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Thursday 13th May 2021

Asia

In Turkey, yesterday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that international protection should be given to Palestinians. Erdogan also said that countries should teach Israel a strong lesson over its treatment towards the Palestinians. This was said during a phone call with Putin yesterday, as violence in occupied East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip rises. Turkey broke off ties with Israel in 2010.

In India, yesterday the health agency dealing with the coronavirus said areas reporting a high number of infections should remain in lockdown. They said the lockdown should last another six to eight weeks. This would be to control the spread of the coronavirus. Dr Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research, said that lockdown restrictions should continue in all areas where the rate of infection is above 10 percent of those tested. Currently, 75% of India’s 718 districts have a test-positivity rate above 10 percent.

Africa

In Uganda, Yoweri Museveni was sworn in for his sixth term as president yesterday. More than 4,000 people, including leaders from across Africa, attended the ceremony in Uganda's capital, Kampala. Mr Museveni won the election in January. His main opponent, Bobi Wine, continues to claim that the election was rigged. With another five-year term, Museveni will be one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.


Three more African countries have now detected the Indian variant of coronavirus. These countries are Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria. This was announced by the World Health Organization. 7 African nations have confirmed the variant, which initial studies show spreads more easily than other variants.

Europe

In the UK, Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will serve the remainder of his life sentence in a UK prison. Karadzic has been sentenced to life for war crimes and genocide. He was convicted by a United Nations court for the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops.


In Austria, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz yesterday said he is being investigated. This is over allegations that he made false statements to the parliament. Mr Kurz denies these allegations. Yesterday, he said he had "always tried" to tell the commission the truth and he would not resign as chancellor, and he would be happy to be questioned by a judge.

In the UK, an investigation into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will be held in spring 2022. Yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government was committed to the investigation.

BJ: "Amid such tragedy, the state has an obligation to examine its actions as rigorously and as candidly as possible and to learn every lesson for the future. Which is why I've always said that when the time is right there should be a full and independent inquiry."

Americas

In Brazil, Illegal miners inside a protected area in the Brazilian Amazon began shooting at an indigenous community. The tribe fought back with bows and arrows. One indigenous person and four miners were injured. An estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners are in the Yanomami area, which is Brazil's largest protected indigenous reserve. Critics say violence in the Amazon has increased under President Jair Bolsonaro.


In the United States, Republicans have voted to remove a top lawmaker, Liz Cheney, from her leadership role. This was over Ms Cheney's criticism of former President Donald Trump. Ms Cheney said her party could not support Mr Trump's false claims that he won the 2020 elections.


LC: "I think that the party is in a place that we've got to bring it back from. We cannot be dragged backward by the very dangerous lies of a former president. Remaining silent and ignoring the lie emboldens the liar. I will not participate in that."


And finally, studies have found that large areas of forests have regrown naturally across the world in the last 20 years. When added together, the forests make up the size of France. These forests could soak up 5.9 gigatonnes (Gt) of carbon dioxide. This is more than the annual emissions of the United States.


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please help to support the podcast by leaving a review in your podcast app. Send us an email at podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at send7.org where you can also find transcripts. I’m Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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