March Current Events 2023: World News
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- China At G20 Meeting Calls For Join Action In Debt Settlement
- Nineteen Athletes Injured In A Small Explosion In Cameroon
- Boat Wreck Off The Coast Of Italy, Killing 59 People, Including Children
- U.K. And EU Come To An Agreement Over Northern Ireland
- Two Trains Collide In Greece, Leaving At Least 40 People Dead
- Ruling Party Candidate, Bola Tinubu, Wins Nigeria’s Presidential Election
- Supreme Court In Nigeria Rules That The Redesign Policy By CBN Is Invalid
- China Sets 5% As Their Economic Growth Target For 2023
- Shelters In Refugee Camp In Bangladesh Destroyed By A Huge Fire
- Suicide Attack In Pakistan Kills Nine Security Officers
- Two Of The Four Americans Kidnapped Along The Mexican Border Were Found Dead
- Xi Jinping Secures Third Term As The President Of China
- Gunman Killed Seven People In An Attack In Jehovah’s Witness Hall In Germany
- Nineteen People Killed In East Congo By Suspected Islamist Militants
- U.S., U.K., And Australia Reach Agreement On Nuclear Submarine Project
- United States Drone Crashes After Encounter With Russian Jet
- President Of Honduras Confirms Her Country Has Switched Ties From Taiwan To China
- International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Russian President
- Grain Deal Extended By Russia And Ukraine Amid Disagreement
- Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, Pays Surprise Visit To Mariupol
- President Of China, Xi Jinping Visits Russia For The First Time Since Russia’s Invasion
- Uganda Parliament Passes Bill That Criminalizes Homosexuality
- Ukraine Secures First IMF Loan To A Country At War
China At G20 Meeting Calls For Join Action In Debt Settlement
Photo Source: AP Photo/Manish Swarup
Friday, February 24, 2023 — China has urged the G20 nations to conduct a fair, objective, and in-depth analysis of the possible causes of the global debt issues and to tackle the problem comprehensively and effectively. Minister for finance in China, Liu Kun, joined a video meeting of the bloc’s finance ministers and central bank chiefs in Bengaluru and India.
According to the statement released by the Chinese finance ministry, Liu said that to resolve debt issues, international financial institutions and commercial creditors should go along with the principle of joint actions.
Officials from the IMF, the World Bank, and G7 nations will convene on Saturday for the first face-to-face discussions of the new IMF Global Sovereign Debt Roundtable.
Officials from Zambia and Ghana await assurance from China regarding debt-restructuring support.
Nineteen Athletes Injured In A Small Explosion In Cameroon
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Saturday, February 25, 2023 — Nineteen athletes in Cameroon are being treated for blast injuries due to multiple small explosions during a race in the western part of the country, where English-speaking separatists are fighting government forces. Authorities in the town where the explosions happened did not immediately comment on the incident.
One of the separatist militia groups, the armed wing of the Ambazonia Governing Council, has claimed responsibility for the blasts. The group's spokesperson, Capo Daniel, told reporters that the primary target was the Cameroon elite forces providing security for the athletes.
The director of Buea Regional Hospital, Martin Mokake, said “19 nineteen athletes have been taken to their facilities, out of which three of them have been operated on and are now in stable condition.” He also added that no death has been recorded.”
Boat Wreck Off The Coast Of Italy, Killing 59 People, Including Children
Photo Source: AP Photo/Luigi Navarra
Sunday, February 26, 2023 — A boat reported carrying refugees wrecked against rocks off the coast of Italy, killing 59 people, including a newborn baby and other children. Some bodies were found in the sea, while others were washed up on a tourist beach near Steccato di Cutro.
The survivors confirm that close to 150 people were on the boat before the wreck. Government officials said 81 people survived, 20 of whom were taken to the hospital. While speaking to the reporters, the Mayor of Cutro, Antonio Ceraso, described the incident as one they would like to experience.
President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, “urged the European Union to take concrete responsibility for governing the phenomenon of migration in other to rescue it from human traffickers.
Source: The Guardian
U.K. And EU Come To An Agreement Over Northern Ireland
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Tuesday, February 28, 2023 — European Union and the United Kingdom have agreed to new trade rules in Northern Ireland to tackle the problem that has fueled post-Brexit in Europe and Northern Ireland.
While speaking at a press conference in Windsor, U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that the new deal, named” Windsor Framework,” will not only deliver smooth-flowing trade within the United Kingdom, it will also protect Northern Ireland’s place in the U.K. and safeguard the sovereignty of Northern Ireland.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, acknowledged that the relationship between the U.K. and EU has been tense since Brexit and said new solutions were required for the two parties to utilize their partnership. The leaders showed three essential areas that would be improved in the protocol due to the new deal.
Two Trains Collide In Greece, Leaving At Least 40 People Dead
Photo Source: AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 — Two trains collided in central Greece, killing at least 40 people and several others injured. Some people are still missing as a result of the accident. It was reported that more than 50 people were not accounted for after the accident.
Minister for transportation in Greece, Kostas Karamanlis, tendered his resignation. He said that was the best thing he could have done to honor the memory of the accident victim. He faulted the railway of Greece and emphasized that renovation was due.
The president of Greece, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, said that young people are mostly being mourned. She also mentioned that she would cut her official visit to Moldova short and return to the country where a three3-day period of mourning has been declared officially.
Source: The Guardian
Ruling Party Candidate, Bola Tinubu, Wins Nigeria’s Presidential Election
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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 — The candidate of the Ruling Party, Bola Tinubu, ranked first in the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria and has been declared the winner. He pulled 37% of the total vote, his primary opponent, Atiku Abubakar, had 29%, and Peter Obi got 25%.
Mr. Tinubu is one of the wealthiest politicians in Nigeria, who based his campaign on his track record in Lagos, where he once served as a governor. He pulled the highest vote in most of the states in the southwest, where he is known to many as a godfather in politics.
While giving his acceptance speech, he emphasized the need to build the country together. He called for reconciliation by appealing to his opponent that they should collaborate.
The official result showed that voter turnout was 27%, one of the lowest since the end of military rule in 1999.
Supreme Court In Nigeria Rules That The Redesign Policy By CBN Is Invalid
Photo Source: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
Friday, March 3, 2023 – Nigeria’s Supreme Court has decided that the old banknotes will remain legal tender in the country until the end of the year. The justices said the public was not given enough time before the old notes were withdrawn.
While reading the ruling, Justice Emmanuel Agim said that due process was not followed. He added that “the President gave the directive is invalid as such a directive is not just handed down after personal conversation with the Central Bank of Nigeria governor.”
The Supreme Court criticized the President of Nigeria for not following the previous order given by the Court to halt policy until the case is decided.
However, it is unclear whether or not the reversal will have an immediate impact, as Nigerians are still experiencing difficulties with cash at banks and ATMs.
China Sets 5% As Their Economic Growth Target For 2023
Photo Source: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
Saturday, March 4, 2023 – An official economic growth target of about 5% has been set by China for 2023. After slow growth due to the pandemic measures, China seeks to revive the world’s second-largest economy. The defense budget will also be increased to 7.2%
Both figures were revealed at the opening of the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress, where 3,000 delegates converged in Beijing for a period of eight days. Li Keqiang, the outgoing Premier, said during the opening of the congress that “China’s economy is staging a steady recovery and demonstrating vast potential and momentum for further growth.”
The National People’s Congress meeting is an important annual political event alongside the gathering of top political advisers in China. The event known together is referred to as the Two Sessions.
Shelters In Refugee Camp In Bangladesh Destroyed By A Huge Fire
Photo Source: AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu
Sunday, March 5, 2023 – Thousands of shelters were destroyed as fire razed through a crammed refugee camp for Rohingya Muslims in southern Bangladesh. The fire started at Camp 11 in Cox’s Bazar. More than 1 million refugees are said to live in the camp.
Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mijanur Rahman said the fire quickly engulfed the bamboo and tarpaulin shelters. He also added that about 2,000 shelters were destroyed by the fire, leaving close to 12,000 refugees from Myanmar homeless. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and no deaths were reported.
Over 1 million refugees from Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh over the past decade, including about 740,000 who crossed the border as of August 2017, when the Myanmar military initiated a brutal crackdown.
Source: The Guardian
Suicide Attack In Pakistan Kills Nine Security Officers
Photo Source: AP Photo/Saeed-ud-Din
Monday, March 6, 2023 – A suicide attack that happened in southwest Pakistan killed nine police officers and left more than 12 others injured. The officers were in Balochistan province, on their way back to the provincial capital Quetta from a policing festival, when the bomb went off.
The government of Balochistan condemned that attack and confirmed that it had launched an investigation. Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, said the motive of the people behind the attack was to destabilize the country. He tweeted his condolences and called the officers heroes of the nation.
While it is unclear who the mastermind behind the latest attacks is, the government and the separatist in the Balochistan region have been fighting for decades. The Pakistani Taliban have also taken credit for some similar cases.
Two Of The Four Americans Kidnapped Along The Mexican Border Were Found Dead
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Tuesday, March 7, 2023 – Authorities confirmed that two of the four Americans kidnapped at the northern Mexico border were found dead, while the others were found alive. This ends the frantic search that has gotten the media's attention on both sides of the border.
It was said that the two rescued had been taken back across the border from the city of Matamoros, where the kidnapping occurred.
The four Americans traveled across the border from Texas to Matamoros, where unidentified gunmen attacked and shot at them. During the kidnapping, a Mexican woman was killed.
President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said the Americans were allegedly searching for medicine when they crossed the border.
Source: The Guardian
Xi Jinping Secures Third Term As The President Of China
Photo Source: AP Photo/Noel Celis/Pool Photo
Friday, March 10, 2023 – The President of China, Xi Jinping, had his unprecedented third term as the President of China officially endorsed on Friday by the political elites in the country. The endorsement makes Xi the longest-serving president of Communist China since its founding in 1949.
The reappointment of Xi as President came on Friday by the legislature in a ceremonial vote in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. After the voting process, he received a unanimous vote of 2,952 and a standing ovation.
69 years old Xi Jinping secured his position as the head of the communist party last fall, which makes his reappointment in Beijing seem like a formality. The real power in China lies in the positions of head of the party and military, respectively, two vital roles which Xi holds.
Gunman Killed Seven People In An Attack In Jehovah’s Witness Hall In Germany
Photo Source: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber
Friday, March 10, 2023 – Police confirm that six people and an unborn baby were killed when gunmen opened fire on people at a Jehovah’s Witness meeting hall in Hamburg, Germany. The motive of the gunman, who acted alone, is unknown after taking his own life after the attack.
Andy Grote, a German Senator, said the police officers saved many lives due to their swift response and action. He described the attack as the worst crime in the recent history of Hamburg. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz offered his condolences to the victims and their families, condemning what he described as a brutal act of violence.
The police, during their briefing, said four men and two women, all citizens of Germany, were shot dead. A woman who was pregnant was shot, killing the unborn. They also said eight were injured.
Nineteen People Killed In East Congo By Suspected Islamist Militants
Photo Source: AP Photo/Socrate Mumbere
Sunday, March 12, 2023 – At least 19 people have been confirmed dead due to an attack by suspected Islamist militants. The attackers, during their raid in an eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, also burned a medical facility. The attack happened in the early hours of Sunday, at around 1 a.m., very close to a village attacked last week, where 35 people were killed.
Residents who live close to where the attack happened believe that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADC) were behind the attack. Regional officials confirm that the militants also kidnapped others in the community they attacked.
Nicolas de Riviere, a French ambassador to the United Nations, said the problem could not be solved alone by the United Nations. He also said, “a political negotiation and security solution are needed.”
U.S., U.K., And Australia Reach Agreement On Nuclear Submarine Project
Photo Source: AP Photo/Stefan Rousseau
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – The details of the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia’s plan to create a new fleet of nuclear-powered submarines have been unveiled, aimed at countering China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Under the AUKUS pact, the United States will provide Australia with its first-ever nuclear-power subs.
President of the United States, Joe Biden, said the deal aims to bring peace to the region. He also emphasized that the subs would be nuclear-powered and not nuclear-armed.
The deal is a major upgrade to the Australian military, with them being just the second country after the United Kingdom to receive Washington’s elite nuclear propulsion technology. The sailors in the Australian navy will be sent to U.S. and U.K. submarine bases to receive training on how to use the nuclear-powered submarines.
United States Drone Crashes After Encounter With Russian Jet
Photo Source: AP Photo/U.S. Department of Defense
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 – A United States drone has crashed into the black sea following an encounter with a Russian fighter jet. The United States military confirmed that the fighter jet damaged the propeller of the American MQ-9 Reaper drone.
Commander of the U.S. Air Force Europe and Air Force Africa, Air Force Gen. James B. Hecker, said in a statement that the “MQ-9 aircraft was conducting routine operations in international airspace when it was intercepted and hit by a Russian aircraft, which resulted in a crash and complete loss of the MQ-9.”
Anatoly Antonov, the Ambassador of Russia to the United States after he was summoned to the State Department following the drone incident, said Russia does not want any confrontation with the United States.
The National Security Council communications coordinator said he is unsure whether or not the U.S. will recover the drone.
President Of Honduras Confirms Her Country Has Switched Ties From Taiwan To China
Photo Source: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara
Thursday, March 16, 2023 – The President of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, said she had instructed her foreign minister to establish official relations with China. The relationship with China would see their ties with Taiwan end. With Honduras's switching from Taipei to Beijing, Taiwan has only diplomatic ties with 13 countries.
The move from Castro came weeks after she said her government announced it was negotiating with China to build a hydroelectric dam called Patuca II. Honduras' foreign minister, Eduardo Reina, said the country’s debt motivated the decision.
The foreign ministry of Taiwan expressed serious concern over the announcement of the President of Honduras and urged the country to reconsider its position.
The Foreign Ministry of China said the move was welcome and said it would develop friendly and cooperative relations with Honduras.
Source: The Guardian
International Criminal Court Issues Arrest Warrant For Russian President
Photo Source: AP Photo/Peter Dejong
Friday, March 17, 2023 — An arrest warrant was issued for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and Russian official Maria Lvova-Belova, by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The two individuals were alleged of a scheme to have Ukrainian children deported to Russia.
The court said it has enough evidence to believe that Mr. Putin is guilty of the crime he was accused of, having committed them directly alongside others. The court also said Mr. Putin has failed to exercise proper control over civilian and military subordinates who committed the acts.
During his nightly address on Friday, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, appreciated the ICC for its decision. He also said the investigations by Ukraine suggest that Kremlin was directly involved in the forced deportation of children into Russia.
Grain Deal Extended By Russia And Ukraine Amid Disagreement
Photo Source: AP Photo/Gideon Maundu
Saturday, March 18, 2023 — Despite the ongoing conflict with Russia, Ukraine has signed a deal enabling them to export millions of tons of grains through the Black Sea. However, it is unclear how long the deal will last, as Ukraine is pushing for 120 days, while Russia wants 60 days.
Ukraine is one of the top producers of grain in the world. But has since been denied access to ports in the Black Sea as Russian warships blocked it since the beginning of the conflict. Hours before the deal expires, the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip, announced the deal's extension on Saturday.
The Ambassador of Russia to the United Nations said on Friday that if the deal is to continue, the EU, U.S., and U.K. should remove any sanctions targeted at the agricultural sector in Russia within two months.
Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, Pays Surprise Visit To Mariupol
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Sunday, March 19, 2023 — The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, paid a surprise visit to captured Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The visit comes shortly after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him on war crime charges. Footage released by Russian state media shows the president on his first trip to Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine since the beginning of the Invasion.
The city of Mariupol fell in May last year in what is described as the bloodiest battle in the war. It was tagged as the first major victory of Russia in the war with Ukraine after it failed to seize the capital, Kyiv.
He left Mariupol for Rostov, where he met with the chief of the general staff, Valery Gerasimov, a commander of Russia’s war effort in Ukraine.
Source: The Guardian
President Of China, Xi Jinping Visits Russia For The First Time Since Russia’s Invasion
Photo Source: AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov
Monday, March 20, 2023 — The President of China, Xi Jinping, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Kremlin on Monday. This is the first visit of the Chinese leader to Russia since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year.
In the early hours of their meeting, both countries talked about the war in Ukraine, and it is expected to be the key point of discussion throughout Xi’s visit. Russian state news agency confirmed that the meeting between the two presidents lasted up to 4 and a half hours, with a more formal meeting expected to follow on Tuesday.
Antony Blinken, a top United States diplomat, said President Xi’s trip to Russia days after the ICC issued an arrest warrant for President Putin suggests that China does not feel any responsibility to hold Kremlin responsible for the war crime committed in Ukraine.
Uganda Parliament Passes Bill That Criminalizes Homosexuality
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Tuesday, March 21, 2023 — Members of the Ugandan Parliament passed an anti-LGBTQ+ bill. The bill makes homosexuality a capital offense, and hence it is punishable by death. Just out of 389 legislators voted against the anti-homosexuality bill, which now introduces capital and life imprisonment sentences for gay sex.
Fox Odoi-Oywelowo, the MP that opposed the new legislation, said, “the bill is ill-conceived; it contains provisions that are unconstitutional, reverses the gains registered in the fight against gender-based violence, and criminalizes individuals instead of conduct that contravenes all known legal norms.”
The bill is the latest setback for advocacy of LGBTQ+ rights in Africa, where in most countries, homosexuality is illegal. A human rights activist and a lawyer based in Kampala asked the LGBTQ community not to lose hope and said she is positive the bill will be struck down.
Source: The Guardian
Ukraine Secures First IMF Loan To A Country At War
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Wednesday, March 22, 2023 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed that a staff-level agreement had been reached with Ukraine on funding worth $15.6bn (£12.8bn). This will be the first loan of the organization to a country at war, and it is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
An official of the IMF, Gavin Gray, said in a statement that “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to have a devastating impact on the economy. Activity contracted by 30% in 2022, a large share of the capital stock has been destroyed and poverty level has increased.”
The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, said the funding would help Ukraine finance all critical expenditures and ensure macroeconomic stability. U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said an IMF program that is appropriately conditioned is critical to underpin Ukraine’s reform effort.
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