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Tuesday 19th October 2021

Africa

In Ethiopia military air strikes have killed at least 3 people in the Tigrayan capital Mekelle, according to humanitarian workers in Tigray. Ethiopia’s government denied the reports. There has not been fighting in Mekelle since June, when the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front regained control of the city from the Ethiopian army, which had been in control for 6 months.

In Nigeria at least 30 people have been killed in an attack on a village, according to the government. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack in the north-west. Islamist groups are active in northern Nigeria, however, some attacks are also carried out by local bandits.

In Cote d’Ivoire footballer Didier Drogba has been appointed a goodwill ambassador by the World Health Organization. The WHO said that Drogba will help to promote the benefits of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, especially for young people...

“Now my big goal will be to promote healthy lives and lend my support to this partnership to deliver a healthy 2022 World Cup to millions of fans.”

Europe

In Belarus, the French ambassador has been ordered to leave. Ambassador Nicolas de Lacoste was told to leave Belarus because of the decision by France and the European Union to not recognize the re-election of Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko last year. Lukashenko has been president since 1994, and has been described in western media as “Europe’s last dictator.”

In The United Kingdom, the town of Southend will be granted city status in honour of its member of parliament Sir David Amess who was murdered on Friday. In the United Kingdom cities are not decided by population size, but are designated by the ruling monarch, after being recommended by the government. Speaking in parliament yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that The Queen had approved to Southend being named as a city - something that Amess had called for...

“Because Sir David was a patriot who believed passionately in this country, in its people, in its future. He was also one of the nicest, kindest, and most gentle individuals ever to grace these benches... <hear, hear>...as it is only a short time since Sir David last put that very case to me in this chamber, I am happy to announce that her Majesty has agreed that Southend will be accorded the city status it so clearly deserves....

Asia

In Bangladesh two Hindu men have been killed and temples vandalised in inter-communal violence. There were large protests this weekend after a photo was widely shared on social media that showed a Quran placed on the knee of a Hindu God. Over 90% of Bangladeshis are Muslim and around 8% are Hindu.

In Pakistan the police were targeted in an attack yesterday. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, there was a bomb blast in the city of Quetta yesterday. The explosion took place at the gates of the University of Balochistan. Local authorities have reported that one person has died, and several others have been injured. According to a report by the counterterrorism department, the bomb was placed in a motorcycle and exploded when a police vehicle passed by. No terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

In India floods and landslides have continued to affect the state of Kerela. At least 35 people are known to have died and many more are missing.

Americas

In Venezuela, opposition politicians have urged the government of President Nicolas Maduro to restart talks. Maduro’s government stopped its peace talks with the opposition last week, because one of Maduro’s aides was handed to the United States after being arrested in Cape Verde. On state television Maduro described Alex Saab’s arrest as a kidnapping by the United States. Maduro’s government is not recognized by many western governments, however, remains in control of Venezuela, which has been in a severe economic crisis for ten years. At the end of the 20th century, Venezuela was one of the countries with the highest standard of living in South America, however, today, 3 out of 4 people live in poverty, and over half live in extreme poverty, according to researchers at Andres Bello University.

In the United States, Colin Powell has died aged 84. Powell was the first black Secretary of State, under President George W Bush, and was head of the US military under president George HW Bush. Powell died after complications related to COVID19. He was fully vaccinated, however was particularly vulnerable because of treatment he was receiving for blood cancer. President Joe Biden said that he will miss Powell’s wisdom, and current Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described Powell as an extraordinary leader. This is a recording from 2011 of Powell speaking about leadership...

“Leadership ultimately comes down to creating conditions of trust within an organization. Good leaders are people who are trusted by followers. One of my sergeants back in the infantry school of Fort Benning, he said to me one day, he said “lieutenant” you’ll know you’re a good leader when people follow you if only out of curiosity...”

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Subscribe to SEND7 podcast wherever you listen, and follow us on social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day, and I will see you tomorrow.

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