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Sunday 17th May. 2020.

World COVID19 cases confirmed are 4.7 million. 311,000 people have died. 1.8 million have recovered. Felicien Kabuga has been arrested in Paris. Kabuga is accused of playing a major role in the genocide in Rwanda of 1994. The International Criminal Court has charged him with crimes against humanity. 84 year old Kabuga was living with a false identity in France, and his arrest involved police from ten countries. Kenya has closed its borer with Tanzania and Somalia. President Uhuru Kenyatta said that this was to stop the spread of coronavirus. Cargo will still be able to cross the border. The United Kingdom is planning on part-opening primary schools from 1st June. Despite criticism from teachers unions, education minister Gavin Williamson confirmed that schools will open for some year groups in June… “We do want to see children back in school because we know how much children grow and benefit from being in school. If rates of infection are decreasing it will give us a green light to get children back into child care and more of them back into school from the 1st June…” Italy’s prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced yesterday the easing of lockdown measures. From Monday, all shops, restaurants, bars and hairdressers will be permitted to open. In June people will be able to travel between regions, and tourists from the EU will be able to enter Italy. In Spain 104 people were confirmed to have died of COVID19 yesterday. This was lowest daily death toll in 8 weeks. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has asked parliament to extend the state of emergency until the end of June. Lockdown began in Spain on March 14th, but much of the country has reopened this week. Greece started its lockdown on 23rd March, but restrictions are gradually being lifted. Yesterday beaches were reopened. On the beach people must keep a distance of 4 metres from each other, and cannot drink alcohol. The United States has reported its highest rise in food prices since 1974. Food prices rose 2.6% from March to April, with even higher rises for meat, fish and eggs. President Obama made a rare appearance yesterday, speaking to university graduates. During his speech he said that it is clear that people in charge don’t know what they are doing… “What is new is that so much of your generation has woken up to the fact that the status quo needs fixing. That the old ways of doing things don’t work. And that it doesn’t matter how much money you make if everyone around you is hungry and sick. That our society and our democracy only works when we think not just about ourselves but about each other. More than anything, this pandemic has fully finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they are doing. A lot of them aren’t even pretending to be in charge.” Brazil is now one of the world’s epicentres for coronavirus, with thousands of cases being confirmed every day. But the government has been criticised for sending unclear messages. One SEND7 listener has send us this message from Brazil… … Thank you Marcio in Espirito Santo. Tell us the situation in your area by sending a whatsapp audio message to +44 7307 872 842 Iran has sentenced a French citizen to 5 years in jail. Fariba Adelkhah is a dual citizen of France and Iran, but Iran does not recognize dual citizenship. She has been held since June last year for spying and propaganda against the Islamic Republic. France has called on Iran to release her. Turkey has recorded its lowest COVID death told since March. Turkey has a special lockdown method – everybody under 20 or over 65 must stay inside. In April Saudi Arabia offered to buy Newcastle United football club. However, the fiancee of Jamal Khassogi has now asked Newcastle fans not to allow the Saudi take over. Jamal Khassogi was murdered in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul 2018. Fiancee Hatice Cengiz says that Khasoggis murder was ordered by Saudi Prince Mohammad bin Salman. And the German Bundesliga played its first games in two months yesterday. The first major European league to return after a lockdown. 6 games were played, including Dortmund beating Shalke to take the second place in the league.

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