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Wednesday 23rd March 2022

Europe

In Ukraine Russian soldiers are now inside the city of Mariupol, which has been under siege for 3 weeks, however fighting continues. Two extremely powerful bombs hit Mariupol yesterday, local officials said. Russian ships have bombed the port city of Odesa for the first time - the third largest city in Ukraine. The United States embassy in Kyiv has said that Russian forces had kidnapped over 2,000 children in Luhansk and Donetsk regions. A drone attack on Kyiv’s science institution has killed at least one person.

Ukraine’s emergency services have said that a children’s hospital was bombed yesterday in the Luhansk region. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said yesterday that ten hospitals have been completely destroyed since Russia invaded on the 24th February.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny received 9 years in prison yesterday. Russian Nobel peace prize winner Dmitry Muratov said that he will auction his peace prize to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that the war in Ukraine is “unwinnable”...

“This war is unwinnable. Sooner or later it will have to move from the battlefield to the peace table. And that is inevitable. The only question is how many more lives must be lost? How many more bombs must fall? How many Mariupols must be destroyed? How many more Ukrainians and Russian will be killed before everyone realizes that this war has no winners ,only losers? How more people will have to die in Ukraine? And how many people around the world will have to face hunger for this to stop? Continuing the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable , politically indefensible, and militarily nonsensical. What I said from this podium almost one month ago should be even more evident today - by any measure, by even the shrewdest calculation, it is time to stop the fighting now and give peace a chance. It is time to end this absurd war. Thank you.”


In France the Corsican nationalist and prisoner Yvan Colonna has died, three weeks after being attacked by another prisoner. There have been major protests on the island of Corsica since Colonna was attacked, with protesters demanding that Colonna be transferred to a prison in Corsica.

Asia

In China no survivors have been found from the China Eastern jet which crashed on Monday. 132 people were on the plane, meaning that it is probably China’s worst air disaster in 30 years. Investigators say that they don’t know why the plane crashed.

The Sri Lankan army has been sent to petrol stations. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Sri Lanka, the military has been sent to monitor petrol stations all over the country. A rise in energy prices has led to thousands of people queuing for hours for petrol, and three elderly people died during the long wait in hot weather. The military announced that soldiers would only help distribute fuel to prevent hoarding and to make the distribution more efficient.

China and Taiwan are arguing about who rescued some sailors last month. Chinese State media said that China had rescued nine sailors from Papua New Guinea, who were lost at sea for 29 days. However, Taiwan’s ministry for foreign affairs said that this was a lie, and that a Taiwanese fishing boat had rescued the men.

Africa

Malawi has begun a nationwide vaccination campaign against polio. Last month, Malawi recorded its first case of polio in 30 years. In the world cases of polio have been reduced by 99.9% since the 1950s, with only a few hundred people testing positive each year. The World Health organization is aiming to totally eradicate polio, as was achieved with smallpox in 1980.

In Sudan protesters blocked major roads yesterday in Khartoum. There have been constant protests in Sudan since the military took power in a coup d’etat in October.

Americas

In Canada the Liberal party of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reached a power sharing agreement with the New Democratic party. This means that Trudeau will probably stay as Prime Minister until 2025, despite not winning a majority of seats in the election in September.

And in Ecuador, two new species of “glass frog” have been found. The two species, found either side of the Guayllabamba river, have transparent skin, which means that their internal organs are visible.

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