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Americas

In the United States, President Donald Trump called for a recount in certain counties, hours before yesterday’s deadline. Officials said they received $3m from the Trump campaign to pay for the recount. Trump has also fired the director of the US cyber security agency, Christopher Krebs. Mr. Krebs removal comes after he defended the 2020 presidential elections, saying there was no fraud. Since the election president trump has only spoken a few times, but he has repeated that there has been fraud.

"There has been a lot of shenanigans, this is a corrupt system. This is a major fraud on our nation. If you count the legal votes I easily win. Frankly, we did win this election."


In Argentina, it was announced yesterday that President Alberto Fernández is to present a new bill to Congress on legalising abortion. He said the bill will save lives, as every year almost 40,000 women are treated in hospital after unsafe illegal and abortions. Abortion is illegal in most countries in Latin America. If the bill is passed, Argentina will become the largest country in the region to legalise it.

In Peru, Francisco Sagasti spoke for the first time as president on Tuesday. Peru has seen deadly protests this week and the resignation of 2 presidents - making Sagasti Peru’s third president in a week.


"It is a moment to ask ourselves where we lost our way. It is a moment to amend and to advance decisively towards a better future for all Peruvians.”

Africa

In Uganda’s capital, Kampala, protests began yesterday after police arrested presidential candidate and musician Bobi Wine. Officials accused Mr. Wine of not following coronavirus rules while out campaigning for next year’s presidential election. Opposition leader Mr. Wine said on Twitter yesterday that police violently broke into his car and took him into custody. An unknown number of people were killed and injured after police officers fired tear gas at protestors.

In South Africa, a controversial millionaire preacher has turned himself in to police after he was issued a warrant of arrest, for not following bail and leaving the country. Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, are facing charges of money laundering and fraud in South Africa. On Saturday he told his social media followers that he had left the country because he had received death threats.


Yesterday the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) celebrated the end of Ebola. Authorities have spent months working with their communities to stop the spread of a virus that has now killed more than 2,000 people. They did this facing not one but two deadly viruses, with COVID-19 cases first reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in March.

Europe

In Germany, several thousand people gathered in central Berlin yesterday. This was to protest against Chancellor Angela Merkel’s plans to enforce restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Police have used water cannons to break up protesters, after they had refused to wear masks.

In France, a new bill has been created, making it illegal to share images of police officers if the reason behind it is to put them in danger. This means it could be illegal to share images that can be used to identify or locate police officers to people who could possibly harm them or harass them. The French government said this is to protect them from violent attacks, but critics say it is a way of covering up police brutality. The bill will be presented before the cabinet on December 9.

Asia

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had his first phone call conversation with US President-elect Joe Biden. During the call they agreed to work together to improve India and America’s relationship. This was announced by India’s External Affairs Ministry yesterday. After Modi congratulated Biden on their phone call they discussed their priorities, including the coronavirus, and climate change.


In China, a Covid-19 vaccine has shown success in its trial stage. According to researchers, the Sinovac Biotech vaccine led to quick responses during trials with around 700 people. This announcement comes after European and US vaccines reported successful trials. Three vaccines, developed in the US, Germany and Russia, have all released data with efficiency rates of more than 90%, after trials with tens of thousands of people.


And finally in New Zealand, police have introduced a hijab into their official uniform to encourage more Muslim women to join. Zeena Ali will become the first officer to wear the official hijab. A spokesperson said this is to create an "inclusive" service to reflect New Zealand's "diverse community".

Africa

In Ethiopia, there are fears of a refugee crisis, as the government prepares to retake control of the whole of the Tigray region. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said yesterday that a final and conclusive offensive would be launched by the end of the week. Hundreds of people have been killed in fighting in the last two weeks between Ethiopia’s national army and Tigray’s local government forces. Many international organizations have asked Ahmed to de-escalate the situation. Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

In Somalia a terrorist attack killed at least 5 people yesterday. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a restaurant in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu. Islamist jihadist group Al-shabaab claimed responsability.

In the Democratic republic of Congo at least 30 people have died in violence in the east of the country. Attacks were reported in the North Kivu province close to the border with Uganda. Local officials have blamed the ADF, an Islamist jihadist rebel group.

Americas

In The United States the leaders of Facebook and Twitter answered questions from the Senate yesterday. Mark Zuckeberg and Jack Dorsey were asked about social media disinformation. Both Republican and Democrats have supported removing some protections of the companies, but for different reasons. Many Democrats think that misinformation spreads too easily on Facebook and Twitter, however many Republicans are concerned that the companies have an anti-conservative bias by labeling posts as misinformation. Zuckerberg said that the fact that both sides were attacking the companies for different reasons showed that the problem was a reflection of society in general...

“And the fact that both sides criticize us doesn’t mean that we are getting this right. But it does mean that there are real disagreements about where the limits of online speech should be. I think that's understandable. People can reasonably disagree about where to draw the lines. That’s a hallmark of democratic societies - especially here in the US with our strong first amendment tradition,”

In Central America and the Caribbean, hurricane Iota has caused major damage. Nicaragua and Honduras reported extensive damage to buildings, although no deaths were confirmed. The small Colombian island of Providencia, which is closest to Nicaragua and has a population of just 5,000 people, reported that almost all buildings had been damaged or destroyed, and one person has died. At the beginning of November, Hurricane Eta killed at least 182 people in Central America.

Asia

Armenia and Azerbaijan have exchanged bodies of people who died in recent fighting. At least 200 bodies have been exchanged in the presence of Russian peacekeepers. At least a thousand people were killed during the 6 week war, which ended last week, with a peace agreement. There have been protests in Armenia against the signing of the peace agreement, which has transferred territory to Azerbaijan.

There has been an increase in tension between India and Pakistan in the last few weeks. With an update from the area, Khadija Tahir...

“Pakistan has again said that it is against India being a member of the United Nations Security Council. The Pakistani Ambassador Munir Akram said on Monday that India does not qualify for a seat on the 15-member United Nations Security Council (UNSC) because of the situation in Kashmir. The disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir had its autonomous status revoked in August 2019. Since then, the state has seen limitations on internet access, and recently Indian people were given the right to purchase land in the state. On Friday, at least 15 people died in the border region during fighting. Both countries continue to accuse each other of not following a ceasefire. ”

In Thailand there were more pro-democracy protests yesterday. At least 5 people were shot, according to a Bangkok hospital. During the last few months, protesters have been demanding that the Prime Minister and former army general Prayuth-Chan-ocha resign, and have been asking for a removal of the monarchy’s power.

Europe

France passed 2 million confirmed infections of COVID19 yesterday. Italy, Austria, Sweden, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Albania, Greece, Moldova and Belarus have all confirmed their highest ever single day of reported infections in the last few days. The world now reports half a million new infections every day, and this is expected to be much less than the true number. This week drug company Moderna said that it has a vaccine that is 95% effective, a week after company Pfeizer said that their vaccine is 90% effective.

A study has shown that most of the people in the European Union are happy with the European Union. Pew research centre showed that of eight countries studied, more than half of respondents in every country held a positive view of the EU. The score was highest in Germany, at 73%, and lowest in Italy at 58%. The study also showed that 60% of respondents in the United Kingdom held a positive view of the EU. The UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, and a transition period will finish at the end of this year.

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Asia

In Armenia, Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan quit yesterday. This is because of the deal made last week that ended Armenia’s fight with Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Pressure is rising on Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to step down as well. Thousands of Armenians protested last week to demand Pashinyan to step down, after he signed a deal that won Azerbaijan land, despite six weeks of fighting that resulted in the deaths of more than 2,000 Armenians.

In Pakistan, more than 1,000 protesters blocked a major highway in the capital, Islamabad, yesterday. The protestors demanded the removal of the French ambassador and to cut ties with France over issues relating to Islamophobia. The protesters were from the far-right political party, TLP, who have spoke on the issue of getting rid of blasphemy against Islam. This all comes a day after violent clashes with the police.

In India, the government has announced the ways in which it will stop the spread of the coronavirus in its capital New Delhi. The government will fly doctors in from other parts of India, double the number of covid tests and increase the amount of hospital beds. India’s daily cases have been decreasing since the middle of September, but its capital New Delhi is facing a rise, recording more new cases than any other state in India.

Africa

Yesterday, Ethiopian fighter jets bombed the capital of the Tigray state, despite several countries pressuring the government to restore peace. There has been no information on any deaths or damage and there was no comment from the Ethiopian government. Around 25,000 refugees have fled to neighbouring Sudan and hundreds of people have been reported dead since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed ordered attacks on November 4 against Tigray’s local rulers for going against his authority. Both sides have been accused of violence against civilians.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, musician Tshala Muana was arrested yesterday. Muana’s latest song, Ingratitude, is the reason behind her arrest. In the song, the lyrics describe a person, who had been given a lot in life but has forgotten to use his power for good. Many believe that the award-winning musician is talking about current President Félix Tshisekedi - but Tshala Muana hasn't confirmed this.



Europe

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is in “good health” after coming into contact with someone who had COVID-19. The prime minister said he would lead the government via Zoom while in self-isolation in Downing Street.


"The good news is the NHS Test and Trace is working ever more efficiently; the bad news is they've pinged me and I've got to self isolate, because somebody I was in contact with a few days ago has developed Covid. And it doesn't matter that we're all doing social distancing, it doesn't matter that I'm fit as butchers dog, feel great, so many people do in my circumstances, and actually it doesn't matter that I've had the disease and I'm bursting with antibodies. We've got to interrupt the spread of the disease and if NHS Test and Trace contact you and say you've got to self isolate then follow the rules; thats what I'm going to do, and I've got plenty more to say in the course of the next few days by zoom of course and other means of electronics communications."


In Sweden, the government has reduced the size of groups allowed to meet in public, as it prepares for Sweden’s second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sweden has not been following the coronavirus recommendations and now public gatherings will now be limited from the previous 300 to eight people. This was announced by Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at a news conference yesterday. Sweden has seen increasing daily numbers of new cases and growing pressure on hospitals.



Americas

In the United States, former president Barack Obama said that if Donald Trump wants to be remembered as someone who 'put the country first' then he must accept the election results.


"My advice to President Trump is if you want at this late stage in the game to be remembered as somebody who put country first, it's time for you to do the same thing, i think it was time for him to concede probably the day after the election. The president doesn't like to lose and never admits loss. I'm more troubled by the fact that other republican officials who clearly know better are going along with this, are humouring him in this fashion. It is one more step in delegitimising not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally"

In Central America, Hurricane Iota is getting closer, with experts warning that there will be extremely dangerous winds and "life-threatening storms.” Hurricane Iota is now a category five storm - the strongest on the scale. Iota was expected to hit north-eastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras late last night.


And finally, New Zealand has voted the kakapo its Bird of the Year. There were even allegations of election rigging when hundreds of votes came from a single address. But in the end, the kakapo won, marking the second time New Zealanders crowned the chubby parrot their number one bird.