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Thursday 6th January 2022

Asia


Kazakhstan has declared a state of emergency in its biggest city, due to protests over energy prices. The state of emergency includes a curfew, a ban on mass gatherings and restrictions on movement. The protests are the worst the country has experienced in more than ten years. At least eight police have been killed and 317 injured.


Australia and Japan plan to sign a treaty to improve defence and security cooperation. Leaders will meet today to discuss partnerships on clean energy, technologies and materials and sign the Reciprocal Access Agreement.


Europe


Bosnia and Herzegovina leader Milorad Dodik has received new sanctions from the United States. The United States Treasury Department has accused Dodik of corruption and of threatening the stability of the region. Dodik has suggested withdrawing the Serb Republic from Bosnian institutions including the army.


The Italian police has caught a mafia fugitive after nearly 20 years, thanks to Google Maps. Gioacchino Gammino was found in Spain after investigators identified him on Google Maps street view. Gammino is a convicted murderer and escaped from jail in Rome in 2002.


French President Emmanuel Macron has been criticized for using provocative language towards unvaccinated people. In an interview with Le Parisien newspaper, Macron used vulgar language and called unvaccinated irresponsible and unworthy of being citizens. Opposition parties have called Macron’s language unfit for a president.


The Lithuanian government has decided not to extend the state of emergency at the border with Belarus. The state of emergency has been in place since 9th November, when hundreds of migrants arrived at the border between Belarus and Poland.


Africa


Cameroon is preparing to hold the Africa Cup of Nations, and attendance will be capped. For games involving Cameroon, 80% of the usual number of spectators will be allowed. 60% will be allowed for all other matches. Spectators must be fully vaccinated and present a negative test result.


Kenya’s government has announced a curfew in the coastal region of Lamu after seven people were killed in the last two days. Interior Security Minister Fred Matiangi said the curfew aims to help security forces find the people responsible for the killings.


Americas


Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro has left hospital after two days. His doctor said he has recovered and is ready for work.


The United States Senate will vote on whether to change the rules to make it easier to pass bills to protect voting rights. Many states passed new restrictions on voting last year. Democrat Chuck Schumer has suggested a change to the United States’ filibuster rule, which can lead to delays in votes. He says that this is necessary to prevent a repeat of last year’s riots.


“If Republicans continue to hijack the rules of the chamber, to prevent action on something as critical as protecting our democracy, then the Senate will debate and consider changes to the rules on or before January 17th, Martin Luther King Jnr day.


“Over the course of history, Mr President, the senate has debated voting rights many times and done what was necessary to take action. But rarely did our predecessors face this sort of malice that no confronts our democracy from within.”


Also in the United States, two twins have been born in different years. In California, Aylin Yolanda Trujillo was born at midnight on 1st January 2022, but her brother Alfredo Antonio Trujilo was born at 11.45pm on 31st December 2021.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can get in touch with us in writing or by audio message at send7.org. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.

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