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Wednesday 20th July 2022

Europe

The United Kingdom broke the record for its highest ever temperature yesterday by far. Before yesterday, the highest ever recorded temperature in the UK was 37.8 degrees, however, yesterday many parts of the United Kingdom recorded temperatures over 40 degrees. The London Fire Brigade declared a major incident, after it was fighting many fires at the same time throughout London yesterday. There are still major wildfires throughout Europe. The head of the World Meteorological Organization Gerhard Adrian said yesterday that these temperatures will become normal in Europe...

“We will not be able to return to the current.... or the previous climate and at the moment we are heading towards something like 2.5 degrees warming, and that means that we would have much higher amount of these kind of events in the future as part of our normal climate.”

From today, most areas of Western Europe are expecting lower temperatures.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has chosen a new head of the SBU, the domestic security agency. On Sunday he removed his friend Ivan Bakanov. It has not been clear why the change was made, however, there are suggestions that it is because of a failure to stop Russian infiltration of Ukrainian government information. Yesterday Russia bombed at least 6 regions of Ukraine, in the North, East and South.

Russian state energy company Gazprom has said that it cannot guarantee gas supplies across Europe because of events outside its control. Germany has said that this is not true, and that the gas supply must continue. The European Union is banning almost all imports of Russian oil, and is planning to stop imports of all Russian fossil fuels by 2027, however many countries are still very reliant on Russian gas. France is expected to fully nationalize the energy company EDF. The state currently controls 84% of EDF, however, the government has said that having complete control will help to stabilize the company, and help it to grow.

In Italy police have stopped the illegal sale of a painting by the 17th century artist Artemisia Gentileschi. Police said that the painting is worth at least €2 million euros, and was being sent to Austria to be sold

Americas

In Brazil, election officials and politicians are criticising president Jair Bolsonaro for continuing to make allegations of problems with Brazil’s election system, despite there being no significant evidence of problems. Recently Bolsonaro has said that the electronic voting system, used since 1996, is vulnerable. Brazil’s election authority have said that this is not true. Critics of Bolsonaro say that he is spreading disinformation because of bad poll results recently. Most opinion polls show former President Lula da Silva easily beating Bolsonaro in a presidential election in October.

In the United States, the police in Indiana have praised a man who shot and killed another man who began shooting at people in a shopping mall. Three people were killed before a civilian with a gun killed the shooter...

“Many more people would have died last night if not for a responsible, armed, citizen, that took action very quickly - within the first two minutes of this shooting.”

Asia

In Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting each other and Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi and Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Officially the three countries are meeting to talk about Syria, however it is also expected that Erdogan and Putin will talk about the Russian blockade of grains leaving Ukraine in the black sea.

In Pakistan there has been a boat accident. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, 20 people have died after a boat overturned in the Indus river in the district of Sadiqabad. Local officials have said that a rescue team saved 90 people, and 30 are still missing. According to one report, most passengers were women and children from a tribe going to a wedding across the river. Traveling via boat is common in rural areas of Pakistan due to a lack of proper roads and infrastructure connecting remote villages.

Africa

Cote d’Ivoire may legalize polygamy - allowing people to marry more than one person. Yacouba Sangare, the politician who introduced the bill, says that polygamy already exists in Cote d’Ivoire, it just isn’t legal. Some studies show that over 10% of households in Cote d’Ivoire are polygamous. Women’s rights groups have criticised the bill because it only legalizes a man’s ability to have more than one wife, and not the other way around.

And across Africa, farmers are returning to grow traditional crops, because of poor harvests for wheat and Maize, and a lack of imports because of the war in Ukraine. In Zimbabwe, some farmers are increasing production of Sorghum and millet, which were popular plants to grow before Europeans arrived in Africa in the 16th century. Malawi is increasing production of the pigeon pea, which requires very little water to grow.

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