Thursday 8th July 2021
In Haiti, yesterday President Jovenel Moïse was shot dead in his home. Unknown men with guns entered him home yesterday and also injured his wife in the attack. Interim PM Claude Joseph called for a nationwide state of emergency. Mr Moïse had led Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the world, since 2017. However, there were huge protests demanding his resignation. The opposition accused him this year of planning to form a dictatorship - which he denied. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was "saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”. US President Joe Biden offered condolences to the people of Haiti for the "horrific assassination”.
In the United States, former president Donald Trump announced yesterday that he plans to sue Google, Twitter and Facebook. Mr Trump claims that he is the victim of censorship. He will also be suing the CEO’s of the three companies. Mr Trump was suspended from his social accounts in January over public safety concerns during the Capitol riots, led by his supporters. Yesterday, Mr Trump called the lawsuit "a very beautiful development for our freedom of speech”.
DT: "We're demanding an end to the shadow banning, a stop to the silencing, and a stop to the blacklisting, banishing and canceling that you know so well. Our case will prove this censorship is unlawful, it's unconstitutional, and it's completely un-American, we all know that."
In China, gaming company Tencent will be using facial recognition to stop children playing after 10pm. The "midnight-patrol" technology will stop children breaking the government curfew. Introduced in 2019, the curfew limits the amount of time young gamers could spend on games. The bans require gamers to register with their official IDs, which is connected to a national database. But children have reportedly been using adults' IDs instead of their own. So now, anyone playing for a certain length of time will require a facial scan to prove that they are an adult.
In Myanmar, removed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. This is as Myanmar is battling a rise in Covid cases. Medical services in Myanmar have weakened since the February coup, with health workers leaving their hospitals in protest. Only 2.8% of Myanmar's 54m population are fully vaccinated. It is unclear when the 76-year-old former leader received the jabs, or which vaccine she was given. Aung San Suu Kyi has rarely been seen or heard from apart from her brief court appearances after she was removed from power and detained by the military.
In Mozambique, a charity organisation has said they are concerned about the rise in Covid cases among children. The Save the Children charity said the number of cases for children under the age of 14 has tripled in the past three days. The charity said children did not have face masks in schools because they could not afford them. They have called for help from everyone including the government to deal with the problem.
In Malawi, President Lazarus Chakwera has called the decorations that were put up for independence day around Malawi as “ugly”. He told the people of Malawi if they see people putting up ugly decorations, to stop and ask them, if what you are doing is making Malawi better. The president was talking about the decorations on one of the streets in Malawi, that used red fabric and green lights.
In the UK, coronavirus cases in the UK have risen above 30,000 for first time since January. Yesterdays data showed there had been a further 32,548 confirmed Covid cases. It comes as Boris Johnson has defended the government's approach to easing England's lockdown. Mr Johnson said the link between infection and serious disease and death has been stopped. The prime minister has promised to remove most of England's coronavirus regulations.
In France, yesterday eleven people were found guilty of sending abusive messages to a French teenager who posted videos criticising Islam online. The young woman was 16 when her first Instagram clip went viral. She has since received 100,000 hate messages, and lives under 24-hour police protection. She has now turned 18 and was forced to leave school over the abuse. Her anti-Islam comments came after her sexuality was attacked by a Muslim blogger after speaking about her sexuality on Instagram.
And in England, The Prince of Wales invited a band to play an instrumental version of the football anthem Three Lions, at his London home. England will be in their first ever men's Euros final & first major tournament final since 1966.
And that’s your Simple English world news for today. You can find transcripts or send us a message at send7.org. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.