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2021 Year in Review: World-Shaping Stories

To recap 2021, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at some of the stories that have most affected the world this year.

Trump Supporters Break Into US Capitol, Halting Congress

Crowd at the Jan 6 2021 President Trump Rally.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump broke into the US Capitol building violently yesterday as Congress met to count the votes of the Electoral College. The mob was encouraged to go to the Capitol by Mr. Trump.

Coronavirus Vaccines and Variants

A man being vaccinated against COVID-19 in Santa Fe, Argentina
It’s been over a year since Covid-19 began spreading around the world. Since then, amazing progress has been made on getting the virus under control. But tackling the coronavirus quickly is still important, since the virus is also changing.

Army Takes Control of Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi (left), Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (right)
On Monday, the army took control of Myanmar, removing the country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and her government from power. Ms. Suu Kyi and several people who work with her are being held by the military.

Taliban Takes Control of Afghanistan

On the second day of the Taliban's rule in Kabul, the front of Hamid Karzai International Airport was crowded with people trying to travel abroad, but were stopped by Taliban militants.
On Sunday, the Taliban took control of Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital. The Taliban now controls the entire country. Many people are shocked at how quickly the Taliban defeated the Afghan army, and are worried about the future of the country’s people.

US Students Caught in Political Mask Debate

August 24, 2021 - First Day of School in Mt. Pleasant Michigan.
School students in the US are being caught in a political battle over masks. Though wearing masks is an important way of preventing the spread of the coronavirus, some Republican leaders are trying to prevent school districts from requiring masks.

Pandora Papers Reveal Rich People Avoiding Taxes

Screenshot of the Pandora Papers report on the ICIJ website.
Reporters have revealed a massive collection of leaked documents showing how rich and powerful people around the world have been hiding their money and property “offshore” in order to avoid taxes. Many of the people are well-known world leaders.

Asian Countries Put on Shows of Force

An anti-aircraft missile launched by North Korea, September, 2021.
In recent days, North Korea and China have gone out of their way to show off their military force in threatening ways. Today, NFK looks at these recent actions and the reasons behind them.

World Struggles With Supply Chain Problems

Illustration of supply chain problems. Not enough energy->Not enough supplies at factories->Not enough containers, transportation, or workers->Not enough products or stored products->Not enough truckers->Results in shortages and higher prices at stores.
The world is facing a “supply chain” crisis. There are shortages of all kinds of products. And the problem is growing because the materials needed to make new products are either in short supply, or can’t be moved to the places that need them.

World Reacts Quickly to New Coronavirus Variant

Labeled diagram of the Omicron variant, showing all of its mutations.
On Friday, the World Health Organization released information on a new version of the virus that causes Covid-19. The new variant, which has been named “Omicron”, was first spotted in South Africa. Countries around the world are now racing to prepare for Omicron.

Biden & Putin Meet Over Tense Ukraine Situation

US President Joe Biden held a secure video call with President Putin of Russia today to discuss a range of topics in the U.S.-Russia relationship, including our concerns about Russian military activities on the border with Ukraine, cyber, and regional issues. December 7, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden held a virtual meeting on Tuesday to try to resolve a growing crisis on the border of Ukraine. Russia has over 70,000 soldiers near the Ukraine border. Many experts worry Russia is getting ready to invade.



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