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Tuesday 11th May 2021

Asia

In Israel there has been violence between Muslim protesters and police in Jerusalem. Muslims were protesting on top of Temple Mount which is a holy site in both Islam and Judaism. Many injuries have been reported but no deaths. However there were deaths in the Gaza Strip yesterday. Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip, fired rockets at Jerusalem. In return Israel bombed Gaza. The Israeli military said that Hamas soldiers have been killed, however the Gaza health ministry said that at least people have been killed, including children.

In Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said yesterday that he would not put the Olympics before people’s health. Suga has insisted that the Olympic Games will take place in a safe and secure way, despite many polls showing that 60% of Japanese people want the games to be cancelled or postponed.

Nepal is reporting shortages of oxygen, after a fast rise in COVID19 cases and an extreme demand for oxygen in India. The Guardian newspaper reported yesterday of people dying in Nepal because hospitals don’t have access to oxygen - as is currently happening in India. Nepal is currently reporting over 8,000 COVID cases a day, a hundred times more than in March, however the true number is expected to be much higher, as Nepal’s testing rates are low. Yesterday Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli lost a vote of confidence. Other parties are expected to try to form a government.

Americas

In the United States the government has said that the The Colonial pipeline has suffered a cyber-attack. The pipeline which carries oil between Texas and New York was targeted for ransom - meaning that cyber criminals demanded money to stop the attack. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Homeland Security Advisor said that the Biden administration was helping to continue the supply of oil while the pipeline is shut down...

“On Friday evening May 7th, Colonial Pipeline reported that its pipeline system had been subject to a ransomware cyber attack. Colonial chose to shut down its pipeline operations as a precautionary measure and to ensure that the ransomware could not migrate from business computer systems to those that control and operate the pipeline.”

In Colombia 47 people have died in protests in the last two weeks according to rights groups, with most of these deaths in the city of Cali. There have been reports of people in normal clothes firing at protesters in Cali. Protests started because of a proposed tax reform, which was later abandoned by President Ivan Duque.

Africa

Algeria will ban unauthorised demonstrations according to the interior ministry. The ministry said that all protests will need a permit. There have been protests in recent weeks against Algeria’s political elite. Protests in 2019 forced President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign, however protesters say that the political elite has not changed.

Between Botswana and Zambia a new bridge has been opened. The Kazungala bridge crosses the Zambesi river, and cost over $250 million dollars to construct, using a loan from the Japanese government. The bridge is hoped to boost trade between Botswana and Zambia that previously had to travel by boat or through Zimbabwe.

In the Mediterranean sea, more 2,000 refugees arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa between Sunday and Monday. Lampedusa, Italy’s most southern island, only has a population of 6,000 people. Most of the asylum-seekers were from sub-saharan Africa, Pakistan and Syria.

Europe

Many parts of Europe are relaxing pandemic restrictions as coronavirus vaccine campaigns continue, and infection rates fall. In Spain curfews ended yesterday and Greece reopened its beaches. Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn has said that Germany’s third wave of COVID has been broken. Yesterday The United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that bars and restaurants will open next week indoors...

“From next Monday you’ll be able to sit inside a pub and inside a restaurant. You’ll be able to go to the cinema and children will be able to use indoor play areas”

In Italy a woman is being monitored after accidentally being given 6 doses of the Pfeizer COVID19 vaccine. The 23 year old trainee doctor was mistakenly given 6 times the correct dose of the vaccine. Reports say that she is well.

Romania’s government is trying to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID19, with the help of Dracula. Bran Castle, known as the inspiration for Dracula’s home, is now offering jabs to anyone who visits. Vaccinated people will get a free tour of the castle’s torture room.

That’s your world news in seven minutes. Thank you to Emre Ogur from Turkey for your nice message. Send your comment on any news story by email to podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at send7.org where you can also find the transcripts of all episodes. Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

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