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Tuesday 25th January 2022

Africa


Burkina Faso’s army says that it has deposed President Roch Kabore. In an announcement yesterday, the army said the constitution has been suspended, the government has been dissolved and the borders have been closed. There had been fighting at army camps in the capital Ouagadougou since Sunday. Soldiers were demanding more support to fight against Islamic militants. The ruling party said the mutiny was turning into a coup.


Senegal’s ruling party has lost several important cities in local elections. President Macky Sall conceded defeat in the capital Dakar and other key cities. The elections took place on Sunday. Presidential elections will be in 2024.


Asia


Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers have begun talks with United States and European diplomats in Norway. Although Norway and other NATO countries do not formally recognise the Taliban administration, they think that talks are necessary to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Norwegian foreign minister Anniken Huitfeldt said that one million children may die of hunger if the countries do not act.


In Tonga, people are still struggling with ash and psychological damage caused by the volcanic eruption and tsunami last week, according to the Red Cross.


Pakistan has appointed its first female Supreme Court judge. Justice Ayesha Malik was sworn in yesterday.


Americas


In Canada, truckers are marching from Vancouver to the capital Ottowa to protest against the Covid-19 vaccine mandate. The government has said that unvaccinated truckers coming from the United States must get tested and quarantine themselves. The industry says the rule will cause driver shortages and fuel inflation.


In Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido has called for peaceful marches on February 12th to protest against president Nicolas Maduro. The opposition says Maduro’s re-election in 2018 was fraudulent.


Europe


The European Union has offered Ukraine EUR 1.2 billion in financial aid. The chief of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen said that the financial assistance package aims to help Ukraine manage the effects of the conflict with Russia.


In Switzerland, the head of the World Health Organisation has said that it is dangerous to assume that the Covid-19 pandemic is ending. Tedros Adhanom said that countries need to continue to follow World Health Organisation guidance.


“It’s dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the last variant or that we are in the endgame. On the contrary, globally the conditions are ideal for more variants to emerge. To change the course of the pandemic, we must change the conditions that are driving it. If countries use all of the strategies and tools in a comprehensive way, we can end the acute phase of the pandemic this year.”


And in Slovakia, a flying car has received a certificate of airworthiness. The hybrid car-aircraft, called AirCar, takes two minutes and 15 seconds to transform from a car into an aircraft. It has a BMW engine and requires a pilot’s licence to fly.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media – we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @send7 podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a wonderful day.

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