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Entertainment: 2021’s biggest world news stories, from Taliban takeover in Afghanistan to La Palma volcano eruption

Indonesia: The eruption of the sowing volcano makes at least 13 dead

 Indonesia: The eruption of the sowing volcano makes at least 13 dead © Juni Kriswanto / AFP Volcano, Indonesia, disaster L E assessing rises. The spectacular eruption of the Volcano sowed in Indonesia made at least thirteen dead, the Disaster Management Agency, Sunday, December 5, while the rescuers continue to dig the area covered with a thick layer of ashes. At least 57 people were injured in the eruption of which 41 affected by burns.

From an opposition journalist forced off a plane to the disastrous Afghanistan pull-out, 2021 was a tumultuous year even as the world continued battling the pandemic.

There were glimmers of hope, as Olympic champion Simone Biles proved a role model for young people and a fan-led movement helped free pop star Britney Spears from a conservatorship.

However, 2021 also saw the world ablaze with devastating wildfires and heatwaves, crises at international borders, and conflict ravaging some nations.

Here are some of the biggest news stories of the year from around the world:

Plane forced down

Belarus hit international headlines after its authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko forced down a Ryanair flight to arrest opposition journalist Roman Protasevich.

Afghanistan. The UN accuses the Taliban of at least 72 extrajudicial executions

 Afghanistan. The UN accuses the Taliban of at least 72 extrajudicial executions © Wakil Kohsar / AFP A Taliban in the street, near a woman in burqa and a child, in Jalalabad on December 12, 2021. of the old Members of the Afghan security forces and relatives of the former government would have been executed by the Taliban apart from all judicial proceedings. The UN alerts this situation.

Mr Protasevich and his girlfriend, Sofia Sapega, were taken off the flight, which was travelling from Greece to Lithuania, and detained. They were later moved to house arrest.

The May incident caused international outrage, with some EU leaders calling it a “hijacking” as the bloc moved to impose economic sanctions against Belarus.

There were concerns Mr Protasevich was being tortured by Belarusian authorities after he appeared in a video following his arrest to say he was in good health and make an apparent confession to “plotting riots” in Minsk last year.

Mr Protasevich, who has made several appearances on Belarusian state television since his arrest, stands accused of organising riots and could face up to 15 years in jail if convicted.

Afghanistan. The media disappear and more than 80% of women journalists lost their work

 Afghanistan. The media disappear and more than 80% of women journalists lost their work © Javed Tanveer / AFP of the Taliban vehicles that Pad to Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the media must respect a number of rules since the Taliban arrival in mid-August. This resulted in the disappearance of more than 40% of the country's media and put a lot of unemployed journalists.

Earlier this month, Ms Sapega was charged by the Belarusian Investigative Committee with inciting social hatred, threatening police officers and flouting data privacy laws.

Belarus-Poland border crisis

Mr Lukashenko again faced criticism over the migrant crisis at the Belarus-Poland border, where thousands of desperate people were stranded in forests at risk of freezing to death.

Families became separated and camped in squalid conditions after Belarusian authorities promised they would be able to cross the border to Poland, but Polish border forces blocked their entry.

The crisis began after the EU tightened sanctions against Mr Lukashenko, in response to his regime’s brutal crackdown following a disputed election last year, which handed him a sixth term as president.

Planes carrying migrants from Iraq, Syria and other countries began arriving in Belarus, and headed for the borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. EU nations accused Belarus of trying to direct migrants to cross the Polish border in revenge for the sanctions. Minsk denied the allegations.

CANARIES: The eruption of the Palma volcano officially finished

 CANARIES: The eruption of the Palma volcano officially finished © Valery Ax now, the Cumbre Vieja is in lethargy, its lava torrents are black, frozen, hardened. AFP / Jorge Guerrero "85 days and 8 hours". This is the time that will have lasted in total the eruption of the Cumbe Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma , officially declared completed this Saturday. "Today, the Scientific Committee can tell the eruption is over," said Julio Pérez, the Director of the Canary Island Volcanic Emergency Plan (PEVOLCA) at a press conference.

La Palma volcano eruption

The Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma in the Canary Islands erupted for the first time in 50 years in September, forcing thousands to abandon their homes and farms as they were engulfed by lava.

Residents of the Spanish island have suffered almost three months of daily eruptions, with earthquakes, rivers of molten rock and ash burying wide swathes of land.

The volcano appeared to fall silent in December, but scientists have not ruled out a resurgence. The lava has destroyed around 3,000 buildings and severely damaged a large section of La Palma’s south-western side.

Palestine-Israel conflict

An 11-day conflict between Israel and Palestine that ended on 21 May left more than 200 dead, the vast majority Palestinians, and brought devastation to the impoverished Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

The worst fighting in years was sparked by clashes between Israeli police and worshippers at Jerusalem‘s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during Ramadan, and the threatened eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

United States: a scissar named specifically for Afghan women's rights

 United States: a scissar named specifically for Afghan women's rights The fate of Afghan women has been a possession of the US administration since the Taliban has taken control of the country © Randy Shropshire / Getty Images North America / AFP Rina Amiri, President Joe Biden's new special emissor for Afghan women and human rights in Afghanistan Human rights - The fate of Afghan women has been a possession of the US administration since the Taliban took control of the country The US government has decided to have a special email for the rights of Afghan women a

Hamas launched long-range rockets toward Jerusalem on 10 May, to which the Israeli military responded with airstrikes.

At least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children and 40 women, were killed, the United Nations reported. Twelve people, including two children, were killed in Israel. Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire following intense pressure from world leaders.

Evacuating Afghanistan

The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan in August after a swift takeover that took Western forces by surprise.

It followed the announcement that US and Nato troops would leave Afghanistan, marking the end of America’s 20-year war.

During the chaotic evacuation effort, footage emerged of desperate Afghans clinging on to the side of a military aircraft and falling to their deaths at Kabul airport. The UK airlifted 15,000 people out of the country, but a Foreign Office whistleblower alleged that roughly 95 per cent of those eligible for rescue were turned away.

Uncertainty and fear now plague Afghanistan, where women have been stripped of their rights and some starving families are resorting to selling their children to buy food.

The world ablaze

Apocalyptic scenes gripped countries across the world during deadly wildfires and heatwaves.

A “heat dome” across North America’s Pacific North-West in June is believed to have killed hundreds. Canada’s blistering temperatures saw the village of Lytton in British Columbia almost completely destroyed by wildfires after temperatures reached a record high of 49.6C in June.

Afghanistan: Taliban asking traders to decapitate the mannequins in their

 Afghanistan: Taliban asking traders to decapitate the mannequins in their windows since the return to power of the Taliban in August, Afghanistan suffered more and more measures imposing restrictions on freedoms, especially towards women and women. Girls © AFP The Taliban asked traders to cut the heads of mannequins in Afghanistan.

In September, wildfires in California torched around 3,000 ancient sequoias.

British firefighters were sent to help tackle huge wildfires across Greece in August, after the country saw temperatures of more than 40C for days in its worst heatwave in more than 30 years.

At least eight people died in Turkey’s worst fires in at least a decade, and hundreds in Italy were evacuated from homes and beach resorts.

The infernos brought to light the devastating impact of climate change, with experts warning that extreme weather events could become more frequent and intense.

A hero in flight

Fans were eager to see gymnastics superstar Simone Biles perform at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer, but the pressure of her sport and personal battles saw her struggle on the global stage.

In an uncharacteristically imperfect performance, a vault went awry and she lost her bearings in mid-air before stumbling out of her landing. She later said she was experiencing “twisties”, a mental block where gymnasts lose their ability to judge where they are in the air.

Biles spoke of feeling the “weight of the world” on her shoulders, and pulled out midway through the team final to take care of her mental health, gaining praise for her courage.

She returned to compete on the balance beam, winning a bronze for her seventh Olympics medal. The Team USA gymnast was named Athlete of the Year by Time.

Capitol riots

Supporters of Donald Trump stormed Washington’s Capitol Building on 6 January, triggering unprecedented chaos as they tried to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden’s victory following a rally by the former US president.

Two emergency help aircraft finally arrived in Tonga after eruption

 Two emergency help aircraft finally arrived in Tonga after eruption © Copyright 2022, Obs The first aircraft carrying emergency assistance and communication devices landed on Thursday, January 20 at the Tonga Islands , Cut of the world five days after an eruption and a devastating tsunami.

Scores of police officers were beaten, five people died and the insurrection caused about $1.5m in damage.

More than 700 people were charged, including Robert Palmer, from Florida, who sprayed police officers with a fire extinguisher before throwing it at them. He was sentenced to five years in prison, the longest jail term handed to a Capitol rioter so far.

Mr Trump tried to downplay the riots as a protest while claiming, with no evidence, that the “real insurrection” took place on election day. He has tried to stonewall the committee investigating the riots with several of his allies refusing to comply.

Death on the road

The world was gripped by the disappearance of Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, who went missing while travelling in a van around the American West with her boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, and documenting it on YouTube.

Ms Petito’s family said they had not heard from her since late August and she was reported missing on 11 September, while Mr Laundrie returned home to North Port, Florida alone with the van.

After Ms Petito’s remains were discovered on 19 September at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, her death was ruled a murder. Police named Mr Laundrie a person of interest.

Mr Laundrie disappeared on 14 September and his body was discovered more than a month later at Carlton Reserve in Florida, with a post-mortem examination revealing he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

R Kelly on trial

Disgraced R&B singer R Kelly was convicted on charges of sex trafficking, after having faced decades of allegations of sexual misconduct.

His victims gave harrowing evidence of the abuse they endured during his five-week trial, which began on 18 August.

A New York court heard how the musician subjected his victims to his perverse and sadistic whims when they were underage, with one woman identified only as “Jane Doe” telling jurors she was forced to smear faeces on her face.

R Kelly has faced allegations of inappropriate relationships with underage girls for years, following his illegal marriage to the late R&B star Aaliyah in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27. In September, he was found guilty of eight counts of sex trafficking and one of racketeering, and he faces decades behind bars when he is due to be sentenced in May 2022.

Astroworld tragedy

Ten people were killed and hundreds injured in a crush at Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival in Houston, Texas in November. The American rapper said he was “devastated” following the tragedy when a large crowd of fans surged toward the stage during his performance.

Scott and the event organisers are the focus of a criminal investigation by Houston police. No one has been charged.

The youngest victim was nine-year-old Ezra Bloun, while the others ranged in age from 14 to 27.

Medical officials in Houston announced earlier this month that the victims died from compression asphyxia, saying it was likely that the pressure from the crowd was so great that it squeezed the air from their lungs.

Miami building collapse

A 12-storey building near Miami, Florida collapsed in June, triggering a massive search effort for survivors as families watched in hope.

Rescuers worked through a heatwave and rainstorms, with firefighters on 12-hour shifts camping at the site as they painstakingly removed layers of dangerous debris and pulled out dozens of bodies.

The remaining portions of the Champlain Towers South building were later imploded over safety fears.

The tragedy in the town of Surfside prompted an outpouring of grief, with locals donating their homes to victims and raising millions of dollars. The 98 people who died were remembered in a memorial service on 12 December off the South Florida coast, with a plaque installed at an underwater memorial site.

A trial is likely to take place in the summer of 2022, with lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages.

Two emergency help aircraft finally arrived in Tonga after eruption .
© Copyright 2022, Obs The first aircraft carrying emergency assistance and communication devices landed on Thursday, January 20 at the Tonga Islands , Cut of the world five days after an eruption and a devastating tsunami.

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