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Wednesday 13th October 2021

Asia

Afghanistan was talked about by G20 leaders yesterday. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country should not be allowed to “descend into chaos”. United States President Joe Biden said that aid could be given to independent organizations in Afghanistan, and not to the Taliban. G20 leaders agreed that they will have to involve the Taliban in sending humanitarian aid, but said that that doesn’t mean that the Taliban is recognized as a government. On Monday the head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres said that Afghanistan needs cash. Guterres criticised the Taliban for breaking their promises on the rights of women, and for not allowing girls to go to school. However Guterres also said that Afghanistan needed money so that its economy could continue...

“Right now, with assets frozen and development aid paused, the economy is breaking down. Banks are closing and essential services such as healthcare have been suspended in many places. We need to find ways to make the economy breathe again. So we need to inject cash in the economy. I’m not saying that I’m asking the international community to give money to the Taliban or to the present authorities - no - we need to inject cash in the economy.”

In South Korea Lee Jae-Yong, the chairman of Samsung, has admitted to using an illegal drug. In court, Lee said that he had illegally obtained the drug Propofol, which is used by doctors for anaesthesia, and was found to be the cause of death of signer Michael Jackson. Lee has already been to prison twice for bribery, including for bribing a former president.

In India there has been fighting in the Kashmir region. Khadija Tahir reports...

In the city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir, five suspected rebels were killed in clashes with the Indian army yesterday. On Monday, 5 Indian soldiers were killed in the Surankote district of Kashmir after a gun battle with rebel forces, according to the Indian army. Almost 700 people have been detained for questioning after an increase in violence in the region. Kashmir has been a disputed territory between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947.

Americas

In the United States, Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has banned COVID19 vaccination mandates. Last month President Joe Biden said that all companies with more than 100 employees must require their staff to be vaccinated or test the for the virus every week. However, Governor Abbott has issued an executive order which prohibits any type of COVID19 vaccine mandate.

In Colombia a governor has said that he escaped two attacks within 24 hours. Juan Guillermo Zuluaga, governor of the Meta department in central Colombia, said that on Sunday night his vehicle was hit by the bullet of a sniper, and then on Monday there was an explosion close to his vehicle. Zuluaga said that he was warned of a third planned attack. Most rebel groups in Colombia agreed to make peace with the government in 2016, however some rejected the agreement.

Africa

Tunisia’s president Kais Saied has named a new government, almost 3 months after removing the Prime Minister and suspending parliament. Najla Bouden has become the first ever female Prime Minister in the Arab World.

In Eswatini, police and soldiers have been sent to schools where students have been protesting for political reforms, according to pro-democracy groups. Eswatini, formely known as Swaziland, is an absolute monarchy, where King Mswati III has total power, despite there also being an elected parliament.

Europe

In France Catholic priests have been told that they must report all child sex abuse allegations to the police, even if they hear it in the confession box. The confession box is a cabinet in which priests listen to people’s sins, and traditionally they are confidential. France’s interior minister Gerald Darmanin, said that France’s top bishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort was wrong when he said that the confession box was “above the law”. Last week a report stated that 330,000 French children were victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic church in the last 70 years.

In Spain the volcano Cumbre Vieja is still erupting on the island of La Palma. 6000 people have now been forced to leave their homes, and 1,200 buildings have been destroyed, including the entire town of Todoque.

In India this week there is the festival of Navratri. Navratri means ‘nine nights’ and celebrates the winning of good over evil by the goddess Durga. People decorate statues of goddesses, destroy statues of evil gods, act in plays, and perform dances, such as the circle dance Garba.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can send us a message, writing or speaking, at send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and we will see you tomorrow.

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