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Tuesday 29th September 2020

Asia In the Nagorno- Karabakh region between Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting has continued. Soldiers and civilians have been reported to have died from both Armenia and Azerbaijan. At least 67 people have been killed in the last 2 days. Around 150,000 people live in Nagorno-Karabakh. Although within Azerbaijani territory, most of the population are ethnic Armenians.

India is currently reporting around 80,000 new cases of COVID19, and 1,000 new deaths every day. With the current rate of infection, India will overtake the United States to be the country with the highest number of reported infections next week. India contains many of the world’s most densely populated cities. During his speech to the UN this weekend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will use its vaccine producing abilities, to help the whole world face the pandemic.

Americas

In the United States, A report form the New York Times says that President Donald Trump has only paid no income tax in 11 of the last 18 years. The main reason for Trump not paying income tax was that he lost money during those years, according to the New York Times. Editor of the the newspaper, Dean Baquet, said that they were publishing this information because citizens have a right to know about their leaders, and because President Trump broke the tradition that Presidents always publish their tax returns. Yesterday Trump rejected the report as ‘fake news’...

“It’s totally fake news. Made up. Fake . We went through the same stories- you could’ve asked me the same questions four years ago. I had to litigate this and talk about it. Totally fake news. Actually I paid tax. And you’ll see that, as soon as my tax returns are.... they’re under audit. for a long time, they’re doing their assessment, we’ve been negotiating for a long time, things get settled, like in the IRS. But right now when you’re under audit, you don’t do that. So we’re under audit... but i will tell you that I look forward to releasing that, I look forward to releasing many things, I’m going to release many things. And people will be really shocked. But the New York Times has been doing fake story after fake story. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Tonight, Donald Trump and Presidential candidate Joe Biden will hold their first television debate.

In Argentina, over 1,000 public figures have written to president Alberto Fernandez, asking him to keep his election promise to legalize abortion. In 2018 Argentina’s congress voted in favour of legalizing abortion, but the law was rejected by the senate. In March this year, new president Alberto Fernandez said that abortion would soon be legalized. It is expected that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 illegal abortions in Argentina every year.

Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has met with Russian opposition leader Alexy Navalny in hospital in Berlin. Navalny has been receiving treatment in Germany after being poisened with Novichok in Russia. Chancellor Merkel has previously said that the poisoning of Alexy Navalny was an attempt to silence him.

Greece has accused charity workers of helping migrants enter Greece illegally from Turkey. Greek police have accused 35 people, mostly Greeks, of providing information to people-smugglers arriving on the island of Lesbos. Earlier this month, more than 12,000 refugees were left homeless after a fire at a camp in Lesbos. Six Afghan citizens are charged with starting the fire.

Africa

In Kenya many business will be able to reopen from today. Bars can open, but must closed by 10PM. President Uhuru Kenyatta said yesterday that schools will remain closed to maintain the safety of students...

“The resumption of in-person learning must be predicated on strict adherence to the health protocols and guidelines as issued by the ministry of health. And once we have established how, then we will agree when”.

Tax evasion and other illegal activities, costs Africa $89 billion dollars a year, according to a United Nations study. Nearly half of this money is lost through the export of commodities, such as diamonds, gold and platinum. It is common for tax revenues to be lost as companies understate how much they are exporting.

And Togo has its first ever female prime minister. Victoire Tomegah Dogbe was appointed yesterday by President Faure Gnassingbe. Dogbe is an eonomist who previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme.

That is your news in 7 minutes. Send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or instagram @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. See you tomorrow.

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