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Friday 15th April 2022

Europe


Russian officials say that Ukrainian helicopters have hit residential buildings and injured seven people in the Bryansk region. Russia’s Investigative Committee will also open criminal cases into alleged torture of Russian soldiers by Ukraine. Ukraine has said that it will investigate any violations and take appropriate legal action.


One of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s closest allies has warned NATO that Russia would deploy nuclear weapons and hypersonic missiles in the Baltic Sea if Sweden and Finland join the NATO alliance. Lithuania has said that Russia already keeps nuclear weapons close to Lithuania’s border.

Moldova has accused Russia’s army of trying to recruit Moldovan citizens. Moldovan foreign minister Nicu Popescu has said that these actions are very dangerous for Moldovan citizens and must be stopped.


British prime minister Boris Johnson has announced a tougher approach to asylum seekers. Anyone who has arrived in Britain illegally since the 1st January could be relocated to Rwanda. Opposition parties have called the plan “unworkable and unethical”. Johnson says that illegal immigration routes and smuggling routes must be closed


“This innovative approach, driven by our shared humanitarian impulse and made possible by Brexit freedoms, will provide safe and legal route for asylum while disrupting the business model of the gangs. Because it means that economic migrants taking advantage of the asylum system will not get to stay in the UK.”


Asia


In Sri Lanka, protesters are demanding the resignation of the president. Khadija Tahir reports:


“In Sri Lanka, protestors have been camping outside the President's office for six days now. They are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is accused of corruption and misrule. The country is currently facing the worst economic crisis in Sri Lankan history. There are fuel and food shortages and power outages all over the country. Doctors have warned that the country may also run out of medical supplies in government hospitals soon.”


In Taiwan, six United States lawmakers have arrived for an unannounced visit. The United States has no formal relations with Taiwan, but the visit shows its support.


Pakistan’s military has dismissed former prime minister Imran Khan’s accusation that the United States conspired to remove him from power.

Africa


South Africa’s government says that at least 341 people have been killed in flooding earlier this week. In total, over 40,000 people have been affected.


In Nigeria, at least 29 people have died when a boat capsized. The boat was carrying 35 people across a dam in Sokoto state.


Tunisia has raised fuel prices by around 5% for the third time this year. Tunisia is experiencing a severe financial crisis.


Americas


Honduras’ former president Juan Orlando Hernandez will be extradited to the United States next week. He faces drug trafficking and firearms charges.


Chile’s constitutional assembly has voted to replace its senate with a new “chamber of regions”. Leftist members say senate slows progress and laws. Opponents say the proposal gives too much power to the lower house.


Canada will deploy up to 150 military personnel to Poland to support Ukrainian refugees, according to defence minister Anita Anand.


And billionaire Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter for USD 43 billion, saying Twitter should be taken private and become a platform for free speech. Musk is already Twitter’s second largest stakeholder.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or in an audio message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, the next episode will be on Tuesday next week, 19th April, with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely weekend.


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