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Thursday 13th January 2022

Africa


In Somalia, a car bomb has killed at least eight people. The bomb exploded in the capital of Somalia, Mogadishu. It is not yet known who is responsible for the bomb.


In Tunisia, the opposition party plans to protest, despite gatherings being banned due to Covid-19. The government has re-imposed a night curfew and banned gatherings for two weeks. Opposition parties say the government is using the rules to stop protests against president Kais Saied. They have planned a protest for this Friday.


Morocco is considering increasing wages to attract foreign doctors to help fight the Covid pandemic. Hospitals in Morocco currently have a shortage of 32,000 doctors and 65,000 nurses.


In Zimbabwe, a New York Times freelance reporter is on trial. Reporter Jeffrey Moyo spent three weeks in jail last year for obtaining fake documents for two New York Times journalists. The New York Times denied the claims.


Europe


Ireland will instate a law that will allow adopted people to access their birth records. International laws say that all children should be able to access their identity, but thousands of adopted people in Ireland don’t have access to their birth records. The children’s minister says that a “historic wrong has been done to adopted people” in Ireland.


Slovakia’s government has approved a defence agreement with the United States. The agreement will allow the United States to use airport facilities in Slovakia. The other terms are still being discussed.


Asia


In North Korea, six nationals are facing sanctions from the United States for getting goods from Russia and China for North Korea’s weapons programs.


Thailand’s cabinet has approved a budget of over USD 400 million to buy four fighter jets.

China has continued building along the border with Bhutan, according to Reuters. Satellite images show more than 200 buildings under construction, which appear to be in areas which are disputed by China and Bhutan.


Americas


In Brazil, former president Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva is leading the polls for this year’s presidential election. If the election was yesterday, 45% of voter would vote for Lula and 23% for president Jair Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro has accused members of the Supreme Court of favouring da Silva. The election will be in October.


Argentina is experiencing its hottest temperatures ever. Temperatures are above 40 degrees C, 104 degrees F. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their electricity around the capital.

In Honduras, a passenger broke into the cockpit of an American Airlines plane. The man was arrested.


United States president Joe Biden says he supports changing the rules around legislation in order to pass voting rights bills.


“I believe the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills, debate them, vote, let the majority prevail and if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules, including getting rid of the filibuster for this. Today I’m making it clear: protect our democracy. I support changing the Senate rules. Whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights."


Also in the United States, a man has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a pig in an operation lasting seven hours. David Bennett has terminal heart disease, and was not eligible for a human transplant. The pig had been genetically modified to avoid Bennett’s body rejecting the heart. Three days after the operation, Bennett is doing well.

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 lovely day.

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