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Friday the 29th October 2021

Good morning, this is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Listeners, we are taking a one-week break. After today, the next episode of SEND7 will be on Monday the 8th of November. But here’s today’s news. Today is Friday the 29th October 2021.

Asia

Iran has agreed to restart international talks about its nuclear programme. In 2015 Iran reached an agreement with the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany, the UK and the EU to limit its enrichment of uranium, in order for economic sanctions on Iran to be stopped. The agreement was disrupted in 2018, when former President Donald Trump removed the United States from the deal and started new sanctions. Current President Joe Biden has stated that he would like to restart the nuclear deal. This week Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, has been in Europe talking to EU officials. Kani said that negotiations will start in November.

In Pakistan the banned ultra-religious group Tehreek-e-Labbaik has continued fighting with police in Lahore. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, three police officers were shot dead, and 70 people were injured after the banned group Tehreek-e-Labbaik opened fire at their rally in Lahore. Tehreek-e-Labbaik was banned by Pakistan's government in April, and its leader Saad Rizvi was arrested. In April the group organized mass protests demanding the expulsion of the French ambassador to Pakistan. They are now demanding that their leader be released and are marching to the capital city Islamabad. The police have closed major roads to prevent them from entering the city.

Americas

United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has ordered a review of the military exit from Afghanistan. The United States ended it’s 20 year presence in Afghanistan in August, 2 weeks after the Taliban took complete control of the country. The US has been criticised for the manner in which it left Afghanistan, often without telling Afghan soldiers that they were leaving, and leaving behind heavy military equipment that is now in the hands of the Taliban. Blinken said that lessons should be learned

“To help bring to safety more than 120,00 American citizens, foreign partners, Afghans at risk. It is a remarkable achievement and a testament not only to your commitment and ingenuity but also your deep sense of mission toward Afghanistan. That said the operation was also incredibly difficult. And there are many things that now, looking back, we can and should ask. Could we have done things differently? Could we have taken that step differently? Should we have tried that idea first? Could we have gotten to that decision more quickly? We learned a lot in a short period of time. We learned it the hard way...”

Also in the US, Facebook has announced a new name for its company. In a video released yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Meta would now be the name of the company that owns Facebook, Whatsapp and many other apps and services...

“I am proud to announce that starting today our company is now “Meta”. Our mission remains the same - still about bringing people together. Our apps and their brands, they’re not changing either

In Argentina, former President Mauricio Macri has spoken in court. Macri has been accused of spying on the relatives of a submarine that sank in 2017. 44 crew members died when the submarine San Juan sank in 2017. Macri denies spying on the families, and says that the accusation is politically motivated.

Europe

France and the United Kingdom have been involved in arguments about fishing. The right to fishing was a major point of discussion in Brexit talks, and many supporters of Brexit said that the UK fishing industry would improve after leaving the European Union. Yesterday, one British boat was taken to France after French police said that it was fishing in French waters without a license.

In Hungary, an alliance of parties opposed to Prime Minister Viktor Orban is now ahead of Orban in polls. 6 parties have come together to try to beat the Right-Wing Fidesz party of Viktor Orban, who has been Prime Minister since 2010.

Africa

In Sudan, there are reports of politicians, journalists and activists being abducted by the military and other groups that support the military coup. The military took complete control of Sudan on Monday, removing the transitional government. Yesterday the United Nations Security Council said that the Sudanese military should restore the transitional government.

In Ethiopia there have been more air strikes in the Tigray region. The Ethiopian government said that they had targeted a factory used by the Tigrayan army, however, Tigrayan officials said that the strike killed ten civilians.

And throughout Africa, researchers have discovered a species of human ancestor. The species has now been named as Homo Bodensis and lived about 500,000 years ago. Around this time, Homo Sapiens also began evolving in Africa, and Neanderthals began evolving in Europe.

Thank you to Teacher Diego from Brazil for your instagram story. SEND7 listeners we are taking a ONE WEEK BREAK. But don’t worry, we will be back on Monday the 8th November. You can receive an email reminder by going to send7.org/subscribe. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great week, and I will see you on Monday the 8th November.

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