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Tuesday 8th February 2022

Africa


In Madagascar, a cyclone has killed at least 20 people. Cyclone Batsirai hit Madagascar at the weekend. It has destroyed towns and villages, ruined crops and displaced 50,000 people. This is Madagascar’s second cyclone in two weeks.


Mali’s government has asked the West African Economic and Monetary Union to lift its sanctions. The sanctions were imposed in January after Mali’s transitional government decided to delay the planned election.


Nigeria has received 2 million doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine from Finland, Greece and Slovenia. This is part of the European Union’s plan to distribute vaccines to some of the world’s poorest people.


Asia


In the Philippines, official campaigning for the presidential election begins today. Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, is leading the polls. The elections will be in May.


Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida says that he wants to speed up Japan’s Covid-19 booster programme. Japan will aim to deliver 1 million doses per day by the end of February, which is double the current pace. Covid-19 infections in Japan exceeded 100,000 for the first time on Saturday. So far, less than 5% of the population has received a booster vaccine dose.


Americas


The United States special climate envoy John Kerry will travel to Mexico City tomorrow to meet President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.


In Peru, the Las Bambas mine may stop operations this month. The mine has been the subject of protests and blockades since 2016, because local communities say the operator has failed to provide jobs and money to the region.


Honduran President Xiomara Castro has tested positive for Covid-19. She says that she has mild symptoms and will continue working remotely.


Europe


France’s president Emmanuel Macron flew to Moscow yesterday with the aim to reduce tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Moscow said it would listen to Macron’s ideas.


In Germany, fifteen climate activists have glued themselves to motorways. The protests are demanding a law against food waste and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.


Poland’s president Andrzej Duda spoke to NATO secretary Jens Stoltenberg yesterday. Stoltenberg said that NATO will continue to protect its members.


“We have also seen how NATO allies like Spain, Denmark, United Kingdom, United States and others have actually provided more capabilities for surveillance, for reassurance activities in the eastern part of the alliance, in particular in the Black Sea region.


“[...] It reflects the fact that NATO is there to protect and to defend and also to very closely monitor and follow what is going on in and around Ukraine, also close to NATO borders.”


In Switzerland, a man has become the first person to walk after their spinal cord completely severed. Michel Roccati was in a motorbike accident five years ago and his spinal cord was completely cut. Now, an electrical implant in his spine means he can walk again.


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

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