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Wednesday 21st July 2021.

Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited North Cyprus yesterday, where he officially reopened the town of Varosha. Varosha was a tourist city, where mostly Greek Cypriots lived, before the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974, when it was abandoned. The Republic of Cyprus has called the opening of Varosha “unacceptable”.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron may have had his mobile phone hacked. During the last few days journalists from The Guardian, Le Monde, and other media organizations have been revealing spying abuses by governments. Pegasus Spyware, made by an Israeli company, has been found to be used by many governments to spy on journalists, activists and lawyers. Reports have also shown that some heads of state have been targeted, including Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. According to French newspaper Le Monde, President Macron’s phone was a target for the government of Morocco, however Morocco has denied using Pegasus spyware.

Asia

In Pakistan, a disabled mountain climber and Paralympian is missing after a fall. In 1990 South Korean Kim Hong Bin lost all of his fingers while climbing a mountain, but had continued to climb the world’s tallest mountains. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, a South Korean Paralympian has gone missing after falling from the world's 12th highest mountain - Broad Peak, in the Karakoram Range, between Pakistan and China. According to the Alpine Club of Pakistan, Kim Hong-Bin fell due to bad weather on the way down from the mountain. The 57-year-old, who represented South Korea in Alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Paralympics, was trying to climb the world's 14 tallest mountains, and Broad Peak was his final summit. Pakistani authorities have started a search operation to find him.

In Israel and Palestine, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream will stop being sold in occupied Palestinian territories. The ice cream will continue to be sold in Israel, however, Ben and Jerry’s have said that selling in the occupied Palestinian territories is “inconsistent with our values”. The United Nations officially calls The Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, “Occupied Palestinian Territories”; and says that it is illegal for Israel to bring Israelis to live there. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has said that Ben and Jerry’s and it’s parent company, UniLever, will face serious consequences for this decision.

Africa

Mali’s interim president Assimi Goita has survived an attempted stabbing yesterday. The attacker was overpowered by security in the Grand Mosque in Mali’s capital, Bamako. Goita organized the military coup d’etat which removed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita last year. After Bah Ndaw was first declared interim president, Assimi Goita staged another coup d’etat in May this year, after which he made himself president. He has promised that there will be elections in Mali next year.

Tanzania’s president Samia Hassan has asked the finance ministry to review a new mobile phone tax. From last week, there is a tax on payments sent or received on phones. Tanzania is a world-leader in mobile phone money transactions - with around 40 percent of people using their phones to pay, despite a much lower number having access to bank accounts.

Americas

Haiti has sworn in a new Prime Minister, less than two weeks after President Jovenel Moise was murdered in his own home. Ariel Henry had been chosen as a new Prime Minister by Moise a few days before Moise;s death. International diplomats encouraged acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph to allow Henry to become Prime Minister, and Joseph agreed. Haitian authorities have accused 26 people of the plot to kill President Moise - 18 of whom are Colombian.

In the United States Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has been temporarily blocked from Twitter, after the social media company said that she had been spreading false information about the coronavirus pandemic. Before being elected to congress, Greene was known for spreading conspiracy theories, including white supremacist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and compared coronavirus restrictions to the holocaust. Last week President Biden complained that tech companies are not doing enough to stop misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic, however, on Monday blamed 12 people, for creating most anti-vaccine content on the internet...

” Facebook isn’t killing people. These twelve people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information.”

Also in the United States, billionaire Jeff Bezos flew into space yesterday. The richest person in the world flew into space with his brother Mark, and 2 other people, who became the oldest and youngest people to ever fly into space. After the flight, Bezos, who is worth $210 billion dollars, thanked Amazon customers for paying for the flight...

“I also want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer, because you guys paid for all this...”

That’s all for today. Go to SEND7.org for transcripts or to send us a message. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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