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Friday 2nd April 2021

Asia

In Myanmar the United Nations envoy has said that Myanmar is facing a ‘bloodbath’. Christine Schraner Burgener told the United Nations Security Council that it must take action now to stop a civil war. Burgener also said that military leaders are not capable of managing Myanmar. It is now 2 months since the military removed the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Rights groups say that over 500 people have been killed by the police and the military during protests, including over 40 children. Yesterday the military charged Aung San Suu Kyi with breaking Myanmar’s secrets law. If convicted she could face 14 years in jail.

Pakistan has delayed plans to restart trade with India. Khadija Tahir reports...

Pakistan's government has decided to postpone the decision to restart trade with India. Pakistan had previously agreed to stop the two-year ban on trade, however, this decision has been delayed due to India's treatment of Kashmir. The Kashmir region has been disputed between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. Pakistan stopped all trade with India in 2019 after the Indian government removed Kashmir's special autonomous status. Recently Prime Ministers Imran Khan and Nardenra Modi have exchanged letters discussing peaceful relations between the two countries.

Americas

In Brazil over 66,000 people died of COVID19 in March, more than double the number for February. On Wednesday over 3,800 deaths were reported, the worst day since the pandemic began. Despite this, President Jair Bolsonaro continues to say that restrictions are a bad idea. On Wednesday Bolsonaro said that Brazil will not solve the problem by staying at home. On Tuesday the chiefs of the army, navy and air force all resigned in protest against the removal of Defence Minister Fernando Azevado e Silva. Brazil has also changed health minister for the fourth time since the pandemic began.

In The United States, the brother of the president of Honduras has received life imprisonment for drugs trafficking. Tony Hernandez, the brother of President Juan Orlando Hernandez was given a life sentence for playing an important role in one of the world’s biggest and most violent trafficking organizations.

Africa

In Ethiopia an attack in the Oromia region has killed at least 28 people, according to the BBC. The rebel group called the Oromia Liberation Army, is suspected of being responsible. President Abiy Ahmed promised to find the attackers.

In Nigeria doctors held a strike yesterday. Doctors in Nigeria are complaining about their pay and a lack of protective equipment. There has also been anger that President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen to go to the United Kingdom this week for medical treatment.

The African Union has called for international action in Mozambique. Last week, Islamist rebels captured the town of Palma and killed many residents. Thousands of people have escaped the town. The Mozambican army is currently trying to recapture Palma.

Europe

The World Health Organization has said that Europe’s COVID19 vaccination campaign is “unacceptably slow”. Hans Kluge, the WHO’s director for Europe said that the slow vaccination programme was making the pandemic last longer. Across Europe only 10% of people have received at least one dose of a vaccine, compared to 30% in the United States. In the world half a billion vaccine doses have now been given. Yesterday, WHO head Tedros Adhanom said that countries are being immoral by giving vaccine doses to young, healthy people, while in other countries no vaccines have been given...

“The COVID19 pandemic has brought out the best and worst in humanity. When countries vaccinate younger, healthier people at low risk of disease, it threatens the lives of health workers, older people and vulnerable groups in other countries. The inequitable distribution of vaccines is not just a moral outage. It is also economically and epidemiologically, self-defeating.”

And in the United Kingdom a study has shown that people who drink alcohol are less likely to have cataracts. According to University College London, Cataracts - a cloudy patch in the eye - are less common in people who drink small amounts of alcohol - especially red wine.

Listeners - how do you want the world to change after the pandemic? Has there been anything positive from the pandemic that you would like to continue? Next week we will show some responses on the podcast. Send us a message in writing by sending an email to podcast@send7.org or send an audio message for us to play on the podcast at speakpipe.com/send7

And that’s your world news for this week. Find all information an transcripts at send7.org Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday.

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