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Wednesday 29th September 2021

Asia

In Japan the Liberal Democratic party are electing a new leader today. The leader will almost definitely become the new Prime Minister of Japan, as the Liberal Democrats are expected to easily win a majority in parliamentary elections in November. Taro Kono is the favourite to win the election. LGBT activists have shown support for Kono, as he has suggested legalizing gay marriage in Japan. At the moment Taiwan is the only country in Asia which allows same-sex marriage. If no candidate receives a majority, then there will be a second round.

In Thailand, floods have forced many people to leave their homes. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Thailand, almost 70,000 homes have flooded in the capital city Bangkok, because of rising waters in the Chao Phraya River and heavy rains during the monsoon season. According to local authorities, tropical storm Dianmu has caused flooding in 30 provinces. The Thai army has set up sandbags and barriers to protect local landmarks and archaeological sites. Thai authorities have said that six people have been killed in the country's northern and central provinces. Emergency teams are evacuating people in areas with severe flooding.

Americas

In the United States president Joe Biden has received a booster shot of a COVID19 vaccine. Biden answered questions from reporters while being vaccinated. One reporter asked Biden if it was correct for the US to be giving booster shots, when there are still many people in the world who haven’t been offered their first dose...

“We are helping. We are doing more than every other nation in the world combined. We’re going to have well over one billion one hundred million shots and we’re going to continue going. We’re going to o our part. We’ve also given a great deal of funding to COVAX...”

Almost 45% of people in the world have received a COVID19 vaccine. Cuba has started commercial exports of a COVID19 vaccine. The Abdala vaccine, which was designed and tested in Cuba, requires 3 doses, and has started shipments to Venezuela and Vietnam.

In Colombia, a leader of the ELN rebel group has been killed by the Colombian army. Defence Minister Diego Molano said that Angel Padilla Romero was the most important ELN leader still in Colombia, a reference to the fact that many ELN rebels are now in Venezuela. The ELN is one of the few left-wing rebel groups that did not agree to a peace deal between the Colombian Government and the FARC group in 2016.

Africa

Guinea’s military government has presented a ‘charter’ for it’s return to civilian rule. A military group removed the government of President Alpha Conde earlier this month. Mamady Doumbaya, a military leader, has named himself the president of the transition. The charter has said that no member of the transitional government will be allowed to take part in elections at the end of the transition period, however, it doesn’t say how long the transition will last. ECOWAS the Economic Community of West African States, has demanded that there be elections within 6 months and that the removed President Alpha Conde be released.

In Nigeria police say that they have arrested at least 57 shia muslims who follow a banned Islamist group. A spokesperson for the Islamic Movement of Nigeria group, said that 8 of its members were killed by police, however this has not been verified. Police said that members of the group were arrested for blocking roads, and attacking the police.

Europe

In Italy Greta Thunberg, the climate activist, ridiculed world leaders yesterday for making promises about climate change, without taking any action. Thunberg repeatedly said ‘blah, blah, blah’ in her speech at the Youth Climate event in Milan, and said that despite knowing about climate change for 30 years, carbon emissions are still increasing...

“Net zero by 2050, blah, blah, blah, Build back better, blah, blah, blah, green economy, blah, blah, blah. This is all we hear from our so-called ‘leaders’. Words. Words that sound great but so far has lead to no action.”

France and Greece have agreed a new defence partnership, and Greece has agreed to buy warships from France. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday, and said that this was a “first step towards European defence autonomy”. Both Greece and France have has difficult relations with Turkey in the last few years, however Mitsotakis said on Monday that he had no desire for an arms race with Turkey.

And in Denmark an artist has delivered empty frames to a gallery to protest against low pay. The gallery had asked Jens Haaning to use 500,000 Krone - around $80,000 dollars, to recreate some art head had made in 2007, using Krone notes in the art. However, Haaning instead gave them empty frames, and has said that taking the money from them is the art. The museum has said that they will go to court if Haaning doesn’t return the money.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Tell us what is happening in your country or give your opinion on any news story, by sending us a message - writing or speaking - at send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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