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Thursday 25th November 2021

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Between France and The United Kingdom at least 31 migrants have died after their boat sank. Yesterday afternoon a fishing boat near the French town of Calais found people in the water. At least 33 people were rescued. This year more than 25,000 people have crossed in small boats from France to the UK, with over 20 boats a day arriving in the last few weeks. The English Channel is 30 kilometres wide, and is said to be very dangerous, with strong winds and water currents, as well as a lot of shipping traffic. Yesterday’s accident was the worst accident since people started trying to cross the English channel in small boats. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called an emergency meeting with his government, and blamed gangs for organizing illegal migration...

“I just want to say that I’m shocked and appalled and deeply saddened by the loss of life at sea in the channel. My thoughts and sympathies are first of all with the victims and their families. It is an appalling thing that they have suffered. But I also want to say that this disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the channel in this way. and it also shows how vital it is that we now step up our efforts to break the business model of the gangsters who are sending people to sea in this way. Of course we have to work with our French friends - with our European partners. And I say to our partners across the Channel now is the time for us all to step up - to work together - to do everything we can to break these gangs who are literally getting away with murder.”

In Germany a new coalition government has been agreed. Talks have lasted for two months since the election in which the Social Democratic party of Olaf Scholz won the most seats. The coalition includes the Centre-left Social Democrats, the Green party and the Liberal FDP. The new government plans to phase out coal , to raise the minimum wage, and to legalise cannabis. Olaf Scholz is expected to become Chancellor at the beginning of December, ending the 16 years that Angela Merkel has been Chancellor.

Sweden had its first female Prime Minister yesterday however, she also resigned yesterday. Magdalena Andersson became Prime Minister yesterday morning, after the resignation of Stefan Lofven. However, later the same day she resigned when her budget was rejected by parliament. Andersson said that she hopes to be Prime Minister again, as the leader of a majority government.

Africa

Nigeria is planning to give out $5.8 billion dollars in cash to poor people. The government is planning on giving 5,000 Naira, around $12, each month, to around 40 million people. The plan will replace a current fuel subsidy - in which the government is paying to lower the price of petrol.

In Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has again said that he will go to the frontlines, to lead the war against Tigrayan forces. TIgrayan forces now control large area outside of Tigray, including some main roads that lead to Ethiopia’s Capital Addis Ababa. Many Western countries have told their nationals to leave, expecting that commercial flights from Addis Ababa may end soon.

Tanzania will allow students to return to school after giving birth. A law, encouraged by former President John Magafuli, said that girls should not be allowed to continue their education if they become pregnant. The new government of Samia Suluhu Hassan has reversed the law.

Asia

India has released plans to ban most cryptocurrencies. There were reports of Indians selling large amounts of cryptocurrencies yesterday. The plan by the Indian government would ban all private cryptocurrencies and for the Bank of India to create its own official digital currency. Bitcoin reached its highest ever value of $67,000 dollars this month, and was trading at $57,000 dollars yesterday.

In the Solomon Islands there have been anti-government protests in the capital Honiara. Buildings were set on fire and police used rubber bullets on protesters.

Americas

Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso, has pardoned some prisoners, in an attempt to stop the overcrowding in prisons. Riots in Ecuador’s overcrowded prisons have lead to the deaths of 300 people this year.

In the United States three men have been found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The killing of Arbery last year sparked racial justice protests. Three white men chased Arbery, a black man, and shot him as he was jogging in a park in Georgia.

Also in the United States, a spacecraft has been launched by NASA which aims to crash into an asteroid. The asteroid is 30 million kilometres from earth and is not a threat to humanity. However, the deliberate crash is meant as a practise - to see how it is possible to affect the course of an asteroid that could hit the Earth.

That is your World News in 7 minutes. If you enjoy SEND7 then you can leave a review in your podcast app, or you can support us directly by going to send7.org/support. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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