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Monday 12th October 2020

Asia

Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a ceasefire on Saturday, after continued fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. However, yesterday Azerbaijan reported that 9 people had been killed by Armenian firing in Azerbaijan’s second largest city - Ganja. Armenia denied targeting Ganja, and said that Azerbaijan had fired at Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital city, Stepanakert.

In Thailand a crash between a train and a bus killed at least 17 people yesterday, east of Bangkok . The bus was According to the World Health Organization, Thailand has one of the worst traffic fatality rates in the world.

Pakistan has banned the app TikTok. Pakistan’s Telecommunication Authority announced on Friday that TikTok was being banned because of complaints of immoral content. There were 20 million registered users of TikTok in Pakistan. Last month Pakistan banned the dating app Tinder for similar reasons. In June India banned TikTok, but for different reasons. In India the app was banned as an economic weapon against China, where TikTok is based.

In Tajikistan there was a presidential election yesterday. Results have not been declared, however President Emomali Rahmon is expected to extend his 28-year rule. According to the Democracy Index, Tajikistan is one of the world’s most authoritarian countries.

Americas

In The United States President Donald Trump held his first event in person on Saturday, since testing positive for COVID19. Trump spoke to supporters from the balcony of The White House...

“First of all I’m feeling great, I don’t know about you, how is everyone feeling?... I want you to know that our nation is going to defeat this terrible China virus as we call it... This is the single most important election in the history of our country, get out and vote, and I love you.” Yesterday in an interview with Fox News Trump said that he was immune to the coronavirus. Presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night. Biden blamed Trump for the situation of the coronavirus pandemic...

“More than 210 thousand are dead, as was pointed out. We lose anywhere from 700 to a thousand people a day, dead. The president was told a little while ago, when he was told a hundred thousand people a day were dying <sic>, you know what he said? He said “it is, what it is”. Well it is what it is because he is who he is... more than 7.5 million American have been infected and counting...”

The US presidential election will take place in 3 weeks. Most polls show Biden ahead of Trump.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has written to Pope Francis asking for an apology for the role of the Catholic Church in the colonisation of the Americas 500 years ago. The Catholic Church played an important part in the Spanish conquest of the Americas, including the attempt to convert indigenous people to Christianity. Today around 83% of Mexico’s population is Catholic.

Africa

In Nigeria there have been continuing protests against the police unit SARS - the Special Anti Robbery Squad. Last week SARS was dissolved, and its officers were redeployed into different police units. However, this weekend protesters have said that this is not enough, and that members of the SARS force must be charged for human rights abuses.

In Cote D’Ivoire thousands of people have protested against president Alassane Ouattara’s plan to stand again in this year’s presidential election. Ouattara had supported the candidacy of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, however, he died suddenly in July, and Ouattara declared that he would run again. The opposition says that Ouattara is violating the Ivorian constitution, that limits presidential terms to two.

Europe

In Norway the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the World Food Programme. Last year the World Food Programme helped almost a million people, most of whom, were in conflict zones...

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2020, to the World Food Programme. The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization addressing hunger and promoting food security”

And in France, in tennis Rafael Nadal has beaten Novak Djokovic to win the Men’s French Open. Nadal has now won 20 Grand Slams, the most to have ever been won, the same as Roger Federer. In the women’s competition, 19 year old Iga Swiatek became the first ever person from Poland to win a Grand Slam.

That’s your World News in 7 minutes. Read the transcript of today’s episode or listen to past episodes at send7.org. Follow SEND7 on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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