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Friday 8th January 2021

Biden: “Yesterday, in my view, was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.”

Good morning. This is SEND7 world news in 7 minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. You can read the text for today’s episode at . Today is Friday 8th January 2021.


In The United States and around the world, leaders have condemned the riot in the United States congress by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday. 4 people died during the riot, including a woman who was shot by police. President-elect Joe Biden called it an attack on democracy...

“Yesterday in my view was one of the darkest days in the history of our nation. An unprecedented assault on our democracy. An assault, literally on the citadel of liberty - the United States Capitol itself”.

The Republican leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnel also said that this was an attack on American democracy...

“The United States Senate will not be intimidated. we will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation.”

One of Trump’s closest friends Senator Lindsey Graham, said that things had gone too far. Graham said that he had prayed that Joe Biden would lose, but he won...

“I hoped he lost, I prayed he would lose... he won! He’s the legitimate president of the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected and will become the President and the Vice President of the United States on January 20th.”

Early Thursday morning, just hours after the riot, the senate restarted, and Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Joe Biden as the next president...

“The votes for president of the United States are as follows. Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the state of Delaware has received 306 votes. Donald J. Trump of the state of Florida has received 232 votes.”

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said that events in the US left her “angry and sad”. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that violence is incompatible with democracy. The Netherland’s Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Trump should say that he lost the election. United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Trump was wrong for questioning US democracy.

“He encouraged people to storm the Capitol, and insofar as the president consistently has cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election; I believe that that was completely wrong. What President Trump has been saying about that has been completely wrong...”

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro supported trump, saying that there were a lot of reports of fraud in the election. Trump continues to say that he won the presidential election, despite providing no convincing evidence of fraud. He has lost over 60 court cases including in the Supreme court which has a majority of Republican judges. After the attack on the congress building, Trump told that he loved them and that they were very special, and repeated his claim that the election was stolen...

”I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election. But we have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You’re very special.”

Trump has been banned from Facebook indefinitely. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg released a statement yesterday saying that it was clear that President Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to disrupt the transition of power - and that the risks of allowing him to continue to use facebook were too high. Twitter temporarily suspended Trump’s account.

After a senate election in Georgia on Tuesday, Democrats now have control of the 3 branches of power -the Senate, Congress, and the Presidency. Joe Biden will be sworn in as president on the 20th January.

Africa now...

In Ghana there has also been violence in their parliament building. Soldiers entered Ghana’s parliament yesterday to try to keep peace between opposition parties. Yesterday was the first day of Ghana’s new parliament which is divided 50/50 between the two major parties.


The World Health Organization has said that COVID19 in Europe is in an “alarming situation”. The United Kingdom is making preparations for London hospitals to be overwhelmed by COVID19 infections in the next two weeks. France has said that bars and restaurants won’t open until at least February.


Japan’s Prime Minister Yokoshide Suga has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo after a fast rise in recorded coronavirus cases. Japan recorded over 4,300 COVID19 cases on Wednesday, the highest single day so far.

India will hold an exam next month, all about cows. This report from Khadija Tahir...

"In India, a national cow science exam will be held next month. The 1-hour long exam will include 100 multiple choice questions in Hindi, English, and 12 regional languages. The exam can be taken by Indian citizens and foreigners. The cow is considered a sacred animal in Hinduism. Slaughtering cows has become illegal in many parts of India since Nerandra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came into power. The state of Karnataka has a jail time of seven years for anyone found killing a cow."

Thank you Khadija. That is SEND7 - Simple English News Daily in 7 minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday.

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