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Wednesday 21st April 2021

Africa

In Chad, President Idriss Deby has been killed. The army said that President Deby was killed in fighting against rebels forces. Army General Azem Bermandoa Agouna announced the death of the President on national television yesterday...

“Idriss Deby Itno, has just breathed his last breath defending our national sovereignty on the battlefield. It is with grief that we announce to the Chadian people the death this Tuesday, 20th April 2021, of the marshal of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno after injuries on the front [frontline].”

Idriss Deby had been in control of Chad since 1990, when he took power in a coup d’etat, which was supported by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Since 1990 Deby won 6 presidential elections, although rights groups have called these elections “ceremonial”. Deby was declared the winner of this year’s election on Monday. However the military say that Deby was in Northern Chad, commanding the army against a rebellion. Deby’s son, Mahmud Deby, has said that he will lead a transitional military council for 18 months when elections will be held. The council has announced a curfew from 6pm to 6am and has closed international borders. Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, said that Deby’s death was a huge loss for Chad and for Africa. French President Emmanuel Macron said that France had lost a friend, and urged the military to quickly transfer to civilian rule.

Europe

In the United Kingdom football clubs Manchester City and Chelsea have said that they will not join a European Super League. The Super League was announced on Sunday, made of 12 teams from the UK, Spain and Italy. Reactions from football fans has mostly been negative and the clubs have been accused of putting profit before sport. Some reports say that league is not likely to start without the support of Chelsea and Manchester City.

In Germany Armin Laschet has been confirmed as the candidate for chancellor by the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Angela Merkel. Opinion polls now show the Green party winning the second highest number of votes in September’s election, more than the SPD which has been one of the top two parties in Germany since the unification of Germany in 1990.

Americas

In the United States former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty yesterday of the murder of George Floyd. Crowds cheered outside the court in Minneapolis after the verdict was given. The killing of George Floyd sparked police brutality and Black Lives Matter protests throughout the United States last year.

Also in the United States former President Donald Trump has given his first interview since leaving office. In an interview with Fox News Trump said that he was seriously considering running for president again in 2024. Trump blamed President Biden for a ‘horrible situation’ on the Mexican border...

“People are pouring in, but you’ll see something as the months go by, like you’ve never seen before. Already it’s like you’ve never seen before. There’s never been anything like what’s happened on our border. And people are coming in by the tens of thousands. They’re walking in. They.... We had.... All he had to do was leave it alone. If he’d of left it alone... we were setting record positive numbers.”

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a COVID19 vaccine yesterday. After a news conference, Obrador removed his jacket and received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Asia

Russia is preparing for a crackdown on Alexei Navalny’s supporters according to a report from The Guardian. The report says that next week a Russian court will declare Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation an ‘extremist organization - banning the group. Navalny has been in prison since returning to Russia from Germany in January where he was recovering from being poisoned. The European Union have blamed the Russian government for his poisoning. Navalny has been on hunger strike in prison for 3 weeks, demanding to be allowed to see a civilian doctor. Navalny’s personal doctor, who has not been allowed to see him, said that he could die at any minute.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned of a coronavirus ‘storm’ that is overwhelming the health system. India is currently reporting the most COVID cases in the world - yesterday India reported 300,000 new cases - the highest single day so far. The capital city, Delhi has ordered a one-week lockdown. Around the world, 3 million people are now reported to have died of COVID19.

Thailand is building a huge hydro-solar farm. This renewable energy system changes between solar power and water power, depending on what is producing the most energy. Thailand is aiming to get 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2037.

That’s your news in 7 minutes. Thank you to Tiffany from Taiwan who told us about how students will run all the way around Taiwan to start the university atheletic games. And thank you to Saul Navarro who didn’t say where he was from. You can read transcripts at send7.org Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a wonderful day.

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