Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, travelled to Moscow yesterday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin said yesterday that the United States was trying to pull Russia into an armed conflict that it doesn’t want. Putin said that the United States wants a conflict to start so that it can put more sanctions on Russia. Putin also said that the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO is a threat to world peace. Previously Russia has demanded that Ukraine never become a member of NATO, however NATO says that any country has a right to join, despite the fact that Ukraine is not likely to become a member soon. Viktor Orban said yesterday that no European leader wants war. In Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky met United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday. In Kiev, Johnson said that the UK is sending weapons and financial aid to Ukraine, not to show aggression against Russia, but to protect the sovereignty of Ukraine...
“Today more than 100,000 Russian troops are gathering on your border in perhaps the biggest demonstration of hostility towards Ukraine in our lifetimes. And the potential deployment dwarfs the 30,000 troops that Russia sent to invade Crimea in 2014. Since that time of course, 13,000 Ukrainians have been killed and Ukraine has been plunged into nearly a decade of war. Alongside other countries we are also preparing a package of sanctions and other measures to be enacted the moment the first Russian toecap crosses further into Ukrainian territory. And we have done all this and prepared all this not as a show of hostility towards Russia, but as a demonstration that we will always stand up for freedom and democracy and Ukrainian sovereignty in the face of aggression.”
Denmark has become the first European country to remove all coronavirus restrictions. The government said that because 80% of the population had received two vaccinations and over 60% had received a booster, the coronavirus is not a critical threat. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen wrote on Facebook yesterday “Good morning to a completely open Denmark.”
In Sweden crows are being used to pick up cigarette butts. The wild birds are rewarded with a small amount of food every time they put a cigarette butt into a machine in a park near Stockholm.
In Myanmar there was a silent strike yesterday to mark one year since the military removed the democratically elected government. Social media showed empty streets and closed shops in major cities.
In Pakistan an attack on Christians has killed a priest. Khadija Tahir reports...
In Pakistan, a Christian priest has been shot and killed in the city of Peshawar. Father William Siraj was on his way home after mass when two unidentified men shot him. Another priest, Father Naeem Patrick, was also injured in the attack. Police are still looking for the two attackers. Many senior government officials have condemned the attack. Christians are a minority in Pakistan and have been the target of several attacks in recent years.
Japanese scientists Masato Sagawa has won the Queen Elizabeth Prize for engineering. Sagawa won the prize for inventing an incredibly powerful magnet which is considered important for the future of renewable energy.
In Ecuador at least 22 people have been killed by floods and landslides. Storms are expected to continue all this week in the capital city, Quito.
In United States the New York Times has bought the word game Wordle. Wordle is a daily language game made by software engineer Josh Wardle. Wordle went from being played by less than a hundred people a day in October last year to being played by over a million people a day in January. The New York Times has said that Wordle will continue to be free for the neat future.
In Guinea-Bissau there were reports of gunfire yesterday around the presidential palace. Some media have called it an attempted coup d’etat. President Umaro Sissoco Embalo said yesterday on Twitter that he was ok.
A Ghanaian woman has given birth on an aeroplane. A doctor and nurse who were also passengers on the flight to the United States, helped to deliver the baby boy.
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