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Tuesday 9th March 2021

Americas:

In the United States, Meghan Markle said in her interview with Oprah Winfrey that was released yesterday - that one member of the British Royal Family was worried about how "dark" her son’s skin would be.


MM: "So we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security he's not going to be given a title and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."


OQ: "What? About how dark your baby is going to be?"


MM: "Potentially and what that would mean or look like. That was relayed to me from harry those were conversations that family had with him."


It was confirmed that it was not the Queen nor Prince Phillip who said this.


"He did not share the identity with me, but he wanted to make sure that I knew, and if I had the opportunity to share it, that it was not his grandmother, nor his grandfather, that were part of those conversations."


Megan said that there were times during her pregnancy that she "didn't want to be alive anymore”.

"I knew that if i didn't say it, that i would do it, and I just didn't, I just didn't want to be alive anymore. And that was a very clear and real and frightening thought."


Prince Harry said he no longer receives any money from the royal family, which is why the couple made deals with Netflix and Spotify. Prince Harry also said he was disappointed with his father, Prince Charles.


"I feel really let down. Because he's been through something similar. He knows what pain feels like, and this is - Archie's his grandson."

In Mexico, a fence that was put up to protect the National palace was turned into a memorial yesterday. The fence was set up to protect the palace from vandalism during the International Women’s Day march yesterday. The names of hundreds of victims of femicides were painted on the fence. Femicides are murders of women because of their gender. Women’s groups say the government does not do enough to combat femicides.

Asia:

In Myanmar, it was announced yesterday that a member of Aung San Suu Kyi's political party died in custody. U Khin Maung Latt was arrested during raids by security forces in Yangon. His family was told that he died after fainting. But photos show a cloth covered in blood around his head. Activists say he was beaten by police and soldiers while they questioned him.


In India, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine yesterday, The Dalai Lama has urged others to get vaccinated.

"According to my trusted friend, including daughter, you se they suggest I should take this injection in order to prevent some serious problems. This injection it's very very helpful.

Africa:

In Senegal, opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was charged with rape yesterday. Sonko was released on bail, after days of deadly protests due to his arrest last week. Sonko says the case was was made up to stop him running again in elections in 2024. Supporters of Sonko shouted "Free Sonko" outside the court before his release.


*Free Sonko Chants*

In Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou, who is stepping down as president, won Africa’s top prize for leadership yesterday. Issoufou was awarded the 2020 Ibrahim Prize for facing many challenges. This includes poverty, armed rebellion, and land turning into dessert in Niger. Issoufou is stepping down next month after 10 years in office.

Europe:

In the UK, millions of children in England physically returned to schools yesterday, for the first time in 2 months. Children have been attending schools online - as part of a lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. The re-opening of schools marks the first move of the government’s four-stage plan to ease the national lockdown. The government plans to lift all restrictions by June.


And finally in Finland, a Russian Ballerina performed the swan lake on a frozen gulf to protest it being destroyed. Ilmira Bagrautinova said she hopes her -15 degrees Celsius performance will raise awareness and hep save real swans that live there.


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