Wednesday 23rd June 2021


In Ethiopia, yesterday at least three people were killed in an attack around a polling station. A police officer, a militia member and a local official were killed. A group of men began shooting at people around the polling station. The attackers reportedly said the election was rigged, and they would disrupt the voting process. The attack took place in a region where the main opposition parties called for a boycott of the election.

In Tanzania, the government has announced that teenage mothers can return to school from next year. This changes a 2002 rule that allowed pregnant schoolgirls to get expelled. In 2017, Tanzania's former President John Magufuli was criticised for comments that girls who give birth should not be able to return to school. Tanzania's education ministry has now agreed to allow teenage mothers to attend classes at what are called Folk Development Colleges across Tanzania.


In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has received a dose of Moderna as her second shot of the coronavirus vaccine. For her first vaccine she had Oxford-AstraZeneca. Experts believe mixing doses of Covid vaccines could be a good idea. In March, Germany, along with other European countries, stopped the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after a number of blood clots cases were reported.

In Scotland, the first minister said Scotland is planning to remove all of its major Covid restrictions in early August. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed lockdown easing would be paused for three weeks to allow more time for people to be vaccinated. Ms Sturgeon hopes that the remaining rules will be lifted on 9 August. She said this would allow life in Scotland to return to "almost complete normality”.

NS: "As indicated last week we intend to maintain the current restrictions applicable in each part of Scotland for the next three weeks. Within those levels though we will make some minor but important changes to the rules on weddings and funerals these will take effect from Monday 28 June. We expect these changes to have a relatively minor impact on transmission. They are relatively minor changes, but I hope they will make some difference to those organizing and attending weddings and funerals ahead of the more substantive changes that we hope to see at level 0 next month."

The Union of European Football Associations has declined a request to light up the Allianz Arena football stadium in rainbow colours. It was requested to be lit up in rainbow colours before Germany's Euro 2020 match against Hungary today. Officials in Germany made the request in protest against a new law in Hungary. The new law bans the sharing of any content that could be seen as promoting homosexuality and gender change to under-18s. The Football Association said it denied the request because it was too political.


In Peru, a judge has declined a request to return presidential election candidate Keiko Fujimori to prison. Fujimori allegedly failed to follow her bail conditions. She is on bail for charges of money laundering and corruption. Fujimori is the eldest daughter of the imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori. She is facing trial over claims that she received $1.2m from a Brazilian construction company. This money was allegedly used to fund previous presidential campaigns in 2011 and 2016.

In Canada, yesterday fires destroyed two Catholic churches on indigenous community land. Police said they are treating the fires as suspicious. Sacred Heart Church and St Gregory's Church burnt down at about the same time yesterday morning. Yesterday was also National Indigenous People's Day in Canada. The two churches are less than 100km from Kamloops, where the bodies of 215 children were found at a former boarding school in May. Thousands of indigenous children were sent to such schools in the 19th and 20th Centuries. The schools were often run by the Roman Catholic Church.


In Pakistan, yesterday a religious leader accused of sexually assaulting a student at a religious school has been arrested. Police said Aziz-ur-Rehman had confessed to the crimes, saying he had promised the student passing grades in an exam in return for sexual favours. He had earlier denied the allegations in a video released on social media.

In Australia, a mouse plague in New South Wales has forced a jail to move thousands of inmates out of the prison. More than 400 prisoners and 200 staff at the Wellington Correctional Centre will be moved to another prison over the next two weeks. The mice have caused damage to the prison, including it’s wiring and it’s ceiling. New South Wales is suffering from the worst mouse plague in decades.

And finally, Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan in Central Asia has been named as the world's most expensive city for foreign workers. The list puts Ashgabat above last year's priciest city, Hong Kong, which was placed second, followed by Beirut in Lebanon and Tokyo in Japan.

And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Send your opinion on any news story by email to or send an audio message at where you can also find transcripts. I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

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