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Thursday 28th January 2021

Asia

In India, police in Delhi have detained 200 protesters. This was after a protest against new agricultural laws became violent. Farmers are demanding the government change the new laws, that are meant to benefit private companies, and harm farmers. Thousands of police officers fought protesters who forced their way into Delhi. One protester has died, and more than 300 police officers were injured.


In Lebanon, there has been three straight days of angry protests and riots. Hundreds of people are on the streets protesting poor living conditions and little government help during a strict coronavirus lockdown. Security forces yesterday used water cannons to break up protestors. The protestors allegedly were attempting to break into an official building.

In Singapore, a teenager has been detained under the country’s strict Internal Security Act (ISA). The Government announced yesterday that the teenager was planning kill Muslims in two mosques on the 15th of March. This is the anniversary of the deadly 2019 Christchurch attacks. The 16-year-old student, who is a Protestant Christian, is the youngest to be detained under such laws.

Africa

In Tanzania, President John Magufuli has said that vaccinations against COVID-19 are dangerous. Instead, he urged Tanzanians to protect themselves through at-home methods, including breathing in the steam of hot water. Magufuli has in the past challenged the seriousness of COVID-19, which has killed more than 2.1 million people worldwide. He has previously questioned COVID tests, and urged people to protect themselves from the virus through praying.


In South Africa, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, chair of the government's coronavirus panel, has urged richer countries not to use up all the vaccine supplies. He said it would be wrong for places like the US or UK to start vaccinating low risk young people, when Africa haven't even started vaccinating healthcare workers and the elderly. South Africa is currently facing a highly infectious new variant of Covid-19.

Europe

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that Boris Johnson should not visit Scotland as it is not an "essential" journey. Prime Minister Johnson is expected to travel to Scotland tomorrow. But Ms Sturgeon said she was not happy about the plan, saying leaders should follow the same rules as the public.


"Boris Johnson is is not unwelcome in Scotland, even if I had the ability to to stop him, so that's not what this is about and i'd be really disappointed if that's how what i'm about to say is translated. But we are living in a global pandemic, and every day right now I stand, look down the camera, and say what i'm about to say - Boris Johnson does that, I heard him do it as recently as yesterday - don't travel unless it is really essential. Work from home if you possibly can. And that has to apply to all of us. Now, people like me and Boris Johnson have to be and work for reasons that I think most people understand. But we don't have to travel across the uk as part of that. Is that really essential right now? Because we have a duty to lead by example and if we are going to suggest that we don't take these rules as seriously as we should it is harder to convince other people."


In England, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that schools will not be able to reopen until March. The government will set out a plan for reopening schools, the economy and society on 22nd of February.


"We need to be sure that the vaccine rollout is continuing to be successful as it is. And most important we need to see the impact of our vaccines on those graphs of mortality. We need to see that they really are saving lives and preventing people from becoming seriously ill. Now, we're confident that that will happen and that the vaccines will have that effect. But to be responsible we must see the proof and we will not be able to reopen schools immediately after half term on February the 22nd."


Americas

In the United States, President Joe Biden yesterday signed a series of orders set to address climate change.


"Today is climate day at the White House, which means that today is jobs day at the White House. We are going to harness the purchasing power of the Federal Government to buy clean zero emission vehicles that are made and sourced by union workers right here in America. With everything I just mentioned, this will mean 1 million news jobs in the American automobile industry, 1 million. This is not the time for small measures, we need to be bold. So let me be clear, that includes revitalising economies of coal, oil and gas and power plant communities."


In Peru, the government has introduced strict new rules to stop the spread of the coronavirus. President Francisco Sagasti announced a total lockdown of Lima, the capital city, and nine other regions following a rise in COVID-19 cases. Sagasti said that the rise in cases had pushed hospitals to their limit.


And finally, yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. The day honours the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust, and the millions of other people killed under the Nazi’s.


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes! You can find the transcript of today's episode, or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, I'll see you tomorrow.

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