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Monday 20th September 2021

Asia

In Afghanistan the Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education. The Taliban education ministry said that from Saturday - the start of the week in Afghanistan - all male teachers and students should return to school but did not mention girls. Afghanistan will be the only country in the world that bans half its population from secondary education. Primary schools have been opened but boys and girls must be separated. Last week, the building that was used as the ministry for women’s affairs by the last government, was given to the Taliban ministry for the prevention of vice, which during the last Taliban government, in the 1990s was known for enforcing restrictions on women. The Taliban mayor of Kabul has also said that women should stop working in the city government. A small protest of Afghan women was held yesterday in Kabul. In Jalalabad there were explosions on Saturday and Sunday, that appear to have been targeting Taliban soldiers. At least 8 people were killed, and Daesh, the Islamic State group, is expected to be responsible. This weekend the United States military admitted that it had accidentally killed ten civilians in a drone attack in Kabul on the 29th August. The attack was meant to kill a Daesh leader. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, said that it was a “horrible mistake”.

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he will run for president next year. Maya Dil reports...

In the Philippines, the boxing star Manny Pacquiao has said he will run for president in next year's election. As a boxer, Pacquiao has won world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is also a senator in the Philippines' parliament. He was nominated to be the candidate by a group in the ruling party, PDP-Laban. He accepted the nomination and said: "I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring." Mr Pacquiao has said he will fight against poverty and corruption.

In Russia voting finished yesterday in parliamentary elections. President Vladamir Putin’s United Russia party is expected to win the most votes and seats. Critics of the government have called the election unfair as it banned the party of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently in prison.

Americas

The United States has started flights to Haiti, deporting Haitians who have recently entered the US illegally. In the last three weeks thousands of Haitians have crossed a small river from Mexico to arrive in the town of Del Rio in Texas. Many are living under a bridge close to the river. It is not clear how so many Haitians arrived in the United States at the same time.

Canada has a general election today. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal party is hoping to win the most seats in parliament for a third time. Most polls show both the Liberal party and the Conservative party winning around 30% of votes.

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has suggested that Latin America and the Caribbean form a regional bloc similar to the European Union. At a meeting this weekend of CELAC, the community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Obrador said that the group should become more of an economic community, similar to how the European Union started.

Europe

France has accused Australia and the United States of lying over a new security partnership between them and the United Kingdom. Last week French foreign minister Jean-Yves LeDrian criticised Australia’s decision not to continue with a deal to buy French submarines, and described Australia’s actions as a “stab in the back”. This weekend France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the US. Last week Australia cancelled a $40 billion dollar deal with France to buy submarines, after a deal with the US and the UK to build more powerful nuclear submarines. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrision said that he had no regrets...

“I don’t regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first [and] never will.”

In Spain a volcano has erupted on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Around a thousand people have been evacuated, after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted for the first time since 1971.

Africa

In Algeria former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died aged 84. Bouteflika was Algeria’s longest serving president. After fighting for independence from France during the 50s, Bouteflika became Algeria’s first ever foreign minister when he was just 25. In 1999 Bouteflika won an election that most opposition parties boycotted, and stayed in power until he resigned during continuing protests against him in 2019.

And in Niger nomadic people have celebrated the Cure Salee festival. Tuareg and Wodaabe people from the Western Sahara desert meet around the town of Ingall. People paint their faces and sing and dance to celebrate the end of the rainy season.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you would like to read the text while listening to the episode, you can go to send7.org where you can find the transcripts. They are free! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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