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Tuesday 22nd March 2022

Updated: Mar 22

Europe


In Ukraine, Kyiv authorities say that at least eight people have been killed by Russian bombs. This includes an attack on a shopping centre. The Ukrainian city of Mariupol has refused to surrender to Russian forces as fighting continues.


Russian and Ukrainian peace talks continued all day yesterday, according to a member of the Ukrainian delegation. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy says that any compromises made with Russia would need to be voted on by Ukrainians in a referendum.


In the United Kingdom, British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has spoken to the press after being released from jail in Iran last week. Zagari-Ratcliffe was one charity worker arrested in Iran in 2016 for allegedly plotting against the government. She says that she should have been released earlier.


“I was told many, many times that ‘Oh, we’re going to get you home’ – that never happened. So there was a time when I felt like 'Do you know what? I’m not even going to trust you' - because I’ve been told many many times I’m going to be taken home, but that never happened. Now here we are, what’s happened now should have happened six years ago."


Asia


In China, a China Eastern Airlines flight has crashed into the mountains in the south. There were 132 people on board the Boeing 737-800, and media reports no signs of survivors. The plane was travelling within China, from Kunming to Guangzhou. China Eastern says the cause of the crash is being investigated, and it has grounded its fleet of Boeing 737-800 planes.


Australia is planning a new law which will allow the Australian Communications and Media Authority to force internet companies to share data on misinformation. This is part of Australia’s effort to control the spread of false information online.


Africa


A South African court has stopped the construction of a new Amazon headquarters in Cape Town. Local residents, including some members of the Khoi and San groups, had protested, saying the land it would be built on was sacred. The court has stopped construction until there has been engagement and consultation with indigenous people.


Sudan’s Central Reserve Police has received sanctions from the United States. The United States says the police division used excessive force against peaceful protests since the military coup last October.


Americas


In Brazil, former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is leading the polls. Brazil’s presidential election will take place in October. Some voters blame the current president Jair Bolsonaro for increasing fuel prices.


United States president Joe Biden will travel to Poland on Friday to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Also in the United States, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been nominated by President Joe Biden to the Supreme Court. She would become the first black woman on the United States Supreme Court. Her confirmation hearing for the post began yesterday and will last four days.


And former British football captain David Beckham has given his Instagram account to a doctor in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Irina is a child anaesthesiologist helping women give birth. She spoke to Beckham's 71.6 million Instagram followers.


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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