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Monday 29th March 2021

Asia

In Myanmar over 114 civilians were killed on Saturday, according to rights groups and local media. This makes Saturday the bloodiest day since the military took power in a coup d’etat last month. There were reports of police and soldiers firing randomly at protesters. United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken described the violence as “horrifying”. British foreign secretary Dominic Raab said that it was “new low” for Myanmar. United Nations investigators have called Saturdays events ‘mass murder’. Despite the killings on Saturday, protesters returned to the streets yesterday, and there have been reports of security forces firing at people attending funerals. At least 440 people are now known to have been killed by security forces since February 1st. This weekend, around 3,000 people escaped to Thailand from Karen State, after air attacks in the region. SEND7 listeners, please tell us how the situation in Myanmar is being reported in your country, by sending an email to podcast@send7.org or by sending an audio message at speakpipe.com/send7

In China there was a massive sandstorm this weekend. Beijing was covered in dust. One SEND7 listener, Bob Li said that people in Beijing had been advised to stay inside.

Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, has said that he will resign to allow early elections. Pashinyan has faced months of protests after signing a peace agreement with Azerbaijan that gave away parts of the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

In Turkey there were more women’s rights protests this weekend. Maya Dil reports...

For the second weekend, there have been protests in Istanbul against President Erdogan’s decision to remove Turkey from the Istanbul treaty for violence against women. The presidency said that the treaty was set to "normalise homosexuality” which they say is “incompatible” with Turkey’s “social and family values”. Domestic violence and Femicide are considered a serious problem in Turkey. According to women’s rights groups, 300 women were murdered last year. Poland’s right-wing government has also spoken about leaving the violence against women treaty.

Africa

In Egypt there is still a massive ship blocking the Suez Canal. The Ever Given, one of the biggest container ships in the world, has been stuck in the Suez Canal for almost a week, despite attempts to move it using cranes and smaller boats. It is now expected that over 10% of global trade has been affected by the blockage. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has given orders for some of the ship’s cargo to be removed, to make the ship easier to move.

In Mozambique there has been continued fighting between government forces and Islamist jihadists in the town of Palma. Palma is close to the border with Tanzania and is close to gas projects involving the French company Total and other companies. Reports say that civilians were killed when trying to escape a hotel, including a a South African gas worker. Jihadists want the Cabo Delgado region to be an Islamic State.

Americas

Brazil continues to be the worst affected country in the world for COVID19. There are more active cases of coronavirus in Brazil right now than ever before and around 3,000 COVID related deaths are being recorded every day. Health workers are reporting that hospitals are completely full. Many parts of Brazil have increased restrictions, however President Jair Bolsonaro is against lockdowns.

The Venezuelan government has condemned Facebook after the social network suspended the page of President Nicolas Maduro. Facebook said that Maduro’s page has been suspended for violating COVID19 misinformation rules, after Maduro promoted the use of a drug called Carvativir, which does not have approval from most scientists.

NM: “I can present the medicine which neutralises 100% of coronavirus - carvativir - better known as miracle drops”.

Europe

In Belarus protests continue against President Alexander Lukashenko this weekend. Over 100 people were arrested this weekend, including five journalists, according to rights groups. Also, Belarus has been disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest because competition organizers said that the song choice was ‘too political’.

And France’s Ministry for Culture has asked UNESCO to give world heritage status - to the baguette. UNESCO world heritage status is normally given to important places, however France has said that its bread should be considered. In French law, baguettes can only be made using 4 ingredients - flour, water, salt and yeast. It is believed that

France consumes 10 billion baguettes a year.

That’s your World News in 7 minutes. Send your comment on any news story by email to podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at speakpipe.com/send7. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. If you enjoy the podcast please help us by leaving a review on apple podcasts or anywhere else! I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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