Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that he will lead his army from the battlefield. Aby won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts to normalize relations with Eritrea, however, the Ethiopian government has now been at war with Tigrayan forces, from the north of Ethiopia, since last November. Many countries have now told their nationals to leave Ethiopia, including France, Germany, the US and the UK.
In Sudan 12 cabinet ministers have resigned to protest against a new deal between Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and military leaders. On Sunday Hamdok was reinstated as Prime Minister, 3 weeks after he was removed by a military coup d’etat.
Kenyan police stopped a bank robbery in the city of Kisumu yesterday. After 5 hours of gunfire between the police and thieves, the thieves managed to escape, without any money.
In Bulgaria a bus crash has killed 46 people. The bus was traveling from Turkey to North Macedonia and all victims are believed to be from North Macedonia.
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said that she has discussed the situation on the border of Poland and Belarus with US president Joe Biden. Yesterday von der Leyen restated that the European Union does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus...
“The outragous behaviour of the Belarusian regime was at the focus of my discussions with President Biden. We both agree that this is not a migration crisis. This is the attempt of an authoritarian regime to try to destabilize its democratic neighbours. What is happening at the border with Belarus belongs to a broader context. Recent actions by the Lukashenko regime and its supporters are a determined attempt to create a continuing and protracted crisis. Let me repeat - the European Union does not recognize this regime which violently represses its own people.”
In Guadeloupe and Martinique there have been protests against COVID19 restrictions. In the two French departments which are in the Caribbean, people have protested against mandatory vaccines for health workers and other restrictions. On Sunday some businesses were looted in Guadeloupe and yesterday the police fired shots during protests in Martinique.
In Venezuela, European observers of the recent election said that they were an improvement on other recent elections, although they still noted many irregularities. Venezuela has been in an economic crisis for more than ten years, with the highest inflation in the world and 6 million Venezuelans leaving the country. In 2018 most Western countries and th European Union did not recognize the presidential election - saying that it wasn’t free or fair, and they have not recognized Nicolas Maduro as president since then.
In Turkey the Lira has fallen dramatically. Yesterday the Lira lost 15% of its value. In January there were 7 lira to a US dollar. Today there are 13. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed foreign forces for economic problems in Turkey, and said that Turkey was fighting a “war of economic independence”.
In Afghanistan it has been 100 days since the Taliban took control, removing the democratically elected government. The Taliban government released new rules this week, including that women are not allowed to be in TV dramas, and must wear a headscarf when appearing on any form of television. They also said that films promoting foreign culture must not be shown. Pakistan has promised to help the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Khadija Tahir reports...
Pakistan has pledged $28 million in aid for Afghanistan. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday after a meeting with top government and military officials. The aid will include emergency medical and food supplies, and the government has also announced the reduction of tariffs and sales tax on Afghan exports. The transport of food aid from India through Pakistan has also been authorized.
In South Korea, former military dictator Chun Doo-Hwan has died aged 90. Chun Doo-Hwan took power in a military coup in 1979, and stayed in power until successful pro-democracy protests forced an election in 1987. South Korea has been a democracy since then. In 1997 Chun was convicted of causing the deaths of democracy protesters, however he was later pardoned.
And in France, Albert Einstein’s manuscript of the theory of relativity has sold at auction. In yesterday’s episode I said that it was expected to sell for €3 million euros, but yesterday, it was sold for almost €12 million euros.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please leave us a review in your podcast app. Thank you to Linda from Germany for leaving a review in Apple podcasts. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.