Tuesday 9th February 2021
In Haiti, President Jovenel Moïse announced on Sunday that police have arrested more than 20 people. These people were accused of trying to kill him and overthrow his government. A Supreme Court judge and a senior police officer were among those arrested. President Moïse says his presidency ends next year. But opposition say it finished on Sunday. There has been protests in the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince and other towns over his refusal to step down. Protestors fought with police, who responded with tear gas.
In the United States, lawyers for Donald Trump have said he was not responsible for the mob who attacked the capitol building on January 6th. Mr Trump was impeached for the second time by the House of Representatives last month. His trial in the Senate begins today. He is charged with encouraging violence in a speech to supporters ahead of the deadly riot. Mr Trump says he will not testify. Five people, including a police officer, died when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building, forcing politicians and staff to hide in offices.
Myanmar’s new military ruler has said the army will hold a new election and hand over power to the winner. Protests against last week’s take over has continued to grow. Yesterday Senior General Min Aung Hlaing addressed the country on live television, for the first time since the February 1st takeover. He told the public to focus facts and not feelings. He also repeated the claim that there was fraud in November’s election.
In India, emergency workers are searching for around 200 missing people. They have gone missing after a piece of a Himalayan glacier - a large piece of ice - fell into a river, causing huge floods. More than 30 people were apparently trapped inside a tunnel when the valley was flooded. Hundreds of soldiers and military helicopters have been sent to the region to help with the rescue.
In the UK, there are currently concerns about the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab's effectiveness against the South Africa variant. Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday said he is "very confident" in the Covid vaccines being used in the UK.
"We're very confident in all the vaccines that we're using. And I think it's important for people to to bear in mind that all of them we think are effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness and death, which is the the most important thing. We'll be continuing to study the results the effectiveness of the vaccine roll out and that's going very very fast indeed. And we'll be looking at the ways in which the population is starting to to respond to the vaccines as we prepare to say what we're going to do in the week of the of the 22nd and what kind of road map we want to lay out."
Yesterday, Germany, Poland and Sweden have removed an employee of Russia’s embassy in each country. This was after Russia removed a German, a Polish and a Swedish diplomat from Moscow last week. The Kremlin accused the three EU diplomats of participating in mass street protests in support of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The German foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday that Russia’s decision to remove the diplomats were not justified.
From Poland, one SEND7 listener has told us that Poland is leading the European Union in vaccinations. Marek says that vaccinating teachers should help to open schools…
“Poland is EU leader in ranking coronavirus vaccine doses per 100 people. $,3% of Poland's population have already [been] vaccinated. If we compare to Germany - 3,7% and France - 3%. The leader of [the] ranking is Israel. The next week in Poland the whole teachers might be vaccinated, which helps to open the schools.”
Thank you Marek. Send your thoughts and opinions on a news story in your country to speakpipe.com/send7
In Malawi, health authorities have repeated that they plan to continue using the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. This is despite research from South Africa finding that it was not effective enough against the main strain of COVID19 in South Africa. Malawi's Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo said a team of experts from Malawi are studying the developments in South Africa.
In Morocco, authorities say at least 24 people were killed in a flood in an illegal, underground factory. Water poured into the basement area of a home, where the factory was running. Ten people were rescued. Morocco has been experiencing heavy rains in recent weeks.
And finally, The museum of Pompeii is now open again for the first time in 40 years. Pompeii was buried under meters of ash after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The museum is home to ancient objects from the most famous volcanic eruption in history.
And that’s your world news in 7 minutes! You can find the transcript for today's episode, or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I’m Namitha Ragunath, And tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.