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Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Americas

In the United States five people have died after a car drove into crowds of people in Wisconsin. The police have arrested a 39 year old man, and have said that the attack was not related to terrorism. Around 40 other people were injured who had gathered for a Christmas parade.

In Chile, far-right presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast and left-wing candidate Gabriel Boric will be entered into a second round of the election on the 19th December. In Sunday’s vote Kast, won 28% of votes, and Boric 26%. The choice between these two candidates is generally seen as the biggest political divide since Chile’s return to democracy in 1990.

In Venezuela, the ruling part of President Nicolas Maduro has won 20 out of 23 governors races in regional elections according to the electoral commission. The European Union sent observers to Venezuela, for the first time since 2006, however the observers haven’t yet commented on the legitimacy of the election.

El Salvador is planning a ‘Bitcoin City. Last month, El Salvador became the first country in the world to recognize Bitcoin as a legal currency, as well as the US dollar. The city will be built at the base of the conchagua volcano, where energy from the volcano will be used to power bitcoin mining - the computerized production of bitcoin. President Nayib Bukele said that the city would be almost tax-free, apart from VAT...

“It’s going to be right there on the Fonseca Gulf, and it is going to include everything; residential areas, commercial areas, services, museums, entertainment, bars, restaurants, airport, port, rail, everything, devoted to bitcoin.

Asia

In India some farmers have celebrated the news that three farm laws will be withdrawn. However, some farmers have continued to protest, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s words are not enough. Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the farmers union said that farmers had other issues that must be addressed before protests finish, and demanded direct talks with the government.

Australia has signed a nuclear technology deal with The United States and the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said yesterday that it was a great thing that the US and the UK had chosen Australia to share the technology of nuclear-powered submarines...

“This is the first time that The US and the UK will have shared this information with a third country - ever. That was something worth securing. That was something that Australia has long sought and our government has secured. It was worth securing access to this important defence technology and information.”

Africa

In Sudan thousands of people have protested against the power-sharing deal between the military and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok. In an interview with AlJazeera, Hamdok said that he will be allowed to form his own transitional government, and that elections will be held before July 2023,

In the Democratic Republic of Congo at least 12 people have been killed in an attack in the North-East. It is not clear whether this was ethnic violence or a jihadist attack.

Europe

Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko has said that Belarus does not want any confrontation with Poland. Yesterday Belarussian state media, quoted Lukashenko as saying “if we go too far, war is unavoidable. And that would be a catastrophe”. Poland and the European Union accuse Belarus of deliberately organizing a crisis on the border with Poland, by helping refugees arrive in Belarus and then taking them to the border. Lukashenko has said that it cannot help to improve the situation unless sanctions on Belarus are stopped. The European Union and other western countries have placed sanctions on Belarus since the 2020 election, which they say was not free or fair. Lukashenko has been president since 1994 and is often called “Europe’s last dictator”. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has said that people are being used as “living shields” in this crisis....

” On our eastern border, the eastern border of Poland. We have a new type of war. A war in which migrants are used as weapons. Disinformation is used as a weapon. A hybrid war. First of all this is obviously a political crisis in which people from the Middle East are used like living shields”...

In Bulgaria President Rumen Radev has won another term as president. In the second round of voting, Radev received 67% of votes, easily beating university professor Anastas Gerdzhikov. In the parliamentary elections a new anti-corruption pro-European party won the most seats.

And in France a manuscript written by Albert Einstein, describing his theory of relativity, is going on auction. The manuscript was written by hand between 1913 and 1914, by Einstein and his friend, the Swiss Engineer Michele Besso. The manuscript is expected to sell for €3 million euros..

That’s your world news for today. A massive thank you to Johannes from Germany and Petra, also from Germany, for becoming our newest supporters. You can read the transcripts for every episode at send7.org. They are free. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day, and I will see you tomorrow.

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