Thursday 11th February 2021
In the United States, it was day two of Donald Trump's Senate trial yesterday. Lead manager Jamie Raskin said Trump was no "innocent bystander" on the day of the Capitol attack. He said Trump was responsible for encouraging violence.
"The evidence will be for you to see and hear and digest. The evidence will show you that ex-president trump was no innocent bystander. The evidence will show that he clearly incited the January 6th insurrection. It will show that Donald Trump surrendered his role as commander-in-chief and became the inciter in chief of a dangerous insurrection. And this was as one of our colleagues put it so cogently on January 6 itself - the greatest betrayal of the presidential oath in the history of the United States."
In Honduras, there has been outrage after a 26 year old nursing student died in police custody. Police arrested Keyla Martínez on Saturday night for allegedly being drunk and not following the night-time curfew during the pandemic. She was later found dead in her cell. Police at first said it was suicide, but forensic tests suggests she was killed. Amnesty International is demanding an investigation. Police brutality has led to protests in a number of Latin American countries in recent months.
In Poland, many media organisations took part in a blackout protest yesterday. Polish TV channels and radio stations went silent, and online sites and newspapers printed black front pages. This was a part of a protest over a new tax on advertisements run by these media companies. Critics say this tax will weaken and destroy some media organisations. Polsat TV and TVN printed black pages with the message "find out what the world will look like without independent media”.
In the UK, more than 13 million people have had their first Covid vaccine. This includes 90% of those over 70. The government's target of vaccinating 15 million people by mid-February is less than a week away. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK has made great progress.
"With less than a week to go until the target date of Monday the 15th there's no doubt we have made great strides. But, that still leaves nearly 2 million people, a population roughly twice the size of Birmingham, that we still hope to reach. And there are people across the country who for one reason or another haven't yet taken up their offer. So now is the moment to do it. Wherever you are, you won't be more than about 10 miles away from a vaccination center. So go online or get someone to help you or simply pick up the phone and call 119."
South Africa is considering selling the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against coronavirus. This was announced by the health minister yesterday. South Africa has one and half million doses of the AstraZeneca jab. But early data from vaccination trials in South Africa showed that the vaccine was inefficient in protecting young people from a new variant. However, The World Health Organisation’s director of immunisation, Dr Katherine O'Brien, said the South African study has not yet proved anything. The World Health Organization recommends using the vaccine developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca even in countries where there are new variants of coronavirus.
In Ethiopia, the head of the Red Cross Society has called for more help with the victims of the war in Ethiopia's Tigray region. The government has been criticised for stopping humanitarian agencies from helping victims of the conflict. The president of the Ethiopian Red Cross Society said 80% of the Tigray region was still cut off from humanitarian assistance.
In Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa announced yesterday that Muslims who die of COVID-19 are now allowed to be buried. This decision was made after citizens were angered by Sri Lanka’s decision to cremate all those who died of coronavirus. In the beginning, Sri Lanka refused to bury the bodies as they said the virus could pollute underground water if buried. Muslims and non-Muslims have protested against this decision over the past year. They said it was unscientific and insensitive of Muslim religious beliefs.
In the South Pacific, a 7.7-magnitude earthquake that happened yesterday has caused a tsunami. The New Zealand National Emergency Management Agency has told people living near the ocean to leave their homes.
And finally, a lawyer in a virtual court case accidentally joined the call with a cat filter. The video has gone viral, after the lawyer who was struggling to turn off the filter, had to tell the judge “I am not a cat”
Judge: "Mr Ponton I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings. I can hear you I think it's a filter."
Mr Ponton: "It is and I don't know how to remove it. I've got my assistant here she's trying to, but I'm here live - that's just i'm not a cat"
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes! You can find the transcript for today's episode, or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, And tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.