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Wednesday 16th June 2021


Americas

In Nicaragua many top opposition leaders have been arrested in the last few days. Critics say that President Daniel Ortega is removing his opponents before elections this year. On Sunday Suyen Barahona, the leader of left-wing Unamos party was arrested with 3 others party officials. Other people who have been arrested include a former health minister, a former general and former deputy foreign minister. 4 presidential candidates have been arrested. Ortega won elections in 2007, however he has been accused of becoming more authoritarian during his time in office. He made his own wife vice president in 2017.

In Haiti thousands of women and children have been displaced by gang violence, according to UNICEF. The charity said that fighting between rival gangs in the capital city Port-au-Prince had made over ten thousand people leave their homes.

Asia

Saudi Arabia has executed an anti-government activist. The interior ministry said that Mustafa bin Hashim was guilty of terrorism and trying to kill police officers, however Amnesty International say that Hashim was under 18 when he participated in riots in 2011. Saudi Arabia is one of the countries that executes the most people.

In India, a man who is believed to be the person with the most wives and children in the world, has died. Khadija Tahir reports...

In the Indian state of Mizoram, Ziona Chana, who was believed to be the head of the world's largest family has died. Chana, who was 76 years old, had 38 wives, 89 children, and 33 grandchildren. He was a part of a Christian sect called Chana Pawl, founded by his father in 1942 that allows men to marry more than one woman. Polygamy is illegal in India, however, the government does not prosecute tribal communities for polygamy. Chana’s family live in a pink four-story house with 100 rooms.

China has said that radiation at its Taishan nuclear reactor is ‘normal’. The French energy company EDF, which owns 30% of the reactor, reported a possible radiation leak from the reactor.

In Afghanistan 4 vaccine polio workers were killed yesterday in attacks in the city of Jalalabad. The Taliban has denied responsibility. Daesh, the islamic state group have previously claimed responsibility for killing health workers. Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries in the world where polio is commonly passed between people/ Yesterday US President Biden met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey has agreed to operate and guard Afghanistan’s main airport in Kabul after the US military leaves Afghanistan this year.

Europe

In Switzerland, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States President Joe Biden will meet today.

Before meeting Biden Putin gave an interview with American TV channel NBC. In the interview Putin was asked is opposition leader Alexei Navalny will survive prison. Putin refused to comment, when asked about Navalny’s poisoning in Russia, Putin said that Russia doesn’t assassinate people.

In Ireland, the airline Ryanair has said that it does not support a ban on flying over Belarus. Many European countries banned flights from flying over Belarus after Belarus forced a plane to land last month in order to arrest a Belarussian activist. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said yesterday that airlines must be able to fly over hostile countries.

“We do not believe or support a kind of long-term ban of either European airlines overflying Belorussia or Banning Belarussian aircraft flying over the EU. This is not the way forward for international air travel.”

In France, the Swedish furniture company Ikea has been fined for spying on it’s staff. IKEA has been ordered to pay €1 million euros in fines after being found guilty of improperly finding and storing information on its employees.

Africa

In Somalia a suicide bomber has killed 15 people at a military camp. Islamist Jihadist group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the bombing on its radio station.

In South Africa over a thousand people have rushed to a small village in KwaZulu Natal province. People with spades and pick-axes have travelled miles after hearing that land around the village contains diamonds, although local authorities have said that geologists have not confirmed that the shiny rocks are diamonds.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Find transcripts or send us a message at send7.org I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a wonderful day.

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