March 2022 Current Events: World News

Updated March 27, 2022 | Ayomiposi Oshomoji

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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 March 2022:

  1. North Korean Missile Tests Reach New Milestone
  2. UK Issues New Round of Targeted Sanctions Against Russia
  3. New Zealand Drops COVID Vaccine Mandates

North Korean Missile Tests Reach New Milestone

Missile Footage

Photo Source: KRT via AP

On March 24, North Korea staged their first full test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since 2017. The Hwasong-17 missile, according to analysts, is the largest liquid-fueled missile to be launched from a road mobile launcher. The missile flew longer and higher than every previous missile test performed by the nuclear-armed nation before crashing west of Japan into the sea, as shown by flight data. Experts implied that when fired with a warhead that weighs less than a tonne and on a normal trajectory, the missile can reach targets as far as fifteen thousand kilometers; this the mainland United States in striking distance.
Source: ABC

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UK Issues New Round of Targeted Sanctions Against Russia

Liz Truss

Photo Source: Vickie Flores/EPA

On March 24, 65 Russian individuals and businesses received sanctions from the UK because they are "fueling Putin’s war machine" according to the State secretary for foreign affairs, Liz Truss. The latest sanctions announced by the state secretary include Alfa bank, Russia’s biggest private bank, and the Wagner Group, Russian mercenaries who are believed to have been assigned the task of assassinating the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Individuals who have been sanctioned include Polina Kovaleva, stepdaughter to the Russian foreign minister, Eugene Shvidler, a billionaire oil tycoon, and Herman Gref, CEO of Russia's largest bank and a close associate of Vladimir Putin.

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New Zealand Drops COVID Vaccine Mandates

Jacinda Ardern

Photo Source: Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP

On March 23, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced several Omicron rule changes, including the lifting of vaccine mandates for several sectors beginning April 4. The lift on mandates includes teachers and police. At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, New Zealand was one of the few countries to slam down heavy Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns on the country and as a result, they had lower Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and death rates—seeing fewer than three hundred deaths amongst its population of five million during the pandemic. However, there was outrage in recent times over domestic restrictions, leading to several week long violent protests in Wellington earlier this month.
Source: The Guardian

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