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Tuesday 18th January 2022

Americas


Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that United Sates Energy Secretary will attend talks in Mexico this week. The government plans to increase state control of the Mexican electricity market, but the United States has said it has serious concerns. Obrador says that no topic will be off the table at talks with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.


United States president Joe Biden has said that the attack on a Texas synagogue at the weekend was an act of terror.


“I spoke this morning with the Attorney General and we had a run down and he said that the overwhelming cooperation with the local authorities and the FBI, they did one hell of a job. This was an act of terror. This was an act of terror, and only not only was it related to someone who had been arrested I might add 15 years ago and been in jail for 10 years, the ideas were something new and they did just a great job. I also told him that I want to make sure that we get the word out to synagogues and places of worship that we’re not going to tolerate this, that we have this capacity to deal with assaults and particularly the antisemitism that has grown up.”


Canada has approved an oral antiviral medicine. The medicine was created by Pfizer and can be used to treat mild to moderate cases of Covid-19 in people aged 18 and older. It has proved nearly 90% effective at preventing hospitalisations and deaths. Data suggests that it also works against the Omicron variant.


Asia


Thailand’s prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has met with a United Nations envoy. The United Nations is asking for Thailand’s support to prevent the crisis in Myanmar getting worse. Thousands of Myanmar civilians have fled to Thailand due to violence following the coup last year.


The Philippines’ election commission has rejected a complaint seeking to block Ferdinand Marcos Jr from running for president. Marcos Jr is the son of the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. A petition aimed to cancel his candidacy over previous tax violations. Marcos continues to be the most popular candidate for the election in May.


In Pakistan, a Chinese traditional herbal medicine has been used in clinical trials for treating Covid-19. The medicine, JHQC, is already being used to treat Covid patients in China. Pakistan’s studies found that the medicine was around 82% effective in mild to moderate Covid-19 cases.


Africa


Libya’s parliament speaker has said that the interim government must be replaced. The interim government took control last year, and elections were planned for December 2021 but did not happen because of disputes. Speaker Aguila Saleh has said that a new government must be installed. The interim government has said that it will continue to operate until elections are held.


In Sudan, seven people have been killed in protests, according to medics. Anti-military protesters gathered near the presidential palace in the capital, Khartoum. Security forces have used gunfire and teargas on the protesters.


Europe


In France, presidential candidate Éric Zemmour has been fined for inciting racial hatred. Zemmour is a far-right candidate. He has been fined EUR 10,000 over comments calling young migrants killers, thieves and rapists. Zemmour says that he will appeal the ruling.


In the United Kingdom, a man has applied to change his name to “Kill the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill” to protest against new legislation which is being debated in parliament. The bill has been criticised by protest groups and human rights organisations. By changing his name, the man hopes to share a humorous action with a serious message. The man has said that his friends and family can call him Bill.


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.

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