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Friday 15th July 2022

Asia

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa has resigned. Rajapaksa sent his resignation letter from Singapore where he has fled to avoid protests. Over the last few days many government buildings and the Presidential palace were occupied by protestors. Protesters agreed to leave the presidential palace yesterday. Singapore has said that Rajapaksa is on a private visit and has not claimed asylum in Singapore.

Iran is closer to having nuclear weapons now, than ever before, according to United States president Joe Biden. In an interview in Israel, Biden criticised former president Donald Trump for leaving the nuclear deal with Iran, and said that force would be used against Iran if necessary...

“I think it was a gigantic mistake for the last presidency to get out of the deal. They’re closer to a nuclear weapon now than they were before.... and so I still think it makes sense, we’ve laid it out on the table, we’ve made the deal, we’ve offered it. And it’s up to Iran now...”

India has confirmed a case of monkeypox. Khadija Tahir reports...

In India, the first confirmed case of monkeypox was detected in the state of Kerala. According to local authorities, the case was detected in a traveller who had just returned from the middle east. The man has been isolated and is displaying mild symptoms. The Indian government has said that they will work with the hospital and local authorities to prevent the spread of monkeypox.

Europe

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi offered his resignation yesterday, saying that his government cannot continue. However, last night, President Sergio Mattarella refused the resignation of Draghi. Draghi offered his resignation after the 5 Star Movement - one part of his coalition stopped supporting the government. It is not clear what will happen now.

In Ukraine three Russian cruise missiles hit the city of Vinnytsia yesterday. At least 23 people were killed, including 3 children, according to the head of police, Ihor Klymenko. Vinnytsia is in central Ukraine, hundreds of kilometres from any battle frontline, and the missiles hit a car park of an office block, according to local media. President Volodymyr Zelensky called the act “terrorism”, and the European Union called it an “atrocity”. Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko said “Russian terrorists are furiously continuing to commit genocide against peaceful Ukrainians.” Russian state media has not commented on the attack.

Africa

Across the Sahel region, France will change its military situation, according to President Emmanuel Macron. France has been working with the governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Mali to fight against Islamist Jihadist groups in the Sahel region. The French army is planning to leave Mali this summer, after the ruling military Junta asked them to leave.

In Cote d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara held a meeting yesterday with former presidents Laurent Gbagbo and Henri Konan Bedie. The three presidents have been rivals since the 1990s.

Americas

In Haiti, there are reports that at least 89 people have died in gang warfare during the past week. The Mayor of the Cite Soleil neighbourhood said that two gangs were fighting to control the area, and said that residents needed food and water. There has been an increase in gang violence in Haiti since President Jovenel Moise was assassinated last year.

In the United States an experimental drug to treat bowel cancer has been successful on all twelve participants. Bowel cancer is the third most common type of cancer and has a 50% death rate. The new drug could start to be used instead of chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery.

In The United States Bill Gates has given $20 billion dollars to his charity, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. The foundation mainly focuses on healthcare, education and fighting poverty. Gates has promised to give away over half of his money during his life. This podcast, SEND7, gives 10% of all the money we receive to charity.

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Listeners I am a guest on the last episode of the English with Rob podcast. Rob and I play some games related to the news and talk about some funny news stories. You can look in your podcast app for English with Rob. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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