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Tuesday 26th October 2021

Africa

In Sudan the military has performed a coup d’etat. The Sudanese military took complete control of the country yesterday, removing and arresting the members of a transitional government that was formed after the removal of dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019. The transitional government was formed by half military and half civilian members, and they chose civilian Abdalla Hamdok as Prime Minister. Hamdok was removed as Prime Minister yesterday, and has been arrested. The Chairman of the transitional government, military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan said yesterday that the transitional government had been dissolved, and that state governors had been removed. However, he also said that elections will still be held as planned in 2023.

Anti-military protests took place all around Sudan yesterday, with thousands of protesters blocking roads in Khartoum. According to the Sudanese Doctors Committee, three people have died of gunshots and over 80 have been injured. There have been reports of internet shortages. Employees of Sudan’s central bank have declared an immediate strike, rejecting the military takeover.

The head of the African Union Moussa Faki Mahamat said that he was dismayed at the situation in Sudan, and called for immediate talks between the civilian and military leaders of the transitional government. The United States said that it rejects the actions of the military, and demanded the return of a civilian government. The European Union and the UK government both said that the Sudanese military had betrayed the transition to democracy. Head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, said in a Tweet that he condemns the military coup, and demanded the release of Prime Minister Hamdok and all other officials.

Nigeria has released a digital currency. The government said that the eNaira will always maintain the same value as the Naira, Nigeria’s currency. President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday that Nigeria is the first African country, and one of the first in the world to release a digital currency...

“We have become the first country in Africa, and one of the first in the world, to introduce a digital currency to our citizens.”

Europe

In the United Kingdom, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen described to parliament yesterday how Facebook was increasing hate. Haugen, who spoke in the US senate a few weeks ago, told members of parliament that Facebook awarded hate by making hateful adverts cheaper...

“Ads are priced partially based on the likelihood that people like them, reshare them, do other things to interact with them - click through on a link. An ad that gets more engagement is a cheaper ad. We have seen over and over again in Facebook’s research it is easier to provoke people with anger than to empathy and compassion, so we are literally subsidizing hate on these platforms. It is cheaper substantially to run an angry, hateful, divisive ad than to run a compassionate, empathetic ad...”

Russia is continuing to report record numbers of new COVID19 infections and deaths. The health ministry is currently reporting more than a thousand people a day dying of COVID19. Only 36% of people in Russia have been vaccinated - much less than the average for the world which is 49%. Speaking to a meeting of Pacific nations yesterday, head of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom said that the pandemic will end when the world chooses...

“The pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. It is in our hands. We have all the tools we need - effective public health tools and effective medical tools. Unlike so many other health challenges we can prevent this disease. We can test for it and we can trace it. But those tools have not been shared equitably.”

Asia

In Pakistan Radical Islamists have fought with police in the city of Lahore. Supporters of the banned party Tehreek-e-Labiak demonstrated demanding the release of their leader Saad Rizvi. Al Jazeera has reported that two policemen and two protesters were killed in fighting.

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has won more than 80% of votes in a presidential election, according to the election commission. International observers have criticised the elections for not offering real alternatives, and for irregularities on election day.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reversed his decision to expel ten foreign ambassadors. Erdogan said that he would allow the ambassadors to stay, after statements from the countries, that their ambassadors would not interfere in Turkish affairs.

Americas

Colombia has said that drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga will be extradited to the United States. Usuga was captured on Saturday by the Colombian military in an operation that involved 500 people and 22 helicopters. Colombia had a reward of around $800,000 dollars for information leading to Usuga’s capture. The US have a reward of $5 million dollars.

And in the United States the company Tesla has passed a market value of $1 trillion dollars. The value of Tesla rose this week as the rental company Hertz placed an order for 100,000 electric cars. Tesla is the 7th company in the world to pass a trillion dollar value, after 5 other American tech companies and one Chinese state-owned energy company.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a fantastic day and I will see you tomorrow.

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