Russia could invade Ukraine at any moment, according to The United States. Russia says that it won’t invade Ukraine and has accused the US and NATO of “hysteria”. On Saturday US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone for more than one hour. Biden told Putin that an invasion of Ukraine would result in an immediate response from the West. Intelligence from the US and the United Kingdom have suggested that Russia may justify an invasion by saying that Ukraine is attacking Russia or attacking Russian speakers in Ukraine. Many countries, including the US, Germany, and Australia have told their citizens to leave Ukraine immediately. United Kingdom Junior Defence Minister James Heappey said that people should leave because the British army will not help to evacuate people...
“The force has reached a level where effectively at no notice an attack could be launched and I think that it is on that basis that we have changed travel advice and we encourage UK citizens in Ukraine to take notice of that and to leave immediately.”
In Ukraine’s capital Kiev thousands of people joined anti-Russia protests this weekend. However Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that information from the West was creating panic, which would benefit Russia...
“And now the best friend for enemies - that is panic in our country. And all this information that helps only for panic, doesn’t help us.”
Switzerland has voted to ban the advertising of tobacco products. Most European countries have already banned advertising tobacco, and the European Union banned television adverts for tobacco products in 1991. In the referendum this weekend, Swiss voters also rejected a ban on using animals for scientific testing.
In Burkina Faso, the French army says that it has killed forty fighters. The French military said that the fighters were responsible for an attack in a national park in Benin last week, which killed 6 people including a French man. For 7 years France has been fighting against Islamist Jihadists in the Sahel region, along with the armies of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.
In Tunisia there were protests yesterday against President Kais Saied. Last year Saied removed the government, suspended parliament, and gave himself many more powers. This weekend Saied removed the judicial council and gave himself control of the judiciary.
In Canada, the province of Ontario has declared a state of emergency because of the truckers protest against needing a COVID19 vaccination to cross the border from the United States. Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford called the truckers’ protest a ‘siege’ ...
“We are now two weeks into the siege of the city of Ottowa. I call it a siege because that’s what it is - It’s and illegal occupation...”
Police have been arresting people who are blocking the Ambassador bridge that links the US city of Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that all options are on the table... “Ontario’s announcement this morning is responsible and necessary. We will continue working alongside all partners to get the situation under control. The border cannot and will not remain closed. Everything is on the table because this unlawful activity has to end and it will end.”
In Mexico the cost of limes has tripled in the last year. Mexico is the second largest producer of limes in the world, after India, and limes are considered important for many mexican dishes, including tacos. However, a combination of bad weather and price-fixing by criminal gangs has forced limes to rise from less than one US dollar per kilo, to over 3 dollars per kilo.
In Pakistan 15 people have been arrested after a mentally ill man was murdered after being accused of burning the Quran. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that there will be zero tolerance for people taking the law into their own hands.
In India protests in the city of Ahmedabad have forced some international shops to close, including KFC, Pizza Hut and Hyundai. Protests began after Pakistani branches of the companies displayed support for Kashmir solidarity day, appearing to support the independence of Indian administered Kashmir
And in China the Winter Olympics are now in their last Week. Norway has currently won the most medals and gold medals.
And in the United Kingdom, expensive weddings are more likely to end in divorce. Researchers showed that in the first 3 years of marriage one in twenty ended in divorce in the UK, however with more expensive weddings, it was one in ten.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. For transcripts and more go to SEND7.org Please leave a review or rating on your podcast app. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.