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Wednesday 2nd June 2021

Africa

In Ethiopia more than 5 million people need emergency food aid, according to the World Food Programme. Months of fighting in the Tigray region have left 90% of people without secure access to food. The World Food Programme has appealed for $200 million dollars to improve its food delivery programmes in Ethiopia.

In Uganda there was an attempt to assassinate Katumba wamala, the minister for work and transport yesterday. Katumba survived the shooting, however his daughter and driver were killed. President Yoweri Museveni said that those responsible were “pigs who do not value life”. Former opposition MP Latif Sabagala said that it shows that no one is safe in Uganda...

“When you see that even those who are guarded – even those who are in military attire – are not feared, can be attacked, then that will explain [how] the entire country in terms of security is lacking,”

Americas

In the United States, the state of Florida has banned transgender girls from participating in school sports. 7 Republican controlled states have banned transgender girls from playing school sports. They say that transgender girls have an unfair advantage over biological girls. Florida congresswoman Anna Eskamani called the new law “bigoted” and “transphobic”.

Colombia has extended the closure of its border with Venezuela. Colombia closed the border last year to stop the spread of COVID19. There are currently around 1.7 milllion Venezuelans in Colombia, who have left during the last ten years of economic crisis in Venezuela.

Brazil will host the Copa America football tournament. Just 2 weeks before the competition starts, the location has been changed from Argentina and Colombia to Brazil. Colombia is dealing with large protests at the moment, and Argentina is facing its worst moment of the coronavirus pandemic so far. Opposition politicians have said that Brazil should not be holding the tournament either.

Europe

In Belarus opposition activist Stsiapan Latypau stabbed himself in the neck with a pen during a trial in the capital Minsk. Latypau is charged with organizing protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Before stabbing himself, Latypau said that he had been forced to plead guilty and he had been tortured. He was taken to hospital.

In Italy mafia boss Giovanni Brusca has been freed after 25 years in prison. Brusca was arrested in 1996 and confessed to being involved in over 100 murders. Relatives of victims of the mafia have said that Brusca should not have been released.

The United Kingdom has announced no new deaths from COVID19 yesterday. This was the first day since July last year that no new deaths were recorded. Almost 60% of people in the UK have now received at least one dose of a vaccine.

Asia

In Malaysia there have been reports on panic-buying, before a two-week lockdown that starts on Tuesday. Malaysia has more active COVID19 cases now than ever before. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called on rich countries to distribute vaccines more equally...

“Vaccine equity is still a major issue. And we cannot win this war against the virus unless everyone has equal and rapid access to vaccines.”

In Pakistan there were two terrorist attacks yesterday. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, two separate attacks on the Pakistani security forces have killed at least 8 people, according to local authorities. The attacks took place in the town of Turbat in Balochistan, just days before Prime Minister Imran Khan is due to visit the region. In one incident, a security forces checkpoint was attacked, and in the second incident, there was an explosion near a paramilitary vehicle. The Baloch Liberation Army, an armed separatist group, has claimed responsibility for the attack

In Russia, opposition leader Andrei Pivovarov has been arrested. Pivovarov is the leader of the Open Russia movement, a human rights organization that has been essentially banned. Open Russia has said that it will stop operating in Russia so that its members are not at risk of being arrested.

In South Korea, McDonalds has started selling a meal designed by the K-pop band BTS. The meal includes food and sauces chosen by BTS band members, and McDonalds is planning to sell it in 50 countries.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Go to send7.org for transcripts or to send us a message. Find us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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