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Friday 2nd July 2021

Americas

In Brazil the government of Jair Bolsonaro is facing new allegations of corruption. On Wednesday a coalition of left wing and right wing parties submitted a petition for the impeachment of President Bolsonaro, after Brazilian media published information about corrupt deals to buy coronavirus vaccines. Polls show that Bolsonaro is now at his least popular since becoming president in 2019.

In the United States, the Trump Organization has been charged with tax crimes. Chief financial officer for the Trump Organization, Allen Weisselberg is also accused of evading $1.7 million dollars of taxes on his own income. Weisselberg and the Trump Organization have both pleaded not guilty to all charges. Former President Donald Trump gave a speech on the border with Mexico yesterday. Trump did not talk about the charges against his business organization, and focussed on criticising President Joe Biden for his management immigration.

Asia

Turkey yesterday officially withdrew from the Istanbul Convention - an international treaty to prevent violence against women. Protests against the withdrawal took place across Turkey yesterday and more are planned for the weekend. Turkey hosted the signing of the treaty in 2011, and signed it with 45 other countries, however Turkey has since said that the treaty is attempting to normalize homosexuality. France held a United Nations Gender Equality summit yesterday. Philanthropists and governments promised $40 billion dollars to boost gender equality, saying that women have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking in Paris yesterday, Vice President of The United States Kamala Harris said that improving gender equality improves the whole of society...

“When women are heard, whether that is in the courtroom, in the workplace, in the halls of government, or at the ballot box, democracy is more complete. So I know without doubt - gender equality strengthens democracy.”

Myanmar’s military rulers have freed over 2000 prisoners. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Myanmar, 2000 people who were arrested during protests against the military coup were freed yesterday. Most of the people freed are journalists and activists. Myanmar's military took control of the country in February by overthrowing the government of prime minister Aung San Suu Kyi. Since then, thousands there have been massive protests against the military coup. According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), there are still more than 5,200 political prisoners in Myanmar.

Africa

Libya’s coastguard has been accused of firing at a boat of refugees. Sea-Watch, a German NGO, filmed the incident on Wednesday. The video appears to show the Libyan coastguard chasing an overcrowded migrant boat, and shooting at them. The Libya coastguard said that they were trying to rescue the migrants.

In Eswatini, pro-democracy protests are continuing, and there are reports of violence between protesters and soldiers and police. Protesters are demanding democratic reform in Eswatini, formerly known as Swaziland. Protests have continued despite a 6pm curfew. Eswatini is the last absolute monarchy in Africa, and King Mswati III and his 15 wives have been accused of living a luxurious lifestyle while most of the population live in poverty.

Europe

In Slovenia, European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans has refused to be in a photograph with Slovenian President Janez Jansa. During an opening ceremony for Slovenia taking the presidency of the EU, Jansa suggested that the Slovenian judiciary was biased. Timmermans later refused to be in a photo with Jansa, saying that Jansa had no respect for judicial independence.

In France a gang has been jailed for the burglaries of celebrities. 8 people were sentenced to year in prison for stealing from the homes of famous people, including businessmen, television hosts, and footballers from the club Paris Saint-Germain.

And flying cars will be a reality this decade, according to the chief executive of Hyundai. Michael Cole said that the car maker has been making big investments in urban air mobility, and that flying cars could help with congestion in cities.

That’s your simple English world news for this week. If you enjoy the podcast, please help us to grow by leaving a review on your podcast app. We will say thank you on the podcast. Go to send7.org for transcripts or to send us a message. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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