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Monday 7th February 2022

Americas

Costa Rica held a general election yesterday, for the president and for parliament. Most polls show no party receiving more than 20% of votes. If no presidential candidate receives over 40% of votes, then there will be a second round on the 3rd April.

In Brazil there were anti-racism protests this weekend in many major cities. The protests were organized afer the killing of a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo two weeks ago.

In Peru Prime Minister Hector Valer has said that he will resign, just four days after becoming Prime Minister. Valer was chosen by president Pedro Castillo last week, however Valer said that he would quit because of allegations of domestic abuse.

In the United States, former vice President Mike Pence said that former President Donald Trump is wrong that he had the ability to change the result of the 2020 election. The Vice President of the United States is the person who reveals the electoral votes after an election, and Trump has repeatedly said that Pence should have overturned the results...

“And I heard this week that President Trump said that I had the right to overturn the election. But President Trump is wrong. I had no right to overturn the election. The Presidency belongs to the American people and the American people alone. And frankly there is no idea more un-American than the notion that any one person could choose the American president. Under the constitution I had no right to change the right of our election and Kamala Harris will have no right to overturn the election when we beat them in 2024...”

Europe

In Ukraine there have been anti-Russia protests in the city of Kharkiv. Kharkiv is the second-largest city in Ukraine and is close to the border with Russia, where over a hundred thousand Russian soldiers are reported to have gathered recently. Thousands of people in Kharkiv protested this weekend against Russian aggression and against a possible invasion of Ukraine. Amnesty International said this weekend that further conflict could cause a refugee crisis as people in Eastern Ukraine leave their homes.

In Austria 8 people have died in avalanches over the last few days. A combination of heavy snow followed by warm weather has made avalanches more likely.

In the United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth has been queen for 70 years. She has been queen since the death of her father George VI on the 6th February 1952. There will be celebrations in the UK in the summer to mark the platinum jubilee.

Africa

Morocco has received sympathy from around the world after the death of 5 year old Rayan Oram. Hundreds of rescuers were trying to dig a tunnel to reach Oram, after he fell into a well. Morocco’s King Mohammed and Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch, sent their wishes to Oram’s family.

In Cameroon, Senegal has won the African Cup of Nations football tournament for the first time. Senegal beat the 7-time winners Egypt on penalties.

Asia

In China the winter Olympics have started, with 16 countries winning medals already. Russia has won the most medals so far.

Taiwan has criticised a joint declaration between China and Russia. China’s President Xi Jinping and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin met on Friday in Beijing and released a statement in which China showed support for Russia’s demand that Ukraine should never join NATO and Russia supported China’s claim that Taiwan is a part of China. Taiwan has been completely independent of China since 1949, and is a democracy, with a high level of civil liberties, however The Chinese Communist party claims that Taiwan is a part of China.

In India singer Lata Mangeshkar has died aged 92. Mangeshkar is considered one of the most influential singers in India and she was given a state funeral yesterday in Mumbai. Prime Minister Nardendra Modi said that Mangeshkar’s death has left a void that cannot be filled.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Go to SEND7.org for transcripts and more. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a great day.

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