Our Top Stories for the Week of December 5, 2022

Updated December 9, 2022 | Infoplease Staff

It’s been a busy week, from news on the Ukraine and Russia front to climate change effects. Who has time to keep track of it all? That’s why we’ve boiled it all down to our top stories of the week.


International News

International news

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  • Russia Wants Recognition Of Annexed Region: On Friday, December 2, 2022, Russia claimed that the West's unwillingness to acknowledge annexed regions would hamper peace talks. The Kremlin has made it plain that it is willing to negotiate but will not comply with the West's demand that Russia withdraws from Ukraine. President Biden stated that he is willing to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin if he is interested in ending the conflict.[1]

  • President Ramaphosa Will Not Resign: On Saturday, December 3, 2022, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that he would not resign and would run for a second term. Calls for his resignation came after an independent parliament panel stated that the President may have breached his oath of office in relation to millions of dollars in cash discovered at his private game farm. According to the spokeswoman, the President will also question the study and its findings. [2]

  • Mexican Judge Killed: On Sunday, December 4, 2022, Judge Roberto Elias, the chief magistrate of the Zacatecas judicial department, died. He was shot and injured in his vehicle when police reacted to reports of gunshots. Judge Elias was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but he died due to his injuries. Due to battles between criminal groups, the state has become Mexico's most dangerous territory.[3]

  • Russian Airbases Attacked By Ukraine: On Monday, December 5, 2022, Two Russian airbases distant from the frontlines were shaken by explosions as it looked like Kyiv had conducted a pre-emptive strike on planes employed by the Kremlin to disable Ukraine's electrical infrastructure. Another explosion occurred at Ryaza, a city less than 150 miles from Moscow, at the Dyagilevo military airbase. The Kremlin acknowledged that President Putin is aware of the occurrences.[4]

  • Indonesia To Punish Extra Marital Sexual Affairs: On Tuesday, December 6, 2022, The Indonesian parliament prohibited extramarital sex in the country and limited political liberties. With the new rule set to go into force in three years, having sex outside of marriage will result in a one-year prison sentence. The new law will almost certainly be challenged in court by several pressure groups. Adultery can also result in incarceration.[5]

  • Former Argentine President Sentenced Over Corruption Charges: On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was sentenced to 6 years in prison over corruption charges. As The current Vice president, she has temporary immunity and therefore will not be jailed immediately. Fernandez was found guilty of fraud during her tenure from 2007 to 2015.[6

  • Prisoner Swap Between US And Russia: On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Brittney Griner, A WNBA, was released as part of a prisoner swap involving Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout. She had been held since February on drug smuggling accusations at an airport in the Moscow region. Bout is a former Soviet military commander receiving a 25-year jail sentence in the United States for planning to kill Americans.[7]

Sources: [1] BBC [2] Reuters [3] Reuters [4] The Guardian [5] BBC [6] CNN [7] CNN


Closer To Home In The US

US news

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  • Police Arrests Suspect In The Murder Of Takeoff: On Friday, December 2, 2022, a man was detained and charged with murder in connection with the death of Takeoff, a member of Migos, at a bowling alley in Houston last month. Takeoff, who was 28 years old at the time, was declared an innocent bystander by Houston Police. According to police sources, the shooting happened in the early hours of November 1 after heated disagreements erupted over a game of dice.[1]

  • Maryland Governor Bans Tiktok Use: On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an emergency directive prohibiting using the Chinese-owned app TikTok on state government devices and networks. Hogan's ban covers a wide range of Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms, which he claims pose an "unacceptable level of cybersecurity risk." Other Republican governors like Kristi Noem have also enforced the ban.[2]

  • Raphael Warnock Wins Re-Election: On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock was re-elected to the United States Senate in a hard-fought runoff in Georgia, strengthening the party's majority when he defeated Republican Herschel Walker. As a result, Georgia is currently seen as a battleground state that will play a significant role in the presidential race in 2024. Walker's defeat is also a huge setback to Donald Trump as he pursues the Republican nomination to run for President again in 2024.[3]

Sources: [1] The Guardian [2] Reuters [3] Reuters 


Science & Technology News

Science and tech

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  • The United States Unveils New Stealth Bomber: On Saturday, December 3, 2022, The B-21 Raider, the United States Air Force's newest bomber aircraft, was revealed at Palmdale, California. According to the announcement, six bombers are now in various phases of final construction in California. Although the first flights of the stealth bomber are scheduled for 2023, spokesperson Ann Stefanek stressed the significance of data and events in starting operations.[1]

  • Climate Change Revealed To Cause Increased Fetal Distress: On Thursday, December 8, 2022, a study revealed that consistent rise in temperatures has led to an epidemic where the fetuses of women who worked in the fields and farms had worryingly high heart rates and less blood flow to the placenta. Even if global temperatures stay below the internationally agreed-upon limit of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, hundreds of millions of people, including mothers, will be exposed to extreme heat.[2]

  • TSMC Invests Big In American Chip: On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Taiwanese giant chip maker TSMC pledges $40bn to an American chip facility in Arizona. President Biden's plans to bring back to the United States the production of important parts used in everything from cell phones to military planes. Although the first deal for TSMC to build a facility in the US was made when Donald Trump was president, the investment was a huge boost for President Biden.[3]

Sources: [1] CNN [2] The Guardian [3] BBC 

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