Tuesday 8th March 2022

In Europe …

Russia has told Ukraine it is ready to stop its military operations “in a moment” if a list of conditions is met, according to the Kremlin. Russia is demanding that Ukraine cease military action, change its constitution to include Ukraine’s neutrality, acknowledge that Crimea is a Russian territory, and recognise two separatist regions in Ukraine as independent states.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for new international sanctions against Russia. He has suggested a boycott of Russian oil and other exports, and a ban on exports to Russia.

New Zealand’s government has sad that it will introduce new legislation to allow it to impose sanctions against Russia. This will be the first time New Zealand has individually imposed sanctions on a country.

Britain has introduced new legislation to tackle “dirty money”, called the Economic Crime Bill. The bill has been delayed multiple times but was fast-tracked through parliament yesterday. Some lawmakers hope that it will help stop Russian money entering London.

China’s Foreign minister Wang Yi has said that China’s Red Cross will provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine. He says that China’s friendship with Russia is “rock solid”. He also said that “China is willing to continue to play a constructive role in pushing for peace and promoting talks”.

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has given a speech about the crisis in Ukraine at the Lowy Institute think tank. He has called for long-term international unity.

“There’s a lesson here for western liberal democracies when we come face to face with brutal autocratic aggression and coercion, and that is we must stand together. We cannot afford the pettiness of small differences to infect our relations and our long-term cooperation."

In the rest of the world …

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Israel’s foreign minister Yair Lapid met in Latvia yesterday. They discussed Israel’s initiative to end Russia’s war with Ukraine. They also planned to discuss recent talks on a possible nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the United Kingdom’s Queen Elizabeth yesterday. This is Queen Elizabeth’s first official in-person meeting since she tested positive for Covid-19 last month.

Mexico’s soccer league has will suspend upcoming matches in the city of Queretaro, after 26 people were injured in a fight at a match on Saturday.

Thailand has launched a campaign to encourage people to have more babies. Last year, 544,000 people were born in Thailand. This is the lowest number in at least 60 years, and less than the death rate. The government plans to open more childcare and fertility facilities.

And today is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. According to the World Bank, women-owned firms contribute nearly USD 3 trillion to the Untied State’s economy. In emerging economies, there are about 9 million small and medium businesses with at least one female owner, and female-owned businesses are increasing.

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 great day.

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