Thursday 3rd June 2021
In the UK, yesterday, documents were released stating that the Palace banned “coloured immigrants or foreigners” from getting office jobs for the royal family. This was up until at least the late 1960s, according to documents found in the UK’s National Archives. However, Immigrants were allowed to work as domestic servants. The documents also revealed Queen Elizabeth II did not have to follow race and gender equality laws for more than 40 years since they were created in the UK in the 1970s.
In Belarus, yesterday, NATO’s chief called for sanctions to be placed after the controversial flight diversion. On May 23, Belarus sent a military jet to force a flight to land, later arresting wanted activist Roman Protasevich and his partner who were on board. Belarus says it was due to a bomb threat, but many say that the diversion was a move to jail Protasevich. Yesterday, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO will be setting restrictions on Belarus.
JS: "We have decided to restrict the access to Belarus personnel to the NATO headquarters based on our assessment of security measures at the headquarters."
In Israel, officials from the United Nations and Red Cross have visited the Gaza Strip to take a look at the destruction from Israel’s 11-day bombings. Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned of shocking health needs across the occupied Palestinian territory. They said the conflict has caused even more humanitarian crisis. Homes, schools, hospitals and other important buildings were destroyed. Israeli attacks that began on May 10 killed at least 254 Palestinians, including 66 children, according to health authorities in Gaza. At least 12 people, including two children, were killed in Israel by rocket attacks carried out by armed groups based in Gaza.
In Sri Lanka, yesterday a ship carrying tonnes of chemicals began to sink. The Navy said this is one of Sri Lanka’s worst-ever marine disasters. Experts have tried to move the ship that has caught on fire. Water entered the ship yesterday after firefighters put out a fire that has been burning for 12 days.
In the United States, yesterday Donald Trump's communications platform was permanently shut down. The platform, called From the Desk of Donald J Trump, launched last month. It was a way for the former president to publish his own content including press releases and videos. This was because Mr Trump was banned from Facebook and Twitter after the Capitol Riots. From the Desk of Donald J Trump had a section on the former president's official website, but it has now been removed.
Yesterday, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said the Coronavirus infections are rising again in much of the Americas region. This is after weeks of a drop in infections. While the United States, Canada and Mexico are reporting an overall decline in cases and deaths, PAHO Director Carissa Etienne said, the rest of the Americas is seeing a rise in new cases, deaths and hospitalisation.
CE: "In the month of November alone, we had over six million new cases reported in the Americas. That is nearly a 30% increase from the numbers at the end of October"
In Colombia, yesterday, thousands of Colombians protested on the streets again. Colombia has seen protests for 2 months. There has currently been no progress in talks between the government and leaders of anti-government protest. Mass protests began at the end of April against a now-cancelled tax reform. However the protests have continued as people are now demanding a basic income, opportunities for young people, and an end to police violence.
In Nigeria, yesterday twitter removed a post by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari. In the tweet, the president threatened to punish those blamed for attacks on government buildings. Twitter said the tweet did not follow the social media company’s abusive behaviour policy. The president’s twitter account also received a 12-hour suspension.
In Mali, Mali’s membership in the African Union has been suspended with immediate effect. Mali has also been threatened with sanctions following a second military coup in nine months. Attacks are increasing in the north and centre of Mali. Almost half a million Malians have been forced to leave their homes and 6000 people have died.
And finally, in the UK, The dress that Diana, Princess of Wales, wore on her wedding day 40 years ago is going on display at her former Kensington Palace home. The dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have loaned the dress to the exhibition, which begins a month before Diana would have turned 60.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Go to send7.org for transcripts or to send us a message. Find us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.