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Friday 19th November 2021


Europe

Belarus has said that it has cleared camps on its border with Poland. For weeks refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan have been trying to enter the European Union through Belarus. Despite Belarus’s claim that they had cleared camps, the Polish border police said that there were over 500 illegal attempts to cross its border yesterday. More than 400 Iraqis flew back to Iraq yesterday from Belarus. After a conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus said that Germany had agreed to take 2000 refugees if Belarus sends back another 5000. However Germany’s interior minister Horst Seehofer said that this was not true. 12 refugees are known to have died on the border in the last few weeks. Ukraine and Lithuania have sent police and soldiers to strengthen their borders with Belarus.

Czechia and Slovakia are placing restrictions on people that have not had COVID19 vaccinations. In Czechia 60% of people are vaccinated, and in Slovakia only 46% are vaccinated, much less than the average for the EU which is 70%. Austria already has restrictions in place for unvaccinated people. There have been protests against these policies in Austria.

Americas

The United States house of representatives has voted to censure Republican Paul Gosar. The censure does not have any legal effect - it is simply a strong condemnation of a member of congress. Last week Gosar tweeted a cartoon that showed him killing Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. All Democrats and two Republicans voted to censure Gosar. Cortez, who is often known by her initial AOC, expressed anger that other Republicans did not also vote to censure Gosar, and that Republican house leader Kevin McCarthy did not condemn Gosar...

“The sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of congress is wrong. What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?

Gosar said that the video was not a threat, and that he removed the video because some people were offended...

“I do not espouse violence towards anyone. I never have .It was not my purpose to make anyone upset. I voluntarily took the cartoon down not because it was itself a threat, but because some thought it was. Out of compassion for those who generally felt offense, I self-censored.”

Gosar’s sister, Jennifer Gosar, said that she was happy that her brother was censured, in an interview with MSNBC...

“It is about time. It is not the first time that my brother has threatened the life of representative Ocasio Cortez. This is the second.”

In the United States two men convicted of murdering rights activist Malcolm X in 1965, have been cleared. Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam, were convicted of killing Malcolm X in 1965, and both spent more than twenty years in jail.

In Canada there have been heavy rain and floods. At least one person as died and thousands of people have been evacuated in Western Canada.

Africa

In Sudan protests have continued despite 15 people being killed by security forces on Wednesday. Protesters are angry that the military won’t give back power to a civilian government, after the coup d’etat three weeks ago.

In Kenya three prisoners were recaptured after they escaped from a high-security prison. The three men were militants who were arrested as they tried to escape to Somalia.

Asia

India and Pakistan have reopened a border, especially for Sikh pilgrims. Khadija Tahir reports...

Pakistan and India have reopened the Kartarpur border to allow Indian Sikhs to visit the Guru Nanak Temple in Pakistan. The Guru Nanak temple is one of the holiest shrines in Sikhism as it is the birthplace of Guru Nanak. The Kartarpur border crossing, also known as the Kartarpur corridor, allows Indian Sikh pilgrims to visit the temple in Pakistan without needing a visa. The corridor was closed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. India and Pakistan have had unstable relations since their independence from Britain in 1947, but the Kartarpur crossing is known as a peace corridor.

And In Australia a beer is being brewed using algae. Brewing beer produces carbon through fermentation, and this causes global warming. However Young Henry’s brewery use algae that consume carbon and produce oxygen.

That’s you world news for this week. A huge thank you to Alireza from the Netherlands and Jose from Costa Rica for becoming our newest supporters. You can become a supporter, or send us a message or read all transcripts at send7.org I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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