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Wednesday 14th April 2021

Europe

NATO has warned Russia about its military build up on the border with Ukraine. Russia supports separatists in the Donbass region of Ukraine. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that Russia’s military build up was deeply concerning...

“Russia’s considerable military build up is unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning. Russia must end this military build up in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately.”

In Germany a trial of 12 far-right men has started in Stuttgart. The men are accused of planning a series of attacks on asylum seekers, Muslims, Jews and politicians.

Asia

Japan has said that it will release one million tonnes of nuclear contaminated water into the sea. Japan has said that the water from the Fukushima nuclear plant will be safe before bring put into the sea, however China and South Korea have both said that it should not happen.

Iran has said that it will boost its uranium enrichment after an Israeli cyberattack. Iran previously raised its level of uranium enrichment after the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, allegedly by Israel. Iran is currently in talks with Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany about how to restart the 2015 Nuclear deal, which limited Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the removal of economic sanctions on Iran.

In Pakistan, there have been large protests. Khadija Tahir tells us why...

In Pakistan, the arrest of a far-right Muslim Leader has led to large protests by his supporters. Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader Saad Rizvi was arrested in Lahore on Tuesday, on unknown charges. Supporters of the group protested in major cities around Pakistan and fought with police. Pakistani authorities shut down main highways in the Punjab province, at least two people have been killed in the protests, according to local media. The far-right group has held many large-scale protests in Pakistan in the past regarding blasphemy allegations.

Africa

In Benin the electoral commission has said that President Patrice Talon won 86% of votes in Sunday’s election. Benin has generally been seen as more democratic than most African countries, however Talon has been accused of making Benin more authoritarian. Many opposition candidates were not able to participate in the election because of being charged with crimes.

In Djibouti at least 42 people have died after a migrant boat sank, according to the International Organization for Migration. Migrants often cross from Djibouti to Yemen in order to reach the richer gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Americas

The United States is considering giving money directly to people in Central America, to try to stop them from trying to cross into the United States illegally. Reuters news agency has reported that money could be sent to people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, although the plan has not been spoken about publicly. Republican politicians have called the idea ‘madness’. Republican house leader Kevin McCarthy said that it was an insult to unemployed Americans/ This week The United States reached deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala for them to put more soldiers on their own borders to try to stop migrants before they get to the US border.

Also in the US, the Biden administration has said that all soldiers will be removed from Afghanistan by September. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and removed the Taliban from power. The Taliban, the US and the Afghan government have been holding talks in Qatar since last year.

In Peru official results of Sunday’s Presidential election show that the second round will be contested between Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori. Castillo and his ‘Free Peru’ party are generally considered far-left, and Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori is often considered far-right. The second round will be held on the 6th June.

In Saint Vincent the volcano La Sofriere is continuing to erupt. Around 16,000 people were told to evacuate last week on the Caribbean Island. There were reports yesterday that water supplies were contaminated by volcanic ash.

And in France, Facebook has apologised to a French town, after its Facebook page was accidentally removed. The town of Bitche had accidentally been shown to violate Facebook’s rules.

Last week we asked listeners whether anything positive had come from the coronavirus pandemic. Ricardo from Spain said that we have demonstrated our unsustainable lifestyle...

“One of the few positive things that COVID19 has shown us is our unsustainable lifestyle”

Thank you Ricardo.

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