Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Thursday the 23rd of June 2022.
Starting in the Asia today:
In Afghanistan, an earthquake killed one thousand people yesterday. Hundreds more have been injured. Authorities say hundreds of houses were destroyed and that the death toll is likely to rise. It is the deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in two decades. Rescue teams are still searching for others buried under the ground.
In China, hundreds of thousands of people in southern and eastern provinces have been evacuated. This is after heavy rains caused floods and landslides. Weather officials say the area is seeing its highest rainfall since 1961.
In Australia, Victoria has become the first state to ban the display of the Nazi swastika. Under a new law, people who display the symbol can face up to a year in jail or a $15,000 fine. Victorian MP Andy Meddick said this bill is important to stop the spread of hate.
MP Andy Meddick: "Free speech does come with responsibilities. It's not a license to be able to go out into the community and say hurtful, hateful, disgusting, vile things, and think you can get away with it. And that's why this bill is so important."
In Malawi, Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been stripped of all his delegated powers. This is after he was named in a $150m corruption scandal involving government contracts. President Lazarus Chakwera said he can’t remove the Vice President, as he was elected, and that for now the best he can do is strip him from his duties.
President Lazarus Chakwera:“As for the vice president - The best I can do for now, which is what I have decided to do, is to withhold from his office any delegated duties while waiting for the bureau to substantiate its allegations against him and to make known its course of action in relation to such."
In Rwanda yesterday, The Prince of Wales has met survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. This is ahead of a summit of Commonwealth leaders. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a memorial and church outside the capital Kigali. This is where the remains of victims are buried. In 1994, ethnic Hutu extremists killed hundreds of thousands of members of the Tutsi community. This trip marks the first royal visit to Rwanda.
In The United Kingdom yesterday, the government said it will introduce legislation that allows the UK to ignore certain rulings by the European Court of Human Rights. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said the Parliament must have "the last word" on human rights.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab: "Our bill of rights will strengthen our proud tradition of freedom, it will demarcate a clearer separation of powers, it will ensure greater respect for our democratic institutions and it will better protect the public, and restore a healthy dose of common sense to the justice system."
In the Netherlands yesterday, thousands of farmers drove their tractors across major highways, to cause traffic. This was to protest against the Dutch government’s plans to limit emissions of nitrogen oxide and ammonia. Farmers are angry because they say these limits could affect their livelihoods.
In the United States, Robb Elementary School in Texas- where a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers - will be demolished. Public anger has risen since the shooting in May. Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin announced this yesterday.
Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin: “My understanding - and I had this discussion with the superintendent - is that school will be demolished. You can never ask a child to go back or teacher to go back in that school ever.”
In Ecuador, an Indigenous protester has died during days of anti-government protests. The protests are over fuel prices, unemployment and Ecuador's conservative government. On Tuesday, around 10,000 Indigenous people protested on the streets, continuing demonstrations that began on June 13. Ecuador’s military has called the protests a “threat” to democracy.
And finally, in the United States, Elon Musk's transgender daughter has applied to legally change her name and gender. She said she no longer wants to be related to Elon Musk in any way, shape or form.
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