The European Union has condemned the actions of the Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, saying that he was acting like a ‘gangster. The EU accuses the Belarussian government of inviting refugees, especially from Iraw, to fly into Belarus so that they can then travel into Poland, Lithuania or Latvia. Poland said yesterday that between 3,000 and 4,000 people are stuck on the border between Belarus and Poland. Lithuania voted yesterday to introduce a state of emergency on its border with Belarus, which will prevent people from gathering near the border, and give police more powers. United States spokesman Ned Price said that Belarus’s use of migrants in this way was inhumane and callous...
“We are concerned with disturbing images and reports emanating from the Belarus-Poland border this weekend. The United States strongly condemns the Lukashenko regimes’ political exploitation and coercion of vulnerable people and the regime’s callous and inhumane facilitation of irregular migration flows across its borders.”
In the United Kingdom, all staff of the National Health Service in England will have to be vaccinated against COVID19 by April or they will lose their jobs. Over 90% are already vaccinated. Health Secretary Sajid Javid has said that this is the duty of health workers, to help protect others...
“I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated. We must avoid preventable harm and protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and of course, protect the NHS itself.”
In Germany, the campaign group Greenpeace is suing the car company Volkswagen. Greenpeace says that Volkswagen is “fuelling the climate crisis” and failing to take action to prevent global warming. Yesterday a new report said that the world is heading towards 2.4 degrees of warming, a level at which irreversible changes put all humanity at risk.
In Ethiopia the United Nations have demanded that their staff are released from detention. The UN said yesterday that 18 UN staff were being detained in Addis Ababa. The Ethiopian government hasn’t commented on the situation.
In Niger at least 26 children have died in a fire at a school. Fires are common in school buildings in Niger because they are often made out of wood and straw. The accident happened in the Maradi region, where a mine collapsed on Sunday.
In Chile, President Sebastian Piñera has been impeached by the congress. Opposition politicians are trying to remove Piñera for corruption related to the Pandora Papers. Piñera is accused of secretly profiting from the sale of a mine. The senate will now conduct a trial of Piñera, however, it is not likely that he will be removed as president.
In the United States, four astronauts returned from the International Space Station yesterday. This story from Camelia El Alami...
Four astronauts returned yesterday to Earth in large parachutes falling into the Gulf of Mexico. During their 200-day orbit mission, the four astronauts floated around the International Space Station and tested new science experiments. This was the fourth safe return to Earth for Crew Dragon, the astronaut capsule developed by Space X the company of billionaire Elon Musk. NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough said “It’s great to be back on planet earth”.
In India two people have been killed in fighting in the Kashmir region. There has been an increase in violence in the Indian administered Kashmir region since its autonomous status was removed by India in 2019.
Japan´s government has said it will give vouchers worth 100,000 yen to every child, as a way to help the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Last week the Liberal Democratic party won a majority of seats in a parliamentary election, allowing Fumio Kishida to continue as Prime Minister.
In New Zealand there have been protests against compulsory COVID19 vaccinations. Thousands of people attended a rally in Wellington. Health workers and teachers have been told that they must be vaccinated to continue working. New Zealand is one of the countries that has reported the least cases of COVID in the world, and only 32 deaths have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic.
And in Tuvalu, the foreign minister has given a speech to the United Nations climate conference, while standing knee-deep in water. Simon Kofe, wearing a suit and speaking at a podium, spoke about how the rise in sea level was having a direct effect on Tuvalu today...
“Climate change and sea-level rise are deadly, an existential threat to Tuvalu and low-lying atoll countries. We are sinking but so is everyone else. And no matter if we feel the impacts today, like Tuvalu, or in a hundred years, we will all still feel the dire effects of this crisis one day. In Tuvalu, our islands are sacred to us. They contain the manner of our people, they were the home of our ancestors, they are our home of our people today, and we want them to remain the home of our people into the future....”
Tuvalu is a collection of islands in the pacific ocean and has a population of just 11,000.
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