In Japan, leaders from Japan, India, The United States and Australia met yesterday to talk about trade and defence. Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said that the group was not aimed at any particular country, and said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was a threat to the principles of the United Nations. Earlier this week, US president Joe Biden broke with tradition by saying that the US would intervene militarily if China invaded Taiwan. However, yesterday Biden said that there had been no change in US policy. China considers Taiwan to be part of its territory despite Taiwan being completely independent for over 70 years.
Sri Lanka’s government has increased the price of fuel by over 20%. Sri Lanka is in its worst ever economic crisis, with annual inflation at over 30%.
In Switzerland the Davos meeting of the world Economic Forum is taking place this week. 2500 leaders from business and politics are meeting in the Swiss town called Davos. Many leaders have spoken about economic problems all around the world, and the possibility of a global recession. Yesterday Davos leaders promised $18 billion dollars to fight Tuberculosis, Malaria and AIDS. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky spoke on Tuesday via video-link, where he asked business leaders to increase sanctions against Russia, including stopping all trade with Russia. Starbucks has announced that it will close all of its 130 cafes in Russia.
Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission President, said yesterday that Russia was weaponizing the supply of food to the world...
“Today Russia’s artillery is bombarding grain warehouses in Ukriane. Deliberately. And Russia’s warships in the Black Sea are blockading Ukrainian ships full of wheat and sunflower seeds. Global wheat prices are skyrocketing, and it is the fragile countries and vulnerable populations that suffer the most. Bread prices in Lebanon have increased by 70% and food shipments from Odessa could not reach Somalia...”
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that security is more important than profit...
“We must recognize that our economic choices have consequences for our security. Freedom is more important than free trade. The protection of our values is more important than profit.”
In Ukraine, the Russian army has conquered some towns in the Donbass region. Russia is trying to surround the city of Severodonetsk. Severodonetsk normally has a population of 100,000 people, however most of them have left, and the governor has now said that it is too late for more civilians to be evacuated. President Zelensky said that 87 soldiers were killed in an attack on a military base last week, the biggest military loss that Ukraine has confirmed in the war until now. In Mariupol there have been reports of over 200 bodies being found under a collapsed building, although this information is difficult to verify.
In Kyiv a survey by the Institute of Sociology, found that 82% of Ukrainians don’t think that Ukraine should agree to give Russia territory as part of a peace deal. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny spoke from prison yesterday, where he said that President Putin is a “madman” and that the war in Ukraine is “stupid”. A Russian diplomat to the United Nations, Boris Bondarev has resigned because of Russia’s war in Ukraine, saying that the people responsible for the war “want only one thing - to remain in power forever.” President Zelensky again said yesterday that he would meet president Putin to end the war.
In Ghana there have been floods in the capital Accra. More rain is expected today and tomorrow.
Rwanda’s military has accused soldiers from the Democratic Republic of Congo of using artillery over the border and injuring civilians. Both armies are fighting armed groups in the border areas.
In Brazil a police raid in a favela has left at least 11 people dead, according to the police. The police in Rio de Janeiro said that a shootout killed ten gang members and one woman caught between the gang and the police.
Argentina’s president Alberto Fernandez has paid a large donation to medical research in a deal to stop an investigation into a party he held during a COVID10 lockdown in 2020.
And a drug has been shown to help mice with spinal injuries. Spinal injuries are generally considered very serious and can leave people with little mobility, however a drug has been shown to aid recovery in mice and rats, and is expected to enter human trials soon.
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