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Thursday 10th February 2022

Europe


Russia has accused western countries of increasing political pressure by supplying weapons and ammunition to support Ukraine. Countries including the United States and Britain have provided Ukraine with military aid.


Spain’s King Felipe and Denmark’s Queen Margrethe have tested positive for Covid-19. Both report mild symptoms.


In the United Kingdom, prime minister Boris Johnson has said that people with Covid-19 will no longer have to self-isolate from the end of February.


“It is my intention to return on the first day after the half term recess to present our strategy for living with Covid. Provided the current encouraging trends in the data continue, it is my expectation that we will be able to end the last domestic restrictions including the legal requirement to self isolate if you test positive a full month early."


Africa


Uganda must pay USD 325 million to Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the International Court of Justice. The ruling says that Uganda must pay five yearly instalments of USD 65 million because of its role in conflicts in Congo’s Ituri province between 1998 and 2003.


In Tunisia, president Kais Saied has said that he will dissolve the Supreme Judicial Council. United Nations agencies and rights groups have criticised this decision, and many judges are protesting. Saied suspended parliament and took power last summer.


Libya's interim prime minister Abdulamid al-Dbeibah has said that he will defy a parliament vote to replace him. The vote is planned for Thursday, after plans for an election in December failed. Dbeibah says that his transitional government is still valid.


Asia


Japan’s prime minister Fumio Kishida has said that the government will extend Covid-19 restrictions in Tokyo and 12 other regions. Japan has seen a surge of Covid-19 cases and deaths due to the Omicron variant. The government will also create around 1,000 temporary medical facilities.


In New Zealand, people are protesting against vaccine mandates and pandemic restrictions. Protesters have blocked streets outside the parliament using trucks and campervans, inspired by demonstrations in Canada.


Americas


Peru’s president Pedro Castillo has sworn in his new cabinet. He has chosen Anibal Torres as the new prime minister, after the previous prime minister Hector Valer resigned last week. Torres was previously the justice minister.


In Argentina, thousands of people are protesting against a deal with the International Monetary Fund. The deal aims to push back debt repayments from a 2018 loan. Protesters fear the deal will lead to more precariousness.


And American company Space X says that most of the satellites it launched last week have been hit by a solar storm. The satellites were due to join the Starlink internet project. 49 new satellites were launched on the 3rd February. The solar storm means that up to 40 satellites will fall back into the atmosphere.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or in an audio message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a wonderful day.

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