There is no shortage of hot topics here in the United States. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all of this, but equally crucial news is happening all over the world. They can shed light on political relations, humanitarian issues, and keep you up to date halfway around the world.
Here’s a quick look at some of the global events that made the news last week.
Biden continues to receive criticism for his evacuation
Although the United States officially left Afghanistan on August 31 of this year, President Biden continues to receive criticism for his decisions, according to a CNN article.
Although other world leaders urged Biden to extend the deadline, the last plane from Kabul airport left on August 31, ending the 20-year United States’ involvement in the country.
According to the CNN article, Biden began a meeting in the situation room congratulating those in attendance on their performance.
Many Republicans and Democrats have criticized his exit from the country. The negative attention he is receiving has effectively blocked his economic agenda, according to the article.
Administration acknowledged Afghan government collapse happened faster than expected, CNN says
According to a NPR item, Biden’s approval rating is down six points due to the evacuation. It is now around 43%, a historic low for Biden.
Iran violates 2015 nuclear deal
The International Atomic Energy Agency has said Iran is increasing its uranium stocks despite the 2015 agreement reached by world powers, according to an AP press article.
The IAEA said in the article that its knowledge of Iran’s stockpile since the government has not allowed IAEA agents to monitor enrichment processes. The agency reports that the stock has increased by 7.6 kg, although it is difficult to get an exact figure due to lack of cooperation from Iran.
According to a BBC article, Iran has nearly 12 times more enriched uranium than the 2015 agreement signed by the world powers allowed. With a purity level of 4.5%, against the 3.67% authorized in the same agreement.
According to the same article, Iran has started to publicly violate the agreement signed by Germany, China, Russia, France and the UK since Trump quit nuclear deals and reinstated sanctions against the country. .
President Biden has said he is ready to join the pact, although the end remained uncertain in June, AP News reports. He hoped that if the United States joined the pact, it would offer “a credible path back to democracy” in the country.
Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the country would seize “every opportunity” to relax these sanctions, according to the BBC.
Longtime German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not stand for re-election
According to a Reuters article, after leading the German state for 16 years, Chancellor Merkel will not stand for re-election following national elections in September. She said that despite this, she would continue with the demands of the country until her last days.
Earlier this year, Merkel visited the United States and parts of Britain, according to Reuters.
AP News Reports that Merkel recently gave her support to center-right Union bloc candidate Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed him as German chancellor in this month’s elections.
Laschet has fallen behind in polls on Social Democratic candidate Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, who served as vice-chancellor under Merkels’ coalition government, according to AP.
“There are a lot of things that we have to do at the same time: there is the coronavirus, the floods and then there is also the elections,” Merkel said in the article, “I think together we will do it well – and Armin Laschet knows he has my support.
Superfoods grown in the deserts of Dubai
Intense weather conditions, climate change and the growing scarcity of resources associated with the ever-growing world population have put the agricultural industry in a difficult position. Dubai’s desert farmers are growing new superfoods suitable for growing under harsh conditions, according to a CNN article.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture is a non-profit organization founded by United Arab Emerance in 1999 with a mission to find highly nutritious foods capable of growing in harsh conditions
“As fresh water becomes scarce, it is important to grow foods suitable for saline solutions,” said Dionysia Angeliki Lyra, agronomist at ICBA.
According to a United Nations report, in June, nearly 41 million people are estimated to be on the brink of famine, and the ICBA estimates that global food demand will increase from 59% to 98% by 2050.
According to the article, ICBA seeks to develop this technique in other saturated saline environments, notably in parts of Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Duchess named patron of Nigeria sexual abuse referral center
According to CNN, the Duchess of Cornwall, 74, has been appointed patron of Nigeria’s first sexual assault referral center in Lagos.
Camilla has long been an advocate against domestic violence and says she is delighted to be part of such an organization.
“This is a truly pioneering organization, supporting victims of rape and sexual assault in their quest for healing and justice,” she told CNN.
According to the article, the referral center for sexual assault was founded in 2013 and it is estimated that in eight years the center has assisted 6,000 cases. According to the same article, the youngest person they helped is a four-month-old baby and the oldest is an 80-year-old woman.
According to a UN report conducted in 2020, 30% of women aged 15-49 experience some form of assault in Nigeria.
“Their vital work means that women no longer need to suffer in silence and I am deeply grateful to all of the wonderful employees and volunteers at Mirabel,” Camilla told CNN.
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