Friday 27th November 2020
Updated: Nov 28, 2020
In Burkina Faso President Roch Kabore has won another 5 years in power. The Electoral Commission announced yesterday that Kabore won 58% of the vote - more than the 50% necessary to avoid a second round. Speaking yesterday, Kabore said that he would be the president of all Burkinabes...
“Evidently in elections there is a winner, and there are losers, but that doesn’t stop the fact that we are all Burkinabes who want a better Burkina Faso for everyone. We can together work for peace and development of our country.”
In Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has ordered the Ethiopian army to complete its final assault in the Tigray Region. Abiy said that a careful strategy would take control of the city of Mekelle, without civilians being hurt. The United Nations has warned of a worsening humanitarian crisis in the area. Over 40,000 refugees from Tigray have crossed the border into Sudan recently, which is itself one of the poorest countries in the world.
In Turkey, hundreds of people have been jailed for life after they were found guilty of being part of a coup d’etat four years ago. On the 15th July 2016 a part of the Turkish army tried to take control of important institutions in the capital Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul. Over 300 people were killed. Since 2016 tens of thousands of people have been arrested and over 160,000 people have lost their jobs - mostly policemen, judges and teachers. Yesterday 337 people, mostly pilots, were sentenced to life imprisonment.
In India thousands of farmers protested in the capital Delhi yesterday. Many of the farmers have traveled hundreds of kilometres from the Punjab region on foot or by tractor. They say that new laws passed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, will benefit big companies and lower the earnings of farmers. Modi’s BJP party say that the new laws will free farmers from middle-men.
In the United Kingdom the government has announced a new 3 tier system of coronavirus restrictions. Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson also said that more mass- testing was planned, after the city of Liverpool used this to lower the infection rate...
“The truth is that at least one in three people with COVID have no symptoms at all, and may be spreading it, spreading the disease without even knowing that they’ve got it. The only way to identify them is through mass testing. And Liverpool shows what can be achieved.”
France is encouraging the European Union to place sanctions on Turkey. Last month the EU warned Turkey against exploring for gas in the Mediterranean, which France and Greece say Turkey has continued to do. There have been strong tension between France and Turkey recently, as the two countries took opposite positions in conflicts in Libya and between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Last month Turkish President Erdogan said French president Macron needed mental health checks after comments on Islam.
The United States celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday. Because of coronavirus restrictions Thanksgiving celebrations were more limited than normal. President elect Joe Biden told people to be thankful for democracy itself...
“What should we give thanks for this season? Well, first let’s be thankful for democracy itself. Our democracy was tested this year. And what we learned is this - the people of this nation are up to the task. In America we have full, fair and free elections, and then we honour the results.”
In Brazil at least 41 people have been killed in a traffic accident. A bus and a lorry crashed 300 kilometres from the city of Sao Paulo.
In Argentina people have paid their respects to footballer Diego Maradona, who died on Wednesday aged 60. In Buenos Aires at the Casa Rosada, tens of thousands of people visited the coffin of Maradona. President Alberto Fernandez announced 3 days of national mourning. Today’s top Argentinian footballer Leonel Messi said that Maradona is eternal. Brazilian football legend Pele, who is also considered one of the best players of all time, tweeted that he hoped that they would play football together again, in heaven.
That’s your simple English World News this week. Find the transcript of today’s episode, and listen to past episodes, at send7.org. I am Stephen Devincenzi. Message me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @SEND7podcast. Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday.