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Friday 18th June 2021

Europe

The European football organization UEFA has told players that their teams could be fined if they don’t respect sponsors. This comes after Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo removed bottles of Coca Cola from his table during a press conference - which was linked to a $4 billion dollar drop in the value of the Coca Cola company. Since then other footballers have also removed sponsored drinks, however UEFA has told players to stop doing this, as advertising revenue is important for the tournament.

Irish Airline Ryanair has started legal action against the United kingdom because of its traffic light travel system. Under the UK system travel to most destinations is not advised and people have to quarantine when returning home. Ryanair says that the rules don’t make scientific sense and that travel should be allowed to some low-risk countries and islands.

Asia

Iran is voting for a new president today. Ebrahim Raisi, currently the head of the judiciary, is widely expected to win, promising to fight corruption and inefficiency. Moderate candidate Abdolnaser Hemmati has said that if president he will restore the nuclear deal with the United States and European countries. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote then there will be a second round

In Hong Kong the pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily has had its offices raided by hundreds of policeman. Police arrested its editor Ryan Law and four other executives at their homes. The paper is owned by billionaire Jimmy Lai who is already in jail for violating Hong Kong’s new security law that was brought in last year. John Lee, Hong Kong’s security Chief justified the arrests by saying that Apple Daily was encouraging foreign actors to take negative actions towards Hong Kong and China...

“This is the conspiracy. We are not talking about media work or journalist work. We are talking about a conspiracy in which the suspects try to make use of journalistic work to collude with a foreign country or external elements to impose sanctions or take hostile activities against Hong Kong and the PRC. Normal journalistic work, of course, takes place freely and lawfully in Hong Kong.”

Apple Daily, the best selling newspaper in Hong Kong, said that media freedom was “hanging by a thread”.

China has sent three astronauts to its new space station. This will be China’s longest crewed mission yet - as the men will spend 3 months on space station Tiangong. There will be more missions during this year and next year to complete the construction of the Tiangong space station.

In Lebanon there was a national strike and protests yesterday against the economic situation. The Lebanese pound has lost almost 90% of its value in 18 months.

In Indonesia - you could get one chicken if you get a covid vaccine. This story from Khadija Tahir...

The Indonesian government has started a new program to encourage people to get vaccinated by giving them a live chicken as a reward. The program is aimed to increase vaccination rates in rural areas of Indonesia and especially among older people. There have been reports of Indonesians being hesitant to get vaccinated because of misinformation spread online. The program has led to hundreds of villagers in the Pecat district getting vaccinated. Giving out chickens is considered a sign of respect and affection towards the elderly in the local culture.

Americas

In Brazil hundreds of police officers are searching for one man accused of killing four members of a family. On Tuesday Lazaro Barbosa was involved in a shoot-out with police, but managed to escape. Police are now searching rural areas of the central Goias state.

In the United States President Joe Biden have signed into law a new public holiday. Juneteenth, on the 17th June will celebrate the day that Texas abolished slavery in 1865. Texas was the last state to abolish slavery, two years after it was officially made illegal by President Abraham Lincoln.

Africa

In Cote d’Ivoire former president Laurent Gbagbo has returned to Cote d’Ivoire for the first time in ten years. Gbagbo was arrested in 2011 after he refused to accept defeat in a presidential election. At least 3,000 people died in violence after the election, and Gbagbo was charged with war crimes. However The International Criminal Court in The Netherlands has found Gbagbo not guilty. Gbagbo was greeted by supporters in Cote d’Ivoire’s biggest city, Abidjan.

Zambia’s founding President Kenneth Kaunda has died aged 97. Kaunda lead the independence movement against British rule. After independence in 1964 Kaunda became president of Zambia, and stayed as president until 1991 when elections were held for the first time.

That’s your world news this week. Please help the podcast to grow by leaving a review in your podcast app, or by talking about us on social media. Find us on social media @send7podcast. Find transcripts or send us a message at send7.org I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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