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Thursday 7th July 2022

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Thursday the 7th of July 2022.


Starting in Europe today:


Europe

In the UK, yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson received 40 more resignations. Many more MP's have also told Mr Johnson to step down. This includes Home Secretary Priti Patel, former health secretary Matt Hancock, and Michael Gove. Mr Johnson later fired Michael Gove for suggesting he stepped down. So far, some MPs showing support for Mr Johnson include defence secretary Ben Wallace, and deputy prime minister Dominic Raab. The prime minister has continued to say he won't resign.

PM Boris Johnson: "But frankly Mr Speaker, the job of a Prime Minister in difficult circumstances, when he's been handed a colossal mandate, is to keep going - and that's what i'm gonna do."


Yesterday, Sajid Javid, also quit as health secretary. He said it was the responsibility of those in power to make a change.


Sajid Javid: "I have concluded that the problem starts at the top and I believe that is not going to change. I wish my cabinet colleagues well and I can see they have decided to remain in the cabinet. It is, it is a choice. I know just how difficult that choice is but let's be clear, not doing something is an active decision."

In the Netherlands, Environmental groups are suing Dutch airline KLM. They say that KLM’s advertisements are greenwashing and misleading. Greenwashing is when a company claims they are more environmentally friendly that they really are. They argue that KLM adverts and their carbon-offsetting scheme create the false impression that its flights won't make climate change worse.



Africa

In Nigeria, around 300 inmates are on the run. This is after a prison break in the Nigerian capital Abuja. Authorities say suspected Boko Haram attackers came for members who were held in the prison. Boko Haram is an Islamic terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria.


In Uganda, Swahili is now an official language. The government has said that the teaching of Swahili in primary and secondary schools should now be made compulsory. Swahili is one of the world's 10 most widely spoken languages with about 200 million speakers.


In the Democratic Republic of Congo, yesterday, President Felix Tshisekedi warned of a possible war with Rwanda. This is as the relations between the two neighbouring countries worsen. Mr Tshisekedi accused Rwanda of supporting a rebel group in the Democratic Republic of Congo, called the M23 rebel group. However, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has repeatedly denied these accusations.

Americas

In Colombia, President-elect Gustavo Petro has proposed a ceasefire with the National Liberation Army (ELN). Mr Petro said he has told the ELN and other armed groups that the “time for peace has come”. The group said they were ready to reopen negotiations.

In the United States, a man involved in the shooting at a Fourth of July parade has been charged with seven counts of murder. The attack left seven dead and more than 30 injured. Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart said that Robert Crimo would be punished "for the killing spree”.


Lake County State Attorney Eric Rinehart:"Today the lake county state's attorney's office has charged Robert Crimo III with seven counts of first degree murder - for the killing spree that he has unleashed against our community. These are just the first of many charges that will be filed against Mr Cremo. I want to emphasise that; there will be more charges."


Asia

In India, Twitter is legally challenging the Indian government. This is after the government ordered twitter to take down certain content. India has an information technology law which allows the government to remove online content that threatens the security of India. Twitter has filed a petition with the high court in Karnataka state, to challenge these orders.

In Sri Lanka, the government said the country is bankrupt. With debts of more than $50 billion, Sri Lanka will go into deep recession this year. The government said shortages of food, fuel and medicine will continue.



And finally, In Finland, researchers have created the world's first fully working "sand battery”. The battery can store green power for months at a time. Scientists say this could solve the problem of year-round supply, a major issue for green energy.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you listen on apple podcasts please leave a review and if you listen on Spotify, then please leave a star rating. You can also send us a message at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.

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