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Thursday 28th October 2021

Americas

In Brazil, the senate has recommended that President Jair Bolsonaro should be charged with crimes related to his handling of the COVID19 pandemic. A senate investigative committee, which is controlled by Brazil’s opposition, recommends that Bolsonaro be charged with 9 crimes, including crimes against humanity. However, the President is unlikely to be officially charged with anything, as Brazil’s chief prosecutor, General Augusto Aras, was chosen by Bolsonaro, and is expected to protect him. Bolsonaro has been criticised in the past, for minimising the importance of COVID19, calling it a ‘little flu’, and questioning vaccines. Last week Bolsonaro told his followers about a possible link between COVID19 vaccines and developing the disease AIDS. Over 606,000 COVID19 deaths have been reported in Brazil.

In the United States, intelligence agencies have said that Islamist groups in Afghanistan could have the ability to attack the United States in just 6 months. When the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the stated reason was to dismantle al-Qaeda after it claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001. However yesterday, Colin Kahl, of the Secretary of Defence, said that al-Qaeda and Daesh the Islamic State group, could both have the capability to attack United States; territory very soon...

“I think the intelligence community currently assesses that both ISIS-K and al-Qaeda have the intent to conduct external operations including against the United States but neither currently has the capability to do so. We could see ISIS-K generate that capability in somewhere between 6 to 12 months. I think the current assessment by the intelligence community is that al-Qaeda would take a year or two to reconstitute that capability.”

Asia

In Iraq a terrorist attack has killed 11 people. The police said that Daesh killed 11 civilians in a village in Eastern Iraq. Daesh controlled a third of Iraq in 2015, however, today they are expected to only have a few thousand fighters in rural areas.

Iran has said that a foreign country has caused a cyberattack on its petrol distribution network. The attack effected the use of smart-cards that let some people buy cheaper petrol. A group called Predatory Sparrow has claimed responsibility, however the government blamed a foreign country, without saying who.

New Zealand has introduced a mandatory COVID19 vaccine system for some workplaces. Staff who work in the hospitality industry and some other sectors must be vaccinated in order to work. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that this was for safety...

“With the new traffic light system, businesses that we previously treated as high-risk, like hospitality, hairdressers and gyms, can operate at all levels if they ask customers for a vaccine certificate. And so it follows that if customers must be vaccinated, then so too must the workers. We want workplaces open, customers safe, and workers safe too.”

Africa

Sudan has been suspended from the African Union. The African Union said yesterday that Sudan would be suspended from all its activities until the civilian-led transitional government is restored. Sudan is third country to be currently suspended from the African Union, after Mali and Guinea, who were also both suspended because of military coups.

Benin will receive 26 ancient artefacts that were taken by French soldiers 130 years ago. The “Abomey Treasures” were taken in 1892. France’s President Emmanueal Macron spoke yesterday at a ceremony at the Quai Branly museum in Paris, where the statues are currently kept. In two weeks Benin’s President Patrice Talon will travel to France to receive the artefacts. Some historians say that 90% of Africa’s cultural heritage is in Europe.

Europe

Russia is expected to increase its delivery of natural gas to many European countries. A combination of conditions have lead to an increased demand of natural gas across Europe, including less power generation than expected from renewable energy, the closure of some nuclear power plants, a cold winter that used more gas than expected, and a fast restart to businesses affected by the COVID19 pandemic. Gas and electricity prices have risen quickly throughout Europe. Spain’s government forced companies to cut prices last month, after electricity prices doubled in a year. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced an increase in its gas supply to Europe yesterday in a broadcast on state television.

Portugal is expected to hold a snap election because parliament rejected the government’s budget. The socialist government of Prime Minister Antonio Costa failed to pass its state budget for 2022, after they lost support from far-left allies.

And in space, astronomers believe that they have found a planet outside our galaxy for the first time. Scientists believe that the planet is the size of Saturn and is located in the Whirlpool Galaxy, 28 million light years away. If correct, this will be the first planet discovered outside of our galaxy - the Milky Way.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please help to support this podcast, by leaving a review in your podcast app, or talking about us on social media. Make an instagram story about us and we will say thank you on the podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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