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Monday 7th June 2021

Good morning. This is SEND7. And these are the most important stories in the world today, in 7 minutes. I’m Stephen Devincenzi, and today is Monday 7th June 2021

Europe

In the United Kingdom, leaders from the G7 countries are meeting this week. Leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The UK and the European Union are meeting in person for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Ministers for finance met this weekend and agreed to a new minimum corporate tax rate of 15%. The idea of setting a minimum corporation tax is to stop big companies from changing countries to avoid paying tax. Tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon, are expected to pay more tax as a result. On Friday President and Prime Ministers will arrive in the UK. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that he hopes that the world can be offered coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2022...

“What we want the G7 to try to agree is that instead of vaccinating the whole world by 2024 or 2025, which is what we’d achieve on the current timetable. We need to get this done by the end of next year. By 2022.”

In Hungary thousands of people protested this weekend against a plan for China to build a university in the Capital, Budapest. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban says that the Fudan university will be a world-class institution. However, polls show that most people in Budapest are against the plan.

Africa

In Burkina Faso at least 130 people were killed this weekend in an attack on a village. No group has claimed responsibility but attacks by Islamist Jihadists groups are common in the border areas of Burkina Faso. President Roch Kabore announced 3 days of national mourning. United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres said that the international community should help Burkina Faso to fight extremism.

Senegal is expected to make COVID19 vaccines next year. An agreement with Belgian biotech group Univercell would train staff and create production by the middle of 2022. Senegal already makes a vaccine for Yellow Fever.

Americas

In the United States former President Donald Trump made a rare appearance in public this weekend. At the Republican convention in North Carolina, Trump attacked the presidency of President Joe Biden, he criticised infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, he said that China should pay compensation for starting the COVID19 pandemic and he repeated his claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him...

“The 2020 presidential election, that election. The 2020 presidential election was by far the most corrupt election in the history of our country. There’s never been anything like this. They used COVID and they used the mail-in ballots to steal an election. It was the third-world country election like we’ve never seen before.”

El Salvador could become the first country to use Bitcoin as a legal currency. Maya Dil reports...

“El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, has said that he wants to make bitcoin a legal currency. This would make El Salvador the first country in the world to have cryptocurrency as legal money. Currently, 70% of people in El Salvador don't have a bank account. Legalizing bitcoin is hoped to include people outside of the legal economy.”

In Peru votes are being counted after the second round if its presidential election. Either left wing Pedro Castillo or Right wind Keiko Fujimori will be the next president of Peru. Mexico is also counting votes. Mexico voted yesterday for its lower house of congress and thousands of local positions.

Asia

India is reopening some parts of the country. India is now reporting around 100,000 new cases of COVID19 a day, down from 400,000 a day last month. The State of Maharastra is planning to slowly relax restrictions from a lockdown that started in April. In Delhi the metro system will restart today. There have now been 350,000 confirmed deaths from COVID19 in India, with over half of them in the last two months.

In Hong Kong there were arrests on Saturday as people ignored restrictions to attend a vigil for the Tiananmen Square massacre. Every year people in Hong Kong meet to remember the 4th June 1989, when hundreds of students were killed by the Chinese army in Beijing’s Tiananman Square. The United States and European Union embassies in Hong Kong lit candles in their windows on Saturday. China described this as ‘intolerable’.

And in Cambodia, a mine-finding rat is retiring. Magawa, the rat, who is originally from Tanzania has found 71 landmines in Cambodia. His owner said that he will spend his retirement eating bananas and peanuts.

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