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Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Americas

The United Nations General Assembly has started in New York. Many world leaders spoke yesterday and will continue to speak today. UN head Antonio Guterres opened the assembly by saying that the world is on the edge of an abyss...

“I’m here to sound the alarm. The world must wake up. We are on the edge of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction. Our world has never been more threatened or more divided. We face the greatest cascade of crises in our lifetimes. The COVID19 pandemic has supersized glaring inequalities. The climate crisis is pummelling the planet. Upheaval from Afghanistan to Ethiopia to Yemen and beyond has thwarted peace.”

Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro was the first world leader to speak yesterday. He criticised other countries for not using alternative medications for the coronavirus. Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi said that US sanctions on Iran during the pandemic are a crime against humanity. Qatar’s Sheikh Al Thani said that world leaders needed to engage with the Taliban in Afghanistan. US President Joe Biden said that the US will move away from war and towards diplomacy.

In the United States the coronavirus pandemic has now killed more people than the Spanish Flu of 1918 to 1919. The United States has now confirmed 695,000 deaths after testing positive for COVID19. In the world the Spanish flu killed between 25 and 50 million people at the end of the first world war. The flu was common throughout Europe and North America, however it was known as the “Spanish” flu because reporters were not allowed to report on high cases of disease among their own soldiers. Spain was neutral in the first world war, and reporters were allowed to report on the disease there. The coronavirus pandemic is the worst pandemic since the Spanish flu. 4.7 million deaths have been reported, however experts say that ten million people may have now died from COVID19. 43% of people in the world have now received a vaccine.

Haitians have continued to be returned to Haiti from the United States. The United Nations have said that they are concerned at the deportation of hundreds of migrants back to Haiti. Marta Hurtado of the UN Human Rights Office said that it appeared that migrants were not being given the chance to seek asylum...

“We are seriously concerned by the fact that it appears that there have not been any individual assessment on their case<s> and that therefore maybe some of these people have not received the protection that they needed”.

In Canada all votes have been counted in the general election. Justin Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister, as his Liberal party won the most seats in parliament, despite the fact that the conservative party actually won slightly more votes.

Asia

In India nearly three tonnes of heroin have been confiscated from a port, according to Indian officials. Mundra Port in the state of Gujarat said that it had found the heroin, which is came from Afghanistan and is expected to have a street value of $2.7 billion dollars, one of the biggest drug confiscations in the world.

Pakistan’s cricket board has complained about how other countries have cancelled their trips to Pakistan. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, the New Zealand and English cricket teams have cancelled their tours of the country. The New Zealand team called off the match minutes before it was supposed to start in the city of Rawalpindi, due to security concerns by the New Zealand government. Three days later, England also called off their cricket matches to be held in October. No international cricket team has toured Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009, after which all matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates. The Pakistani cricket board has criticized the last-minute cancellations, saying it has cost them almost $15-25m.

Europe

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia killed Alexander Litvinenko. Litvinenko was Russian spy who defected to the United Kingdom. He was poisoned and died in 2006 in London. The UK has blamed Russia for years, however yesterday was the first time that the European Court of Human Rights also stated that Russia ordered the murder of Litvinenko. Also yesterday British police said that a third Russian was involved in another poisoning in the UK. According to British intelligence, former spy Sergei Skripal was the target of a poisoning in 2018. Skripal survived, however a British civilian was killed.

In Croatia, police are trying to identify a woman with no memory. Police on the island of Krk said that the woman had head damage, spoke in English, and had no documents or mobile phone.

Africa

In Sudan officials have said that they have stopped an attempted coup d’etat. The military said that they had arrested 21 officers and many more soldiers. The group who attempted the coup are expected to be loyal to former president Omar al-Bashir, who was removed in 2019.

And in Burkina Faso strongman Iron Biby has returned to a screaming crowd at Ouagadougou airport. Iron Biby had been in Scotland, where he broke the world record in log lifting. Biby raised a log over his head that weighed 229KG.

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