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Tuesday 31st May 2022

Europe

In Ukraine a French journalist has been killed by a Russian bomb. Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was killed in a car when he was trying to leave the city of Severodonetsk. The Russian army appears to be concentrating a lot of its force on trying to capture Severodonetsk right now, and there have been reports of Russian soldiers entering the city. Ukraine has said that it has not received enough weapons from Western countries and that many weapons that have been promised have not arrived. United States President Joe Biden said yesterday that the US would not give Ukraine any missiles that could reach Russia. In the South of Ukraine there have been some small counter-attacks against Russian forces in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.

Russia will stop supplying gas to the Netherlands today because The Netherlands has refused to pay for gas in roubles. Although around 44% of Dutch energy comes from gas, only about 15% of gas used in the Netherlands comes from Russia. The European Union is still trying to agree on a ban of oil from Russia, however Hungary is refusing to agree to the ban. Yesterday Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that President Vladimir Putin is not ill. Since the start of the invasion of Ukraine there have been rumours that Putin is ill, including that he could have cancer, however Lavrov said in an interview yesterday that this was not true.

In France a man has been arrested after throwing cake at the Mona Lisa, in the Louvre museum. The most-visited painting in the world, by Leonardo da Vinci, was not harmed because it is covered in protective glass.

Asia

In India the Punjabi singer and politician Sidu Moosewala has been assasinated. Police blamed a gang war for the killing. Sidu’s family said that he had received threats since entering politics. Ten people have been arrested.

Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan is continuing to say that the United States demanded a regime change in Pakistan. Khan was removed from power recently after Pakistan’s parliament voted in a no-confidence vote against him. Speaking to Sky News yesterday Khan said that the US told Pakistani politicians to force Khan out of office....

“What I hope to achieve is to show the will of the country.- that the people of this country want one thing - elections. They do not want a foreign imposed government, where members of our party were bought by a million dollars each that was offered to them to switch sides, and then the government was removed. And so therefore, we feel that rather than someone else imposing a governemnt on our country, let the people of this country decide whoever they want to lead them”.

In Nepal rescue workers have found a crashed plane, which went missing Sunday. 22 people were on the flight, including four Indians and two Germans. It was expected that nobody survived the crash.

Vietnam has opened the world longest glass-bottomed bridge. The bridge is over 630 metres long and can hold 450 people at the same time.

Africa

In Ethiopia over 4000 people have been arrested for having connections to a militia group called Fano. Fano has previously fought on the same side as Ethiopia’s military, against Tigray forces, however the Ethiopian government is now trying to disarm the Fano group.

In Mali a United Nations report has said that civilian deaths and human rights abuses by the Malian army and allied groups are rising. Mali has been lead by the military since a coup d’etat in 2020 and another in 2021

Americas

In Colombia Gustavo Petro, a former guerilla and former mayor of Bogota, won 40% of votes in the presidential election on Sunday. In the second round, in June, Petro will face Rodolfo Hernandez, a conservative businessman, who won 28% of votes.

In Brazil over a hundred people are either dead or missing after heavy rains. Floods and landslides have destroyed homes in the province of Pernamuco.

Also in Brazil opinion polls are showing former president Lula da Silva is increasing his lead over current president Jair Bolsonaro for the presidential election in October. One poll published yesterday showed Lula receiving 46% of votes, compared to just 32% for Bolsonaro.

And Chile may have the oldest tree in the world, according to a new study. Researchers have said that an alerce tree in Southern Chile is probably over 5,400 years old. The tree, named great grandfather, has a diameter of 4 metres.

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