November Current Events 2023: World News
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- Former Premier Of China, Li Keqiang, Has Been Confirmed Dead
- Car Crash In Egypt Kills At Least 32 People, Leaving 63 Others Injured
- Activists Of Opposition Party Held In Bangladesh Over Death Of Police Officer
- Foreign Nationals And Injured Palestinians Allowed Through Rafah Border Crossing
- President Of Serbia Dissolves Parliament, Calls For Early Election
- Lawmakers In Nigeria Approves President Tinubu’s Extra Spending
- Court Orders Immediate Release Of Former Nigerian Central Bank Governor
- 15 People Confirmed Dead In An Israeli Attack On An Ambulance In Gaza City
- Police Confirm That Hostage Situation At Hamburg Airport Has Ended
- South Africa’s Diplomat Has Been Recalled From Israel
- Italy Signs Deal To Send Migrants To Albania
- European Union Says Ukraine Is Ready To Start Accession Talks
- Court In South Africa Rules That Shared Parental Leave Should Be Introduced
- Hospital In Gaza Has Been Surrounded By Israeli Tanks
- Police Confirm That Shots Were Fired At Jewish School In Canada
- Kenyan Government Gives Citizens Holiday For Tree-Planting
- Luiz Diaz Reunited With His Father For The First Time After Being Released By The Kidnappers
- Supreme Court Blocks United Kingdom Plan To Send Asylum Seekers To Rwanda
- Russia Files Lawsuit To Ban LGBTQ+ Community
- President Of Liberia, George Weah, Congratulates Opponent Of Election Victory
- Maldives' New President, Mohamed Muizzu, Request That India Withdraws Its Military
- Javier Milei Wins Argentina’s Run-Off Presidential Election
- Several People Killed In A Stampede During Army Recruitment In Congo-Brazzaville
- Ceasefire Deal Of Four Days Have Been Agreed By Israel And Hamas
Former Premier Of China, Li Keqiang, Has Been Confirmed Dead
Photo Source: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
Friday, October 27, 2023 – The former Premier of China, Li Keqiang, has died after he suffered from a sudden heart attack very early on Friday in Shanghai. Being the No. 2 leader of China, Li served as the premier of China for a decade from 2013 to March this year under leader Xi Jinping, overseeing the economy of the country.
While he was the premier, Li maneuvered the second-largest economy in the world through the challenging period of rising technology and trade tensions with the United States, mounting government debt and unemployment, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
While in his final year as the premier, Li was a strong voice of warning of challenges to the economy of China amid the widespread COVID-19 lockdowns, while also backing the efforts to improve employment and maintain economic stability.
Car Crash In Egypt Kills At Least 32 People, Leaving 63 Others Injured
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Saturday, October 28, 2023 – The Ministry of Health in Egypt has confirmed that not less than 32 people were killed and several others injured, due to a car crash involving multiple vehicles. The collision happened on Saturday morning, in Egypt’s Beheira governorate on the Cairo-Alexandria Road, 131 km north of the capital.
The health ministry confirmed that at least 20 ambulances were sent to the site of the crash. The minister for health, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar confirmed that the wounded were transferred to a hospital in Wadi al-Natrun, while other wounded people were taken to Al-Nubaria.
The crash involved a passenger bus and several cars, some of which were engulfed by flames. Traffic collisions are a common incident in Egypt. The roads are in poor condition and drivers do not often follow the highway code.
Activists Of Opposition Party Held In Bangladesh Over Death Of Police Officer
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Sunday, October 29, 2023 – Police officers in Bangladesh confirmed that they have arrested two opposition activists concerning the death of a policeman in a violent protest demanding the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. Video and images showed how mobs beat the officer to death.
Police said that the two activists were arrested while the security forces were patrolling Dhaka during a countrywide strike called BNP. Police said they have also picked up party secretary general, Mirza Alamgir for questioning.
Asaduzzaman Khan, the Home Minister, said that cases were being filed over the violence, while the citizens of Bangladesh showed concern over the political turmoil and increasing cost of living. The BNP is calling for the Prime Minister, Hasina, to step down for the next parliamentary election, which is due in January 2024.
Foreign Nationals And Injured Palestinians Allowed Through Rafah Border Crossing
Photo Source: AP Photo/Hatem Ali
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – Officials confirm that foreign nationals and injured Palestinians have been granted access to crossing from Gaza into Egypt. On Wednesday, 81 injured Palestinians that were injured severely were expected to enter Egypt, out of which dozens have already arrived and undergoing treatment in several hospitals across Egypt.
An official of Egypt confirmed that more than 360 foreign nationals have also left Gaza through the Rafah border crossing. He said dozens of them are making their way down to Cairo, where they will catch a plane to their respective countries.
The existence is due to a deal that was brokered by Qatar between Israel, Hamas, and Egypt, in coordination with the United States. The deal allows for the release of foreign nationals and critically injured civilians from Gaza. The agreement is separate from hostage negotiations.
President Of Serbia Dissolves Parliament, Calls For Early Election
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Wednesday, November 1, 2023 – Less than two years after the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), the party of the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, won the last ballot, the President has dissolved the parliament, and called for an early parliamentary and municipal elections for December 17.
While speaking on Wednesday, President Vucic said “They live in times that are difficult for the whole world, in times of global challenges, wars, and conflicts when they must be united in preserving vital national and state interests of the Republic of Serbia.”
Analysts have said that the decision of the President is also aimed at bolstering his support and reforming the SNS, whose popularity has dwindled after months of protests from the opposition, due to the two mass shootings in May, which killed 18 people, half of whom are children.
Source: The Guardian
Lawmakers In Nigeria Approves President Tinubu’s Extra Spending
Photo Source: AP Photo/Lewis Joly
Thursday, November 2, 2023 – The lawmakers in Nigeria have approved President Tinubu’s $2.8 billion supplementary budget, which includes bulletproof cars for himself and his wife.
The budget drew a lot of criticism from the citizens due to the ongoing increase in the cost of living. The budget was sent to the Senate and the House this week by the President, saying the extra funding was needed for urgent issues, which include defense and security.
His government intends to spend 5.095 billion Naira ($6.47 million) on a presidential yacht, 1,5 billion naira ($1.91 million) on official vehicles for the office of the first lady and 12.7 billion Naira on the presidential air fleet. President Tinubu, who has been under immense pressure from the unions to offer relief to households and workers has asked that Nigerians be patient.
Court Orders Immediate Release Of Former Nigerian Central Bank Governor
Photo Source: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba
Friday, November 3, 2023 – A Nigerian court has ordered that Godwin Emefiele, the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, be released unconditionally from detention or should be taken to court for a hearing which is scheduled for Monday. Justice Olukayode Adeniyi ruled in Abuja that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Attorney General of the Federation could not justify the detention of Mr. Emefiele.
Having been in custody since June 10, Mr. Emefiele was accused of procurement fraud. His trial has been put on hold since Aug. 23, after the Department of State Services failed to present him in court to enter a plea, even though he was granted bail by another judge.
President of Nigeria, Ahmed Tinubu suspended Mr. Emefiele on June 9, after which he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) a day later. He resigned in August, paving the way for the appointment of a new governor of the Central Bank.
15 People Confirmed Dead In An Israeli Attack On An Ambulance In Gaza City
Photo Source: AP Photo/Fatima Shbair
Saturday, November 4, 2023 – The Palestinian Red Crescent has confirmed that an Israeli strike in an ambulance outside Gaza City’s biggest capital killed not less than 15 people. The attack was confirmed by Israel, saying that the ambulance was being used by Hamas operatives.
According to the statement from the Hamas government, it said the Israeli forces targeted “a convoy of ambulances which was transporting the wounded” from Al-Shifa Hospital Gaza City towards Rafah in the south. The Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that the convoy was struck twice on its way to Al-Shifa Hospital. The first strike was 1km away and the second strike was outside the hospital gate.
The Ministry of Health in Egypt said that only 17 Palestinians who were wounded were evacuated for treatment in an Egyptian hospital, instead of the 28 that was originally planned.
Police Confirm That Hostage Situation At Hamburg Airport Has Ended
Photo Source: AP Photo/Michael Probst
Sunday, November 5, 2023 – The police have confirmed that the hostage situation that prevented flights from coming in and going out of Hamburg Airport has been resolved. Hamburg police posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that the male suspect who is 35 years old had left him with his 4-year-old daughter.
The spokesperson of the police said the man, who was in the car with his daughter, smashed through security with his vehicle on Saturday and parked underneath an airplane. The wife of the suspect had previously warned Hamburg-Stade police that her child was missing.
Officials at the airport announced on their website that all take-offs and landings have been halted due to police operations. As of Sunday morning, all flights at the airport remained ground as the police attempts to relieve the hostage situation continued.
South Africa’s Diplomat Has Been Recalled From Israel
Photo Source: AP Photo/Denis Farrell
Monday, November 6, 2023 – South Africa has confirmed that it would recall all its diplomats from Tel Aviv, due to Israel’s intense air strike on Gaza Sunday night. According to a hospital in Gaza, it said close to 200 people were killed because of the strike. The strike was one of the heaviest since the war began a month ago.
Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s foreign minister told a press conference that “the country is extremely concerned at the continued killing of children and innocent civilians in the Palestinian territories, and they believe the nature of response by Israel has become one of collective punishment.”
South Africa is not the only country to recall its diplomats from Israel, in protest against the military operation in Gaza. Chad, Chile, and Colombia are part of the countries that have already done so.
Italy Signs Deal To Send Migrants To Albania
Photo Source: AP Photo/Paolo Santalucia
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 – The Prime Minister of Italy, Georgia Meloni, in an attempt to control migration said Italy will build two detention centers in Albania to house migrants trying to reach its shores. She confirmed that the facilities that would be open next Spring would initially take in 3,000 people. She further said that when the facilities are fully functional, they are expected to process as many as 36,00 people a year.
While speaking in Rome alongside her Albania counterpart, Edi Rama, Meloni described the deal as a European agreement and an innovative solution to decrease the rise in crossings over the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa.
During the joint press conference, she also added that “mass irregular immigration is a phenomenon that member states of the European Union cannot deal with alone.
European Union Says Ukraine Is Ready To Start Accession Talks
Photo Source: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo
Wednesday, November 8, 2023 – The executive body of the European Union said on Wednesday that detailed negotiations about Ukraine joining the European Union should begin next year, giving a major boost to the country’s ambition. In a report, the Commission said that accession talks should finally start, close to 18 months since the bloc accepted Ukraine as a candidate state.
Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission while speaking on Wednesday said that “today is a historic day, because the Commission recommends that the Council opens accession negotiation with Ukraine and with Moldova.
The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, welcomed the Commission’s announcement and said that with the announcement, the history of Ukraine and the whole of Europe has taken the right step. While the decision to begin negotiations with Ukraine is a pivotal step, talks will not begin until certain conditions have been met.
Court In South Africa Rules That Shared Parental Leave Should Be Introduced
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Friday, November 10, 2023 – South Africa is expected to become the first country in Africa to introduce shared parental leave. Following the ruling of a high court, both parents must have the right to time off following the birth of a baby or adopting a child. According to the judgment, both parents have the autonomy to decide how to divide four months of parental leave between them.
Though there has been an increase in the number of African nations guaranteeing paid leave for fathers over the past two decades, in many countries it remains below three weeks. Before the court ruling in South Africa, mothers were entitled to four months’ leave, while the fathers or partners were allowed not more than ten days.
An officer at a gender equality organization said the ruling raises the bar on leave for parents in a wonderful way.
Source: The Guardian
Hospital In Gaza Has Been Surrounded By Israeli Tanks
Photo Source: AP Photo/Hatem Ali
Saturday, November 11, 2023 – The director of a hospital in Gaza confirmed that Israeli tanks have surrounded the territory’s largest healthcare facility. Mustafa al-Kahlout, who heads the hospital in northern Gaza said that they were surrounded and asked for assistance from the Red Cross in evacuating.
A spokesperson of the World Health Organization said that al-Shifa was under serious Israeli strike, adding that 20 hospitals in the Gaza Strip were out of action. However, the Israeli military said that the attack on al-Shifa hospital was because of a misfired projectile that was launched from inside Gaza.
It is not clear what struck the hospital, but the videos seen show injured people lying on the ground of the outdoor clinic. Doctors Without Borders confirmed that they have lost contact with its staff inside Al-Shifa hospital.
Police Confirm That Shots Were Fired At Jewish School In Canada
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Sunday, November 12, 2023 – Police confirm that early on Sunday, a Jewish school in Montreal was hit by gunfire, which makes it the third time in less than a week that a Jewish school in the Canadian city was hit, amid the heightened tensions due to the conflict between Israel and Gaza.
It was confirmed that nobody was injured, but the façade of Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal was struck. At the two other schools in Montreal, both reported finding a bullet hole in their front doors. A violent altercation between people aligned with opposing sides of the conflict in Israel and Gaza resulted in injuries and arrests.
Police in Toronto have reported cases of hate crimes against Jews and Muslims had more than doubled the tally for all of 2022 in the three weeks after the initial Hamas attack on October 7.
Kenyan Government Gives Citizens Holiday For Tree-Planting
Photo Source: AP Photo/Sayyid Abdul Azim
Monday, November 13, 2023 – The government of Kenya has given its citizens a special holiday to plant 100 million trees as part of the plan of the government to plant 15 billion trees in 10 years. The Minister for Environment, Soipan Tuya says the holiday would allow every Kenyan to own the initiative.
Citizens of Kenya are encouraged by the government to plant at least two seedlings, which would lead to the 100-million target. The essence of the initiative I to help fight climate change. Trees help in tackling global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the air while releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
The President of Kenya, William Ruto, led the exercise in Makueni, the eastern part of the country. Members of his cabinet were sent to other regions to lead the process alongside county governors and other officials.
Luiz Diaz Reunited With His Father For The First Time After Being Released By The Kidnappers
Photo Source: AP Photo/Ivan Valencia
Tuesday, November 14, 2023 – Liverpool player, Luiz Diaz has been reunited with his father. His father was kidnapped in northern Colombia by a unit of guerilla group last month and he was released last week. The photograph that was posted on the X account of the Colombian Football Federation showed the striker and his father hugging each other.
Both Diaz’s parent was kidnapped by armed men on a motorcycle from a gas station in the town of Barrancas on 28 October. However, his mother was rescued by the police, who set up roadblocks around the town of 40,000 people.
It was not initially clear who kidnapped Diaz’s father, but the Government of Columbia announced that it had information that a unit of the National Liberation Army was responsible. Afterward, the group acknowledged the abduction, saying it was a mistake, and confirmed that its top leader had ordered his immediate release.
Source: The Guardian
Supreme Court Blocks United Kingdom Plan To Send Asylum Seekers To Rwanda
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Wednesday, November 15, 2023 – The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled the government’s plan to deport asylum-seekers to Rwanda unlawful. The ruling deals a significant blow to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s policy on migration and setting up an anticipated revolt from a part of his Conservative party.
The court ruled unanimously against the government, and rather sided with the previous ruling of the appeals court that said the policy was not lawful. The Judges found that Rwanda could not be regarded as a safe country to which to send asylum seekers.
According to the judges, Rwanda’s system for processing asylum claims, its poor human rights record, and its previous failure to comply with non-refoulement agreements meant that the government of the United Kingdom could not be sure that the asylum seekers would have their claims considered properly.
Russia Files Lawsuit To Ban LGBTQ+ Community
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Friday, November 17, 2023 – The Ministry of Justice in Russia confirmed that it has filed a lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the country to ban what it refers to as the “international LGBTQ public movement.” This is the latest attack against the LGBTQ+ community in the country which is already suppressed. The proposed bill was however condemned by human rights activists.
Over time, the Kremlin has used the extremist label to prosecute human rights groups, independent media, and political opposition, which includes allies of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, some of whom have been imprisoned.
While giving a speech on Friday, the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, repeated his disdain for the LGBTQ+ community in the country. Lawmakers in Russia have also banned medical intervention and administrative procedures that would enable people to change their gender.
Source: The Guardian
President Of Liberia, George Weah, Congratulates Opponent Of Election Victory
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Saturday, November 18, 2023 – The President of Liberia, George Weah has conceded defeat to his opponent after a tight run-off election. Weah, a former soccer star called Boakai, after the country’s National Elections Commission (NEC) released provisional results.
While addressing the nation, George Weah said “The result that has been announced, though not the final indicates that Ambassador Joseph N. Boakai is in the lead that he cannot surpass.” He then added that he has spoken with President-elect, to congratulate him on his victory.
The run-off between Weah and Boakai was triggered when Weah, who is 57 years old secured a victory in an earlier poll in October with a margin of just 7,000 votes over his political rival. He however fell short of the required 50% that was necessary to secure a victory in the election.
Maldives' New President, Mohamed Muizzu, Request That India Withdraws Its Military
Photo Source: AP Photo/Mohamed Sharuhaan
Sunday, November 19, 2023 – The new President of Maldives, Mohamed Muizzu has requested that India withdraw its military from the country. Mr. Muizzu won the country’s presidential election in September, ousting Ibrahim Solih in a runoff after he promised to remove a small Indian military presence of some 75 personnel.
In a statement from the president’s office, it said “the citizens of Maldives had given Muizzu a strong mandate to make the request to India and expressed the hope that India will honor the democratic will of people of Maldives.”
President Muizzu made the request to Kiren Rijiju, the minister for earth sciences, who was representing India at the inauguration of the president. A senior government official in India said, “it was agreed that the two governments would discuss workable solutions for continued cooperation.”
Javier Milei Wins Argentina’s Run-Off Presidential Election
Photo Source: AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko
Monday, November 20, 2023 – Javier Milei has been confirmed as the winner of Argentina’s presidential election. While giving a brief speech, his opponent, Sergio Massa conceded the run-off election even before the official results were announced.
Milei while speaking with the local radio station following his election victory, said he would visit the United States and Israel before his inauguration in December. When he was asked about his schedule, he responded by saying he would take a plane to the United States and then go to Tel Aviv, via New York in the next few days.
During his campaign, he promised to dollarize the country. If enacted, it is expected to thrust the country into new territory. In reaction to Milei’s victory, former United States president, Donald Trump posted on his social media saying he is proud of Milei.
Several People Killed In A Stampede During Army Recruitment In Congo-Brazzaville
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Tuesday, November 21, 2023 – The government of Congo-Brazzaville has confirmed that not less than 37 people died due to a stampede during an army recruitment drive at a stadium in the country. The stampede was caused as people tried to force their way through the stadium’s gates in the capital, Brazzaville.
The government also confirmed that several people were injured in the crash, and no specific number was given concerning the injured people However a crisis unit has been set up under the authority of the Prime Minister, Anatole Collinet Makosso.
The army confirmed that following the stampede, it had suspended recruitment in the capital. Oko Ngakala, a public prosecutor said that an investigation would be launched into the cause of the crush. One of the officials in the Morgue said 32 bodies had been identified by family members.
Ceasefire Deal Of Four Days Have Been Agreed By Israel And Hamas
Photo Source: AP Photo/Adel Hana
Wednesday, November 22, 2023 – Both Israel and Hamas announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a four-day ceasefire. Alongside the ceasefire deal, 50 women and children that are held hostage in Gaza would be released, in return for 150 Palestinian women and children. A senior United States official confirmed the deal, saying that three Americans would be included in the hostages that would be freed.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, commended the deal and tanked Egypt and Qatar for their critical leadership and partnership in reaching the deal. The foreign ministry of Qatar said that the start time of the deal would be announced in the next 24 hours.
Alongside the deal, Israel also agreed to allow more aid to enter Gaza, which is suffering an acute humanitarian crisis, after being under serious attack for the past seven weeks.
Source: The Guardian
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