The Week in Stories Around the Globe

Francia Marquez: From maid to Colombia’s first Black vice president

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA – MARCH 25: Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez smile after officially registering their names to run for President and Vice-President on March 25, 2022 in Bogota, Colombia. Petro for President along Marquez for Vice President will be the formula for “Pacto Historico” in the upcoming presidential elections of Colombia. (Photo by Daniel Munoz/Getty Images)

She made the fight to preserve Afro-Colombian lands a central part of her political campaign, constantly harking back to her roots. “I am an Afro-Colombian woman, a single mother of two who gave birth to her first child at the age of 16 and worked in households to pay the bills. But I am also an award-winning environmental activist. And above all, a lawyer who could become Colombia’s first Black vice president,” she declared at numerous campaign rallies.  

#franciamarquez #PresidentePetro #Columbia #Afrocolombianidad

Putin Mocks West for Naming Inflation After Him

With US officials regularly referring to their country’s record-high inflation as “Putin’s price hike”, the Russian president joked that “they already call inflation with my name”.

 #Russia #Ukraine #War

Bangladesh | 2022 Severe Flash Flood Office of the UN Resident Coordinator Situation Update #2

A woman is seen carries pot to be collected drinking water at a flooded area at Dhamrai in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 11, 2020. (Photo by Rehman Asad/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Heavy monsoon rains and water from upstream in India’s northeast have inundated large parts of the Sylhet division, leaving millions of people marooned and triggering a humanitarian crisis. The flash floods swept away homes and inundated farmlands, forcing families to seek shelter on higher ground and temporary flood shelters, while power cut is making life miserable. Experts considered the flood worse than the ones they had experienced in 1998 and 2004.

#Bangladesh #climatecrisis #flooding #Asia

Astronomers in China claim possible detection of ‘extraterrestrial civilizations’

Astronomers at Beijing Normal University have discovered “several cases of possible technological traces and extraterrestrial civilizations from outside the Earth“, according to a report published Tuesday (June 14) in Science and Technology Daily, the official newspaper of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

#China #Science #aliens #astronomy

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