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Monday 25th October 2021

Americas

In the United States there were vigils this weekend to remember the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Hutchins was accidentally shot and killed by the actor Alec Baldwin, who has been told that the gun was safe. Director of the film Joel Souza was also injured by the gun. Reports in the Los Angeles Times say that there were two other accidental shots fired on the film set a few days before Hutchins was killed.

Also in the US President Biden said that the US would come to Taiwan’s defence, if Taiwan was attacked by China. This comment was a break to the traditional policy of not saying whether or not the US would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China. China responded by saying that the comments risked damaging relations, but said that the fate of Taiwan would not be decided by force. Jen Psaki, the president’s press secretary, said this weekend that Biden’s previous comments were not a change in policy...

“There is no change in our policy. Our defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan relations act...”

Colombia has said that it has captured the leader of a major drug cartel. Dairo Antonio Usuga, who is the leader of the Clan del Golfo cartel, was captured by the Colombian military in mountains close to the border with Panama. President Ivan Duque described this as the greatest hit on the drug trafficking trade since the death of Pablo Escobar in 1993.

In Mexico a new migrant caravan has formed and is walking towards Mexico City. Over 3,000 migrants from many countries are walking from the border with Guatemala. One SEND7 listener from Mexico - Abel - described the situation...

“So, the caravan set off from City Tapachula last Saturday morning. Because more than 3,000 migrants, mainly from Honduras, Guatemala, El Savlador, Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela have fought with violence against Mexico’s national security guard. So they have managed to continue towards the north...”

Africa

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni said that an explosion yesterday in Kampala was a terrorist act. One person died and more were injured in the explosion at a restaurant.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo hundreds of school children demonstrated at the parliament building and entered the national assembly. The children are complaining that they aren’t receiving any education, because their teachers are on strike. Most teachers in the DRC have been on strike for three weeks demanding better pay and conditions.

In Sudan security forces have used tear gas to move pro-military protesters who were blocking roads around the capital city, Khartoum. Recently, there have been rival protests in Sudan, with some people demanding a military government, and some people demanding a new civilian government.

Europe

Romania has restarted more COVID19 restrictions after a recent rise in new infections and deaths. People will not be able to go out at night, school will be suspended for two weeks, and health pass will be needed to enter most public places. Romania has one of the lowest vaccinations rates in Europe. In the EU 69% of people have been vaccinated, but in Romania it is only 36%.

Luxembourg has legalized growing and using cannabis. People over the age of 18 will be allowed to grow up to 4 marijuana plants for personal use. The sale of marijuana will continue to be illegal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended her final EU summit as Chancellor this weekend. Many leaders praised Merkel’s 16 years as chancellor. Former US president Barack Obama sent a video of tribute...

” I join your friends, colleagues and admirers around the world in paying tribute to you today. On behalf of the American people, your fellow leaders over so many years, and Michelle and my daughters, I want to thank you for your friendship, your leadership and most of all for your fidelity to the universal values that you embraced as a young girl in East Germany. Dankeshon.”

Asia

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded the expulsion of the ambassadors of ten western countries. This is a response to these countries demanding the released of philanthropist Osman Kavala. Erdogan says that Kavala was involved in the failed coup d’etat of 2016. European Parliament president David Sassoli said in a tweet yesterday that the expulsion of the ambassadors showed the “authoritarian drift of the Turkish government” and he again called for the release of Kavala

China has introduced a law which is meant to reduce the amount of homework and tutoring given to children. Chinese state media said that the new law will require parents to arrange their children’s time to include reasonable time for rest and exercise. Last month China announced that children would only be allowed to play video games for up to 3 hours a week.

And in the United Arab Emirates the world’s largest ferris wheel has opened to the public. The Ain Dubai is 250 metres high and can hold 1,750 visitors.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can read the transcripts of every episode at SEND7.org. They are free. Tell your friends! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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