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Monday 30th November 2020

Africa

In Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the end of military operations in the Tigray region, after the Ethiopian army said that it is in full control of Tigray’s capital city - Mekelle. The local ruling party - the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, has said that they will continue to fight. In a statement released on Twitter, Abiy asked people who had escaped from Tigray to return. Tens of thousands of people crossed the border into Sudan in the last few weeks. Eritrea said that rockets fired from the Tigray region had hit Eritrea’s capital city Asmara, yesterday.

In Nigeria an attack on farmers has killed at least 110 people according to the United Nations. On Saturday the village of Koshobe in Borno State was attacked by armed men on motorcycles. President Muhammadu Buhari said that he condemned “the killings of hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno State”. No group has claimed responsibility, however, the Islamist Jihadist group Boko Haram often attacks civilians in Borno State.

Europe

In The United Kingdom, England will start a 3 tiered system of coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that a 4 week lockdown has reduced infection rates across the country, and that the new

system was important to keep infections low...

“The data already suggests that national measures in England have slowed and in some places reversed the growth of new cases. And as more data comes in we hope and expect to see those trends continue. Together, we have prevented our NHS from being overwhelmed.”

Serbia and Montenegro have expelled each other’s ambassadors. On Saturday Montenegro blamed Serbia for meddling in its internal affairs. Expelling the Serbian ambassador will be one of the last actions of President Milo Djukanovic, before a new coalition government of pro-Serbia, pro-Russia parties will take power in Montenegro next week.

Asia

Iran has said that it would retaliate, after its top nuclear scientist was killed on Friday. Iran has blamed Israel for the targeted killing of physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Iran’s parliament has called for an end to international inspections of nuclear facilities. The 2015 Nuclear Deal signed between Iran and some Western Countries stated that international inspectors be allowed to visit Iran’s nuclear facilities. The United States left the deal in 2018, however

President-Elect Joe Biden has said that he wants the US to rejoin the deal.

In Afghanistan at least 34 people were killed in two suicide bombings yesterday. Most of the dead were Afghan soldiers. No group has claimed responsibility, however both the Taliban and Daesh have increased attacks recently.

In Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has said that a general election will be held when the coronavirus crisis is over. Malaysia has been in a political crisis since March, when the ruling coalition broke apart.

Americas

In The United States the supreme court of the state of Pennsylvania has dismissed a legal challenge to the election by President Donald Trump’s team. The Republican challenge aimed to invalidate mail-in-ballots in the state. In Wisconsin a recount of two counties, that cost the Trump campaign $3 million dollars, finished with President-elect Joe Biden gaining 87 votes. On Friday Trump said that he would leave the White House in January, and he became angry at other questions about him accepting the results of the election...

“REPORTER: if the electoral college does elect president-elect Joe Biden, are you not going to leave this building? DT: Just so you...Oh certainly I will. Certainly I will and you know that...

..Between you people - don’t talk to me that way. You’re just a lightweight. Don’t talk to me that way. I’m the President of the United States. Don’t ever talk to the President that way.”

The United States top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned of “a surge upon a surge” of COVID19 infections because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Fauci said that right now, about 20% of people in hospitals have COVID in the United States. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US has now reported 13.6 million COVID infections - around one in every 24 people. 272,000 deaths have been linked to COVID19 in the US.

In Brazil there have been elections in 57 municipalities, including for the mayor of the two biggest cities - Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro. Many people are seeing these elections as a test of President Bolsonaro’s popularity, before the next presidential election in 2022;

Today is independence day in Barbados. Barbados gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1966.

Thank you for listening to SEND7. Find the transcript of today’s episode at send7.org I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a wonderful day.

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