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Friday 23rd October 2020

AFRICA

In Nigeria Amnesty International have said that at least 12 people have been killed by security forces, since an indefinite curfew was imposed on Wednesday. UN secretary General Antonio Guterres, US presidential nominee Joe Biden, and UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab have all condemnded the killings.


In Libya, Mohammed Baayou, head of the Libyan Media Corporation, was arrested yesterday in the capital city, Tripoli. Baayou is a journalist and was a prominent media official under the deposed Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. Baayou has spoken out against Islamist groups in Libya, against their attempts to control the country. The United Nations has condemned Baayou’s arrest- saying it is unlawful, and have asked for his immediate release.


In Zambia, legal action is being taken against the mining company “Anglo-American”. A group of women and children say that 100,000 people have suffered from lead-poisoning for generations. The lawsuit demands financial and medical aid for the families still living in the area around the Zambian town of Kabwe.

EUROPE

In France, two women were arrested yesterday for stabbing two Muslim women near the Eiffel tower. Reports say that the victims were stabbed many times, and their headscarves were removed, after they complained about the assaulters' dog. The two attackers were reportedly intoxicated and have been charged for racism and assault. France has seen a rise in racial tensions in the past week after a teacher was murdered after showing pictures of the Prophet Mohammed in class. On Thursday the teacher, Samuel Paty, was given the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honour. At the presentation of the award, President Emmanuel Macron said that Paty was ‘The face of the Republic’

“Samuel Paty became on Friday, the face of the Republic, of our desire to break terrorism, to diminish Islamism and to live as free citizens in our country. The face of our determination to understand to learn and to continue to teach. To be free.”


In Poland, abortions because of fetal defects have been ruled as unconstitutional by the country's top court. This ruling will prevent women from getting an abortion unless their lives are at risk or the pregnancy is due to rape. At the moment, almost 98% of abortions performed in Poland are due to fetal defects. In most of Europe abortion is legal on request.


Asia

In Afghanistan, a military air raid killed 11 children and their teacher yesterday according to provincial officials. The Afghan military confirmed that an air raid was targeted at Taliban fighters in the Province of Takhar; and they said that all the people killed were Taliban militants. The Taliban has been increasing its attacks in Afghanistan recently, despite ongoing talks between the government and the Taliban, in Qatar.


In Indian-administered Kashmir, the Indian government has extended its ban on high-speed Internet until 12th November. The Internet has been cut off in the Jammu and Kashmir state since India revoked its semi-autonomous status in August last year. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been disputed ever since India and Pakistan's independence from Britain in 1947.


Thailand has ended the emergency measures imposed last week that attempted to end months of violent protests against the Prime Minister and the Monarchy. Last week authorities banned gatherings of more than 4 people, however even larger protests followed. Protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, an army general who seized power in a coup in 2014 and then became Prime Minister last year. Many Thais are also demanding a reduction in the power of the Monarchy.


AMERICAS

Brazil has confirmed that a 28-year-old doctor who had volunteered for a COVID-19 vaccine trial died this week. He was a participant in the trials being carried out by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. It is unclear whether the participant received the real COVID19 vaccine or a placebo. The trials will continue.


In the united states, President Donald Trump posted the entirety of a 60-minute interview with CBS news, before its scheduled release time. In the interview, he accused the media of discrediting itself by not covering Joe Biden and his son's links to Ukraine, and in the end, he walked out of the interview. DT“They spied on my campaign, they got caught” LS “No.” DT “And then they went much further than that, and they got caught. And you will see that, Leslie, and you know that but you just don’t want to put it on the air.” LS “As a matter of a fact, I don’t know that ” DT” OK, well why don’t you get back to your interview...”


At the time of recording this podcast, President Trump and nominee Joe Biden are having their final debate, before election day on the 3rd November. Listen to Monday’s podcast for highlights from this debate. That’s your world news in 7 minutes. To read the transcript of today’s episode or listen to past episodes, go to send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi, write to me on Twitter, facebook or instagram @send7podcast. Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday.

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