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Friday 15th October 2021

Asia

In Lebanon at least 6 people were killed in fighting in the capital city Beirut yesterday. Protests had been organized by Hezbollah and the Amal movement, however they turned into gunfire which lasted for 5 hours. Local reporters described chaos as it was not clear who was shooting. The Lebanese army said that it arrested nine people, including a Syrian. President Michel Aoun promised to bring justice to those responsible, and announced that today would be a day of mourning.

In Taiwan a fire in a tower block has killed at least 46 people in the city of Kaohsiung, in the south of Taiwan. More on this story from Khadija Tahir...

In Taiwan, a residential building block caught fire yesterday in the city of Kaohsiung. According to the local fire department, 46 people have been killed, and dozens more have been injured. It took the fire department almost 4 hours to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire has not been determined yet, but the local authorities are carrying out an investigation. The residents who managed to escape have reported hearing a loud bang.

India has restarted it’s exportation of COVID19 vaccines, after stopping for 7 months. Half of India’s population has now received at least one dose of a vaccine. In the world 48% of people have received a vaccine. India has restarted exports to Iran, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar.

China has been asked to cooperate in looking for the origins of COVID19, by the World Health Organization. The WHO has said that it has made a new advisory group to look into the origins of the disease, and that China should provide all of it’s early data on COVID19 cases. China has been criticised for not being open about the early progression of the virus. Dr Michael Ryan, head of emergencies, said that it could be our last chance to find out how COVID19 originated...

“That is a human endeavour to understand a virus that has stopped our whole world. Right now this is our best chance and it may be our last chance to understand the origins of this virus.”

Africa

Nigeria’s army has said that the leader of Daesh, the Islamic State group, in Western Africa, is dead. Major General Lucky Irabor said yesterday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi is dead, however he didn’t say how he died. Al-Barnawi lead the islamist group to separate from Boko Haram, a jihadist group that has operated in Nigeria since 2002.

In Kenya, the high court has said that a plan to give biometric ID cards is illegal. A judge said that the ID scheme went against data protection laws. Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta met with US president Joe Biden yesterday in the United States. It was Biden’s first face-to-face meeting with an African leader since being president.

Europe

In Norway, police have said that 5 people were killed by the bow and arrow attack on Wednesday night. The police have said that they consider the attack to be an act of terror, and they have arrested a 37 year old man, who had converted to Islam and had previously been suspected of radicalisation. This was the deadliest terror attack in Norway since the 2011 Far-right extremism attacks that killed 77 people.

In the United Kingdom, Prince William, the grandson of the queen, has criticised billionaires for spending money and energy on space travel, instead of solving the earth’s problems. In an interview with the BBC, William said that we need the world’s greatest brains to focus on fixing our planet...

“We need some of the worlds greatest brains and minds, fixed on trying to repair this planet not trying to find the next place to go and live.”

In Italy workers will need to show a “green pass” to enter workplaces from today. For the last two months it has already been mandatory to show proof of vaccination against COVID, proof of recovery from COVID or a recent

test, to enter most indoor public places in Italy, and many state workers were required to show these when going to work. However, from today, private companies must also require the ‘green pass’. Workers who can’t show a green pass can be suspended without pay, however, they can’t be fired.

Americas

In Brazil, president Jair Bolsonaro has said that he is not going to get vaccinated against COVID19, because “it makes no sense”. Bolsonaro said that his antibody levels were “sky high” because of being infected before. Bolsonaro has been criticised for giving little importance to the virus, which has killed over 600,000 Brazilians, the second highest number of deaths after the United States. Studies have shown that best protection a person can have is to have recovered from COVID19 and been vaccinated.

And in Canada a woman has survived being nearly hit by a meteorite. Ruth Hamilton was asleep in her home, when a rock weighing over a kilogram crashed through her ceiling and into her bed, centimetres from her head. A university professor later confirmed that the rock was a meteorite from an asteroid.

That’s your world news for this week. Thank you to Abel from Mexico for mentioning SEND7podcast in your Instagram story! You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @ send7podcast. Find transcripts for every episode or send us a message at send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi and I will see you on Monday.

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