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Wednesday 13th April 2022

Updated: Apr 13

Europe


Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that peace talks with Ukraine have hit a dead end. Putin also says that claims of Russian war crimes in Bucha were faked and says that Russia will achieve its aims in Ukraine.


Ukraine says it has arrested Russian president Vladimir Putin’s closest ally in Ukraine, Viktor Medvedchuk.


The World Bank will provide USD 1.5 billion in support to Ukraine and will help developing countries cope with increasing food and energy prices.


British prime minister Boris Johnson and United States president Joe Biden met yesterday to discuss increasing military and economic support to Ukraine. They also discussed the need to end the West’s reliance on Russian oil and gas.


Greece will speed up gas exploration to help reduce its reliance on Russian energy supplies.

Spain’s High Court has sentenced a former security guard to 7.5 years in prison for attempted murder and possession of war weapons. Manel Murillo Sanchez threatened to assassinate prime minister Pedro Sanchez in a WhatsApp chat in 2018.


British prime minister Boris Johnson and chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak will receive fines for breaching Covid-19 lockdown rules in 2020.


Africa


In Mali, European Union armed forces training will be partly stopped. The European Union says that Malian authorities can’t guarantee that Russia will not interfere with the mission.


In Uganda, a Colombian researcher has been trampled to death by an elephant. Sebastian Ramirez Amaya was studying the social lives of male and female chimpanzees.


Asia


In Pakistan, five policemen have been killed in a reported terrorist attack. Khadija Tahir reports:


“In Pakistan, five policemen were killed in the Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to local media, a police van was attacked by a rocket, and later heavy firing was also reported in the area. Police officials say that the terrorists managed to escape the area before the police could catch them. Attacks on security forces by terrorist organizations are very common in Pakistan and have killed thousands of civilians and security personnel.”


In India, two people have been killed in a cable car crash, and 50 others were trapped in mid-air when one of the cars became dislodged on Sunday. The cable car takes pilgrims to the top of the Trikut hill, which is considered holy in Hinduism.


Taiwan has issued a handbook on war survival for the first time. There is no sign of an imminent invasion of Taiwan by China, but Taiwan has raised its alert level since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.


Americas


United States president Joe Biden has cracked down on so-called ‘ghost guns’, which are privately made weapons that can’t be traced. He has called for a new rule to place regulations on gun kits that can be assembled at home.


“Last year alone, law enforcement reported approximately 20,000 suspected ghost guns to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That’s a tenfold increase in these ghost guns from 2016. These guns are weapons of choice for many criminals. We’re going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice.”


Also in the United States, in New York City, over 20 people have been injured in a shooting at a subway station. The attacker detonated a smoke bomb and began shooting in the station yesterday morning. Officials are still searching for the attacker.

And Colombia’s national police have rescued over 1,000 animals from the black market, including snakes, turtles, starfish and birds.


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. Have a great day and I will speak to you tomorrow.

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