Wednesday 16th February 2022


Russia has said that it is moving some soldiers away from the Ukrainian border. Foreign minister spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said yesterday “February 15th 2022, will go down in history as the day Western war propaganda failed. Humiliated and destroyed without a single shot fired.” Yesterday NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that there has not been a clear removal of soldiers. He also said that Ukraine should have the ability to choose its own future, and that Russia and China were trying to promote authoritarian regimes over democracy...

“Of course, what we have seen on the ground, actually, since last spring, is that they're moving forces around but that doesn’t represent a real de-escalation.... I think what fundamentally what we see is that two authoritarian powers, Russia and China, are operating together. Because that don't like the rules based international order. They don't share our values, freedom and democracy. And that's also the reason why they tried to deny sovereign, democratic nations the right to choose their own future. They want a world where big powers can decide what smaller powers and countries can do. So this is about fundamental principles - whether free independent countries can choose to be art of an alliance <such> as NATO, or they can choose to stay out - we should respect it any way.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Russia yesterday. Putin said that Russia does not want a war in Europe, but that NATO has not taken Russia’s security concerns seriously. Yesterday, Ukraine reported some some cyberattacks, including attacks on two state banks.

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic has said that he will continue to miss tennis tournaments instead of getting vaccinated against COVID19. In an interview with the BBC, Djokovic, the world number one, said that the principle of choice was more important than being statistically the best player of all time...

“But I’ve always represented and supported the freedom to choose what you put into your body... And one of the consequences of my decision was not going to Australia, and I was prepared not to go. And I understand that not being vaccinated today, I’m unable to travel to most of the tournaments

Journalist: “and that’s the price you’re willing to pay?”

ND: “That is the price that I’m willing to pay”


In Somalia, hunger is a threat to half of children under 5, according to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF has said that malnutrition is at a record level, and has been made worse by a drought in East Africa.

Liberia has begun celebrations of its 200th anniversary. Liberia was created by freed slaves from the United States in 1822, and declared independence from the United States in 1847. It is the oldest republic in Africa.


In Pakistan a man who is in prison for murdering his sister, the social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, is expected to be released from prison. He is now saying that his confession of her murder was forced by the police. Khadija Tahir reports...

A Pakistani court has cancelled charges against a man sentenced to life in prison for killing his sister in 2016. Muhammed Waseem killed his sister, Qandeel Baloch, saying that she had brought shame to the family. Qandeel Baloch became famous for her social media posts and was murdered after posting photos with a Muslim cleric. Waseem was sentenced to life in prison in 2019, but his parents have fought for his release. Almost 1000 women are murdered in Pakistan each year for “honour” crimes. After the murder of Qandeel Baloch, Pakistan's parliament passed a law criminalizing honour crimes.

In Japan Studio Ghibli has announced that it will open a theme park on November 1st. Studio Ghibli is an extremely popular animated film studio, often known as Japan’s Disney.


Close to Canada, a fishing boat has sunk killing at least 7 people and leaving 17 missing. The Spanish government has said that crew was made up of Spaniards, Peruvians and Ghanaians.

In the United States, British Prince Andrew has reached an agreement with a woman who says that he sexually assaulted her when she was 17. The Prince has agreed to pay a donation to Virginia Giuffre’s charity, although the amount has not been

And in the United States scientist appear to have cured three people of HIV. HIV is believed to have passed from monkeys to humans around a hundred years ago, and researchers have been searching for a cure since the 1980s. The potential new cure involves a transplant of stem cells.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. A big thank you to our supporters. You allow this podcast to continue. You can become a supporter at I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a great day.

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