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Wednesday 29th June 2022

Europe

In Spain the leaders of NATO are meeting. Yesterday Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed that Sweden and Finland should be allowed to join NATO. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that an agreement was reached between Turkey, Sweden and Finland....

“Turkiye, Finland and Sweden have signed a memorandum, that addresses Turkiye’s concerns, including around arms exports and the fight against terrorism...”

Stoltenberg also said that he was disappointed with China for not condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and for spreading many of Russia’s false narratives. NATO has also agreed to increase the number of soldiers in Eastern European countries to 300,000, 7 times more than that current number.

In Ukraine rescuers are still trying to find survivors after a Russian missile hit a shopping centre on Monday. Two Russian cruise missiles hit the busy shopping centre in Kremenchuk, where people were living relatively normally, because it is in the centre of Ukraine, hundreds of kilometres from the frontlines. Yesterday French President Emmanuel Macron called the attack a war crime. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said that the shopping mall was empty and that it caught fire after Russian missiles hit a deposit for weapons. 18 people are known to have died and many more are missing.

In Portugal, the United Nations Oceans conference is taking place now. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that we are facing an “ocean emergency” and we must take “drastic action”....

“Global heating is pushing ocean temperatures to record levels, creating fiercer and more frequent storms. Sea-levels are rising. Low-lying island nations face inundation as do many major coastal cities in the world.

In Germany a man has been sentenced to 5 years in jail for assisting murder in a Nazi concentration camp. The former prison guard is 101.

Americas

In the United States at least 50 people have died when trying to cross the border from Mexico. Police in Texas said that the bodies of the migrants were found in a trailer. This is probably the deadliest case of human smuggling in the history of the United States. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador blamed human trafficking, and said that Mexico was ready to help the US authorities.

In Colombia a prison riot has left at least 49 people dead. Police said that the riot in the city of Tulua was an attempt to escape.

In Peru lorry drivers have started a protest. Truck drivers are demanding more help with rising fuel prices.

Asia

In Pakistan there was an attach on a vaccination team yesterday. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, a polio vaccination team was attacked by gunmen yesterday. Two health workers and a police officer were killed in the incident. The United Nations is funding the latest polio campaign in Pakistan to help eradicate polio, especially in the country's northern regions. Pakistan is only one of the two countries in the world where polio is still transmitted between people.


Japan is in the middle of a heatwave. Tokyo is expected to hit 38’ today and tomorrow and people have been asked to try to save energy because of possible power cuts. People have been advised not to wear face masks outside to avoid heatstroke, however many people are still wearing them.

In India journalist Mohammed Zubair has been arrested over a tweet from 2018, which supposedly insults Hinduism. Zubair is the founder of a website which displayed alleged insults against Islam by members of India's ruling BJP party.

Africa

South Africa is planning power cuts for up to 6 hours a day. Power company Eskom has blamed a strike by workers for the need to have the power cuts.

Libya’s two rival governments are holding talks in Switzerland. The United Nations have organized the talks between Libya’s Eastern and Western governments who have had a ceasefire between them two years.

And Senegalese social media star Khaby Lame has become the most followed creator on TikTok. Lame, who has over 144 million followers, makes videos in which he makes fun of other videos which make things too complicated.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you enjoy the podcast then please help to support us at send7.org/support. Supporters can read the transcripts of every episode. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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