In Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega has been inaugurated. The United States and European Union have said that the election was not fair and that it was rigged in favour of Ortega. The United States imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan officials including the defence minister on Ortega’s inauguration day yesterday.
In Brazil, ten people have died after a rock face collapsed on top of motorboats visiting a waterfall at the weekend.
In Sudan, the United Nations has started consultations, aiming to resolve the country’s political crisis. Since the military coup in October, more than 60 civilians have died in protests. The consultation aims to help restore democracy.
In Ethiopia, an air strike in Tigray has killed 56 people and injured 30 people in a camp for displaced people, according to humanitarian groups.
In Uganda, schools have reopened after being closed for two years due to Covid-19. Schools closed in March 2020, and Uganda enforced the world’s longest school closure.
Kazakhstan’s president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says he has weathered an attempted coup d’etat. Protests began on 2nd January over fuel prices and became the worst unrest the country has seen. Authorities say that order has now been restored and the hunt for terrorists is ongoing.
Myanmar’s ex-leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to another four years in jail on charges including possession of unlicenced walkie-talkies. This adds to her convictions last month, meaning she now faces six years in jail. Rights groups have criticised the legal proceedings.
South Korean actor O Yeong-su has won the country’s first Golden Globe award. He won best supporting actor in television for playing Oh il-nam, or Player 1, in the Netflix show Squid Game.
In Australia, tennis number one Novak Djokovic has won his court challenge to remain in Australia. A judge has overturned his visa cancellation and he has been released from immigration detention. However, the Australian government has said that it is still considering another move to deport him.
France’s president Emmanuel Macron has said that he will put thousands more police on the streets. He has previously been accused of letting the French down on security. The presidential election is in April, and security will be an important topic.
Cyprus will appoint Ioannis Kasoulides as its new foreign minister. Kasoulides has previously held the position under two different presidents. He will begin the role today.
In Geneva, the United States and Russia have begun negotiations over Ukraine. The United States hopes to avoid a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
In the United Kingdom, prime minister Boris Johnson says he is considering cutting down the isolation period for people with Covid-19.
“The quarantine period, whether to come down from 7 days to 5 days and the thing to do is to look at the science. We’re looking at that and we will act according to the science as we always have.”
Also in the United Kingdom, a giant fossil has been uncovered. The ichthyosaur or “sea dragon” was discovered in the Midlands and is considered one of the greatest fossil finds in the UK. It is about 180 million years old and 10 meters long, the largest skeleton ever found in the United Kingdom.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media. We are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day