Tuesday 21st June 2022

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Tuesday the 21st of June 2022.

Starting in the Americas today:


Yesterday in Colombia, Gustavo Petro became Colombia's first left-wing president. Mr Petro, a former ex-rebel fighter, beat the right-wing businessman Rodolfo Hernández in Sunday's run-off election. Figures show Mr Petro took 50.5% of votes. This election result marks a major change for Colombia. For decades, Colombia has been led by moderates and conservatives. In the 80’s, Mr Petro was a member of a rebel left-wing group. He spent time in jail, before joining the political opposition. Mr Petro pledged during the campaign to fight inequality by providing free university education and fighting poverty.

In Brazil, eight people are now suspects in the murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. Three suspects have already been arrested. But five more people who allegedly helped hide their bodies have now been identified. Mr Phillips and Mr Pereira went missing while on a trip on 5 June.


Yesterday in France, President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition lost its absolute majority in the French parliament. This is just two months after he was re-elected as president. He now becomes the first sitting French president to not win a parliamentary majority since a 2000 electoral reform. While he may be able to keep control of the executive branch of the government, he may now have a hard time passing legislation. This puts his plans to increase the retirement age and deliver tax reforms at risk.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson had an operation yesterday morning. No.10 said it was a minor operation related to his sinuses. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab will make any urgent calls in his place. No.10 said Mr Johnson’s return to work would depend on how he was feeling.


In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has called the attacks on ethnic minorities in Ethiopia “unacceptable". There is no official figure for the death toll in Saturday’s attacks but some reports suggest it could be more than 200. Mr Ahmed said restoring peace and security is his government’s top priority.

In South Africa, Sean Davison has been released from three years of house arrest. This is after being found guilty in 2019 for helping three people to kill themselves. Assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in South Africa. Mr Davison, the founder of right-to-die organisation, DignitySA, said he does not regret what he did.

Sean Davison: “I helped three men to die. Three men suffering unbearably with no hope of recovery. Three men desperate to die. For that the court finds me a murder. I am not a murderer. I am not a criminal. The time has come to change the law. The time has come to have a good law. A law that is compassionate and kind and does not confuse euthanasia with murder”


In India, authorities cancelled more than 500 trains services yesterday. This is because of calls for protests by young men who are angry with a military plan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government last week announced a plan called Agnipath. The plan aims to bring more people into the military on short, four-year contracts. But the protesters say this will take away their opportunity to have a permanent job in the military.

In Japan, a court has ruled that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriages does not go against its constitution. Its constitution defines marriage as one between "both sexes”. Japan is the only country in the G7 group of developed nations that doesn't allow people of the same sex to marry. Opinion polls show a majority of people in Japan are in favour of allowing same-sex marriage.

And finally, Ed Sheeran was the most-played artist in the UK last year. It's the fourth time in five years that Ed Sheeran has been named the UK's most-played artist. This is calculated by plays on radio, TV, pubs, clubs and shops.

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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