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Monday 5th July 2021

Africa

In Ethiopia, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front have said that all Ethiopian soldiers must leave Tigray before peace negotiations can start. The TPLF were removed from power in the Tigray region in November, however, last week they retook control of the capital city Mekelle. Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed said that his soldiers had not been defeated, but that a ceasefire has been declared for humanitarian reasons. However, incredible scenes this weekend showed thousands of Ethiopian soldiers being paraded through the streets of Mekelle as prisoners, as crowds cheered.

In Burkina Faso there were large protests this weekend demanding better security. Some people travelled hundreds of kilometres to attend the protests in the capital city Ouagadougou. Islamist jihadist groups have been attacking villages in the north, and there are many reports of kidnapped children being turned into soldiers.

Asia

In Japan, rescue operations are continuing after heavy rain and landslides. Two people are confirmed to have died in the city of Atami, south-west of Tokyo, and around 20 people are missing.

In the Philippines a plane crash has killed at least 45 people. The military aeroplane crashed on Jolo island soon after take-off. Around 40 people survived the crash. The plane was a former US military plane donated to the Philippines last year.

Also in the Philippines scientists are warning that a volcano could erupt soon. This report from Maya Dil...

in the Philippines, government scientists are saying that there could be another eruption at Taal Volcano, due to the high levels of volcanic gas being recorded. More than 3,000 people living near the volcano in the Batangas province have fled their homes. Volcano Taal last erupted in January of last year, and 39 people died from illness or accidents caused by the explosion. The eruption also killed farm animals and forced 135,000 people to leave their homes.

In Afghanistan the Taliban has captured districts in the North East and in the South. Tajikistan has confirmed that over 300 Afghani soldiers crossed into Tajikistan this weekend, when escaping the Taliban. In April United States President Joe Biden announced that the US would remove almost all soldiers from Afghanistan this year, despite the Taliban increasing its territory in recent months. The Taliban now controls around a third of Afghanistan.

Americas

Brazil’s supreme court has authorised a criminal investigation into corruption inside the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. Thousands of people protested this weekend, calling for the impeachment of Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro denies being involved in any corruption related to the buying of coronavirus vaccines.

In the United States a cyber attack has hit hundreds of American businesses. The Florida based IT company Kaseya was targeted by hackers, with the attack then affecting businesses that use Kaseya’s software. President Joe Biden said that he didn’t know who was behind the ransomware attack, but if it was found to be Russia, then the US would respond....

”...and if it is either with the knowledge of and/or a consequence of Russia then I told Putin we will respond.”

Also in the US, Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the States’ top athletes, has been banned from athletics for one month after testing positive for marijuana use. Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics, were she was expected to win a medal. Recreational marijuana use is legal in 18 states in the US, and is not known to benefit athletes abilities.

Cuba has evacuated 70,000 people in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa. Elsa is expected to hit Cuba today before passing into Florida in the United States on Tuesday. Heavy damage from the storm has been reported in many Caribbean islands, with two deaths reported in the Dominican Republic and one in St Lucia.

Europe

In Poland, former President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has become the leader of the Civic Platform, a centrist party that he helped found in 2001. Tusk was Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014, before becoming President of the European Council from 2014 to 2019. Tusk has said that the ruling Law and Justice party is ‘evil’.

And Croatian and Italian winemakers are fighting over names. In 2013 Italy blocked an attempt by Croatia to use the name Prosek for its dessert wine, telling the EU that it was too similar to the Italian name Prosecco. However, Croatia has pushed for the EU to recognize Prosek again, saying that because it is a sweet, dessert wine, and is not sparkling, it is easy for consumers to tell the difference.

That’s your Simple English world news for today. Big thank you to Lindisey in Rio de Janairo Brazil, for your kind message. You can find transcripts or send us a message at send7.org. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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