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Tuesday 16th November 2021

Europe


In Russia, NATO says a “large and unusual” number of soldiers have been seen at the border with Ukraine. Moscow has dismissed this claim and complained about increasing NATO activity at the border. The secretary-general of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, has asked Russia to be transparent about its military activities to reduce tensions.

“In recent weeks, we have seen large and unusual concentrations of Russian forces close to Ukraine’s borders, similar to Russia’s build-up in Crimea and the Black Sea region earlier this year. NATO remains vigilant – we are monitoring the situation very closely and we continue to consult among our allies and partners such as Ukraine and the European Union. Any further provocation or aggressive actions by Russia would be of serious concern.”


The UK terror threat level has been raised to “severe” after an explosion at a hospital in Liverpool. On Sunday, a man was killed and a taxi was destroyed when an improvised bomb exploded outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The taxi driver was treated in hospital. UK police have declared the explosion a terror attack.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for solidarity and praised the emergency services.

“My thoughts remain with all those affected and on behalf of the whole country I want to pay tribute to the emergency services who responded as always with such speed and professionalism. The police have now confirmed that this is being treated as a terrorist attack and while the investigation continues at pace you will understand that I can’t comment on the details of the case or its motivation but it is a stark reminder of the need for us all to remain utterly vigilant, and the independent joint terrorism analysis centre JTAC are today raising the UK’s threat level from substantial to severe, meaning an attack is highly likely.”


Africa


In Egypt, storms have killed three people and driven scorpions into people’s homes. In Aswan in the east of Egypt, heavy rain has caused serious flooding. More than 400 people have been to hospital after being stung by scorpions in their homes, according to state media. The Ministry of Health has said that it holds enough anti-venom to treat people, and that no deaths from the stings have been reported.


Ethiopia will receive $40 million of emergency funds from the United Nations. The money will be used to help civilians who are facing famine. Rebels have been fighting with the government in Tigray for a year, forcing more than two million people to leave their homes. The south of Ethiopia is also facing a drought.


The Americas


In the United States, one of former president Donald Trump’s advisors has turned himself in to the FBI. Steve Bannon has been charged with contempt of Congress, which can be punished by up to one year in jail and a fine of $1000 dollars. Bannon will appear in federal court next Thursday.


Also in the United States, a judge has dropped a gun charge against 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded one during anti-racism protests in Wisconsin last year. He argued that it was self-defence. He is now facing five charges, including intentional homicide.


Argentina’s ruling Peronist party has lost its majority in Congress after nearly 40 years. In the midterm election on Sunday, the conservative opposition won many key seats. Argentina has faced inflation and poverty in recent years. President Alberto Fernandez plans to establish a new economic program to resolve the country’s debt.


Asia


Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has decided to run for senate instead of retiring. Last month, Duterte said he would quit politics after his presidency. Hours before the 2022 election deadline yesterday, he announced that he would run for senate in next year’s election. Duterte is not allowed to re-run for president.


In Myanmar, the US journalist who was sentenced to 11 years in jail has been released. Danny Fenster would have faced trial for terrorism today, with the possibility of life imprisonment. Now, he is heading home.


India has reopened to fully vaccinated tourists. Tourists entering India must be fully vaccinated and have a negative Covid test. This is the first time India has allowed foreign tourists on commercial flights since March 2020, when it imposed one of the toughest lockdowns in the world.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @send7podcast, and if you mention us in your Instagram story, we will say thank you on the podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, Have a lovely day and we will speak to you tomorrow!

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