Poland hit by missile strike, G20 summit, 8 billion humans, 2022 Qatar World Cup

There was no World War III this week, but we had a scare. How close did NATO come to an escalation with Russia? A Russian-made missile landed on a Polish farming village on Tuesday, killing two agricultural workers. The Polish president found that initial evidence pointed to the Ukrainian anti-air defence, a claim backed by NATO allies but initially denied by the Ukrainian president, who stated "I have no doubt that this is not our missile." By Thursday, he was gently rolling back that claim from "we didn't do it" to "we don't know". When the missile fell in Poland, G20 leaders were smack in the middle of a G20 summit in Bali. That sparked an impromptu crisis meeting of the G20's NATO members.

Eight billion humans and counting. Our population has doubled in less than half a century. At a Ghaziabad maternity in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, the latest addition to the Sharma family arrived on Tuesday, the same day that humanity passed a milestone. The same day, in the capital of war-torn Ukraine, there was a very different take from the mother of a baby girl from the Kyiv suburb of Brovary.

As they go to extra time at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, environmentalists are cheering the return of Lula. Brazil's once and now future president is promising to reverse the agro-industrial policies of the outgoing far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.

Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juilette Laurain and Laura Burloux.

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