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Thursday 7th January 2021

Americas

In the United States, a large mob of pro-Trump supporters broke into the Capitol building yesterday. This was during the time congress held a joint session to count the electoral college votes. The votes would have led to President elect Joe Biden being sworn in as President. The capitol building was put into lockdown, and the national guard was called to provide extra security. Protestors yelled “we want trump” as Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the building. At the time of this recording, one person has been shot, and police have detained several protestors entering the building. President Trump tweeted that everyone at the capitol must reman peaceful, and asked for no violence. Biden called on trump to make a live television announcement.


“The scenes of the chaos at the capital do not reflect a true America, do not represent who we are. What we’re seeing are a small number of extremest dedicated to lawlessness. This is not descent, its disorder, it’s chaos, it borders on sedition, and it must end now. I call on this mob to pull back and allow the work of democracy to go forward. I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfil his oath and defend the constitution, and demand an end to this siege.”

In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro accused syringe makers yesterday of pushing up their prices. This was after the Health Ministry expressed an interest in buying them. The government failed to buy hundreds of millions of syringes in an auction for its COVID-19 vaccination drive. The government has stopped buying until prices return to normal.

Europe

In the UK, MPs voted to approve the law which introduced a new lockdown in England yesterday morning. 524 MPs voted in favour of the restrictions, while 16 voted against it. Secretary of State Matt Hancock was in favour of increased regulations.


“And I understand that these regulations the we debate today have serious consequences, and I regret the huge costs that they bring, but I know just as surely that these costs are by far outweighed by the costs that we would bare without action.”

In Bulgaria, thousands of Orthodox Christian worshippers ignored warnings issued by health authorities and held a mass gathering yesterday. Young men jumped into the icy waters of rivers and lakes across Bulgaria as an ancient tradition to celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ. A few police officers attempted to stop people from entering the river – threatening them with fines – but they were ignored.

In Germany, a bill was passed yesterday stating that listed companies must include women on their executive boards. Listed companies with four executives or more must add at least one woman to their boards, according to the bill. Germany, Europe’s top economy, ranks quite poorly in terms of representation of women in senior positions.

Asia

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un admitted yesterday, that his five-year economic plan for the country failed to meet its targets in "almost every sector”. North Korea closed its borders last January to prevent the spread of Covid-19. That meant being cut off from its neighbour, China. Trade between China and North Korea has dropped by about 80%. Rains and floods have also destroyed homes and crops in North Korea.


In Pakistan, the Supreme Court ordered the rebuilding of a Hindu temple, yesterday. The temple was badly damaged by an angry mob last week. On Tuesday, the Chief Justice ordered that a local Muslim leader was to pay for the damages. The leader was allegedly responsible for the mob’s violence that led to the damage.

Africa

In Cameroon, four soldiers and a government official were killed after their vehicle hit an explosive device yesterday. The five were travelling in a military vehicle when the blast occurred on the road leading to the town of Mbengwi. No group has said it was responsible for the attack, but the government has blamed an armed political group.


In South Africa, Police Minister Bheki Cele has accused mostly European tourists of disobeying a ban on going to beaches. The ban was introduced last month to stop the spread of coronavirus. This was after the beaches were identified as a hotspot for infections. Mr Cele said that overall Covid-19 regulations have been followed, but some surfers have been arrested on the beach for not following the ban.

And finally, a court in China has jailed 17 people for smuggling more than $28m worth of pangolin scales. Pangolins are the worlds most smuggled animals. The gang disguised the animals' scales as slices of dried ginger.


And thats your world news in 7 minutes. You can read the transcript of todays episode or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I'm Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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