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Tuesday 30th March 2021

Americas

In the United States, the trial of Derek Chauvin began yesterday. Chauvin has been accused of the murder of George Floyd. The murder of George Floyd caused international protests against racism and police violence last year. Floyd died while Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The former police officer denies charges of murder and manslaughter. His defence says that heart disease and drug use was the reason George Floyd died. Yesterday, attorney Benjamin Crump, made a statement about the trial.


BC: "I want to make it clear, this is not a hard case. Everybody keeps trying to say this is a hard, difficult case. If George Floyd was a white American citizen, nobody would say this is a hard case. We all know what killed George Floyd was a knee on his neck while he said “I can’t breathe” 28 times. So, America, the whole world is watching. Do w really have equality and justice for all?"


In Mexico, this weekend the country has reached over 200,000 deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic. One Send7 listener in Mexico - Abel said many people are criticising Mexico’s prime minister.

Abel: "This weekend Mexico has reached over 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. Mexico's president is facing criticism over his handling of the crisis. Andrés Manuel López Obrador is often seen in public without wearing a face mask."



Asia

In Pakistan, President Arif Alvi tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday. Alvi, who is 71 years old, said he has taken the first dose of a Covid vaccine. He is still waiting for his second dose. It is still possible to get infected after being vaccinated. But the jabs protects most people from serious cases of the disease. A second dose also offers greater protection from the coronavirus. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.


In Bangladesh, two people have died during violence between protesters and the police on Sunday. The protests were against the visit of India’s Hindu-nationalist leader, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. So far 13 people have died during these protests. The protesters, mostly from the religious group called Hefazat-e-Islam, have accused Modi of supporting violence against Muslims in Bangladesh.

Europe

In France, yesterday, a drugmaker was found guilty of manslaughter over a weight-loss pill. The pill designed to help people lose weight, has been sold for over 30 years, and is being blamed for hundreds of deaths. The court ruled yesterday that the drug misled consumers and lowered people’s trust in the health system.


In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced yesterday that the UK will make more vaccine doses. Yesterday was also the day where lockdown measures in England were reduced.

BJ: "And I can today announce that the vaccine task force has reached an agreement with GlaxoSmithKline to finish and bottle this precious fluid also in the northeast."


Africa

In Egypt, a massive ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has been freed. Boats honked their horns in celebration as the ship, named the Ever Given, was released yesterday. The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea through Egypt, is one of the world's busiest trade routes.

In Niger, the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 with China's Sinopharm vaccine began yesterday. Health workers, people over 60, members of the defence and security forces, refugees and migrants, will receive the vaccine first. While receiving his first dose of the vaccine, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini told citizens to be vaccinated "for the sake of all the population”.


And finally, yesterday marked 60 years since people living in Washington, D.C. were finally given the right to vote in U.S. presidential elections. As DC is a special ‘federal district’, and not a state, they were not included in the votes made by the 50 states.


And that’s your World News in 7 minutes. Send your comment on any news story by email to podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at speakpipe.com/send7. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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