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Wednesday 18th May 2022

Europe


In Russia, the McDonald’s fast food company has announced its exit. It will sell all its restaurants in Russia, after operating there for 30 years. McDonald’s the world’s largest burger chain and one of the biggest companies to leave Russia since its invasion of Ukraine.


In Ukraine, hundreds of people have surrendered after weeks under siege in a steelworks in Mariupol. Buses have taken wounded fighters to Donetsk, according to Reuters. It is unclear what will happen to the Ukrainian fighters.


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and French president Emmanuel Macron had a “long and meaningful” phone conversation yesterday about the war in Ukraine. According to Zelensky, they discussed the rescue mission in Mariupol, defence support from France and a sixth package of sanctions from the European Union, as well as Ukraine’s request to join the European Union. Zelensky also says he spoke with German chancellor Olaf Scholz yesterday.


The G7 is planning a EUR 15 billion aid package for Ukraine, according to the German government.


The Ukrainian winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, Kalush Orchestra, are planning a tour of Europe to raise money for the Ukrainian army.


Turkey has said that it would not support Sweden and Finland joining NATO. It says that Sweden and Finland harbour individuals linked to terrorist groups. Yesterday, Finland and Sweden said they hope common ground can be found. The United States has said they are confident that an agreement will be reached.


Africa


In Mali, the European Union will suspend its military training mission, but not cancel it. Mali’s interim military government has said that Mali is pulling out of the G5 Sahel force. The European Union has called this decision regrettable.


In Libya, the new prime minister Fathi Bashagha withdrew the capital Tripoli hours after entering because of fighting. The rival government refuses to pass power over to Bashagha.


Ethiopia will receive a grant of USD 300 million from the World Bank to help reconstruction and recovery in areas affected by conflict.


Uganda has announced the withdrawal of its troops from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Late last year, the countries began a joint operation against Islamist insurgents. Troops will withdraw in around two weeks.


Americas


United States president Joe Biden has condemned white supremacists, the media, the internet and politics for spreading racist conspiracy theories.


“Hate will not prevail, and white supremacy will not have the last word. For the evil did come to Buffalo and it’s come to all too many places, manifest in gunmen who massacre innocent people in the name of hateful and perverse ideology, rooted in fear and racism […] A hate that through the media and politics, the internet has radicalised angry, isolated, lost and alienated individuals.”

In Chile, the first draft of the new constitution has been prepared. Now, commissions will take over "fine-tuning" it.


Asia


North Korea’s military is helping distribute COVID-19 medications, and more than 10,000 healthcare workers are helping trace potential patients.


Sri Lanka’s parliament has voted against fast-tracking a move to condemn president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. If the motion is passed, it could cause pressure for the president to resign.


Myanmar’s shadow government has asked for international help to fight the ruling military government. Myanmar has asked for help similar to what Ukraine is receiving.


And in Laos, a tooth extracted from a cave wall has provided new evidence about an extinct human species called Denisovans. The tooth is one of a few physical artefacts from the Denisovans. It is between 164,000 and 131,000 years old and belonged to a girl between four and six years old. This is the first time a Denisovan has been found in a warm region.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or in an audio message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, have a lovely day and I will speak to you tomorrow.

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