Monday 18th October 2021
In Haiti, a group of Christian missionaries from the United States have been kidnapped. 17 people, including children, that are part of a Christian aid group, were kidnapped by a gang in Port-au Prince, when they were leaving an orphanage. Gangs control large parts of Haiti, and kidnappings have increased since the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.
In Peru police have seized 5 tons of cocaine and marijuana, with an expected value of over $200 million dollars. This weekend the police displayed the drugs outside a police station in Lima.
In the United Kingdom, politicians from all parties have paid tribute to Sir David Amess, a senior politician who was killed on Friday. Sir David Amess, was a member of the UK parliament since 1983, and was stabbed to death by a British man of Somali heritage. Police have reported that the suspect may have been inspired by Al-Shabaab, the jihadist group based in Somalia. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Amess was one of the nicest people in politics...
“Well I think all our hearts are full of shock and sadness, today at the loss of Sir David Amess MP who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost forty years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom. And the reason that I think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in it’s future. And we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague. And our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his family.”
In Albania, police are investigating the deaths of four Russians. The Russians were tourists, staying in a 5-star hotel, and were found dead in the sauna oh the hotel. Investigators have suggested they may have inhaled a dangerous gas.
In Italy, a ship’s captain has been given one year in prison, for returning migrants to Libya. A court in Italy said that Giuseppe Sotgiu was guilty of breaking an international law, that prohibits the forced return of people to countries where they are at risk. Sotgiu was the captain of an Italian ship that rescued 101 people in international waters, and then took them to Tripoli, where they were handed to the Libyan Coastguard.
In Sudan, hundreds of pro-military protesters have demonstrated in the capital city Khartoum this weekend. The protesters said that the interim government, which is made of a mix of civilians and military members, has failed to bring stability, and should be replaced by a purely military government.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo ten thousand people protested demanding a new electoral commission, this weekend. Demonstrators say that the current electoral commission is corrupt, and say that its expected next leader, Deniz Kadima, is a friend of President Felix Tshisekedi.
In India heavy rain and floods have killed at least 20 people in the State of Kerela. Many more people are missing, after rivers overflowed and houses were destroyed. The Indian army is using helicopters to rescue people.
Myanmar’s military leader - Min Aung Hlaing - has not been invited to the next ASEAN conference. Foreign ministers from ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, decided that it was necessary to not invite Hliang to maintain ASEAN’s credibility. Hliang came to power in a military coup in February, that removed the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
In Afghanistan, funerals have been held for people killed in an attack in Kandahar on Friday. At least 47 people were killed in explosions at a shia mosque. Daesh, the Islamic State group, have claimed responsibility. The Taliban have promised to protect shia muslims - a group that they often targeted in the past.
China has condemned The United States and Canada for sending warships through the Taiwan strait. The Taiwan strait separates China from Taiwan, however, China considers this to be Chinese territory, as it claims that Taiwan is part of China. The US military said that the ships movements show a commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
In Iran the navy have prevented an attack by pirates. Iranian state television said that an warship was sent to help two Iranian oil tankers in the Gulf of Aden. They stopped pirates on 5 boats from capturing the tankers.
And in Kasakhstan a Russian actor and director have landed after spending 12 days in space. Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko are the first people to film part of a feature film in space. American actor Tom Cruise is also expected to film some scenes in space in a mission with billionaire Elon Musk’s company SpaceX.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can read the transcripts for this episode and every episode at send7.org They are free! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.