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Tuesday 12th April 2022

Europe


Austrian chancellor Karl Nehammer met with Russian president Vladimir Putin near Moscow yesterday. He is the first European Union leader to speak to Putin in person since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Nehammer said he had “no optimistic impression” after the meeting.


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has asked South Korea for military aid.


Ukrainian officials say that the city of Kharkiv in the east experienced heavy shelling yesterday. The mayor said that there is no panic in the city, and Ukrainian forces are ready to defend it.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the Ukrainian capital Kyiv at the weekend. He praised Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.


“I thank you for what you’ve been able to do, I think your leadership has been extraordinary. And I think in what Putin has done in places like Bucha and Irpin, his war crimes, have permanently polluted his reputation and the reputation of his government.”


The European Union has added 21 Russian airlines to its list of banned carriers. The European Union says the companies do not meet international safety standards and says that this is not a sanction related to the invasion of Ukraine.


The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on Bosnian Serb separatist leader Milorad Dodik. The United Kingdom says these sanctions are a response to Dodik’s attempts to undermine peace and stability in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes.


Africa


In South Africa, former president Jacob Zuma has been granted another delay in his arms deal corruption trial. Zuma has pleaded not guilty to corruption, money laundering and racketeering. He has attempted to have the lead prosecutor replaced in his trial, but the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal have rejected his requests.


In Nigeria, at least 50 people have been killed and 70 abducted by gunmen in Plateau. Houses and properties have been destroyed. This is the latest attack by armed gangs in the north of the country.


Americas


Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has won a referendum that he called. Nearly 92% of voters voted for Lopez Obrador to stay in office. However, the National Electoral Institute says that only 18% of registered voters participated.


Chile has announced a plan to ration water in the capital, Santiago, for the first time. Chile is experiencing a drought that has lasted 13 years. Santiago governor, Claudio Orrego, said that the city is facing not having enough water for everyone who lives there due to climate change.


In Ecuador, banana growers have blocked roads to demand government action to increase prices.


Asia

In Pakistan, more than 100 lawmakers resigned yesterday after Shehbaz Sharif was elected as prime minister.

In North Korea, yesterday marked 10 years since leader Kim Jong Un was elected as the top party and state leader. Senior officials have called him a “gifted thinker and theoretician, outstanding statesman and peerlessly great commander”.


And in Japan, a robot has been developed which can peel a banana without squashing it. It was trained by “deep imitation learning” for more than 13 hours and it is successful 57% of the time. This development suggests that robots may be used for more sophisticated tasks in the future.


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