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Monday 28th September 2020

One million people are reported to have died of COVID19. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. It’s Monday 28th September 2020.

Over one million people have now died of COVID19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Over half of all deaths are in the Americas, 220,000 are in Europe, 190,000 in Asia, and 35,000 in Africa. Since July an average of 300,000 new cases and 5,000 new deaths are reported every day.

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Americas

In the United States, president Donald Trump has nominated a candidate for the supreme court. Trump has nominated conservative judge Amy Coney Barret, to replace liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died last week. Many critics say that a supreme court place should not be fille during the election process. In 2016 President Obama’s nomination was blocked because the Republican senate said that the decision should not be made in an election year. Yesterday Presidential Candidate Joe Biden said that President Trump is ignoring the will of the people.

“Never before in our nations history, has a supreme court justice been nominated, and installed while a presidential election is already under way. It defies every precedent. This administration believes that they’ve found a loophole in the tragedy of Justice Ginsburg’s death. It doesn’t matter to them that the Republican’s set the precedent just 4 years ago when they denied even the courtesy of a hearing, to President Obama’s nominee - it didn’t matter to them, that millions of Americans already voting on a new president and a new congress had begun.”

Brazil has officially postponed the carnaval of Rio de Janeiro for February 2021. The organizers of the event said that the carnival would probably be delayed until a vaccine for COVID19 has been found. In Brazil over 140,000 COVID19 deaths have been reported - the second highest number in the world.

Asia

Armenia and Azerbaijan have exchanged fire in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. At least 23 people are reported to have died in fighting over the weekend. Nagorno-Karabakh is geographically inside Azerbaijan, but is controlled by Armenia and the population is majority Armenian.

The Yemeni government has agreed to a prisoner swap with Houthi rebels. Over a thousand prisoners will be released by both sides. Yemen’s Hadi government has met with Houthi leaders in Switzerland recently. Houthis control most of the west of Yemen, including the capital Sana’a. The UN has described Yemen as the worst humanitarian disaster in the world.

Europe

In Switzerland voters have rejected the offer of stopping freedom of movement for people from the European Union. The referendum was proposed by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party - the biggest party in the Swiss parliament. Around 65% of Swiss voters chose to maintain the current situation - of free movement with the EU. In a separate referendum, Swiss voters showed support for paternity leave - giving the opportunity for men to take time off work after the birth of a child.

In Belarus around 200 people were arrested this weekend in anti-government protests. Tens of thousands of people were on the streets of the Capital Minsk, for the seventh weekend in a row. Last week opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya met European Union leaders in Belgium...

“My country, Belarus, is in a deep political crisis. We are - the majority of Belarussian people - now are every day - for 44 days already fighting, for their freedom - for a new future for all Belarussian [people] - and fighting against falsified elections we had on 9th August”.

Africa

In Mali a new Prime Minister has been announced. Mali’s transitional government - which is mostly controlled by the military - announced yesterday that Moctar Ouane would be Prime Minister. Moctar Ouane does not have a military history. ECOWAS, the group of East African Nations, had said that borders with Mali would remain closed until a civilian Prime Minister was chosen.

In Nigeria Islamist militants killed at least 18 people in an attack yesterday, according to the Nigerian Military. Boko Haram have claimed responsibility for the attack that killed soldiers, policeman and civilians.

And in Finland this weekend dogs started working at Helsinki airport, to detect the coronavirus. When arriving at Helsinki airport, people are asked to wipe their skin with a cloth. In a separate room, the dogs are then left to sniff whether the cloth contains particles of COVID19. That’s today’s world news in 7 minutes. If you find SEND7 useful please leave a review on apple or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you to Baha in Iran for leaving a review recently. To read the text of today’s episode, go to send7.org Have a great day. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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