Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Good morning. This is SEND7 world news in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and it’s Tuesday 22nd September 2020.


In India, a three-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai on Sunday, has killed at least 10 people. 20 to 25 people were also trapped in the building, officials said yesterday. Emergency workers pulled 19 people from the wreckage - including two boys aged 4 and 7. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences on Twitter yesterday.

Also in India, The Taj Mahal is set to reopen to visitors after a six-month closure. This is happening despite the pandemic cases rising in recent weeks. India is set to overtake the US to become the nation worst-hit by COVID-19.

In Myanmar, a stay-at-home order has taken effect across it’s biggest city, Yangon, after a record-high number of new COVID-19 cases. The region's more than four million people had less than 24 hours to prepare for the order, which came into effect yesterday. The order requires most employees to work from home.


In Mali, the former defence minister, Ba N'Daou, has been named president of the country's new transition government. Colonel Assimi Goita, was appointed vice president, state television announced yesterday. The transitional government is to formally begin on September 25. According to a plan supported by the military leaders, the new president is meant to lead the country for several months before Mali holds an election.

In Botswana, officials announced yesterday that the deaths of hundreds of elephants in recent months, were caused by toxins made by cyanobacteria in water. Further investigations into the deaths are still ongoing. Botswana has the world's largest elephant population, estimated at 130,000, but the number of dead elephants has risen to 330. Dr Cyril Taolo, the Deputy director for the Department of wildlife and natural parks, said there was no human involvement.

"we took tests the tests show that there were this cyanobacteria which potentially could produce

some of these toxins which are known to affect wildlife and also livestock so this is not a phenomenon that was just seen now it is something that happens quite a lot when there are these environmental changes so at this point in time we certainly cannot talk about any human involvement"


In the UK, Former Prime Minister Theresa May said yesterday that she "cannot support" the government's plan to reject parts of its Brexit agreement with the EU. She told MPs the move, which breaks international law, would damage "trust in the United Kingdom”.

"this is a country that upholds the rule of law it is one of the things that makes us great it is one of our characteristics we propound we uphold the rule of law around the world the conservative party upholds the rule of law it's one of our values one of our characteristics yet we're being asked to tear up that principle and throw away that value and why i can only see that on the face of it is because the government didn't really understand what it was signing up to when it signed the withdrawal agreement"

The Internal Market Bill will be voted on in the House of Commons today. The bill gives the government the power to change parts of the EU withdrawal agreement. The withdrawal agreement is a legally binding deal covering the terms of the UK's exit from the EU earlier this year.

In Germany, up to 20,000 spectators will be allowed to attend next month's Formula 1 Grand Prix. The race will take place on 11 October at the Nurburgring track, which normally holds more than 100,000 fans. The stands will be divided into individual sections for social distancing. Purchasing tickets will be contactless and face masks are mandatory at the site.There were 922 positive coronavirus cases reported in Germany yesterday, with the country's overall death toll standing at 9,386.

The Americas

In the United States, the Trump Administration has named three cities that are expected to lose federal funding. This comes after the White House accused them of tolerating crime. New York City, Portland and Seattle are on the list of cities that Trump officials say have failed to stop crime linked to the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

In Colombia, a reward of up to $5 million is being offered for information regarding a leader of a rebel group. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the National Liberation Army rebel, Wilver Villegas Palomino, as a drug terrorist. The US accuses Palomino of distributing cocaine from Colombia to the United States for the last 20 years, to finance the ELN. The ELN is a Colombian rebel group which has been active for more than 50 years.

This summer, the ice in the Arctic sea shrank to its second lowest ever under satellite observation. The floating ice has shrunk to just under 4 million square km last week.The only time it has ever been lower, was in 2012.

Thank you for listening to SEND7. You can read the transcript of today's episode, and listen to past episodes, at I'm Namitha Ragunath. Tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. have a great day.

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