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Tuesday 18th May 2021

Asia

In Israel, the military said Gaza fighters fired 60 rockets at Israeli cities yesterday. Hamas said its attacks were due to Israel’s continued violence against Palestinians. At least 200 Palestinians, including 58 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago. The attacks on Gaza yesterday were some of the worst attacks seen in the last week.


In Myanmar, voter fraud in the 2020 election has been rejected. It has been three months since the military in Myanmar took power in a coup. The Asian Network for Free Elections said the election results represented what the people of Myanmar wanted. The military justified its coup saying there was voter fraud. However the military showed no evidence of this. The vote was won by Aung Sang Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy. Ms Suu Kyi and others elected were arrested on 1 February. She has only been seen by video since.

In India, a cyclone in the western state of Gujarat has killed at least 12 people. Thousands of people have also been forced to leave their homes. Authorities announced yesterday that the cyclone is "extremely dangerous”. Rescue teams are trying to rescue more than 400 people who are stranded off the coast of Gujarat. India is currently facing a second Covid-19 wave. Hospitals are already full and are struggling to help the injured.

Europe

Several famous footballers have shown public support for Palestinians. Footballers in the United Kingdom, Turkey, Chile and elsewhere have pledged support for the Palestinian people. In a public demonstration, football club Leicester City stars Hamza Choudhury and Wesley Fofana held up the Palestinian flag as they celebrated their team’s victory in the UK’s FA Cup finals.

In France, today President Emmanuel Macron will be holding a meeting with African Leaders. Tyrone Seale, the spokesperson for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the meeting was to support African countries who are struggling due to the pandemic.

TS: The purpose of the summit is to support the economic recovery of African countries that have been affected by the health and economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The summit also aims to foster investments in Africa and avert the risk of excessive debt."


In the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the vaccines could protect people against the Indian variant of COVID-19. However, he said it can spread easily among those who haven't had a jab.

MH: "With this new Indian variant, if you're eligible for the jab, if you're over the age of 38, please come forward. Because we know that the jab protects you, and we know that with a high degree of confidence that the jab will have an effect against this new variant too."

Americas

In Chile, a new constitution will be written to replace one made under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. Last October, there were large street demonstrations across Chile demanding the constitution to be re-written. A majority of people also voted in favour of rewriting the constitution in a referendum. Independent and opposition candidates will spend nine months writing the new constitution. The draft will then go to a public vote expected to be held next year.


In the United States, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider a challenge against Mississippi's 15-week ban on abortion. It will be the first abortion case heard by Justice Amy Coney Barrett, a Catholic conservative who then-President Donald Trump nominated last year. The case will challenge the laws against abortions performed after week 15 of pregnancy. If the challenge is rejected, Democrats say it could lead to more anti-abortion laws supported by the Republicans.



Africa

In Tanzania, the government has been told to run a mass vaccination programme against the coronavirus pandemic. This was suggested by the the COVID-19 Taskforce in Tanzania. The committee said that authorities should get the vaccines and start vaccinating elderly people, and those working in hospitals and the tourism industry. However, the committee said that people should have the choice on whether or not they want to get vaccinated.


In South Africa, yesterday a corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma was delayed again. Mr Zuma has been accused of fraud and money laundering involving a $2.5bn deal to buy European military equipment. His lawyers say Mr. Zuma would plead not guilty when the hearing finally starts.

And finally, in the United States, a tiger that was missing for a week after being seen walking around a neighbourhood in Texas, has finally been found. India, the nine-month-old Bengal tiger, was turned in to police and is said to be in good condition. India's new home is an animal sanctuary.

And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you’ll be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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