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Wednesday 4th November 2020

America

This podcast is being recorded while votes are still being counted in the United States. Yesterday, Tuesday, millions of Americans voted for either Donald Trump to continue as President or for rival Joe Biden to take the job. At the same time in the senate, 35 seats out of 100 were being contested, and all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Before this election, the Republicans controlled the Senate, and the Democrats controlled the House of representatives. In the presidential election, most final polls showed Joe Biden with around a 5% lead over Trump. However, in the United States the winner of the presidency is not necessarily the person who wins the most votes. Because of the system known as the electoral college system, Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 despite winning 3 million less votes than Hillary Clinton. Last night Donald Trump said that losing would not be easy, and that there was unity in the United States...

“Winning is easy. Losing is never easy. Not for me its not. But I think we have - when you see rallies the likes of which in the history of this country - probably in the history of the world - nobody has ever seen before. There’s a tremendous love going on in this country, and there’s really a tremendous unity. Nobodies ever seen that. I think we’re set for tremendous success, and success is going to bring unity.”

Singer Lady Gaga made an appearance at a rally supporting Joe Biden. She made reference to an audio recording of Donald Trump talking about how he touched women’s genitals...

“Now is your chance to vote against Donald Trump - a man who believes his fame gives him the right to grab one of your daughters, or sisters or mothers or wives by any part of their bodies.”

The result of this election is expected by this morning, however it is possible that the result will not be confirmed until later today or even tomorrow. This is because of a much larger number of people voting by post than ever before. Counting the votes may take a long time, and this might delay the official result. Trump has repeatedly said that if he loses then he will not accept the result. On Monday night, he said that he thought that fraud will be used and said that he will bring in lawyers to contest the result.

“Because we are going to go in the night after - as soon as that election is over - we are going in with our lawyers. And I don’t think it is fair that we have to wait a long time after that election.”

Asia

In Pakistan a 44 year old man has been convicted of kidnapping and forcibly marrying a 13 year old girl, and converting her from Christianity to Islam. Previous judgements found no problem with the marriage, saying that the girl was over 18, and had converted to Islam. The court finally changed its decision after the parents showed a birth certificate confirming that the girl was 13. According to the rights group ‘Girls Not Brides’, 21 percent of Pakistani girls are married before they are 18.

China’s ministry for education has said that the school curriculum will now talk about the positive response of China to the coronavirus pandemic. The ministry said that new content will help students understand how the Chinese Communist Party always put the life and safety of its people first. The most common scientific understanding is that COVID19 passed from animals to humans in China at the end of last year.

Africa

In Uganda, musician and opposition candidate for president Bobi Wine said that he was beaten and tortured by police yesterday.

“They sprayed pepper spray in our eyes. I could not open my eyes. I still cannot do that very well. They twisted my hand. I don’t know what they put on my hand but it felt like a very burning object. And if you can see my hand clearly - it is fairly burnt.”

In Cote d’Ivoire, the election commission has said that president Alassane Ouattara has won a third term as president, winning 94% of votes. They also said that 54% of Ivorians had voted. The two main opposition leaders boycotted the election as they said that Ouattara’s third term goes against the constitution.

Europe

In Austria police have arrested 14 people in connection with the terrorist attack in Vienna on Monday. However, the police also said that they did not expect that there was a second shooter. 4 people died in Vienna on Monday before police killed the Islamist extremist who originated from Macedonia. Daesh, The Islamic State group, claimed responsibility.

And In the UK, a new test for measuring stress has been made, that uses earwax. Earwax is the brown-orange substance produced by the ear, and scientists are now using earwax, to measure types of chemicals. It is hoped that these tests may help people with depression, and could even be used to measure COVID19 antibodies.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. For more analysis of the US election, and more news from all over the world, listen to SEND7 tomorrow, with Namitha Ragunath. Read the transcript of today’s episode, and listen to past episodes at send7.org Have a great day.


Stephen Devincenzi

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