Thursday 21st July 2022

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Thursday the 21st of July 2022.

Starting in Asia today:


In Sri Lanka, MPs have elected prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as Sri Lanka’s new president. This is despite his unpopularity with the public. Sri Lanka's ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa left Sri Lanka last week. Mr Wickremesinghe now has the task of helping Sri Lanka face its economic problems. He must also restore order after months of mass protests.

In India, yesterday the government signed a deal with Namibia to bring cheetahs into India. The first batch of cheetahs will arrive next month. India has been working to bring in cheetahs since 2020. They cheetahs be moved to a wildlife sanctuary in the central state of Madhya Pradesh for captive breeding. This will be for India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations.


In El Salvador, the government has extended a controversial state of emergency. They have extended it by another month for a fourth time. This began in March to deal with El Salvador’s gang violence. Since then, 46,000 people have been arrested on suspicion of belonging to gangs. The government says this has made El Salvador safer. However, human rights groups say the arrests are unfair. This is because police can now arrest suspects without proof. One local rights group said dozens of people have died while in detention.

In the United States, at least 17 Democratic lawmakers were arrested yesterday. They were arrested at an abortion rights protest outside the United States Supreme Court. This was over the overturning of Roe v Wade last month. The US Capitol police said that the demonstrators had blocked traffic on a nearby road, and that they were given three warnings before officers made the arrests. A total of 35 people were arrested.

Also in the United states, President Joe Biden has announced a set of actions to tackle climate change.

President Joe Biden: "As president have a responsibility to act with urgency and resolve when our nation faces clear and present danger. And that's what climate change is about - it is literally, not figuratively, a clear and present danger. That's why today I'm making the largest investment ever, 2.3 billion dollars to help communities across the country build infrastructure that's designed to withstand the full range of disasters we've been seeing up to today. Extreme heat, drought, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes."


In the UK, yesterday, conservative MPs voted for the final two candidates to replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are the final two candidates to become the next Prime Minister. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Committee of Tory backbenchers, said he will announce the results.

Sir Graham Brady: "As returning officer, I can give you the results of the ballot. Mordent - 105, Sunak - 137, Trust - 113. Therefore Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss will be the candidates going forward to a final ballot of conservative party members. The ballot will close on the 2nd of September and I will announce the results at 12:30 p.m on Monday the 5th of September."

In Italy, Prime Minister Mario Draghi will not be resigning. This is six days after the president rejected his resignation. The prime minister will now work to save his unity government from collapsing. He has led a unity government for 18 months and was planning to step down next year ahead of elections.


In Malawi, police have been dealing with protesters who are calling for the removal of President Lazarus Chakwera. The protesters want a new presidential election to be held. They say the president did not deal with Malawi’s high cost of living. A high court is reported to have issued an order banning the protests which have been organised by human rights campaigners.

In Kenya, former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said no-one will be protected in his planned anti-corruption campaign. he promises to introduce this anti-corruption campaign if he is elected president in next month’s poll.

And finally, yesterday was International Chess Day. It marks the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was established in 1966.

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