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Thursday 27th January 2022

Updated: Jan 27

Asia


Hong Kong plans to strengthen its laws against espionage. The security chief Chris Tang said “we will reflect the importance of spies in the legislation”. This is part of the extra security legislation that is being drafted.


In Australia, thousands of people have protested about the treatment of Indigenous people. Yesterday was Australia Day, which marks the day the British arrived at Sydney Harbour in 1788. Many Indigenous Australians consider it “Invasion day”. Protesters dressed in black and carried the Aboriginal flag.


Tonga is receiving more aid from international societies. The airport has been cleared of ash, meaning planes can land, according to the Red Cross. The United States is providing an extra USD 2.5 million in humanitarian aid and the Australian government announced another AUD 2 million.


Europe


Italy’s lawmakers have failed to elect a new president for a third day in a row. President Sergio Mattarella is stepping down, and neither the centre-right or centre-left have enough votes to get their candidate elected. The fourth round of voting begins today.


Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologised for the state not being prepared to deal with a severe snowstorm in the capital, Athens. Athens has experienced extreme snow this week and thousands of people were evacuated from their cars on the city’s ring road. Many cars are still stuck on the road.


Africa


The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will hold a summit on Friday to discuss military takeovers in Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.


In Mozambique and Malawi, at least 12 people have been killed by tropical storm Ana. More than 20,000 people have been affected, more than 3,000 homes have been damaged and more than 600 homes destroyed. Experts say that storms are becoming stronger due to climate change.


Americas


In Mexico, journalists are protesting across the country about the murders of three reporters this month. Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists.

In the United States, 38 people are still missing after a boat capsized off the coast of Florida. One person has been found dead. Coast Guard Commander Jo-Ann Burdian says the Coast Guard suspects this is a case of human smuggling.


Also in the United States, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki says that President Joe Biden does not plan to send unilateral troops to Ukraine. The United States will work with NATO.


“8,500 service members, troops who are at the ready and the decision about whether they would be deployed would be made in coordination with our NATO partners and allies”.


And a Brazilian umbrella-sharing app plans to expand into Europe. Rentbrella launched in 2018 and allows customers to borrow an umbrella and use it for free for 24 hours. Co-founder Freddy Marcos says Rentbrella plans to expand into at least 10 European countries in the next two years.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. We’d like to say good morning to Leo in Japan and your dad Carl! 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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