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Thursday 21st October 2021


Americas

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes against humanity, according to a COVID19 inquiry. The inquiry, by Brazil’s congress, said that people died because of the reckless handling of the pandemic. It describes the Bolsonaro government as anti-scientific, and says that the indigenous population were deliberately neglected. According to public health data, over 600,000 Brazilians have died from COVID19.

In Guatemala protesters entered the congress building yesterday and set fire to cars in the congress car park. The protesters were former army members demanding compensation for serving in Guatemala’s civil war, between 1960 and 1996.

In Ecuador, United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, has met President Guillermo Lasso. In Quito, Blinken spoke about the need to encourage people to migrate legally and not illegally...

“We’re living in our hemisphere an almost unprecedented moment of migration, and irregular migrations of various kinds. We have a lot of work to do. In the short term we do have to get a handle, as we would say, on this challenge. And this means countries taking steps to make it clear that people cannot simply move freely from South to North, and they will not be able to get into the United States - there’s a lot of misinformation out there. And so we have to work together in a humane way, to do that - to make sure that people who are in need of protection get it. In the United States we are working very hard to expand and increase legal pathways to migration. So that people who want to come and contribute as generation after generation has done in my country, can do so and do so legally.”

Africa

South Sudan is experiencing its worst foods since 1962. The United Nations have said that many people’s plants and animals have died, and some people have been forced to survive by eating grass. 700,000 people are believed to have been affected. The UN has blamed climate change for flooding in South Sudan, and has said that this weather will continue in the future.

Kenya has stopped the nationwide curfew that has been in place for over 18 months. The curfew, that was meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, banned people from being out of their homes between sunset and sunrise, and had been in place since March last year. President Uhuru Kenyatta said that it was possible to stop the restrictions, because COVID infection were falling.

Asia

In Nepal and India it is expected that more than 150 people have died in floods over the last few days. Rain in parts of India and Nepal has been described as the heaviest in over a hundred years.

In India police are investigating drug use in the Bollywood film industry. Khadija Tahir reports...

In India, the son of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has been denied bail 18 days after being arrested for allegedly doing recreational drugs. Aryan Khan was arrested along with 17 others on a cruise ship. Khan's lawyers have argued that no drugs were found on him, but a Mumbai court rejected his application for bail - meaning that he will not be released. Indian authorities have been conducting an investigation into drug use in the Hindi film industry since last year.

In Japan a volcano has erupted on the island of Kyushu. Ash and smoke have covered villages near Mount Aso, which is normally a tourist site. People have been told to stay away because of the threat of lava.

Europe

In the United Kingdom, most people have received scam calls or texts in the last 3 months. Research has found that 82% of adults have been contacted fraudulently, and British people lost over £750 million pounds to scams in the first 6 months of this year.

UEFA the Union of European Football Associations, has said that there will be “terrible consequences” if the World Cup is held every two years. At the moment the World Cup is held every four years, and so is the European Cup. They are held two years after each other, so that they never clash. However FIFA, the Federation of International Football Associations, has started talks to hold the World Cup every two years. Aleksander Ceferin, the head of UEFA has said that there will be damaging consequences for European football.

The European Parliament has given its 2021 human rights prize has been given to Alexy Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and critic of President Vladamir Putin. Navalny became famous for organizing anti-government demonstrations and for displaying corruption in Russia. In August last year, Navalny almost died after being poisoned using a chemical weapon. He was transported to Germany, where he recovered. Navalny accused Putin of being responsible for the poisoning, but returned to Russia anyway, where he was immediately arrested, and has remained in prison ever since.

And in Scotland a company is producing a fuel to use in cars, from whisky. Whisky is an alcohol made from fermented grain, which has been made in Scotland for hundreds of years. The company Celtic Renewables have produced an alternative for petrol made from the waste products from the production of whisky.

That’s all for today. Please help to support SEND7 by leaving a review in your podcast app, or talking about us on social media! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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