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Tuesday 5th April 2022

Europe


In Ukraine, officials in northern regions say that Russian troops have fully withdrawn or decreased in number. Authorities in Chernihiv say that some Russian troops remain but have withdrawn from around the main city. Last week, Russia said that it would reduce operations in the north of Ukraine to focus on the east.


Ukrainian, European and United Nations officials and United States president Joe Biden have called for Russia to be investigated for war crimes in northern Ukraine. There are reports of mass graves and civilian bodies shot at close range in Bucha.


The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that it isn’t able to reach the city of Mariupol in Ukraine because of security conditions. Mariupol has been under siege by Russia since February.


Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky spoke at the Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, asking viewers to support Ukraine in any way they can.


“The war – what’s more opposite to music? The silence of ruined cities and killed people. We defend our freedom to live, to laugh to sound. On our land we are fighting Russia which brings horrible silence with its bombs – the death silence. Fill the silence with your music. Fill it today, to tell our story. Fill it today to tell the truth about the war on your social networks, on TV, support us in any way you can. Any but not silence.”


In France, record low temperatures on Sunday may have caused severe damage to fruit and wine production. France recorded the coldest April night since at least 1947, with temperatures of -1.5oC.


Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic was re-elected on Sunday, with around 60% of the vote, according to the State Election Commission.


Asia


In Indonesia, a teacher has been sentenced to death for raping 13 girls.


Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam has said that she won’t seek a second term in office. She said that family is her first priority. The election is set to take place on the 8th May.


Americas


The United States will ask the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. A two-thirds majority can suspend a state for violating human rights. The United States ambassador to the United Nations has said that Russia should not participate in the Human Rights Council because of its actions in Ukraine.


In Chile, polls show that voters may vote against the new constitution. The constitution will be subject to a referendum later this year. The polls show that 46% of respondents would vote against the new constitution.


In Ecuador, 20 people were killed in prison violence over the weekend at the El Turi prison. Last year, prison violence in Ecuador killed 316 people. The police say they have now regained control of the El Turi prison.


In Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves has won the presidential election. Chaves is a former World Bank official. He has promised to break with traditional politics and will take office on the 8th May.


Africa


South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar have agreed to resume talks about unifying their forces. The two forces signed a peace agreement in 2018 to end the civil war, but conflict has increased in recent weeks.


The Nigerian Railway Corporation says that 168 people are missing after an attack on a train last week. Suspected bandits blew up the track in the northwest of Nigeria, killing at least eight people.


And former United States president Donald Trump’s social media app has been called a “failure”. The app, Truth Social, launched on 20th February but many users are still unable to access it. Truth Social aims to “stand up to the tyranny of big tech”.


That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and twitter @send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi Have a great day.

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