⏳ Wednesday Fix: "Gangster Regime"
Accusations of an orchestrated border crisis, a stark warning as COP26 draws to a close, and for the record - presidents are not kings.
Here's the audio version of today's newsletter.
PIN DROP - WHAT'S HAPPENING ON BELARUS' BORDER?
The fallout over a situation at the border between Belarus and Poland continues to escalate, as Polish officials now accuse Russia's President Putin of orchestrating an influx of migrants at the border.
What's happening? Thousands of migrants are located at the Belarus side of the border and are trying to cross into Poland and the EU. In response, Poland has placed thousands of police and soldiers at the border to protect it.
An orchestrated situation? The European Union said they are monitoring 20 countries - including Russia - who they say transported migrants to Minsk, Belarus' capital.
Bigger picture: Poland is accusing Belarus - which they described as a "gangster regime" - of purposely transporting migrants close to its border to create the crisis. They see it as Belarusian President Lukashenko's retaliation on the EU, for the sanctions they placed on his country last year.
What kind of numbers are we talking? According to a CNN report, there have been more than 32,000 attempts to cross the border into Poland since September.
TRUMP BACK IN THE HEADLINES
A judge has rejected a bid by former US president, Donald Trump, to keep papers relating to the days before the breach of the Capitol on January 6 a secret.
The case is expected to be appealed, but raises a wider debate about a president's executive privilege. CNN mentioned the ruling relates to about 700 pages of records in the lead up to the insurrection.
"Presidents are not kings, and plaintiff is not president.” - Judge Chutkan
Needless to mention, this is the top story on both CNN and The New York Times this morning.
As the COP26 summit continues in Glasgow, the world is still on track to reach 2.4C of warming, according to a report by Climate Action Tracker.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is headed back to Glasgow for the summit's final days.
According to BBC News, a first draft of an agreement on how countries are going to work towards 1.5C is due to be published later today. It will document how countries plan to cut emissions to avoid temperature rises.
- BBC News: Terminally ill man held for 'mooning' speed camera
- The Guardian: Iain Duncan Smith accused of 'brazen conflict of interest' over £25,000 job
- The Financial Times: GE to split into healthcare, energy and aviation countries
- Al Jazeera: Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai gets married
- The Irish Times: Government and EU try to dissuade UK from triggering Article 16
Why? Because he alleges he warned Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, that his platform was being used to stage a coup the day before the insurrection at Capitol Hill on January 6.
"Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6, where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged. That email was sent the day before, and then it happened, and I haven't heard from him since." - Prince Harry
HATS OFF TO...
Marcus Rashford, who received an MBE from Prince William on Tuesday. The Manchester United footballer received the recognition in response to the work he did to ensure children were fed throughout the pandemic.
What is an MBE? It stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire. MBEs rank third behind CBE and OBE - Commander and Officer.
Malala got married!
Not familiar with Malala? She is a human rights activist - who was shot in the head by the Taliban in her native Pakistan, for speaking up in favour of women's education. Following that, she was given refuge in the UK, and continues to campaign for the right for women to be educated.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE...