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Wednesday 15th September 2021


On the continent of Africa just 3.5% of people are fully vaccinated against COVID 19, according to the World Health Organization. In the whole world 42% of people have received at least one dose. WHO chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom said that richer countries are not doing enough to help poorer countries...

“So far just 2 countries in Africa have reached the 40% target - the lowest of any region. As I said last week, that’s not because African countries don’t have the capacity or experience to roll out vaccines. It is because they have been left behind by the rest of the world. More than 5.7 billion doses have been administered globally but only 2% of those have been administered in Africa.”

In Guinea, the leaders of a coup d’etat have started talks to form a transitional government. Leaders of political parties have been invited to talks this week, as well as regional leaders and religious leaders. On 5th September President Alpha Conde was captured and removed from power by a special forces unit of the Guinean army.


In Haiti, a government commissioner has accused Prime Minister Ariel Henry of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moise. Bed-Ford Claude, Haiti’s top prosecutor, has said that Prime Minister Henry made a telephone call with one of the key suspects involved in the killing of President Moise on the 7th July.

In The United States there was a recall election in the state of California yesterday. If over 50% of voters choose to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, then he will be automatically replaced with whoever receives the most votes, who will probably be the Republican Larry Elder. At the time of recording this podcast the results have not been announced. Yesterday President Joe Biden said that Republican Larry Elder was like a clone of Donald Trump...

“All of you know that last year I got to run against the real Donald Trump. This year the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen in your state.”

In Argentina the main opposition party gained more votes than the ruling party in its primary elections. In Argentina primary elections are conducted 2 months before the actual elections to decide who will be candidates. If the results are the same in the main election in November, then the left wing Frente de Todos, which is a Peronist coalition, will lose seats in the Senate and Congress, and the centre-right wing party Juntos por el Cambio will win seats. Only 66% of Argentines voted in this election despite the fact that voting in Argentina is obligatory.


In Russia, President Vladamir Putin met with Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad for the first tim since 2015 yesterday. Russia has been the main supporter of the regime of Bashir Al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, which has killed over 500,000 people in the last ten years. Today, the government of Bashir al-Assad controls around three quarters of the territory of Syria, with the rest of the country divided between Kurdish rebel groups and Turkish-backed rebel groups.

Also in Russia, a court has fined Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete material that Russia considers illegal.

China has reported an outbreak of the coronavirus Delta variant. Khadija Tahir reports...

In China's southeastern province of Fujian, there has been a sharp increase in covid-19 cases. According to the local authorities, the infections can be linked to school children who are not yet vaccinated. In Putian, the government has ordered testing for all of the city's 3.2 million residents. Cases of the Delta variant have been traced back to a resident who returned from Singapore and might have caused almost 100 people to be infected. According to the authorities, the man developed symptoms after finishing the 14-day quarantine period and his 12-year old son was among the first new infections to be detected.


Spain’s government has agreed to emergency measures to reduce energy prices. Energy companies have been making big profits this year, however the government has said that profits will be given back to consumers through reductions in price. Ecological minister Teresa Ribiera said that the average person would have a 22% reduction in their energy bills.

In Norway the left-wing labour party, have won the most seats in parliamentary elections. Jonas Gahr Store is expected to become Prime Minister if he can form a coalition. If Store does form a government, then all 5 Nordic countries, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland, will be run by centre-left governments, for the first time in 60 years.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. A big thank you to Meghana from India for your lovely message. If you’d like to send us a message you can send us an email to or you can send us an audio message like Meghana did at I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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