Tuesday 9th November 2021
In Poland, thousands of migrants are trying to cross the border from Belarus. The Polish government has put 12,000 soldiers on the border to stop the migrants from entering Poland. Migrants, many of whom are from Iraq, have been trying to enter the European Union from Belarus in recent months. Poland, Lithuania and Latvia have accused Belarus of weaponizing migrants, as revenge for the European Union placing economic sanctions on the government of President Alexander Lukashenko.
In the United Kingdom, former United States president Barak Obama spoke to the COP26 conference in Glasgow. Obama asked rich countries to work together against climate change. He said that countries like China and Russia aren’t doing enough to help cut carbon emissions...
“The escalation, the ratcheting up of ambition that we anticipated in Paris six years ago has not been uniformly realised. I have to confess it was particularly discouraging to see the leaders of two of the world’s largest emitters, China and Russia, decline to even attend the proceedings. And their national plans so far reflect what appears to be a dangerous lack of urgency, a willingness to maintain the status quo on the part of those governments and that’s a shame.
For those listening back home in the US, let me say this. it doesn’t matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat if your Florida house is flooded by rising seas. But there are plenty of things that each and every one of you young people can do that won’t require devoting your entire life to the cause but will make a real difference.
The first and most important is, if you are age eligible, to vote the issue. Vote like your life depends on it because it does.”
In Niger, at least 32 people have been killed after a gold mine collapsed. The gold mine in southern Niger collapsed on Sunday, and rescue operations are continuing. The cause of the collapse is not known. This is the second time a mine has collapsed in the Maradi region.
Mali has had economic sanctions placed on it by other West African countries after transitional leaders said that they wouldn’t be able to hold elections in February as previously agreed. Mali has been suspended from the African Union since the military took power in a coup d’etat in May
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius could be allowed out of jail early. Juliet Martin reports...
In South Africa, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius could soon start parole proceedings. Pistorius murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013 and was sentence to 13 years in prison. He has now served half of his sentence and could be considered for parole. Before the process begins, Pistorius will have to speak to the victim’s family. If he is granted parole, he will spend the rest of his sentence at home.
In Georgia, former president has been moved to a prison hospital. Saakashvili was arrested in October when he returned to Georgia to support the opposition in local elections. Five weeks ago, he announced a hunger strike to protest against his imprisonment. The prison department said that he has been transferred to the prison’s medical facility to protect his health.
Afghanistan will receive more supplies from the United Nations World Food Programme to help more than 22 million people facing starvation this winter. Afghanistan is experiencing a drought which has worsened the unstable situation since the Taliban regained control in August. The World Food Programme say that now, 95% of Afghans don’t have enough food. WFP executive director David Beasley has called it the “worst humanitarian crisis on earth” and has asked the international community to help. The UN and the World Health Organization have also announced that vaccinations against polio will restart soon, having reached an agreement with the Taliban.
In Singapore, a man with a learning disability has had his execution postponed. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam was arrested in 2009 for trying to smuggle heroin into Singapore. He was sentenced to death and his execution was planned for 10th November this year. Human rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have fought against the sentence.
In Nicaragua, president Daniel Ortega has won the presidential election according to official results. This will be Ortega’s fourth consecutive term in power. Many countries, including Spain, Costa Rica, Colombia, the United States and the United Kingdom said that the elecitons were not free and fair. A statement from the European Union said that Ortega is guilty of imprisoning, harassing and intimidating opponents, journalists and activists. Ortega received congratulations from the governments of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia.
And the United States has reopened its borders to travellers. Since May 2020, visitors from 33 countries including China and India have been banned. Now, vaccinated people with a negative Covid test can enter the US without quarantining. Travellers arriving in New York City’s JFK airport yesterday were celebrated with cheering and balloons.
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