Wednesday 24th February 2021
In Niger Mohamoud Bazoum has been declared the winner of the presidential election. The electoral commission said that Bazoum, received 56% of the vote, and former president Mahamane Ousmane received 44%. The transition from current president Mahamadou Issoufou will be the first change of power between elected leaders since Niger’s independence from France in 1960.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Hutu rebels have denied connections to the killing of Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio on Monday. Italian carabinieri, military police, arrived in the DRC yesterday to start an investigation. Luca was the first serving ambassador to be killed anywhere in the world since 2016.
In Lebanon, the World Bank has threatened to stop financing for coronavirus vaccines, after Lebanese politicians were found to have jumped the queue to receive vaccines early. Lebanon is the latest country to have problems with vaccine queue-jumping, after both Peru and Argentina’s health ministers were forced to resign for allowing people early access to COVID19 vaccines.
Nepal is facing a political crisis, after the parliament has been recalled by the Supreme Court. More information from Khadija Tahir...
In Nepal, the supreme court has decided to bring back the parliament, which was dissolved in December. Nepal has been in political trouble since the former Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli called for early elections. He claimed that the opposition party had not cooperated with the government. Nepal also faced economic problems due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, now the Supreme court of Nepal has ordered the parliament to be restored, and Prime Minister Oli will probably face a no-confidence vote and may have to resign. After Oli dissolved parliament, there were protests all over Nepal against the decision. 77 protesters were arrested on 4th February.
In Sri Lanka, an investigation has said that former President Maithipala Sirisena and his intelligence team, should be prosecuted for failing to stop the 2019 terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka. On Easter Sunday 2019 269 people were killed when Islamist Jihadists bombed churches and hotels around Sri Lanka. The investigation, which was started by President Sirisena, found that Indian intelligence had warned Sri Lanka about the possibility of an attack two weeks before the attack. Sirisena has previously said that he had no warning.
In Australia, facebook has agreed to restore news pages. Last week, Facebook stopped the viewing and sharing of all News content as Australia prepared to pass a law that said that social media networks must pay news companies. Australia and facebook reached a deal yesterday, after talks between Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Frydenberg said that Facebook had “refriended” Australia.
“Well Facebook has refriended Australia. And Australian news will be restored to the Facebook platform”
In Ecuador at least 50 people were killed in riots in 3 different prisons yesterday. The violence was caused by fighting between gangs in the prisons in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Latacunga.
In the United States, the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman has been arrested. Emma Aispuro was arrested over alleged involvement in international drug trafficking with her husband, known as ‘El Chapo’. Guzman was captured in Mexico in 2016 and sentenced in 2019 in the United States to life imprisonment.
France has asked the Pakistani envoy to explain comments made by Pakistani President Arif Alvi. On Saturday Alvi criticised a new law in France that aims to stop extremism and separatism. Alvi said that the new law is discriminatory against Muslims. France’s new law does not mention Islam or Muslims.
In Malta a man has been given 15 years in prison for his part in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in 2017. It is reported that Vincent Muscat was offered a lower prison sentence for giving information about other people involved in Caruana Galizia’s murder.
And in Italy, the volcano Mount Etna is erupting right now. Europe’s most active volcano, has been slowly erupting for weeks, but is at its peak right now. It is not considered to be dangerous but is creating beautiful scenes on the island of Sicily.
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