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12th of October – 18th of October

EU imposes sanctions on Belarus

After weeks of protests against the fraud elections that took place in Belarus recently, the European Union has now finally taken action. Great Britain, the U.S., and many Baltic States had already imposed sanctions against Lukashenko and his government when the European Union joined them this past Monday.

Judge Barrett’s Confirmation Hearings

The American judge Amy Coney Barrett was questioned over the course of three days last week in her confirmation hearings.

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5th of October – 11th of October

European Union Updates

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union agreed that they would aim for a final settlement to be made by December 31st this past Sunday. On Monday, the European Commission announced that of its staff, 179 members have tested positive for the coronavirus since the outbreak first started at the beginning of the year.

War between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Although there have been conflicts between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the past, the conflict recently escalated. Both sides are now using armed drones and wide-reaching rocket artillery, which has resulted in the death of at least 250 people, most of whom were civilians. What has escalated matters even more is that Turkey has expressed its support of Azerbaijan.

Chaos breaks out in Kyrgyzstan

Opposition groups seized the control of the Parliament on Tuesday. Not soon afterwards, they released their leaders from prison, in response to parliamentary elections they claim were manipulated. 

Other news: Most of the Nobel Prizes have been awarded so make sure to read up on the amazing work of this year’s winners!

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28th of September – 4th of October

War breaks out between Azerbaijan and Armenia

On Sunday the 29th of September fighting broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh. The border running through the province was already a point of dispute between the two countries in the past. Now, the renewed outbreak of fighting has turned into the largest clash between the two countries since 2016, with both countries describing the conflict as “war.”

President Trump tests positive for the coronavirus

Early on Friday morning President Trump announced that both he and the First Lady of the United States of America had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Europe imposes sanctions on Belarus

After only watching and criticizing the Belarusian President’s supposed cheating in the recent elections, the European Union has now taken action. The EU agreed on sanctions after Cyprus agreed in exchange for penalties to be imposed on Turkey to enter negotiation talks with Cyprus and Greece for Turkey’s energy exploitation of Greek and Cyprusian waters.

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14th of September – 20th of September

Signing of the Abraham Accords

This Tuesday, President Trump, the Israelian Prime Minister, and the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain gathered to sign agreements – the “Abraham Accords” – which will normalize the diplomatic relations between Israel and the UAE and Israel and Bahrain. This will include the establishment of embassies.

Protests in Belarus

Last Sunday, tens of thousands of people gathered not only in the capital city  Minsk but also in other cities throughout the country. Just like on the past few Sundays, there was a heavy police presence, and possibly even soldiers. Then, on Monday the 14th of September President Putin and President Lukashenko met for the first time since the protests in Belarus first started. President Putin of Russia later said that the goal at the meetings was to establish a “strategic partnership and alliance” between the two countries.

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7th of September – 13th of September

Protests in Hong Kong

Last Sunday, people went to the streets in Hong Kong to protest against the decision to delay the elections by one year. Thousands of police officers reacted by using pepper spray and arresting almost 300 protestors.

Belarusian protest leader vanishes

With large-scale protests continuing, the last prominent Belarusian protest leader Maria Kolesnikova was supposedly kidnapped this Monday. However, in the early morning hours of the 9th of September she appeared at the border that Belarus shares with the Ukraine. As soon as she had crossed the checkpoint, she destroyed her passport. This made it impossible for the Ukraine to admit her, and she is currently still in the Republic of Belarus.

Update on the Brexit negotiations

At the beginning of the week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that a no-deal Brexit would be a good outcome for the UK. Following this, the ongoing Brexit negotiations fell into chaos after the top lawyer of the British government resigned because of Prime Minister Johnson’s plan to override an important agreement with the European Union.

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31st of August – 6th of September

President Macron visits Lebanon

It has been less than a month since President Macron last visited Lebanon. This past week, he travelled to Lebanon once again to meet with representatives of the Lebanese political factions. The aim of the trip was to persuade these representatives to change the current political and economic system by supporting a revision of the government and putting in place initiatives to fight corruption. President Macron warned that unless these changes are put in place, sanctions against the personal wealth of the political elite would be put in place.

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31st of August – 6th of September

Arrest of Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina is famous for saving more than 1,200 Rwandans during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The genocide was a mass slaughter of Tutsi, Twa, and moderate Hutus in which between 500 thousand and 1 million people were killed. 

In the past few years, Paul Rusesabagina has become a political enemy of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame. These tensions now resulted in the arrest of Mr. Rusesabagina through international cooperation on charges that include terrorism, murder, and arson. 

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24th of August – 30th of August

Hearing of Gunman in New Zealand

The hearing of the Australian Brenton Tarrant began on Monday. He had killed 51 people and wounded 40 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last year. Brenton Tarrant had already pleaded guilty to murder and attempted murder and terrorism. On Thursday he was then sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for release by the judges. The sentence is the harshest sentence in New Zealand.

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24th of August – 30th of August

Updates on the protests in Belarus

On Sunday the 23rd of August thousands of people gathered in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, to protest against President Aleksandr Lukashenko. Although the total number of participants may have been well over 100 thousand, there were no arrests or clashes between the protestors and the police. However, on Monday the 23rd of August, security forces arrested two high-profile opposition forces. Furthermore, President Putin of Russia warned the protestors in Belarus by saying that he ordered the creation of a special force of officers at the request of Belarus’ President Lukashenko.

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17th of August – 23rd of August

The situation in Belarus

On Sunday the 16th of August, the ongoing protests in Belarus against President Aleksandr Lukashenko accumulated into the biggest protest in the history of Belarus as tens of thousands of people gathered in the capital city. This Monday the President then said that a new election is possible, just minutes after he said the exact opposite. The next day, Mr. Lukashenko vowed to stand firm. The protests continued but on a smaller scale as some protestors returned to work. The next big development came on Wednesday when the leaders of E.U. member countries announced that the election results from last week are not legitimate and that the European Union would impose sanctions on those involved in the manipulation of votes.