January 2022 Current Events: World News

Updated August 22, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for January 2022:

  1. America Prepares for a Russian Invasion of Ukraine
  2. State of Emergency Ended in Ethiopia
  3. Coup in Burkina Faso
  4. North Korea Resumes Missile Tests
  5. Protests in Sudan Against Coup

American Prepares for a Russian Invasion of Ukraine


Photo Source: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On January 26, following a week of hostile interactions, U.S. President Joe Biden warned that Russia may invade Ukraine within the next month. The key issue between the two former Cold War belligerents is the possibility of Ukraine joining NATO, the Cold War-era military alliance that continues founded in opposition to the Soviet Bloc. Russia considers this a threat to their security, while the United States has said it refuses to bar Ukraine from any alliances or organizations. Although Russia denies any plan to invade, they have built up forces along the border with Ukraine over the past month.
Source: BBC

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State of Emergency Ended in Ethiopia


Photo Source: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

On January 26, the government of Ethiopia preemptively ended a state of emergency declared last year. At the time, the government and military were concerned over armed insurgents nearing the capital of Addis Ababa. Although Ethiopia resolved its decades-long war with neighboring Eritrea, the country has continued to see fighting in the Tigray region. The situation was deemed to have broken in the favor of government forces, prompting an end to the state of emergency ahead of diplomatic talks with other African nations to be held in Addis Ababa.
Source: Reuters

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Coup in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sophie Garcia

Following in the wake of a similar uprising in neighboring Mali, military forces in Burkina Faso staged a coup against the national government. The government experienced widespread opposition over its inability to address security concerns, including the actions of extremist groups against the civilian population. Although the coup was condemned by the international community, the military action has proven popular within the country as the people of Burkina Faso hope the military can address these issue.
Source: Al Jazeera

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North Korea Resumes Missile Tests

North Korea

Photo Source: Korean News Service via AP

Beginning on January 5, North Korea began a new round of missile tests over the Sea of Japan. These new tests seem targeted toward circumventing American and Japanese missile defense technologies deployed in the region, according to statements made by North Korean state media and analyses by Western observers. Some suspect this new round of tests is meant to preempt a new push for diplomatic engagement with the U.S., which has leveraged severe sanctions against the country due to its missile programs.
Source: BBC

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Protests in Sudan Against Coup

Sudan Coup

Photo Source: Getty Images

Protesters have taken to the streets of Sudan in opposition to the military government that seized power in the country in October. The government has not been receptive to the protests, with numerous clashes between the military and activists. More than 70 have died in the protests, largely at the hands of a dedicated "anti-terrorism" task force. Activists have made strides, however, as the government has made steps to lead the country into a new cycle of elections.
Source: BBC

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