Tuesday 2nd March 2021
Yesterday in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court through a video link. This is the first time she has been seen since she was arrested during a military coup on the 1st of February. Ms Suu Kyi is facing 2 new charges. Protests continued on the streets, despite 18 people being killed on Sunday. Ms Suu Kyi was arrested due to alleged election fraud in November’s general election.
In Bangladesh, about 300 students and activists are protesting in the capital city, Dhaka. They are protesting the death of writer and commentator Mushtaq Ahmed. Ahmed was arrested last year, and on Friday, was announced dead in prison. Protestors say his arrest goes against free speech. Yesterday, protestors demanded the release of seven activists who were arrested during recent protests for Ahmed.
In Afghanistan, the Health Ministry announced yesterday that China has promised to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan. These doses will be a part of Afghanistan’s vaccination campaign, which began last week. So far, only 12,000 health workers have received the vaccine in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.
In France, Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail for corruption. Sarkozy was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 - after he'd left office. Sarkozy is the first former French president to be sentenced to prison.
In the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed yesterday that six people in England have tested positive for the Brazil variant. The Brazilian strain of Covid-19, known as P1, is said to be more contagious. UK health officials are now searching for an individual in England who was among the six people to have contracted the Brazil variant.
"Finally, I want to turn to a different subject - at the six cases of the variant of concern that was first identified in Manaus in brazil that we have identified here in the UK - three in Scotland and three in England. We know that five of these people quarantined at home as they were legally required to do, We've been in contact with them and their families, and we're grateful to them for understanding the seriousness of the situation. We're putting in place surge testing in South Gloucestershire as a precaution and I urge everyone to remain vigilant. One of the six completed a test but did not successfully complete contact details and we're therefore asking anyone who took a test on the 12th or 13th of February but hasn't received the result back to please get in touch by calling 119 in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or in Scotland 0 300 303 2713."
Yesterday in Zimbabwe, Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned. Local online media service, ZimLive, recently reported that Mohadi allegedly had sexual relationships with married women, including one of his staff members. Mohadi denied these accusations last week. He announced he is resigning to show respect to the office and the president, not because he is afraid.
Yesterday In Malawi, students were protesting for schools to re-open. The government had ordered the re-opening of schools, but teachers have refused to return. Teachers are saying they will only returned if they are paid for the risks they are taking. These risks involve returning to schools during the Coronavirus pandemic. The government said it was unable to pay them for this risk. The students wore their school uniforms and used rocks and tree branches to block the roads during their protest. Police in Malawi's capital Lilongwe used teargas to end the protests.
In the United States, on Sunday, Donald Trump made his first speech since Democrat Joe Biden became president. Trump hinted that he might run for office again in 2024.
"Already, the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women, and anti-science. This alone should be reason enough for democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now. Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House, but it's one of those things. But who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time. Ok?"
Yesterday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had a virtual meeting with United States President Joe Biden. The meeting was to discuss migration, COVID-19 recovery, and the economy. The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 185,000 Mexicans – the third-highest death toll in the world, was the main focus.
And finally, in Japan, two companies have created working from home pyjamas. The top half of the pyjamas looks like an office shirt, while the bottom half is made to feel and look like pyjamas. This is due to the amount of people working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. SEND7 Listeners! Send an audio message of your opinion on any news story at speakpipe.com/send7 . You can find transcripts for every episode at send7.org . I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day!