ukraine. On Tuesday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said that Russia must stop bombing in Ukraine before more talks could take place.

Malta has stopped selling passports to applicants from Russia and Belarus. Since 2014, people have been able to get citizenship in Malta by investing around EUR 1 million. Now, Malta says that it can’t carry out its due diligence in the current circumstances.

The United Nations has asked authorities in countries bordering Ukraine to allow African refugees into their countries. Reports say that African nationals were being denied access to trains and across borders out of Ukraine due to racial profiling.

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says that Mexico will not impose any economic sanctions on Russia. China’s banking regulator has said that China will not join the sanctions on Russia.

United States president Joe Biden held his first annual State of the Union Address yesterday. Biden started a standing ovation for the Ukrainian ambassador.

“Six days ago, Russia's Vladimir Putin sought to shake the very foundations of the free world, thinking he could make it bend to his menacing ways. But he badly miscalculated. He thought he could roll into Ukraine and the world would roll over. Instead he met with a wall of strength he never anticipated or imagined. he met the Ukrainian people.

The Ukrainian ambassador to the United States is here tonight, sitting with the first lady. Let's each of us if you're able to stand, stand and send an unmistakable signal to the world and to Ukraine."

In the rest of the world …

France’s highest court has upheld a ban on barristers wearing the hijab and other religious symbols in courtrooms in Lille. This is the first time a ruling like this has been made. France has a policy of “laïcité”, meaning that religion is separated from the state.

Libya’s parliament has approved a new government, but current prime minister Abdul Hamid al-Dbeibah has rejected the vote. According to the European Council on Foreign Relations, it is most likely that Libya will return to having two governments.

In Nairobi, the United Nations has agreed to create the world’s first ever global plastic pollution treaty. Talks in Nairobi lasted more than a week. The United Nations says this is the most important environmental deal since the 2015 Paris agreement. It is due to be agreed by 2024.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or in an audio message at I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Stay safe and have a good day.

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