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Tuesday 21st September 2021

Asia In Russia, President Vladimir Putin's party won a parliamentary majority yesterday. With almost all of the votes counted, the United Russia party had won nearly 50% of the vote. This is a slight drop in support from the previous election. Mr Putin's biggest critics were banned from running in the election, and there were reports of fraud and forced voting. However, Russia's electoral commission rejected these allegations. United Russia's victory means it will have more than two-thirds of the 450 seats in Russia’s parliament.


In Australia, construction sites across Melbourne were shut down yesterday following violent protests. Construction workers fought with one another over the mandatory Covid-19 vaccines. Property was damaged and police said several people were arrested. Riot police were also sent to stop the protest. The police reportedly used rubber bullets and pepper spray to handle the protestors. According to Victoria State police commander Mark Galliot, 6 police officers were sent to hospital.

MG: "So, what we saw today was a group of protesters that came together not to protest freedoms. but simply to take on and have a fight with the police."


Currently in Australia, staff need to prove they have received a vaccine dose to be able to physically go to work.


In China, children will only be allowed to use Douyin, China’s version of TikTok, for up to 40 minutes a day. The rules will apply to users under 14. The children will only be able to access the app between 6am and 10pm. The company announced the app’s new feature, saying it is the first short-video company in the industry to have these time limits. It comes as China cracks down on teenagers' use of technology.



Americas

In the United States, the government announced yesterday that it will be easing its coronavirus travel restrictions. The US will be re-opening its boarders to people from the UK, EU and other nations. From November, foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the US. Travellers will have to be fully vaccinated, and follow testing and contact tracing. The US has had tough restrictions on travel in place since early last year.


US pharmaceutical company Pfizer and BioNTech have said trial results show their COVID-19 vaccine is safe for children aged five to 11. They said they would seek approval shortly. The vaccine would be given at a lower dosage than for people aged above 12.



Europe

In France, President Emmanuel Macron has asked for forgiveness from the Harkis. The Harkis are Algerians who fought for France during Algeria's war of independence. The president faced verbal attacks from Harkis in the audience as he said France had failed them. He promised a monument and to pay them back by the end of the year.


In England, the country’s cricket team will not travel for matches in Pakistan next month because of security concerns. This was announced yesterday, by the England and Wales Cricket Board. It came three days after New Zealand Cricket did not attend its tour of Pakistan. This was following a government alert that warned of a possible attack outside the Stadium. England men’s and women’s teams were scheduled to play 20 matches next month.

Africa

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, a campaign group says the authorities in the country repeatedly ignored security warnings which led to a prison riot last year. During the riots, inmates raped dozens of female detainees, including a teenage girl. About 2,000 detainees rioted in September last year, setting fire to buildings and attacking female inmates for three days. Several of the victims became pregnant and some tested positive for HIV. Security forces reportedly shot dead at least 20 people during the riot. A year on, Human Rights Watch has called for an investigation so that those responsible for the abuses are prosecuted. It says survivors must be given medical care and mental health support.


In South Africa, sixty-three endangered African penguins have been killed by a swarm of bees. The protected birds were found on the shore with multiple bee-stings. They had no other physical injuries. Officials said this was the first known attack at the world-famous Boulders Beach, which attracts up to 60,000 visitors a year.


And finally, Michaela Coel has made history as the first Black woman to win at the Emmys for limited series writing. It is her first Emmy win, for "I May Destroy You."

MC: "In a world that entices us to browse through the lives of others to help us better determine how we feel about ourselves. And to in turn feel the need to be constantly visible - for visibility these days seems to somehow equate to success - do not be afraid to disappear and see what comes to you in the silence."


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. We are on instagram, facebook and twitter @send7podcast.I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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