Hello, this is Danielle Jalowiecka with the BBC News. President Biden has called for a ceasefire in Ethiopia's Tigray region, saying that human rights abuses must end. Mr. Biden said forces from Eritrea and Ethiopia's Amhara state must withdraw from Tigray. Steve Jackson reports.This was President Biden's strongest statement yet on the conflict in Tigray. He called on all parties, in particular, the Ethiopian government and Eritrea forces to grant immediate humanitarian access to the region in order to avoid a widespread famine. He appealed for dialogue to resolve the conflict and promised American support for the process. Thousands of people have been killed and many more displaced since the fighting began 6 months ago. After being criticized for a faltering initial response to the conflict, the Biden administration has been stepping up the pressure on the Ethiopian government over the many human rights abuses in Tigray.
A judge in Australia has dismissed a case brought against the government by a group of teenagers, trying to stop the extension of a coal mine. If the judge had ruled in favor, it would have major ramifications. Here's Shaimaa Khalil.The eight students had argued that Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley had a duty of care towards young people to protect them from the harmful and devastating effects of climate change.And allowing the extension of that coal mine in New South Wales, known as the Vickery extension project would be in breach of that duty of care. The judge said that the court was not satisfied that the minister was in breach of that care, and that there wasn't enough evidence of that, and so he dismissed that injunction.
Australian media are reporting that the city of Melbourne and possibly the whole state of Victoria will go into a 7-day lockdown to contain a new outbreak of COVID-19. At least 25 people have tested positive for the disease following several months of almost no community transmission in Australia.World news from the BBC.