Thursday 21st April 2022


In Ukraine’s Mariupol, around 1,000 people are still trapped at a steel plant, according to president Volodymyr Zelensky. Russia has demanded citizens to surrender.

European Council president Charles Michel visited Kyiv yesterday. He told Ukrainians that “history will not forget the war crimes that have been committed here”.

British, United States and Canadian representatives walked out of the G20 meeting yesterday during the Russian representatives’ speech.

The United States has imposed new sanctions on people and entities including a Russian commercial bank and a network led by oligarch Konstantin Malofeyev. The United States has also imposed visa restrictions on three Russian officials over “gross violations of human rights”. United States president Joe Biden said: “We will use every tool to promote accountability for human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in Ukraine.”

According to the United Nations’ Refugee Agency, more than five million refugees have left Ukraine since Russia invaded on 24th February. More than half of the refugees are children.

Greece will raise its minimum wage from 1st May, according to the government. The Greek government already raised minimum wage by around 2% in January this year. In May, the minimum wage will go up by 9.7%. This is due to inflation decreasing household incomes.

United Kingdom prime minister Boris Johnson has apologised to parliament after being fined by the police for breaking lockdown rules in 2020.

“Let me begin in all humility by saying that on the 12th April, I received a fixed penalty notice relating to an event in Downing Street on the 19th June 2020. I paid the fine immediately and I offered the British people a full apology, and I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day to repeat my wholehearted apology to the house.”


In the United States, an intruder has been shot dead at the Peruvian ambassador’s residence. The Secret Service responded to an attempted burglary.

In Panama, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has called for more regional cooperation to help communities receiving refugees and migrants. United States president Joe Biden has pledged to address the root causes driving migrants to leave their homes.


Ghana has celebrated its annual paragliding festival and Easter carnival. The event has been cancelled for the last two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In Nigeria, three people have been killed and 19 people have been injured in an explosion at a market in the east of the country, according to local police. The explosion is being investigated.

In Kenya, Google will built its first product development centre in Africa. Google is investing USD 1 billion in Africa over the next five years.


China’s defence minister Wei Fenghe has told United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin that Taiwan is a part of China.

Pakistan’s new prime minister Shehbaz Sharif has appointed a new multi-party coalition cabinet. The cabinet is currently working on relations with China.

And in Australia, scientists are testing printed solar panels which could power a Tesla electric car for a 9,400 mile journey. The Charge Around Australia printed solar panels are each 18 meters long, and would be rolled out beside the car to charge it. The journey will begin in September.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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