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Tuesday 7th June 2022

Europe


Russia has said that deliveries of long-range arms to Ukraine by Western countries will make Russia push Ukrainian forces further back from the borders. The United States and the United Kingdom have agreed to supply Ukraine with precision missile systems with longer ranges than previous weapons deliveries.


Russian president Vladimir Putin has approved USD 81,500 to be paid to the families of members of Russia’s National Guard who have died in Ukraine and Syria.


Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has faced a move by eastern European countries to block his plane from travelling to Serbia. He has said this is an “unprecedented” action.


In the United Kingdom, prime minister Boris Johnson faced a confidence vote yesterday. Johnson has been under criticism since being found to have attended parties at his office during Covid-19 lockdowns. The vote was announced by member of parliament Graham Brady.


“The threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister has been passed, therefore a vote of confidence will take place within the rules of the 1922 committee. That vote will take place this evening in the House of Commons between six and eight o’clock, and we will announce the results shortly thereafter. There will be arrangements for proxy votes for any colleagues who can’t be present in Westminster, and we will notify colleagues of those arrangements in the near future …


“I think it’s good for everybody to get these things out of the way as quickly and efficiently as possible.”


Johnson won the confidence vote, with 211 members of parliament voting that they had confidence and 148 voting no confidence.


Africa


South African passengers will have to prove their nationality before travelling by Ryanair to the United Kingdom. Ryanair will give South African passengers a test in Afrikaans, a language which is used by 12% of the population. Ryanair does not operate flights to and from South Africa, and says that there has been a high rate of false South African Passports. If a passenger cannot complete the questionnaire in Afrikaans, they will be refused travel.


Burkina Faso architect Diebedo Francis Kere has become the first African and black winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. He has returned to his hometown, where he was celebrated as a hero.


Americas


The United States is hosting the Summit of the Americas this week. Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua have been excluded. Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that he will not attend the summit unless all governments in the region are invited. Chile’s president Gabriel Boric has said the decision to exclude Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua is a “mistake”. The summit aims to discuss regional migration and economic issues.


In Mexico, the ruling party has won four of the six state elections held on Sunday, according to preliminary results.


Asia


India’s government is aiming to calm anger after two members of the ruling BJP party made “insulting” remarks about the Prophet Mohammed. The remarks have caused anger among Muslims in India and abroad. 38 people have been arrested for rioting in India, and another protest is planned in Mumbai.


South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol has said that North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programmes have reached a level where they pose a threat to regional and world peace.


And Thailand celebrated its first official pride parade at the weekend. Thousands of members of the LGBTQ+ community joined the celebration. Thailand’s civil partnership bill was approved by the cabinet in 2020, aiming for same-sex unions to have almost the same legal rights as heterosexual marriages. The bill is now waiting to go to parliament.


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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