World news bites: Rwanda refuses to refund R5-billion to UK

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Rwanda – The Rwandan government has said it will not pay back over $300 million (R5.4 billion) it received from the UK for a deal to deport asylum seekers from the UK to Rwanda. A spokesperson said that the agreement, which was signed in 2022, did not include a refund clause. The statement comes after newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer announced that he plans to stop the deportation deal.

US – Brad Pitt reportedly has “virtually no contact” with his adult children and limited visits with his younger ones due to his busy filming schedule for the upcoming racing movie “F1.” According to a source close to the family, Angelina Jolie has primary custody of the children, with Pitt having visiting rights for the younger ones. Pitt, 60, was recently seen with his girlfriend, Ines de Ramon, at the British Grand Prix. He shares six children with Jolie: Maddox, 22, Pax, 20, Zahara, 19, Shiloh, 18, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 15.

Hong Kong – Public anger is growing in China over allegations that Sinograin, a major state-owned food company, and Hopefull Grain and Oil Group, a private business group, have been using the same tankers for transporting fuel and cooking oil without cleaning them properly between uses. The Beijing News reported that this bad practice was an “open secret” in the transport industry. In response, China’s State Council started an investigation and promised harsh punishment for those found guilty.

San Diego – The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance announced that its newest giant pandas, Yun Chuan and Xin Bao, are adjusting well to their new home since arriving on 27 June. The pandas are the first to enter the United States in 21 years. They are currently kept in a private habitat and are not yet viewable to the public. The zoo shared photos of the pandas eating and relaxing in their new home.

Pictured above: British Prime Minister Keir Starmer. 

Source: X

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