The Statistic

10th December, 2019
Estimated number of people who have died, in addition to the 3,000 instantly killed, as a result of conditions related to the Union Carbide factory explosion in Bhopal, India, on 2nd December, 1984: 20,000
Source: The Guardian


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10th December, 2019
BANNED: Russia, from competing in the 2020 Olympics and 2022 soccer World Cup following a ruling from the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee. It concluded Moscow had tampered with evidence that could have helped identify drug cheats.
CHOSEN: Sanna Marin, Finland's Transport and Communications Minister, as the country's next Prime Minister following the resignation of Antti Rinne - at just 34, she will become the world's youngest serving prime minister.
CLAIMED: That Uighur detainees in China have now "graduated" and have the "freedom to come and go" from camps in the north-west province of Xinjiang, according to the territory's Governor.


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They Said It

"Their rights are being violated across the world and they are also among the ones being hit the most and the quickest by the climate and environmental emergency."
- Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, speaking with regard to the impact of climate change on Indigenous communities, at the UN Climate Summit in Madrid (as quoted on Reuters).


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This Week on the Web

10th December, 2019
Palestinians in Bethlehem have long watched tourists arrive in their thousands to spend a few hours at the site where Christ was believed to have been born. But, AP reporters MOHAMMAD DARAGHMEH and JOSEPH KRAUSS, find that recent years have seen a new form of tourism take root, one which is focused on the West Bank town's Palestinian residents, their culture and history and their struggles under Israeli occupation...


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The Word Explained

30th November, 2019
Apostolic See: The Catholic Church founded by Peter in Rome.


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