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Friday 8th October 2021

Asia

In Taiwan United States soldiers have secretly been training Taiwanese soldiers since last year according to The Wall Street Journal. China has sent a record number of warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace in the last week and Taiwan has said that it is on high alert. United States President Joe Biden has said that he spoke to China’s President Xi Jinping, and that they had agreed to abide by the “Taiwan Agreement”. The Taiwan Agreement says that the US recognizes the current Beijing government as the government of China, in return for allowing the future of Taiwan to be decided peacefully....

“I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agreed that we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are. And we made it clear that I don’t think that he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement.”

In South Korea a transgender woman has won a court case months after her death. Sergent Byun Hui wanted to be transferred to the female division of the army, however, instead she was fired after the army said she was disabled. Byun Hui committed suicide in March. Yesterday a court said that the army was wrong to dismiss her.

In Pakistan there was an earthquake yesterday. More from Khadija Tahir...

In Pakistan's province of Balochistan, an earthquake struck in the early hours of yesterday morning. According to the disaster management authority, the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9. Almost 100 mud houses collapsed in the outskirts of the city of Quetta, and many buildings were also damaged. According to local authorities, 200 people were injured, and 20 people were killed, most of them women and children. After shocks are still being felt across the region as military doctors and paramedics carry out rescue operations.

Europe

In Italy, the Pope said yesterday that international money used on weapons should be spent on feeding people and fairly distributing vaccines. The Pope spoke yesterday at the colosseum in Rome, during a peace meeting of the world’s major religions. Muslim, Jewish and Orthodox Christian leaders also spoke yesterday, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who spoke to the Pope earlier.

In Poland a constitutional court has ruled that some EU laws conflict with Poland’s constitution. The Polish government of the right-wing Law and Order party has been involved in many disputes with the rest of the European Union recently, with the EU criticising its judicial reforms, lack of media freedom and LGBT rights. Generally European Union Laws takes precedence over national laws, including constitutions.

Greece and France have agreed to a mutual defence pact. Because both countries are members of NATO, they are already obliged to help each other if a attacked by a non-NATO country. However, this pact is the first time that two NATO members have agreed to support each other if attacked by a country within NATO. Although it was not mentioned, Turkey, is expected to be the reason for the agreement, as both France and Greece have had poor relations with Turkey in the last few years.

In the United Kingdom Newcastle football club has been bought by a Saudi-Arabian investment fund for £300 million pounds. The purchase had been delayed by a year, after groups complained about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record. According to the NGO Freedom House, Saudi Arabia is one of the least free places in the world.

Americas

In The United States, a law in Texas, which bans almost all abortions, has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge. The decision by District judge Robert Pitman will prevent the State of Texas from enforcing the law, until other decisions are made. President Joe Biden’s government has challenged the law.

In Brazil police have discovered Nazi items and weapons estimated to be worth $3 million dollars. Police entered a man’s house after he was suspected of child sexual abuse, however, they found authentic Nazi uniforms, badges, paintings and medals.

Africa

In Mali 16 soldiers have been killed in an attack. Mali has been fighting different islamist jihadist groups for ten years.

Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. In a ceremony in Sweden, Gurnah was celebrated for his literature about colonialism...

“The Nobel Prize in literature for 2021, is awarded to the novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah born in Zanzibar, active in England, for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism...”

In South Africa Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu turned 90 yesterday. Tutu was a part of the movement to end apartheid in South Africa. Since the end of apartheid in 1994, he has campaigned for women’s rights , gay rights, and against war.

That’s you world news for this week. Go to send7.org where you can read transcripts of send us a message. You can also 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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