Tuesday 28th September 2021
In Germany, centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have won the federal election. They have told the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel it should no longer be in power. SPD leader Olaf Scholz says it is time for a new coalition with the Greens and liberals. However, this coalition could take months to happen. The SPD only slightly led Sunday’s vote, gaining 25.7% of the vote. Merkel’s conservative party suffered their worst-ever performance this election. Since the results were announced yesterday, France has called the results a victory for “stability”. Also, Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said he expects closer ties with Germany.
In Switzerland, almost two-thirds of Swiss voters have supported same-sex marriage in a referendum. Almost 64% supported the measure, making it one of the last countries in western Europe to legalise same-sex marriage. Campaigners have said the vote is a historic moment for LGBT rights in Switzerland. The measure will make it possible for same-sex couples to adopt children and for married lesbian couples to have children through sperm donation. It makes Switzerland the 30th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
In the United States, yesterday was the sixth and final day of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to the assembly, followed by officials from the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen and Syria. This year, the assembly has agreed to meet new climate change goals and to deal with vaccine inequality.Yesterday, it was announced that Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations would no longer address world leaders at the General Assembly. Ghulam Isaczai, represented president Ashraf Ghani’s government that was overthrown last month. He was meant to condone the Taliban with a speech yesterday, but his name was removed from the list of speakers. President Ghani escaped Afghanistan after the Taliban gained control 20 years after it was removed from power in a United States-led military invasion.
In Colombia, five people, including a teenager, were shot dead in the latest of a series of attacks by armed groups. Six other people were injured. A military official blamed a rebel group for the attack. Five years ago ,Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). However, some members, who did not agree with the deal, broke away and have continued attacking Colombians.
In India, hundreds of farmers in Punjab and Haryana have blocked roads as they continue their protest against farm laws. Farmers, who have been camping at Delhi's borders since last November, want the government to change the law. India’s government says the laws will increase farmers' income, but unions don’t agree, and have called the laws unfair. Several rounds of talks between farmer unions and the government have been unsuccessful for the farmers. Yesterdays call for a nationwide strike, comes on the first anniversary of the laws' approval in parliament.
In Australia, prime minister Scott Morrison has suggested he may not attend the UN's climate conference in November. This is as his government faces continued criticism of its poor climate record. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the Prime Minister has not decided if he will attend yet, suggesting it was a burden.
MP: "It's a significant undertaking as you know, it involves the the two-week domestic quarantine as well; so no final decisions have been made."
In Uganda, a study has found that vaccination against Covid-19 significantly reduced deaths in Uganda. There were no deaths recorded among fully vaccinated patients during the research period. There were also fewer deaths among those who had only received one dose of the vaccine.
In Egypt, the government plans to tax online content creators. Egypt’s tax authority asked YouTubers and bloggers to register and declare their annual income. The government is aiming to tax those earning more than 500,000 Egyptian pounds a year. This is roughly $32,000 or £23,000 a year. Some people on social media have been supporting the new tax plans, saying the rich should be taxed, too.
And finally, in European microstate San Marino, people have voted to legalise abortion. With all referendum polls counted, around 77% of voters supported the legalisation of abortion. The move would change a law created in 1865, which has made San Marino one of the last places in Europe where abortion is completely banned.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. SEND7 listeners - we are on instagram, facebook and twitter @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.