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Friday 3rd December 2021

Asia

China has had all of its tennis tournaments suspended by the Women’s Tennis Authority, because of concern for Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai. On the 2nd November, Pen made a post on her Weibo socil media account - that she had been sexually assaulted by Zhang Gaoli - a former vice Premier of China. The post was quickly deleted, and since then Peng has not spoken publicly. The internet is heavily censored in China and this story does not appear in Chinese media. Yesterday China condemned the decision by the Women’s Tennis Association to suspend tournaments in China. The Chinese foreign ministry said that it was politicising sport. However, the male world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic, yesterday said that he supported the decision...

“I support fully WTAs stance, because we don’t have enough information about Shuai Peng and her wellbeing and her health is of the utmost importance for the tennis community. I don’t see anything wrong in WTA and everyone actually, ATP as well, asking for clarity on what’s going on. It’s really sad that we don’t have enough clarity on that .It is the life of a tennis player which is in question here so we, as a tennis community need to stand together, so I support it.”

Bangladesh has arrested a mayor for insulting the Prime Minister’s father. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Bangladesh, authorities have arrested the mayor of a city after he refused to allow a mural of the Prime Minister’s Father. Abbas Ali was arrested after an audio clip of his comments against the mural went viral on the internet. Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the daughter of Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, who led the Bangladeshi independence movement and was its first leader. Under the strict internet laws enacted by the current government, dozens of people have been arrested for allegedly defaming him. According to Human rights activists, the strict internet laws have been used to silence any criticism of Hasina's government.

Africa

Gambia will hold presidential elections tomorrow. There are 6 candidates including President Adama Barrow. In Gambia people vote by placing marbles into a closed drum which contains the name and face of their preferred candidate.

In South Africa Omicron is now the dominant variant of COVID19. The national Institute for communicable diseases has said that 70% of COVID samples now being tested are Omicron. 35 countries have now reported cases of the Omicron variant.

Americas

Brazil’s economy is in recession. Gross domestic Product fell 0.1% in the third quarter. Many countries have experienced growth after restarting their economies after lockdowns. However, in Brazil extreme weather, high interest rates and inflation have been blamed for stopping the economic recovery.

In the United States, a 15-year old has been charged as an adult, for shooting students at his school on Tuesday. This report from Camelia elAlami:

In the United States, a 15-year-old boy was charged with murder and terrorism for a shooting that killed four other students and injured more at a Michigan high school. It was the deadliest school shooting since the Santa Fe Texas High School massacre in 2018. Prosecutor Karen McDonald said that it should be a wake-up call for new gun laws.

In Argentina, former President Mauricio Macri has been charged with spying. Macri is accused of conducting an operation to spy on the families of 44 sailors who were killed in a submarine accident in 2017.

Europe

In Sweden, United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, has warned Russia of “Severe costs” if it invades Ukraine. Ukraine and NATO have accused Russia of building up its army on the border with Ukraine recently. US President Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin are expected to talk soon.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday that Germany will stop people who aren’t vaccianted against COVID19 from entering non-essential shops and recreational venue. Some people are calling it a ‘lockdown of the unvaccinated’. Europe is now the epicentre of COVID19 in the world, with many countries experiencing their highest numbers of new caes and deaths this year. Germany is reporting more new cases now than ever before.

Belarus has had more sanctions placed on it, by The European Union, the UK, the US and Canada. These countries do not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as president - saying that last year’s election was not free and fair. They also accuse the Lukashenko government of deliberately creating a migrant crisis on the border with Poland.

And in Denmark, an Ikea shop was forced to change into a big hotel after a snowstorm. After 30 centimetres of snow fell very quickly, customers were trapped inside the ikea for a night. Shop manager Peter Elmose, said that people were allowed to sleep in whatever bed they liked.

That is all from SEND7 for this week. If you find the podcast valuable then please give what you would pay for a cup of coffee in your country at send7.org. You can also find transcripts or send us a message at send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you on Monday.

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