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Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Europe


Russian president Vladimir Putin will sign a decree recognising two regions in Ukraine as independent entities, according to the Kremlin. The French and German leaders have asked Russia not to do so, as they say it breaches the Minsk agreements. The European Union has said it may impose sanctions if Russia recognises the regions as independent.


Portugal is facing a severe drought, covering 91% of its area. The agriculture minister has presented a set of proposals to the European Commission to tackle the drought. Environmental groups say droughts in Portugal may be due to climate change.


Also in Portugal’s Azores islands, a ship carrying around 4,000 luxury cars has been on fire since last Wednesday. The 22 crew members were evacuated. Authorities say the fire may have been kept alight by the car batteries, but today is now dying down.


Africa


In Ivory Coast, the United States has begun its yearly counter-terrorism training program. The program is called Flintlock and will train more than 400 soldiers from West Africa. Some of these forces are facing groups linked to al Qaeda and the Islamic State.


Nigeria has reclaimed two Benin bronzes more than 100 years after they were taken by British troops. Thousands of artefacts were taken by explorers and colonizers from the former Benin Kingdom. The two bronzes were returned to Nigeria by the University of Aberdeen and Cambridge University’s Jesus College in the United Kingdom.


Asia


Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan will fly to Moscow to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin. The visit will begin on Wednesday to discuss relations between Pakistan and Russia, including energy cooperation. This will be the first time a Pakistani leader has visited the Russian leader in 20 years. The visit was planned before the current crisis over Ukraine.


Australia has fully reopened its international borders after nearly two years of restrictions. More than 50 international flights arrived yesterday.


Taiwan’s government has said that former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet president Tsai Ing-wen next week. Last year, Pompeo received sanctions from China.


Americas


Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said that there are signs some truckers are regrouping outside the capital, Ottowa, after protests ended. He says that the government still needs temporary emergency powers, as they still have concerns about the protest groups.


“I ask all members of parliament to take action against illegal blockades and to stand up for public safety and for the freedom of Canadians. Invoking the Emergencies Act has been necessary. Law enforcement agencies relied on it to set up secured areas in downtown Ottowa and at border crossings. It prevented foreign money from continuing to fund illegal blockades and it’s making sure our borders remain open. It has been the responsible thing to do.”


And American athlete Camille Herron has broken the women’s world record for running 100 miles in 12 hours, 41 minutes and 11 seconds. She finished half an hour before the first male athlete, Arlen Glick.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media – we’re on Facebook Instagram and Twitter @send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.

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