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Tuesday 12th July 2022

Updated: Jul 12

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Tuesday the 12th of July 2022.


Starting in Europe today:

Europe

In Germany, gas supplies from Russia will stop for 10 days. But German Economy Minister Robert Habeck said EU countries should be prepared in case Russia permanently stops their gas supplies. He has accused Russia of using gas "as a weapon”. This is because the EU placed sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine. Mr Habeck admitted Germany had become too dependent on Russian gas.

In the UK, yesterday, Former health secretary Sajid Javid launched his campaign to become the leader of the conservative party. Currently, there are 11 candidates in total.

Sajid Javid: "When we lose our integrity, we lose the trust of the British people. We need a leader who makes credible promises, brings people together and makes tough decisions in the National interest."


Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters he won’t be publicly supporting any candidate. He said this is because he doesn’t want to ruin anybody's chances by backing them.


Africa

Former Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos will receive an autopsy. A court in Barcelona authorised this autopsy yesterday. The former president died in Barcelona on Friday. His daughter had asked for the autopsy. This is because the former president's family believes he was killed. They said political enemies did not want him to back the opposition in next month's Angolan elections.


In Nigeria, authorities recovered 17 bodies from a boat accident. The boat had set sail on Friday evening, despite rules that ban night travel. Strong tides caused the boat to tip over. The accident came only three days after another boat tipped over in the same waters.


Americas

In the United States, for the first time, a pharmaceutical company has asked to be allowed to sell birth control pills over the counter. This comes just weeks after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion. The pills, the most common form of contraception in the US, currently requires prescription.


In Colombia, at least 10 people have been killed. This was in an operation by the Colombian security forces. They were targeting a group of rebels who rejected the 2016 peace deal. Police said they had information that Iván Mordisco was in the camp. Mordisco leads a breakaway group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). It is not yet clear if he was among those killed in the attack.



Asia

In Sri Lanka, yesterday, there was fresh supplies of limited fuel. There were long queues at filling stations and community centres across the capital, Colombo. This is after a weekend of anti-government protests over the economic crisis. The financial crisis is the worst Sri Lanka has seen since its independence. For months, there has been a shortage of fuel, food and other basics.

In Macau, yesterday, all casinos were closed for the first time in more than two years. This is after a coronavirus outbreak in the world's biggest gambling hub. Authorities have ordered non-essential businesses, which includes over 30 casinos, to shut for a week. Around 19,000 people have been put in mandatory quarantine as Macau faces its worse Covid-19 outbreak since early 2020.


And finally, in Australia, the Aboriginal flag will now permanently fly on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It will now permanently replace the New South Wales flag. This is after a five-year campaign led by an aboriginal woman named Cheree Toka.


Cheree Toka: "Today is a day of celebration for all first nations people. And I believe that having the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag fly side by side set the example of how Australia needs to unite as a nation."


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