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Tuesday 10th August 2021

Europe

In Switzerland, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change yesterday released its most important report this decade. The report was written by 234 scientists and referencing 14,000 scientific studies and has been approved by virtually every country in the world. It says that climate change is happening right now, is affecting every region of earth, is definitely caused by humans, and we are already living with the consequences.

Inger Andersen head of the UN Environment Programme said that nobody is safe...

“The world listened. But it did not act strongly enough. And as a result climate change is a problem that is here now. Nobody is safe and it is getting worse faster. We can’t undo the mistakes of the past but this generation of political and business leaders. This generation of conscious citizens can make things right. This generation can make the systemic changes that will stop the planet warming, help everyone adapt to the new conditions and create a world of peace, prosperity and equity. Climate change is here now, but we are also here now and if we don’t act - who will?”

The report also said that if greenhouse gas emissions are halved by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050, then global warming can be stopped.

The Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has apologised for failing to stop wildfires throughout Greece. There are still fires burning in Greece, Italy and Turkey, weeks after they started. A fire in Russia’s Siberia region has allowed smoke to reach the north pole for the first time in recorded history.

Africa

In Nigeria a girl has been freed seven years after being kidnapped by Boko Haram jihadists from the town of Chibok. Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, said that the girl and a man she had married during her captivity surrendered themselves to the Nigerian army. The Chibok kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls received heavy international attention in 2014, however, over half are still missing. Since then Boko Haram and other groups have increased kidnappings, and over a thousand students have been abducted.

In Mali over 40 people have been killed in an attack by Islamist jihadists, according to local authorities. Mali has been fighting against Islamist groups for over ten years.

Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has met Kenya’s foreign minister in hopes of improving relations between the two East African countries. Somalia has often accused Kenya of interfering in its domestic affairs.

America

In the United States, one of the women accusing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment says that he broke the law.

“what he did to me was a crime. He broke the law.”

Brittany Commisso is one of 11 women that Cuomo is accused of harassing. Commisso described the harassment yesterday in an interview with CBS news...

“I then felt, while taking the selfie, his hand go down my back, onto my butt and he started rubbing it.”

Cuomo denies all allegations and has rejected calls for him to resign, including from President Joe Biden.

In Mexico a drug cartel has threatened to kill a popular television news presenter. A video, reported to show members of the Jalisco New Generation cartel said that they would kill presenter Azucena Uresti, if Milenio television does not provide a balanced view of the news. The cartel claimed that the news coverage was supporting other local groups that are fighting against the Jalisco cartel.

Asia

In Afghanistan the Taliban has rejected calls for a ceasefire. Since Friday the Taliban has taken 5 regional capital and yesterday they claimed to be in control of Kunduz - a city of 270,000 people.

In The Philippines many hospitals are reporting being almost full after a fast rise in COVID19 infections. Just one in ten Filipinos is vaccinated against COVID19. In the world almost one in 3 people have now received at least one dose of a vaccine, and around 40 million people are vaccinated every day. The Philippines started a new lockdown last week.

And in Japan parents have found a new way to celebrate their babies being born. People are sending bags of rice that weigh exactly the same amount as their new baby to family members who can’t visit them because of the pandemic. The bags are shaped like babies, wrapped in blankets and have a photo of the baby’s face on the front.

That’s your news in 7 minutes. If you have a comment on any news story or you just want to say ‘hi’, then you can send us a message, writing or speaking, at send7.org where you can also find the text of every episode and more. Follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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