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Monday 21st September 2020.

Good morning. This is SEND7 world news in seven minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. It’s Monday 21st September 2020.

Americas

In the United States Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday aged 87. Ginsburg was a leader for women’s rights and was generally considered to be a liberal supreme court judge. The US has 9 supreme court judges, and President Donald Trump has previously promised to promote conservative judges. In 2018 Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a controversial conservative judge. At a rally in North Carolina this weekend, Trump said that he would choose a woman to replace Justice Ginsburg...

“I will be putting forth a nominee next week... It will be a woman...”

In Argentina thousands of people protested against the government. Traffic was stopped by protests in tha capital Buenos Aires. Demonstrators complain of the terrible economic situation, and government corruption.

Europe

In Belarus protests have continued for a sixth weekend. Tens of thousands of people marched in the capital Minsk despite a large presence of police. Hundreds of people were arrested yesterday during the demonstrations against the rule of president Alexander Lukashenko.

The United Kingdom reported over 4,000 new cases on COVID19 on Saturday - the highest number of new cases since May. Last week the government imposed a new rule - that only 6 people can meet socially. Yesterday Health Minister Matt Hancock said that the UK was at a “tipping point”...

“We face a tipping point as a country. And everyone has a role in the choice that we face. Either everybody follows the rules, or we’re going to have to take more stringent actions. And the first things that people must do is the basics - hands, face and space - and the rule of 6 - and if you are contacted because you’ve tested positive or you’ve been a close contact of someone whose tested positive, then you must self-isolate.”

Africa

In Sudan floods have killed at least 120 people since July. The United Nations is providing emergency food for hundreds of thousands of people living in displacement camps in Sudan. There is concern that the floods may spread disease. Sudan’s rainy season lasts from June to October.

In Ethiopia leading opposition politician Jawar Mohammed has been charged with terrorism. The charges relate to the promotion of protests in July after the killing of singer Hachalu Hundessa. Over 180 people were reported to have died in violence after Hundessa’s death.

Asia

In Thailand tens of thousands of people protested this weekend for reforms to the monarchy. More protests are planned this week and a general strike is expected in October. Criticizing the monarchy is illegal in Thailand.

In Australia, the State of Victoria has reported its lowest coronavirus increase in 11 weeks. Only 14 new infections were reported yesterday. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said that Victorians should be proud...

“This is a good day, though, a day that Victorians can be proud, of the work they’ve done, their commitment, their resolve to see this off.”

The United States has reimposed many sanctions on Iran. Britain, Germany and France have said that they will not cooperate with the United States with these new sanctions. Yesterday Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the United States a ‘bully’ and congratulated other countries for resisting the US sanctions. Britain, Germany, France and the EU are continuing to follow the Iran Nuclear deal of 2015, despite the US leaving the agreement in 2018.

And this weekend there was a virtual concert called ”I love Lebanon” with performances from Lebanese musician Mika, Kylie Minogue, Selma Hayek and Rufus Wainright. Money raised from the concert is destined for people affected by the explosion in the port of Beirut last month.

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