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Thursday 14th October 2021

Americas

In the United States President Joe Biden’s press secretary has said that companies should ignore the Texas executive order against vaccine mandates. This week Texas Governor Greg Abbott gave a order that companies could not mandate that their workers must be vaccinated against COVID19. Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki said that National law overrides State law, and that Abbott was playing politics.

JP: “Well we know that federal law overrides state law, but fundamentally, the question for any business leader is ‘what do you want to do to save more lives in your companies?’”

Reporter: “Clearly Governor Abbot knows that federal rules supersede state rules, so why do you think that he did this?”

JP: “Politics.”

In Canada, people in the city of Iqaluit have been told not to drink tap water because of a risk of contamination with gasoline. Tests found traces of gasoline in tap water. Iqaluit is the smallest State Capital in Canada, with only 8,000 people, most of whom are from the Inuit indigenous group.

In Chile opposition politicians have started the impeachment process against President Sebastian Piñera. Piñera has been accused of corruption over the sale of part of a mining project in 2010, after leaks in the Pandora Papers. Chile will have a general election next month. Piñera will not be a candidate because in Chile presidents are limited to two terms.

Africa

Kenyan athlete Agnes Tirop has been found dead in her home in Western Kenya. Tirop who was 25, twice won medals at the world championship and this year came 4th in the 5000 metres at the Tokyo Olympics. Police have said that Tirop was stabbed to death, and they are searching for her husband who is their main suspect.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo the Canadian company Barrick Gold has said that it has found more land where it will look for gold. A law passed in 2018 says that any company mining gold in the DRC must give 60% of its revenue to the state. Speaking to Reuters News agency, CEO of Barrick Gold Mark Bristow said that they planned to stay in the DRC until 2040...

“So we are starting to see geological extensions that will take us that 15 years - that takes us to 2040.”

Asia

Iran is running out of time to re-join the nuclear deal, according to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. Former President Donald Trump removed the United States from the nuclear deal which limited Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the removal of US sanctions. President Joe Biden has said that he would like to restart the deal, however yesterday Anthony Blinken said that Iran was making it less likely, by increasing it’s nuclear development...

“Time is running short, because , as we’ve also had an opportunity to discuss together, we are getting closer to a point at which returning to complying with the JCPOA will not in and of itself recapture the benefits of the JCPOA and that’s because Iran has been using this time to advance it’s nuclear programme.”

In the United Arab Emirates a 24 year old man from the United Kingdom has been sentenced to 25 years in jail for having vape liquid that contains CBD. Vape liquid is used in electronic cigarettes and CBD is a part of the the cannabis plant, however it does not have the psychoactive effects of cannabis, and is legal in the UK, where it can be bought in shops.

Europe

In Norway at least four people have been killed in an attack using a bow and arrow. At the time of recording this podcast there were few details about this attack, however the police said that they had arrested a man in the town of Kongsberg.

In Kosovo there has been fighting between police and ethnic Serbs. Serbs make up around 3% of the population of Kosovo, which separated from Serbia in 2008. Police accused people of smuggling - the illegal transportation of goods.

And in The United States, William Shatner who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek has flown into space. Shatner is 90 years old and has become the oldest person to ever go into space. 4 people, all tourists, were on board the flight operated by Blue Origin, the space company owned by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos. Speaking to Bezos after the flight, Shatner told him that what he had given him was the most profound experience...

“What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. Extraordinary.”

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please leave us a review in your podcast app, or mention us in a story on instagram. We will say thank you on the podcast! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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