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Thursday 7th April 2022

Europe


Ukraine’s deputy prime minister Iryna Vereshchuk says that Ukraine will try to evacuate civilians from Mariupol through 11 humanitarian corridors. Buses have failed to enter the city, so civilians will have to escape on foot or in their cars.


Russia has said that it will take more measures against British media. Last week, Britain announced sanctions on Russian state-controlled media organisations. Russia has already banned the website of Britain’s BBC.


Russia has received more sanctions from the United States. The United States imposed sanctions on Russian banks and Russian president Vladimir Putin’s two daughters. United States secretary of state Anthony Blinken has said that the United Sates will provide USD 100 million more in security assistance to Ukraine.


Blinken spoke at NATO headquarters in Belgium yesterday about the importance of the NATO alliance.


“A hallmark of everything we’ve been doing in the months leading up to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and in the time since has been our extraordinary collaboration, coordination and consultation on every element of the response, and that’s exactly what we’re continuing here today and tomorrow.”


Ukrainian officials say at least four people have been killed by Russian bombing at a humanitarian aid distribution point in eastern Ukraine.


A British man working in the British embassy in Berlin has been accused of collecting information with the intention of passing it to a foreign state. British anti-terrorism authorities say he intended to send information to Russian authorities.


In France, the polls suggest that president Emmanuel Macron will lead the first round of the presidential election, which will take place on 10th April. Macron received 26.5% of the polls, while far-right candidate Marine le Pen received 21.5%.


Africa


Tunisia’s president Kais Saied says that parliament election voting will change this year. The elections are expected to take place in December. Yesterday, Saied said that there will be two rounds of voting, and people will vote for individuals rather than lists.


Burkina Faso’s former president Blaise Compaoré has been sentenced to life imprisonment in absentia for involvement in the murder of his predecessor Thomas Sankara in 1987. Compaoré was found guilty of an attack on state security, complicity in murder and concealment of a corpse. He is believed to live in Ivory Coast.


Asia


Japan plans to reduce its Covid-19 border restrictions. It will remove its ban for nationals from 106 countries including the United States, Britain and France on Friday. The foreign ministry said that tourists will still be banned.


In Sri Lanka, there have been more than 100 protests against the president in the last week. Yesterday, highways minister Johnson Fernando said: “As a government, we are clearly saying the president will not resign under any circumstances.”


Americas


Peru’s president Pedro Castillo has cancelled the curfew imposed on Lima residents on Monday night. Thousands of people protested against the curfew.


El Salvador’s Congress has passed a bill criminalising the publication of gang messages. El Salvador has one of the world’s highest murder rates. President Nayib Bukele is cracking down on gang violence. The new law will give a prison sentence of up to 15 years for anyone relaying gang messages, including gang graffiti.


And in Chile, scientists have found a rare collection of ancient flying reptiles’ remains. The bones belong to pterosaurs that lives more than 100 million years ago in Chile’s Atacama desert. Normally individual pterosaur remains are found on their own. This collection allows scientists to learn about the pterosaurs’ behaviour.


That’s your 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 great day.

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