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Thursday 28th April 2022

Europe


The European Commission estimates that between 60 and 80% of the European Union population has been infected with Covid-19. The European Union has entered a “post-emergency phase”, which means it is moving away from mass testing and mass reporting.


Italy’s Constitutional Court has said that children should be given the surnames of both parents, instead of being automatically named after their father. Children would be given both surnames unless the parents agree on one.


Belarus plans to make attempted terrorism punishable by the death penalty. The lower house of parliament approved the change after activists tried to disable parts of the railway network supplying Russian forces to Ukraine.


Russian supplier Gazprom has stopped supplying Poland and Bulgaria with gas after they refused to pay in roubles.


Russia has placed sanctions on 287 members of the United Kingdom parliament. Prime minister Boris Johnson has called the sanctions a “badge of honour”.


“Mr Speaker, it’s no disrespect to those who haven’t been sanctioned when I say that all those 287 should regard it as a badge of honour. And what we will do, Mr Speaker, is keep up our robust and principled support for the Ukrainian people and their right to protect their lives, their families and to defend themselves. That’s what this country is doing and that has the overwhelming support of I think the whole house.”


Africa


Tunisia has detained seven crew members of a ship that sank off the southern coast earlier this month. The ship was travelling from Equatorial Guinea to Malta. The court said an investigation was underway to determine whether the ship sank under normal circumstances.


The Democratic Republic of Congo has begun Ebola vaccinations, according to the World Health Organisation.


In Sudan, up to 550 Ethiopian solders are seeking asylum. They were part of a United Nations peacekeeping force and they fear they will be persecuted in Ethiopia because they are Tigrayan, according to Reuters.


Asia


In India, at least 11 people have died during a religious procession. A vehicle caught on overhead electrical lines and caught fire, according to authorities. More than 12 people were injured.


In Myanmar, former leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to five years in jail. The court found her guilty of corruption charges yesterday. She is facing at least 18 charges. According to Reuters, Suu Kyi intends to appeal the outcome. The European Union has said the trial is politically motivated.


In Singapore, a Malaysian man has been executed on drug trafficking charges. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam had been on death row for more than ten years. His lawyers submitted appeals based on the grounds that he had an intellectual disability.


Americas


Nicaragua’s state will take over the headquarters of the Organisation of American States in the capital, Managua. The OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has called this a “flagrant violation of international law”.


Canada has announced sanctions on 203 individuals it says are involved in Russia’s attacks in Donbas in Ukraine. Canada has now imposed sanctions on nearly 1,000 individuals and entities since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


And in France a violin created in 1736 has been put up for auction. It is called a Leonardo da Vinci of violins and could sell for EUR 10 million. It will be auctioned next month.


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

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