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Friday 25th June 2021

Europe

In Belgium European leaders have confronted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban about a new anti-LGBT law. Out of 27 European Union members, 17 have already criticised the new law in Hungary which has made it illegal to “display or promote homosexuality” to people under 18. EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen described the law as “shameful”. Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, who is gay, said yesterday that he would tell Orban that law was intolerant...

“To be considered as not normal, to be considered as a danger for young people. It is not realising that being gay is not a choice, but being intolerant is a choice. And I will stay intolerant to intolerance. And this will be today my fight.”

Orban said yesterday that he supports gay rights and that the new law was just to give more rights to children and parents...

“Oh no. I am a fighter for their rights. I am a freedom fighter in the communist regime. Homosexuality was punished and I fought for their freedom and their rights. So I am defending the rights of the homosexual guys. But this law is not about that - it’s about the rights of the kids and the parents.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that it was appropriate for a Brtish ship to pass close to Crimea in the black sea. On Wednesday Russia said that it fired ‘warning shots’ at a British Navy ship, although Britain said that this was not true. Yesterday Johnson said that Britain recognizes Crimea as part of Ukraine, not Russia...

“If you want my view, I think it was wholly appropriate to use international waters. And by the way, the important point is that we don’t recognize the Russian annexation of Crimea. This is part of sovereign Ukrainian territory. It was entirely right that we should take the shortest route between two points - and that’s what we did.”

Africa

In Algeria Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad has resigned, 2 weeks after the lowest turnout ever recorded in an Algerian election. Just 23% of Algerians voted in the parliamentary elections. and no party received a majority of votes. Djerad will stay in the role of Prime Minister until a new government is formed.

Ethiopia’s military has denied that dozens of civilians were killed in an attack in the Tigray region on Tuesday. Local reports said that many civilians were killed after a marketplace was bombed, however, the Ethiopian military said that it had only fired at soldiers of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

Asia

In Indonesia a hard-line Islamic preacher has been jailed for 4 years for spreading misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic. Thousands of supporters of Rizieq Shihab protested against the verdict, and over 150 people were arrested, according to police. Indonesia is now facing its fastest rise in new cases of COVID19. 2 million people in Indonesia have tested positive according to Johns Hopkins University data.

India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani has announced a plan to invest 750 billion rupees - over $10 billion dollars, on renewable energy, over the next 3 years. Khadija Tahir tells us more...

Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani revealed yesterday that he plans to invest over 10 billion dollars in green energy. Ambani is the CEO of reliance industries ltd., which made its fortune from oil refining and mining fossil fuels. This announcement by Ambani shows a move of the world's major fossil fuel producers towards green energy. India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has talked about India cutting greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the 2050.

In the Philippines, former president Benigno Aquino has died aged 61. Aquino , often known as NoyNoy, was president from 2010 until 2016. Aquino was shot in 1987 when rebels tried to overthrow the government of his mother, who was also president. He spent the rest of his life with a bullet inside his neck. Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo described Aquino as an honest president.

Americas

Brazil’s environment minister Ricardo Salles has resigned. Salles is facing corruption allegations. Salles is accused of stopping the police from investigating illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.

And in the United States the richest man in the world can’t get any insurance. Reuters news agency have found that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will be flying into space next month without insurance because no company is ready to insure him. Bezos is expected to become one of the world’s first space tourists next month.

That is your World News for this week. Find transcripts and more at send7.org You can follow us on social media @send7podcast. Please help the podcast to grow by talking about us or by leaving a review. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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