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Tuesday 19th July 2022

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Tuesday the 19th of July 2022.


Starting in Europe today:


Europe

In Russia, President Vladimir Putin said the sanctions Western countries have put on Russia will not work. He said it is impossible to cut Russia off from the rest of the world. Since invading Ukraine, Western countries have placed many sanctions on Russia. This was done to reduce Russia’s access to certain goods. Yesterday, the EU’s foreign ministers said that the sanctions placed on Moscow are working.

The European Commission has signed an agreement with Azerbaijan to double imports of natural gas. This will be about 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) a year by 2027. This is a part of the European Commissions efforts to stop using Russian suppliers after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced this yesterday.


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen: “Because already before Russia's brutal invasion in Ukraine, the Russian gas supplies to Europe were no more reliable. And the European union has therefore decided to diversify away from Russia and to turn towards more reliable trustworthy partners. And i'm glad to count Azerbaijan among them.”

In France, thousands more people have been evacuated from their homes. This is as a wildfire continues to spread across the region. Yesterday, about 5,000 people were evacuated from a neighbourhood in the south of France. Another 3,000 in the east of France were also told to evacuate their homes.

Americas

In Mexico, yesterday, the navy held a ceremony to honour 14 marines. These marines died when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the north of Mexico. The marines had been working on an operation to capture drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. The navy said that the crash had been an accident and that its cause was still being investigated.

In the United States, yesterday, opening arguments began in the sentencing trial of Nikolas Cruz. He is the man who killed 17 people at a Florida high school in 2018. This is one of the deadliest school shootings in the United States history. About 50 family members of the victims were in the courtroom yesterday. Nikolas Cruz was an expelled student with a history of mental health and behavioural problems at the time of the shooting. He said in his guilty plea that he was “very sorry” and asked to be given a chance to help others.

Asia

In Japan, at least 30 green sea turtles have been found dead on a beach. Many of the turtles had been stabbed in the neck. At least one fishing operator admitted to wounding the animals. Police are now investigating animal cruelty claims. Green sea turtles are listed as an endangered species by Japanese authorities and global conservation groups.

In India, legislators are voting to choose the country’s next president. It is expected that a tribal woman from the ruling party is set to win the election. The election of Droupadi Murmu is taking place as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party has enough legislative control to push its favourite candidate. If elected, she will become the first tribal president and the second female president of India.



Africa

In Ghana, authorities have confirmed its first two cases of the deadly Marburg virus. This is a highly infectious disease in the same family as the virus that causes Ebola. Both patients died recently in hospital in the southern Ashanti region. Health officials in Ghana say 98 people are now under quarantine as suspected contact cases.


Niger will receive a 25 million euro grant from the EU. This grant is to help Niger's armed forces fight terrorism and improve its defence. The EU's aid comes a few days after French armies minister visited Niger to discuss security challenges.


And finally, in South Africa, people can now enjoy children animation series SpongeBob SquarePants in a local language. SpongeBob will now speak isiZulu, South Africa's most widely spoken language.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.

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