Wednesday 17th March 2021
In Libya, a transitional government took power yesterday, after months of talks between rival governments in the East and the West of Libya. The Government of National Accord which controlled the West of Libya and the Capital city Tripoli, officially transferred power to the Government of National Unity and Abdul Hamid Dbeideh became Prime Minister. On Monday there was a ceremony in the East of Libya which has been controlled by the House of Representatives and General Khalifa Haftar, since 2014. Libya was in civil war from 2014 until last October when a ceasefire was agreed. The transitional government has promised to hold elections this year.
In Niger at least 58 civilians were killed in an attack on a village, the government said yesterday. There has recently been an increase in attacks linked to Islamist jihadist groups in Niger..
In Nigeria the governor of the state of Kaduna has said that his government will not negotiate with kidnappers.
Last week 39 students were kidnapped in Kaduna State and on Monday three teachers were also abducted from another school. Talking to AlJazeera Nasir el-Rufai said that the kidnapped students were ‘safe’. There have been 5 mass kidnappings from schools since December in Nigeria.
The European Union’s medicines regulator, has said that the benefits of using the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine outweigh any risks. At least 16 countries have suspended the use of the vaccine after about 37 reports of blood clots including 5 deaths. However, over 17 million people have received the vaccine already in Europe and many scientists say that this rate of blood clots is normal. The World Health organization has said that there was no evidence of an increase in blood clots. The head of the European Medicines Agency, Emer Cooker, spoke to the media yesterday...
“The number of thromboembolic events overall in vaccinated people seems not to be higher than that seen in the general population. Currently, we are still firmly convinced that the benefits of the Astrazeneca vaccine, in preventing COVID19 with it’s associated risk of hospitalization and death outweigh the risk of the side effects.”
Spain could become the first country in the world to try a 4-day working week. The government has accepted a proposal to help companies that want to test a 4-day week.
In India, children have returned to school in the Kashimir region for the first time in nearly two years. Schools were closed in Indian administered Kashimir in 2019, during a political crisis in which India removed its autonomous status, and remained closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In Russia, opposition leader Alexey Navelney has described his prison as a concentration camp, in an instagram post. Navalny was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after returning to Russia in January from Germany, where he was receiving treatment for being poisoned. Navalny blames the Russian government for his poisoning.
In the United States an intelligence report has stated that Russia tried to influence the 2020 presidential election, in favour of Former President Donald Trump. The report from the Director of National Intelligence, said that President Vladamir Putin, knew about, and probably ordered the attempt to use propaganda to attack Joe Biden. The report also said that Iran tried to influence voters away from former President Donald Trump. Other reports showed that their was no evidence to support Trump´s claim that China or Venezuela interfered with the election to benefit Joe Biden.
In Bolivia yesterday tens of thousands of people protested in support of former President Jeanine Añez. Añez is in jail charged with plotting a coup against former President Evo Morales in 2019. Most supporters of Morales believe that there was a coup against him in 2019, however others believe that Morales had no right to stand as a candidate for President for a fourth time and accuse him of rigging the 2019 election.
This week we have asked you to talk about your experience of the coronavirus pandemic...
“I’m Alessia and I’m from Italy, the experience of the pandemic has profoundly changed my life, my habits and my way of dealing with problems.”
That was Alessia from Italy, where we’ve had a lot of responses. Benedetta said that her anxiety had increased during the pandemic...
“The coronavirus pandemic affected me in a bad way and, I had an important increase of my anxiety.” Also from Italy, Laura in Brescia said that she is losing her adolescence. Marco said that the situation is bad but he hopes that it will improve with vaccinations. However, Gemma says that she has found more time to practise hobbies. Angelica says that she is finding beauty in small gestures. From Mexico, Abel said that since having the coronavirus, he is very motivated to achieve his dreams...
“During the pandemic I tested positive for COVID19. Fortunately, I only had mild symptoms, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my dreams and my goals. Now I am very motivated - more than ever before -to accomplish my goals.
Thank you Abel. Tell us your experience of the pandemic by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send an audio message at speakpipe.com-send7. I´m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.