The world news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 18, 2014 covers stories around the globe. The Russian convoy full of humanitarian aid spent several days awaiting permission to enter Ukraine and bring food and water to the war-torn city of Luhansk. Two people remain missing after a small boat carrying 20 tourists, a tour guide and four crew members sank in Indonesia on Saturday. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister of United Kingdom has announced that all government policies must pass a new “family test” which will determine how family friendly the policies are.
Russian Trucks Carrying Humanitarian Aid Stuck At Ukrainian Border
A convoy of nearly 300 trucks carrying humanitarian aid from Russia to the Eastern Ukrainian town of Luhansk have been stuck at the border for several days, as the foreign ministers of Russia, Germany, Ukraine, and France carry on with talks about a long-term cease-fire. The trucks have been confirmed to be carrying food and water and Russian President Vladimir Putin continued to repeatedly deny providing military support to the Ukrainian rebels. The talks, which involved multiple world nations, revolved around the issue of a cease-fire in Ukraine. Russian representatives have called on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to order an unconditional cease-fire, to ensure the safe arrival of humanitarian aid.
On Monday, a convoy carrying refugees was struck during the fighting. Many women and children were injured and killed during the attack. The attack occurred on the highway which connects Luhansk to Russia, and has resulted in an attempt by the Ukrainian government to seal off the road. Meanwhile, the Russian government has accused Ukraine of attempting to wreck Russian humanitarian mission to the struggling region. In Luhansk, water and electricity have been shut off for weeks, with many people struggling to survive.
Small Tourist Boat Capsizes in Indonesia
On Saturday a boat full of tourists sank off the coast of eastern Indonesia. Twenty foreign tourists from around the world and five Indonesians ended up in water after their boat hit a wave, crashing into the reef near a volcanic island of Sangeang Api. Most of the passengers and all of the crew were rescued on Monday, with many spending as many as 40 hours in the water, however an Italian woman and a Dutch man are still missing. The survivors are at the local hospital, treated for dehydration and trauma. According to the British embassy, two of the British nationals were hospitalized after the incident.
Most of the tourists were from UK, Germany, France, Spain, New Zealand. According to officials, the survivors are now recovering in the city of Sape on Sumbawa Island near the crash site. It is believed that the boat was on a three-day trip through Indonesian islands.
United Kingdom Introduces “Family Test” for Policies
According to the United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, all new government policies will have to pass a “family test” which will consider the effects of policies on children and parents. This announcement comes as many political leaders ready themselves for the 2015 United Kingdom General Election and is believed to play a significant role in the campaign process. Cameron argued that policies and reforms often negatively affect families, and therefore such procedure is mandatory.
The new policy comes into effect in October, after this time all new domestic policies will be examined for their impact on families. During this time more family friendly policies will also take effect. Online videos, especially YouTube, will be given age ratings, while more funding will be allocated towards relationship counselling services. Prime Minister Cameron announced that, while no politician wants to be called judgmental, it is important that the government helps families “who come together, stay together.”
World Commentary by Ivelina Kunina
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