Newsletter of March 1, 2022

Today’s newsletter covers a self-rescue hostage in Amsterdam, Australia’s cricket team, plastic pollution, gambling in Brazil and more.

24 years later, Australia’s cricket team plays in Pakistan

Australia’s cricket team will tour in Pakistan, 24 years after its last game in the country. Pakistan faces difficulties to host cricket teams due to security concerns, and a terrorist attack on the team of Sri Lanka on its way to a game in 2009.


15 million Syrians will depend on humanitarian aid in 2022

The humanitarian crisis in Syria has never been worse according to the United Nations. And the situation will unlikely improve soon.


An international treaty to fight plastic pollution?

While only 9% of global plastic waste is recycled, countries from around the world will discuss a framework to tackle the issue of plastic pollution. But if expectations are high, plastic pollution will be far from solved. A legally binding treaty will most likely not come before 2024.


A third of journalists killed so far in 2022 are in Mexico

At least 5 journalists were murdered in Mexico in 2022 so far. Mexico accounts for a third of all journalists reported killed in the world this year.


Amsterdam Apple Store hostage asks for privacy

A man was held hostage in an Apple Store in Amsterdam for five hours until he ran away from the criminal. He now asks for privacy and video footage to be removed from social media as live videos of his captivity and escape widely circulated online.


Zimbabwe and Kenya suspended by FIFA because of government interference

Zimbabwe and Kenya are suspended from football international competitions because governments interfered and ousted the national federation leaders.


Brazil lower house approves a bill legalizing gambling and casinos despite dissension

Jogo do bicho, a popular lottery-type game with animals, would also be allowed. Prohibited almost everywhere in the country since 1946, it has however been played throughout Brazil for decades. Lawmakers, driven by their religious considerations, disagreed about the law even inside political parties.

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