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Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Europe

In Ukraine the southern port city Odesa has been hit by Russian bombs. Odesa has generally seen less bombing than most other cities in Ukraine in the last two months, however there have been deaths from Russian strikes in the last three days. The United Nations has now documented over 3,100 civilian deaths since Russia invaded Ukraine on the 24th February, however they say that the true number is expected to be much higher. The UN said yesterday that most civilians had been killed by explosive weapons such as missile strikes and air strikes. Ukraine has said that the Russian army has destroyed ancient tombs of the Scythian people, in the Kherson region, however these reports can’t be verified. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday that humanitarian corridors out of Mariupol were working for the first time, and civilians have been able to leave the Azov steel factory. Ukraine said that the Russian army started to bomb the steel factory as soon as the civilians were evacuated, however there are still some civilians and fighters left inside. The UN says that over 5.5 million people have left Ukraine since Russia invaded, more than the population of Norway.

Some countries are moving their embassies back to Ukraine’s capital Kyiv, one month after the Russian army failed to capture Kyiv. In football, UEFA has banned all Russian clubs from playing in the champions league and Europa league. Finland is now expected to apply to join NATO, according to anonymous government sources.

Mikhail Kasyanov, the Prime Minister of Russia from 2000 to 2004, has said that President Vladimir Putin is a completely different person to who he worked with. Kasynov is living in exile so that he can criticise Putin as some members of his Freedom Party have been assassinated in Russia. Kasynov told CBC news that Putin is now acting like a KGB agent and he doesn’t pretend to be democratic any more...

“He is absolutely difficult and absolutely different person. And he is now just a real KGB agent. He doesn’t pretend any more to be a democratically devoted person. He is a real KGB agent and he works this way. His world view is distorted - a distorted world view. Just a completely different person. He cannot rule the country in the 21st century.”

In Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. Scholz promised €10 billion euros for green development projects in India by 2030.

Americas

In Haiti a Dominican diplomat has been kidnapped and the kidnappers are demanding ransom money. The Dominican Republic has said that Haiti must do everything it can to make sure that Carlos Guillen is released. Kidnappings have become very common in Haiti recently.

In the United States sales of plant-based foods grew by more than 6% in 2021. Sales of meat substitutes are growing three times faster than meat, according to The Good Food Institute. Plant-based milks are now 16% of all milk sales in the US and sales animal-based milks are decreasing.

Africa

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta has raised the minimum wage by 12%. Kenyatta said that it was necessary to help workers fight against inflation which is over 6% from last year.

In Burkina Faso there is a rescue operation to save eight miners who have become trapped after a flood in their mine. Burkina Faso’s prime minister Albert Ouedraogo also banned the managers of the Canadian company who operate the mine from leaving the country.

Asia

Iraq has been hit by a dust storm. Some flights have been cancelled from Baghdad and other airports and some people have been hospitalised with breathing problems.

Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid has criticised Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov for saying that Adolf Hitler had Jewish ancestors. To justify the invasion of Ukraine Russia has said that it is “de-nazifying” Ukraine, however Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky is Jewish. In an interview with Italian television Sergey Lavrov said that some Jewish people were anti-Semites and that Hitler had Jewish ancestors. Yair Lapid said that this was not true and that Lavrov’s comments were “unforgivable”. Dani Dayan the chairperson of Israel’s Holocaust memorial, said that Lavrov’s comments were delusional and dangerous...

“He is propagating, basically, the inversion of the holocaust. The victims are deemed to be the perpetrators. This is abhorrent, this is despicable, this is contrary to historical truth.”

Australian airline Qantas has announced that it will start the longest non-stop passenger flight in the world. In 2025 Qantas will fly planes directly from Sydney to London in 20 hours.

And in South Korea, people may officially get younger. In South Korea people are considered one year old when they are born and everyone becomes one year older on the first day of the year. Because of this South Koreans are officially one or two years older than in the international ageing system. However, president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has said that as president he would like to change standard international system. Research shows that most South Koreans agree with the change.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you listen on Spotify please leave us a star rating in your app, and if you listen on apple please leave us a review. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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