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Monday 31st August 2020.

Welcome back to SEND7 podcast. I hope you have had a great few weeks. If this is the first time you are listening, SEND7 stands for Simple English News Daily in 7 minutes. We tell you the most important stories in the world, in slow, clear English. It’s Monday 31st August 2020. This is SEND7 world news in 7 minutes.

Starting in the Americas today...

In the world over 25 million cases of COVID 19 have now been reported according to Johns Hopkins University data. Almost 850,000 people are known to have died. Over half of all cases are in the Americas. The United States has reported 6 million cases and Brazil has reported nearly 4 million. Both The United States and Brazil continue to report an average of 40,000 new cases every day. Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Mexico are also reporting fast rises in cases.

Also in the United States one person was killed after being shot during a meeting of rival protesters on Saturday. In Portland supporters of President Trump clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters. Portland has had protests almost every day for the last 3 months, since the Police killing of George Floyd.

In Argentina, a new law has been approved, instructing hospitals to allow people to visit relatives dyeing of coronavirus. Around the world people have been stopped from visiting their relatives with COVID19 because of how contagious the virus is. However Buenos Aires city council has now said that one family member must be allowed into hospital.

Europe

In Belarus tens of thousands of people protested against President Alexander Lukashenko this weekend. There have been weekly protests since Lukashenko declared himself the winnder of 80% of votes in the election on the 9th August. Most international organizations did not recognize the elections as free or fair. Last week opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya spoke to international media. Tikhanovskaya has left Belarus, saying that she fears for her safety...

“I want my children to grow [up] in a democratic country where people are respected - where the rights of people are respected.”

In Greece there has been a large fire in the archaeological site of Mycenae. Tourists have been evacuated from the area. Mycanae was a major centre of Greek civilization around 3,500 years ago.

Asia

South Korea is preparing for Typhoon Maysak. The storm formed to the east of the Philippines and is gaining strength as it continues towards the Korean peninsula. Last week Typhoon Bavi caused damage in the Philippines, Japan, and both Koreas.

In China, President Xi Jingping has said that China must strengthen the role of the Communist Party in Tibet. President Xi told a communist party meeting yesterday that political and ideological education must be strengthened in the territory. Tibet has been ruled by China since 1951 when its previous government was removed. The spiritual leader the Dalai Lama calls China’s rule of Tibet “Cultural Genocide”.

In Lebanon a new prime minister is expected to be announced today. Mustapha Adib, Lebanon’s ambassador to Germany, is expected to be chosen. Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned after 6 months in government, during which Lebanon’s economy fell, and a large explosion in Beirut killed at least 190 people.

Africa

In Sudan rebel leaders have agreed to a peace deal with the government. The Sudan Revolutinaroy Front, an alliance of rebel groups signed an agreement with the government on Saturday night and a formal signing ceremony is expected to take place today, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. The peace deal is hoped to end 17 years of fighting.

In Mauritius thousands of people protested on Saturday over the deaths of animals from an oil spill. At least 40 dolphins were found dead near the site of the oil spill, caused by a Japanese Ship.

And actor Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43. Boseman was best known for his part as James Brown in the film “Get On Up”, Thurgood Marshall, in the film ‘Marshall’, and playing the lead role in the film Black Panther...

“Our weapons will not being used to wage war on the world - it is not our way - to be judge, jury and executioner for people who are not our own.”

“Not your own? But didn’t life start right here in this continent? So ain't all people your people?”

“I am not King of all people, I am King of Wakanda”

Thank you for listening to SEND7. I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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