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Monday 12th April 2021

Europe

In the United Kingdom, tributes and condolences have been sent to Queen Elizabeth, after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip died on Friday aged 99. Philip was born into the Danish and Greek royal families, but served in World War 2 for the Brtiish Navy. He married the future queen in 1947 and took part in thousands of public appearances. Prince Charles, the expected future King, said that his father had served all his life...

“My father for, I suppose, the last 70 years has given the most remarkable, devoted, service, to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to whole of the Commonwealth...”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about the extraordinary life of Prince Philip...

“So we mourn today with her majesty The Queen. We offer our condolences to her and to all her family, and we give thanks as a nation and a kingdom for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky visited Turkey this weekend. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed support for Ukraine against Russian aggression. Ukraine says that 27 soldiers have been killed this year by Russian supported separatists in the Donbas region.

Asia

In Myanmar over 80 people were killed this weekend by the military in the city of Bago, according to local media. Protests have continued daily across Myanmar since the military took power on the 1st February.

Iran has said that its Natanz Nuclear facility has been hit by a cyber-attack. Iran called the attack ‘nuclear terrorism’ but it did not say exactly who it thought was responsible or how it would react. Many reports suggest that Israel is responsible. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye Kyun is currently in Iran discussing future relations between Iran and South Korea.

Kyrgyzstan has voted to give more power to its president. A referendum was held yesterday to approve a new constitution that will give more power to President Sadyr Japorov.

China has been warned not to invade Taiwan by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. In an interview with NBC yesterday, Blinken said that the United States would protect Taiwan.

“We have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself, we have a serious commitment to peace and security in the Western Pacific, and in that context it would be a serious mistake for anyone trying to change that status quo by force.”

Africa

There were lots of elections in Africa this weekend. In Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh was elected for a fifth time, according to the government. Most opposition parties boycotted the elections saying that they would not be fair. In Chad there were elections yesterday. President Idriss Deby has been in power since a coup d’etat in 1990. He is expected to win a sixth term, although Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both said that opposition candidates have not been allowed to speak openly. And Benin also held presidential elections yesterday. President Patrice Talon became president in elections five years ago. Benin is often recognized as being more truly democratic than most other African countries, however Talon has been accused of targeting his opponents before this election.

In Egypt a 3000 year old city has been discovered. Archaeologists say that the city, known as Aten, is the largest ever Ancient city discovered in Egypt, and could be the most important discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Americas

Ecuador held a presidential election yesterday. This report from Maya Dil...

"More than 13 million Ecuadorians voted yesterday in the presidential election. The left-wing economist Andres Arauz is competing against the conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso. The current President, Lenin Moreno, did not compete in the election. The next president will have to address Ecuador's economic crisis, which has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Current opinion polls show no clear winner."

Peru also held an election yesterday. People voted for the president and for congress. Most predictions show all presidential candidates receiving far less than 50% of votes, which means that a second round is extremely likely. Peru and Ecuador are two of the only countries in the world where voting is compulsory. Other countries where voting is obligatory are Argentina, Uruguay and Australia. Listen to tomorrow’s podcast for results of Peru’s and Ecuador’s elections.

And in space, today is 60 years since the first person travelled into space. On 12th April 1961 Russian Yuri Gagarin travelled into space on the Vostok 1.

That’s your news in 7 minutes. For transcripts, past episodes or to send us a message, go to send7.org. In your podcast app, press subscribe to listen every day. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow, you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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