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Monday 17th May 2021

Asia

Israel and Palestine are continuing cross-border attacks during the worst violence in twenty years. The Gaza Health Ministry has said that 182 people have been killed in Gaza since last Monday, including Hamas militants and civilians. In Israel 9 civilians have been killed by Hamas rockets and hundreds have been injured. Israel’s defence systems are able to destroy around 85% of the rockets that Hamas fires at Israel. In the West Bank at least ten Palestinian protesters have been killed by security forces during protests. In Gaza Israel destroyed a building that was used by Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. Nobody was harmed in the attack as Israel told people to leave an hour before the building was destroyed. Israel said that it had evidence that Hamas was using the building. On Saturday Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu said that Israeli airstrikes will continue...

“It’s been 5 days since Hamas brazenly fired rockets at Jerusalem and other Israeli cities in a totally unprovoked attack. This past week millions of Israelis were forced into bomb shelters as missiles rained downs on our cities. Several Israelis have been killed. Many more have been wounded. You know and I know no country would tolerate this. Israel will not tolerate this. Israel has responded forcefully to these attacks and we will continue to respond forcefully until the security of our people is reinstated and restored.”

Around the world there have been protests in support of Palestine, with large demonstrations in many European cities, as well as in the United States and in the Middle East. There were also some pro-Israel demonstrations. The United Nations Security Council held a special meeting yesterday to discuss the situation in Israel and Palestine.

India will import 36 million doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID19. India is the world’s largest producer of vaccines, however a devastating second wave of the virus has lead to a huge demand. Only 10% of India’s population has received at least one dose of a vaccine, and only 3% is fullly vaccinated. In the world around 1.4 billion COVID vaccines have now been administered, and around 9% of people have received at least one dose.

In China at least 10 people have been killed by tornadoes this weekend. Many homes have been destroyed in central China, around the city of Wuhan.

Taiwan has reported panic-buying after a fast rise in coronavirus cases. Over 200 cases were reported on Sunday and the capital city Taipei has closed many businesses. Taiwan has generally been considered one of the most successful countries in preventing the spread of coronavirus. Only 12 people have died ov COVID19 in Taiwan, despite it being one of the first places in the world to report a case - in January last year.

Americas

Chile voted yesterday for members of a new constitutional assembly. 155 members are being chosen to re-write Chile’s constitution. Chile’s current constitution was written in 1980 during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. This is the first national election in world history where men and women will be guaranteed equal representation in the results.

In the United States, The Colonial Pipeline company paid $5million dollars to cyber attackers according to news companies CNBC and Bloomberg, . Last week the pipeline from Texas to New York was shut down for days. President Joe Biden has said that although the hackers were Russian, there was no evidence that the attack was ordered by the Russian government.

Europe

In the United Kingdom bars and restaurants will open inside today for the first time since January. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told people to continue to be cautious, especially because to a rise in cases of the Indian strain of the virus...

“But I urge everyone to exercise the greatest caution because the choices we each make in the coming days will have a material effect on the road ahead.”

In Austria Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is being investigated for lying about corruption. In 2019 Kurz’s government lost a confidence vote because of allegation of corruption. However, a snap election gave Kurz’s Austrian People’s party even more seats than it had before.

Africa

Ethiopia has delayed elections again. Elections should have taken place last year but were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The National Electoral Board has said that logistical problems won’t allow the vote to happen on June 5th.

And in Zimbabwe, the former first lady Grace Mugabe has been ordered to attend court for not burying her husband correctly. Grace, the widow of President Robert Mugabe, is accused of going against local culture by burying him at their family home instead of a place chosen by Robert Mugabe’s relatives. Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for almost forty years until a coup d’etat in 2017.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Find transcripts and more at send7.org I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you’ll be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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