In Ethiopia, the Gran Renaissance dam has started to generate electricity according to state media. The dam on the River Nile, started its construction in 2011 and cost $4.2 billion dollars. The Renaissance dam is Africa’s biggest hydroelectric project and is expected to double Ethiopia’s electricity production when it is fully completed. Sudan and Egypt have criticised the dam, saying that it will reduce the amount of water in the river Nile in their territory.
In Niger, the governor of Maradi state has blamed the Nigerian army for an attack that killed seven children. Chaibou Aboubacar, said that the Nigerian army had accidentally hit a village in Niger with air strikes. The Nigerian army said that they do not conduct air strikes outside of Nigeria, however, they were investigating.
In Egypt a wheelchair has been invented which is controlled by the mind. Egyptian researcher Abdelrahman Omran and his team say that the chair is moved only using brainwaves, which could allow many paralysed people to control it.
Russian President Vladamir Putin spoke to French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday. They agreed to work towards a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. In a security conference in Germany this weekend, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky said that he would like to meet Putin to lower tensions between them. This weekend, the self-declared Donestsk Republic, which is supported by Russia, started moving civilians into Russia, saying that Ukranian forces have been attacking them. Ukraine denies attacking the Donetsk area. Many Western leaders have said that Russia could justify an invasion of Ukraine by saying that they are protecting ethnic Russians, in a similar way to how Crimea was invaded by Russia in 2014. This weekend, United States President Joe Biden said that he believed that Russia will invade Ukraine in the next few days...
“We have reason to believe that Russian forces are planning to and intend to attack Ukraine in the coming week - in the coming days. We believe that they will attack Ukraine’s capital Kiev - a city of 2.8 million innocent people. We’re calling out Russia’ plans loudly and repeatedly not because we want a conflict but because we are doing everything in our power to remove any reason that Russia may give to justify invading Ukraine and prevent them from moving. Make no mistake - if Russia pursues these plans it will be responsible for a catastrophic and needless war of choice - but the bottom line is this - The United States and our allies and partners will support the Ukrainian people - we will hold Russia accountable for its actions - the West is united and resolved. We are ready to impose severe sanctions on Russia if it further invades Ukraine.”
In Switzerland the bank Credit Suisse has had data leaked to the media. An unkown employee of Credit Suisse sent the information to journalists because they believe that Credit Suisse has taken part in immoral banking. According to The Guardian newspaper, the leak has shown bank accounts of people involved in drug trafficking, money laundering, corruption, torture and other illegal activities.
In the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth has tested positive for COVID19. The royal family has said that the Queen is suffering mild symptoms. She is 95.
In Canada protests in city of Ottawa have ended as police arrested 170 people and removed many vehicles. Ottawa’s streets were blocked for more than 3 weeks by people protesting against the need for lorry drivers to be vaccinated against COVID19 to enter Canada from The United States.
In Brazil rescuers are still searching for survivors in the city of Petropolis. Almost 150 people have been confirmed to have died in floods and landslides in the city close to Rio de Janeiro.
In Afghanistan, the west has inflicted catastrophic damage, according to the head of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband. Miliband, who used to be the UK foreign secretary criticised Western governments for allowing the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan to worsen since the Taliban took control last year. Miliband said that the banking system must restart so that public sector workers can be paid.
And in China, the Winter Olympics officially ended yesterday. After 109 events, 327 medals were given out. Norway won the most medals and gold medals. Italy will host the next winter Olympics, in 2026.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Go to send7.org for transcripts and more. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a great day.