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Thursday 26th May 2022

Americas


In the United States, a shooter has killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas, according to authorities. This is the deadliest school shooting in the United States in ten years. The shooter was Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old boy. According to reports, United States president Joe Biden is planning to visit the school’s town this week.


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told the Senate that they must act to end mass shootings.


“I thought Sandy Hook ten years ago would be the breaking point. I thought that that would be the tragedy that forced Republicans to examine their conscience and think ‘Oh God, we can’t allow schoolchildren to be slaughtered’. Well, I was wrong. The slaughter of 20 elementary school children at Sandy Hook didn’t move them. We heard about their thoughts and their prayers, but no action.

“Then came Aurora, and the Navy Yard. Then after Charleston, I thought ‘maybe this, maybe this is the moment. Nine Americans shot in a church during bible study: this has to move the Republicans here in the Senate’. No, it didn’t.

“When will it end? We must act to have it end.”


In Colombia, Rodolfo Hernandez is rising in the polls for the presidential election this Sunday. Hernandez is the centre-right candidate.


Europe


In Ukraine, Russian forces continued to attack eastern areas of the Donbas region yesterday.


Russia has simplified the process for Ukrainians in two Russian-occupied regions to become Russian citizens. The two regions are occupied by Russian forces and they link Russia to the Crimean peninsula. Russia’s parliament has also approved a law to remove the upper age limit for army recruits.


Italy and Hungary have urged the European Union to call for a ceasefire in Ukraine and peace talks with Russia. This is in opposition to some other member states, who want to be harder on Russia.


Germany says its policy on China is “under development”. According to a government spokesperson, Germany is concerned about the human rights situation in the Xinjiang region of China. Some Western countries and rights groups have accused Xinjiang authorities of detaining and torturing minority groups. China denies these accusations.


Asia


In Afghanistan, an explosion at a mosque in the capital, Kabul, killed at least five people yesterday, according to authorities. Yesterday, explosions also hit passenger vehicles in the north of Afghanistan. It is not yet clear who is responsible for the explosions.


In Pakistan, police have used teargas on supporters of the former prime minister Imran Khan. Protesters were trying to reach the capital, Islamabad, to demand new elections, according to officials.


The Philippines’ Congress has declared Ferdinand Marcos Jr the country’s new president. Congress confirmed that Marcos won nearly 59% of the votes in the election this month.


Africa


Ethiopia’s former health minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been re-elected as director general of the World Health Organisation. He will hold the position for another five years. He says the focus will be on emergency preparedness and improving the agency.


In Madagascar, the Rio Tinto mineral sands mine restarted operations this week. Protesters had blocked roads at the site for five days. They were protesting against the release of water from the mine site into the environment.


And in Spain, divers have rescued a humpback whale from a net near the island of Mallorca. This is only the third time that a humpback whale has been seen near the Balearic Islands. The rescue took 45 minutes, using knives to remove the net. It was also one of the divers’ birthday.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or in an audio message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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