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Friday 11th February 2022

Europe

United Kingdom foreign minister Liz Truss was in Moscow yesterday talking to Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Truss said that if Russia invades Ukraine, it would be a catastrophe...

“We believe fundamentally in the self-determination of the Ukrainian people. If there were to be a Russia incursion into Ukraine - the Ukrainians will fight. This would be a long and drawn out conflict. The UK and our allies would put in place severe sanctions targeting individuals and institutions. And the United States have been clear that Nord Stream 2 would not go ahead...”

Lavrov suggested that the talks with Truss were useless, saying that it was like the talking to the deaf...

“I’m honestly disappointed that our conversation turned out like the mute talking o the deaf. We appear to be listening but we’re not hearing anything...”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in Belgium yesterday, talking to the head of NATO Jens Stoltenberg. Johnson stated that starting a war would pointless, deadly and tragic...

“And I know that in the Kremlin and across Russia they must be wondering whether it is really sensible to expend the blood of Russian soldiers in a war that I think <is> would be catastrophic, and also pointless, tragic, an vastly economically costly to Russia...”

France will build up to 14 nuclear power plants by 2050, President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday. Macron said that nuclear power would help to end the reliance on fossil fuels.

Americas

In Canada protests by truckers over a vaccine mandate have entered their third week. Truckers have blocked many parts of the city of Ottawa and also the ambassador bridge between the Canadian city of Windsor and the United States city Detroit. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that the government’s decision to require truckers crossing the border to be vaccinated against COVID19, will not change because of the obstructions. In the United States some car factories have stopped production because of supply problems from Canada.

In Bolivia the trial of former interim president Jeanine Añez has been suspended. Critics of Añez say that she organized a coup against former president Evo Morales after the 2019 election. Critics of Morales say that he shouldn’t have been allowed to run for a fourth term as president, and that the 2019 election was fraudulent. Añez has been in prison for 11 months. The European Union have called her a ‘political prisoner’ and Amnesty International have said she should be released.

Africa

Africa is coming out of the pandemic phase of COVID19 according to the World Health Organization. Matshidiso Moeti, the Africa director of the WHO said that Africa is moving into an endemic stage, where people can learn to live with the virus. There have been 250,000 COVID19 deaths officially recorded in Africa, however, the WHO says that the true number is probably three times higher.

Libya’s Eastern parliament, the house of representatives, has named a new Prime Minister. This is being considered a challenge to transitional Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who was recognized by both parliaments in Libya’s East and West. Dbeibah’s transitional government was supposed to organize elections in December but they did not take place because of disagreements.

In Somalia, an attack has killed 6 people in Mogadishu. Islamist jihadist group Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility.

Asia

In India local elections have started in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh has over 200 million people, similar to Brazil. Elections in Uttar Pradesh are being seen as a test of the popularity of Prime Minister Nardendra Modi, and the Bharatiya Janata party.

In China, at the Beijing Winter Olympics, there have been reports that Russian ice skater Kamila Valieva has tested positive for a banned substance. Russia is already competing under an unofficial country name, because of sanctions for using banned substances in the past. Iranian skiier Saveh Shemshaki has also tested positive for a banned steroid, in Beijing.

And in the winter Olympics, Austria is now the country with the most medals- 13, and Germany has the most gold medals, with 6.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find transcripts and more at send7.org If you enjoy the podcast please give what you would pay for a cup of coffee at send7.org/support . I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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