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Thursday 29th April 2021

Africa

In Somalia, yesterday President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said he will not extend his presidential term. Before his presidential speech yesterday, he called for a new presidential election. Mohamed’s presidential term ended in February, but Somalia failed to hold elections as planned. Due to this, the lower house of parliament voted to extend his four-year term by another two years. However, the Senate rejected the extension, leading to a political crisis in Somalia.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, The United Nations said it will give millions of doses of vaccines that were meant for the Democratic Republic of Congo, to other countries. About 1.3 million doses out of the 1.7 million doses will now go to countries include Senegal, Ghana and Angola. The United Nations will be giving these countries the vaccines so that the vaccines can be used, before they expire on the 24th of June. The Democratic Republic of Congo had delayed its rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccines, which it received in March. The government did this because they were concerns that the vaccines could lead to rare blood clots.

Europe

In Northern Ireland, yesterday, Arlene Foster said she will resign as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and as Northern Ireland's first minister. Her resignation was announced a day after politicians in her party said they were unhappy with her leadership. Mrs Foster said it had been the privilege of her life to serve the people of Northern Ireland.


AF: "It has been the privilege of my life to serve the people of Northern Ireland as their first minister and of course to represent my home constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone. I first entered the assembly in 2003 and undoubtedly the journey of this last 18 years has been memorable. There are many people who have helped and supported me throughout that period, and I will always be grateful for the kindness and support shown to me by them."


In the UK, an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid vaccine have been ordered by the government. It brings the total number of Pfizer doses ordered by the UK to 100 million. The government plans to offer the most vulnerable groups another jab before next winter.


In Latvia, eight people were killed and several others were seriously hurt in a fire yesterday. The fire took place at an illegal hostel in the Latvian capital Riga. At least 24 people were removed from the building. Most of the victims are believed to be foreign tourists.

Asia

Russia will be sending India emergency aid. Russian President Vladimir Putin told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this yesterday. Russia will deliver equipment for the production of oxygen, breathing devices, medical equipment and 200 thousand packages of medicines. India has recorded more than 300,000 new infections every day for a week.


In Sri Lanka, the cabinet has approved a proposed ban on wearing full-face veils including Muslim burqas in public. Public Security Minister Sarath Weerasekera called burqas, a garment that covers the body and face worn by some Muslim women, a “sign of religious extremism”. He said a ban would improve national security in Sri Lanka. However, members of the United Nations say this ban would break international law.



Americas

In the United States, popular podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan recently said he believes healthy young people don’t “need to worry” about getting vaccinated. However, yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor and the nation’s leading expert on infectious disease, said that Joe Rogan is wrong.


Dr Fauci: "Well that's incorrect. You can get infected and will get infected if you put yourself at risk. Even if you don't have symptoms, you are propagating the outbreak. It is likely that you, even if you have no symptoms, that you may inadvertently and innocently then infect someone else who might infect someone who really could have a problem with a severe outcome."


In Mexico, the government plans to start vaccinating people between the ages of 50 and 59. Previously, only health care workers, teachers and those over 60 were allowed to receive the vaccine. Mexico reports that only 6.5% of its population has been vaccinated.


And finally, in Germany, an alternative to plastic that can be composted and even eaten has won an award. This new plastic can cut carbon emissions by 87 per cent compared to normal plastic production.

And that’s your World News in 7 minutes. Comment on any news story by sending an email to podcast@send7.org or by sending an audio message at send7.org where you can also find transcripts and more. Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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