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Wednesday 16th September 2020

Starting in Africa today.

According to UNICEF, television has replaced teachers for African children during the Coronavirus pandemic. Since schools closed in March, many children do not have an internet connection. Ubongo is a Tanzanian non-profit organization, set up in 2014 which offers educational television and radio content for free to African broadcasters. Programs by Ubongo are now watched by 17 million children in 20 countries.

In Ethiopia, more than half a million people have been affected by severe flooding. According to the minister for water and irrigation, some places have seen the heaviest rains in a century. About 200,000 people have been left homeless by the floods.


In Germany, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny posted a picture of himself on Instagram yesterday and said that he was breathing on his own. Last week German doctors confirmed that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok. According to his spokeswoman, Alexei Navalny will return to Russia.

Belarus. The European Union does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus, the EU’s diplomatic chief, Josep Borrell, said yesterday. Lukashenko has faced huge protests against his rule since the 9th August presidential election that most international organizations say were not free and fair.

"We are using all of our tools that we have at our disposal, to contribute to the end of the violent repression that has been developing in Belarus after the elections, which we don't consider legitimating [sic] Lukashenko."


In the United States, the city of Louisville, will pay several million dollars to the mother of Breonna Taylor - a woman killed by police in her home in March. More on this story from Khadija Tahir...

"Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was shot dead after Louisville police entered her home with a "no-knock" warrant issued for drug possession. The police found no drugs at her house, however gunfire was exchanged between her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, and the police. Taylor’s death lead to months of protests in Louisville and calls for the officers to be charged with murder. The settlement would be the largest amount of money paid by the city for a police misconduct case. The officers were not wearing body cameras and the department said there is no video of the raid. Her boyfriend was initially charged, but those charges were later dropped. Louisville has now banned no-knock warrants."

In Brazil, since September more than 10,000 fires have broken out across the Pantanal - the world's largest wetland. This is three times as many fires as last year. The Pantanal in Brazil is home to around 1,200 animal species, including 36 that are threatened with extinction.


Afghanistan has secured a seat at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, for the first time in its history. Afghanistan received 39 votes to find a seat in the commission, which is dedicated to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. Afghanistan's representative to the UN, Adela Raz, said winning the seat was of "critical importance" for Afghanistan's women.

In Vietnam, four people have been jailed for their role in the deaths of 39 people found in a lorry in the United Kingdom last year. The four defendants were found guilty of organizing illegal emigration and were given sentences ranging from two-and-a-half to seven-and-a-half years.

In India, at least 17 members of parliament have tested positive for COVID19. They were tested on Monday, before the reopening of India's parliament after a six month closure. India currently has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, with over 5 million cases confirmed. Coronavirus cases are growing fast in India, with around 90,000 new cases and over a thousand new deaths reported every day.

And in Myanmar, Burmese roofed turtles, known for their smiling faces, have been saved from extinction. By the 1990s, the species was thought to be extinct due to overhunting and pet trade. Now, almost 1000 turtles have been successfully raised in captivity and will soon be released into the wild.

That is the end of today’s world news in 7 minutes. Find the transcript of today’s episode at I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Thank you for listening, have a great day.

Khadija Tahir

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