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Tuesday 28th June 2022

Updated: Jun 28

Good morning. This is SEND7 World News in 7 minutes. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and today is Tuesday the 28th of June 2022.


Starting in the Europe today:

Europe

In Ukraine, yesterday, a shopping centre with more than 1,000 people inside, was hit by a Russian missile strike. At least two people have been confirmed dead and 20 injured. The mall was on fire, badly damaged, and collapsing. President Volodymyr Zelensky posted this footage on his social media.


In Germany, yesterday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the G7 summit. This was during a video call meeting. The President said he wants the war over by winter. He urged the G7 leaders to keep the pressure on Russia. He also asked for more heavy weapons. The G7 leaders pledged to support Ukraine "for as long as it takes”. At the summit, US President Joe Biden said the U.S. will ban imports of gold from Russia.

President Joe Biden: “Collectively, we aim to mobilise nearly $600 billion from the G7 by 2027. The strategic investments are critical to sustainable development and to our shared global stability.”


Africa

In South Africa, at least 21 young people were found dead at a nightclub. Authorities are still investigating the cause of deaths. As no visible injuries were found, police are looking to see if the victims were poisoned. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to affected families. He also said he was worried about how people, including victims, under the age of 18 were allowed to enter the event.

In Nigeria, yesterday, Justice Tanko Muhammad resigned from his position as the highest-ranking judicial officer. Many local reports said Mr Muhammad, Nigeria’s Chief Justice, resigned due to his health. However, his resignation comes during allegations of corruption and nepotism by other Supreme Court justices.

Americas

In the United States, major companies including Disney and Facebook owner Meta, have told staff they will cover travel expenses for abortions. Since the recent overruling, a number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.


In Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso promised to lower fuel prices. This is after weeks of protests over the cost of living in Ecuador. Protesters blocked roads and organised protests demanding lower fuel and food prices. Some of these protests turned violent. In response, the president vowed to cut 10 cents a gallon from both petrol and diesel prices.


In Colombia, at least four people have been killed and more than 300 were injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfight. Videos online show the three-storey wooden stand filled with spectators collapsing. The dead included two women, a man and a child. The event was part of celebrations of the popular San Pedro festival.



Asia

In India, yesterday, YouTube removed a viral music video of murdered Sikh rapper Sidhu Moose Wala. The video was removed after a complaint by the Indian government. The song “SYL” talks about the Sutlej-Yamuna Link (SYL) canal. This canal has been at the centre of a long-running water dispute in India. The song also talked about other sensitive topics in India, such as violence against the Sikh community. Moose Wala’s family said the removal of the song was “unjust”.

In Japan, yesterday, the government urged people in Tokyo to use less electricity. It warned there could be a shortage as Japan faces a heatwave. The government said people should switch off unnecessary lights but still use air conditioning to avoid heatstroke. For weeks, officials have warned of a power shortage as temperatures rise.


And finally, in Australia, yesterday, NASA successfully launched a rocket. This is the first commercial launch outside the United States. The rocket is expected to travel more than 300 kilometers into space. This is for a mission to observe the nearest star systems to the Earth.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you listen on apple podcasts please leave a review and if you listen on Spotify, then please leave a star rating. You can also send us a message at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a lovely day.

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