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This Week in World: London, Bangladesh, and More


39 People Found Dead In Truck In London

London police found 39 bodies in a truck in London. They also confirmed that all of them were Chinese. “Emergency services attended but sadly all 39 people inside the container had died,” Essex Police Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills told reporters. “This is an absolute tragedy.”

In addition, British PM Boris Johnson said, “I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex. I am receiving regular updates from the Home Office and will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened. My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives & their loved ones.”

16 Set To Death For Burning Teen

A Bangladeshi court sentenced 16 people to death for setting 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi on fire. Those convicted of murder included the headteacher Nusrat had accused of harassment and two female classmates. In addition, the trial came quickly in a country known for taking years.

An investigation revealed a conspiracy to silence Rafi. Her family has since been given police protection. Her brother also said they still feared for their lives. “You already know they threatened me in public inside the courtroom,” he told reporters. “I am very afraid. I am urging the prime minister to ensure our security. And the police super should also keep a track on our wellbeing.”

Russia Sends S-400 Missile Defense System To Serbia

Russia said that a part of their S-400 missile defense system to Serbia for a military drill on Thursday. Currently, Russia is trying to keep neutral Serbia within its geopolitical influence. “Apart from anti-aircraft missile systems in use in the Serbian army, missile systems that are in use by the Russian Air Force will also be used,” Russia said in a statement.

Johnson To Try For Early Election

British Prime Minister Borish Johnson wants to try for an early general election. He offered the EU a Brexit extension if they allow a December 12th general election. “So, the way to get this done, the way to get Brexit done, is, I think, to be reasonable with Parliament and say if they genuinely want more time to study this excellent deal, they can have it but they have to agree to a general election on 12 December,” he said.

Ethiopian Activist Calls For Calm

Ethiopian activist Jawar Mohammed called for calm on Thursday. This comes a day after 16 people died during clashes between his supporters and police in the capital and other cities. Jawar said, “Open the blocked roads, clean the towns of barricades, treat those who have been injured during the protests and reconcile with those you have quarreled with.”