Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Thursday the 14th of July 2022.
Starting in Asia today:
In Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency. He told the military to "do whatever is necessary to restore order”. This is after protesters stormed his office. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka on a military jet days after demonstrators broke into his home. He pledged to step down yesterday. Sri Lanka is facing a severe shortage of fuel and other essential supplies. This is Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis in decades.
In Israel, US President Joe Biden arrived yesterday. This is his first trip to the Middle East since becoming president. Mr Biden will also meet the Palestinian president as well as Israeli and Saudi leaders. He said US-Israel relationships are stronger than ever.
President Joe Biden: "And now as President, I am proud to say that our relationship with the state of Israel is deeper and stronger in my view than it has ever been. With this visit, we are strengthening our connections even further."
In the United States, yesterday, footage from the mass shooting at a Texas school was leaked. The 82 minutes of CCTV footage, published by a local newspaper, shows the gunman's arrival and police waiting 77 minutes to confront him. The video was posted days before officials were meant to show the families of the victims. Felicia Martinez, a mother of one of the victims, said this:
Felicia Martinez: "We're very angry. And we want justice for our kids. And for this to be let out without us even being seen first? We're the parents that lost our children. We're supposed to do this together first, not for the world. So to the person that leaked it, screw you."
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government will spend $1.5bn on modernising Mexico’s border with the US. He made the announcement after he met US President Joe Biden at the White House. The two men also said they would step up the fight against drug trafficking.
In the UK, yesterday, two pro-independence Scottish MPs were thrown out of the House of Commons. They were protesting Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s refusal to give consent for a second Scottish Independence Referendum. The two MPs were told to "shut up and get out". When the two MPs refused to listen, they were removed from the building.
House of Commons speaker Lindsay Hoyle: "I will not tolerate such behavior. If you want to go out, go out now. But if you stand again I will order you out. Make up your mind. Either shut up or get out."
In France, yesterday, thousands of people were evacuated. This is as forest fires spread. The fires have burned more than 3,000 acres of area. The fires began as France faces a drought and high temperatures.
In Tanzania, authorities are investigating a mysterious illness in the south of Tanzania. The illness has killed three people. In total 13 cases have been reported. Patients are having symptoms similar to Ebola. This includes fevers, severe headaches, fatigue and bleeding, especially from the nose. But the health ministry has said results have not detected the Ebola virus.
In South Africa, police have arrested three people. This is in connection with the deaths of 21 teenagers at a bar last month. The teenagers died mysteriously while attending a party. The arrest of the three suspects, including the owner of the bar, is in connection with selling alcohol to under-age children.
And finally, in Dorset, England, after 400 years, a beaver has been born in the wild. This was thanks to a project by Dorset Wildlife Trust to help bring beavers back to Dorset.
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