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Thursday 3rd February 2022

Africa


In Guinea-Bissau, at least six people have been killed in an attempted coup d’etat, according to state news. On Tuesday night, President Umaro Sissoco Embalo said that the situation was under control. Embalo says that the coup could be linked to people involved in drug trafficking.


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 26 people have been killed when a power cable snapped and fell down. The power cable fell on houses and a market near the capital, Kinshasa, during heavy rain yesterday. The government plans to hold a crisis meeting.


Europe


In the United Kingdom, lawmakers plan to submit a letter of no confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Opposition members have said that the accusations of parties during Covid-19 lockdown are distracting the government at a time of international crisis.


France will begin a malpractice investigation into care home group Orpea. The government will also review the rules for the whole care sector.


Germany will allow up to 10,000 spectators at outdoor events and up to 4,000 indoors. Spectators must wear masks and show proof of Covid-19 vaccination or recovery.

In Ukraine, former world heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has signed up for the reserve army.


“We hope our diplomats – Ukrainian diplomats – give all knowledge to stop this situation in a diplomatic way. If not, we have to be prepared to take weapons in our hands and defend the country.”


Asia


Afghanistan’s public universities have reopened for the first time since the Taliban took power last year. Reuters reports that female students have also returned to class, although the Taliban has not officially announced its plan for female students.


Tonga has gone into Covid-19 lockdown. Tonga previously only had one Covid-19 case, but authorities fear that international aid deliveries after the tsunami last month have increased the risk of an outbreak. Deliveries will continue, but all pallets will be isolated for 72 hours before being distributed.


Americas


Guatemala’s congress has increased the prison sentence for human traffickers. The government is aiming to crack down on smugglers and increased the sentence for human trafficking to 10-30 years in prison. Traffickers will also be fined up to 200,000 quetzales for each person smuggled. The reform was approved in 15 days, which is quicker than usual.


Peru’s new Prime Minister Hector Valer has said that he supports changing the constitution, but that it will take around four years. Valer was elected in July. President Pedro Castillo has said that he wants to prioritise public investments in health and education.


The Brazilian police has arrested three men after a Congolese refugee was beaten to death last week. The Congolese community has called for a protest on Saturday.


And in Cuba, 22-year-old Christian Emmanuel Castellanos claims he broke the Guinness World Record for pulling a car using his shoulder blades. Castellanos says he dragged a 1,100 kg car 25 meters down a road.


That’s you world news in 7 minutes. 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 lovely day.

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