A Week in News: Top News Headlines This Week

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Currently the world is dealing with all kinds of situations like humanitarian crisis, economic constraints, climate signals, aftermath of the pandemic, and state wars. Staying up to date with the current affairs of the world has not remained to be an easy task anymore. Therefore, here is an overview, as well as a brief analysis, of everything that has happened this week in news from around the world!

International Affairs:

Protests in Iran

Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday against the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody. The morality police that reinforces the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code had arrested her this month for “unsuitable attire”. A big show of opposition was displayed on Iran’s streets in protest. So far, Two weeks of demonstrations have killed at least 83 people.

iranian protests this week in news

Russia-Ukraine War

Russian has announced the annexation of four regions of Ukrainian territory  this week – claimed to be Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia in news. These amount to 15 percent of total Ukrainian territory and, according to Putin, will now be Russia’s “citizens forever”.

Although Ukraine continues its fight to retake occupied land. The United States supports Ukraine by unleashing a new round of sanctions against Russian industries, in addition to sending $1.1 billions worth of military aid to Ukraine.

Recently, there had been attacks which had caused major leaks into the Baltic Sea from two Russian gas pipelines at the centre of an energy standoff. The US blamed these attacks on Russia as an “act of sabotage”, but Russia disregarded any such accusations.

School Shootings

Two incidents in educational industries were reported this week in news; suicide bombing in Afghanistan, and a Russian school shooting. A suicide bomber attacked an education centre in Kabul, the Afghan capital, on Friday where hundreds of students were preparing for university exams, killing at least 19 people. Russian school shooting highlighted a gunman opening fire in a school in central Russia, killing 13 people, including seven children.

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Fire service personnel were seen cleaning the streets in the aftermath of the attack in Afghanistan

Italian Politics

Italian far-right leader, Giorgia Meloni, leads the far-right Brothers of Italy party. She is aiming to become the country’s first female prime minister allied with two other parties on the right.

Brazilian Elections

People in Brazil are becoming a victim of violence for their political choices as Brazilian elections, on October 2, draw closer. The electoral campaign for the upcoming elections brings with it, physical attacks, death threats and even murder.

Economic Updates

The British pound hit a record low against the dollar on surging fears about the UK economy after the government unveiled a huge tax-cutting budget.

China’s onshore and offshore Yuan both fell, to its lowest point since 2008, against the dollar, increasing the pressure on the People’s Bank of China to intervene directly. The drop is a result of the strong US dollar following the Federal Reserve’s rate hikes, coupled with Beijing’s more dovish approach to monetary policy in order to stimulate growth. 

Climatic Catastrophes

Hurricane Ian struck Florida as a Category 4 storm and has crossed into the Atlantic Ocean and churned toward another landfall in South Carolina. Thousands of Floridians are trapped amid flooded homes and shattered buildings.

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Hurricane Ian is expected to cause life-threatening storm surges

Local News:

Political Affairs

Audio clippings of discreetly recorded conversations between the prime minister and other officials have surfaced on social media. It has led the opposition to express serious concerns over the security of the Prime Minister Office (PMO).

PML-N senior leader Ishaq Dar takes oath as the new finance minister following his return to the country. The former finance minister Miftah Ismail stepped down from his post to make way for the PML-N senator.

International Relations

The recent catastrophic floods in Pakistan have paved way for its ties with the US to be rebuilt. US announced another $10 million for food security assistance to help Pakistan deal with the aftermath of floods.


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