Global Review – 1st December

Hungary to hold referendum on LGBTIQ issues

Hungary’s parliament has approved the government’s plan to hold a national referendum on LGBTIQ issues. The move is the latest step by the Hungarian authorities that critics say is intended to limit minority rights, and one that will add further tensions with Brussels. The decision to call the referendum was approved with 129 votes in favour and none against. Opposition lawmakers abstained from voting on the resolution.

Epstein pilot testifies he flew Prince Andrew

Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein’s long-time pilot has testified at the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell that he flew VIPs to luxury locations worldwide. Larry Visoski, the first witness in Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, recalled flying Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Kevin Spacey.Maxwell denies the charges and says she is being used as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died in prison in 2019. But prosecutors argue the pair were “partners in crime” in sex abuse. Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted.

63% of Australia’s female MPs experienced harassment

63% of Australian parliamentarians at federal level have suffered sexual harassment. A much-awaited report, commissioned after the complaint last February of a rape that took place two years ago in an office of the Parliament, shows a third of all employees of the country’s Parliament, including staff and parliamentarians experienced the same fate. Brittany Higgins, now a former government employee, had reported she was raped by a colleague in the rooms of the then deputy defense minister after an evening with a group of colleagues from the Liberal Party. The episode had shocked the Australian political world.

42 Omicron cases so far in the EU

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the ECDC, has detected 42 cases of the Omicron variant registered so far in the EU while investigations are underway on six other possible suspected infections. ECDC head Andrea Ammon underlined all confirmed cases to date showedsymptoms of mild disease or were asymptomatic.

No COVID vaccine obligation for US health workers

An American judge has blocked the vaccine requirement for health workers in all American states, expanding the order issued Monday by a federal court in Missouri, which initially covered only 10 states. The obligation imposed by President Joe Biden was due to take effect next week.

Three dead, several wounded in shooting at Michigan school

A high-school student fatally gunned down three teens at their Michigan school Tuesday and wounded eight other people, including a teacher. Authorities said the gunman, a 15-year-old sophomore, attended class before launching his rampage.

Castro elected Honduras’ first female president

Honduras Opposition candidate Xiomara Castro has been elected the country’s first female president. Castro, the Libre Party candidate and the nation’s former first lady, tweeted a photo of her meeting with National Party candidate Nasry Asfura as she said he had recognised her victory in the elections held on Sunday. Castro pledged that, “With my promises, we will return to the democratic order.”

Barbados becomes a republic, removes Queen Elizabeth II

Barbados formally declared itself the world’s newest republic, as the Caribbean island nation removed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Governor-general Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, became the first president of Barbados.

Women’s Football: England score 20 against Latvia

England overwhelmed Latvia by 20 goals to nil in their World Cup qualifying campaign to record their biggest-ever competitive victory. Ellen White, 32, became the Lionesses’ record goalscorer and her hat-trick means she now has 48 goals in 101 appearances for England. Under manager Sarina Wiegman, England remain top of their World Cup qualifying group with six wins in six matches, having scored 53 goals without conceding any.

EU wants China to prove tennis star is safe

The European Union has urged China on Tuesday to provide proof of tennis star Peng Shuai’s well-being. It was the latest expression of concern from the international community about the fate of the Chinese athlete. Peng, a three-time Olympian and former doubles world number one, disappeared on November 2 after posting a message on social media alleging that China’s former Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli had sexually assaulted her.

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