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Wednesday 5th May 2021

Americas

In Mexico at least 24 people have died after a metro train bridge collapsed. A train was travelling on the overpass in Mexico City when it collapsed late on Monday night. Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said that 65 people are in hospital with injuries

In the United States Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they will divorce. Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world, and has given away more money to charity than any other person - over $35 billion dollars - mostly to improve healthcare in developing countries.

In Colombia the United Nations has condemned the excessive use of force by security forces. 18 civilians and one policeman are believed to have been killed in Colombia during protests that have continued for more than a week. The protests started last week against a tax reform. The tax reform was stopped by President Ivan Duque on Sunday and Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigned on Monday, however the protests have continued and a second national strike is expected today.

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Africa

In South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticised richer countries for unequal access to vaccines...

“While the pandemic has highlighted the value of partnerships, it has also demonstrated the damaging effects of unilateral action and unequal access to resources - life saving resources. We cannot hope to overcome the pandemic for as long as richer countries have most of the world’s supplies of vaccines to the exclusion but also more importantly to the detriment of poorer countries.”

In Mozambique Islamist jihadists have killed 5 people and kidnapped others in the Cabo Delgado region. Since 2017 Islamists have been trying to take control of the north of Mozambique, with some areas currently under their control.

Asia

In India the main opposition party - the Indian National Congress has called for a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At least 11 regions have ordered lockdowns, however Prime Minister Narendra Modi is resisting a national lockdown because of the economic impact. India has reported over 300,000 cases of COVID19 every day for the last two weeks. 3,500 COVID deaths were reported yesterday although many reports expect the true number to be much higher.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said that Hong Kong is working on a law against ‘fake news’. Lam said that a law was necessary to tackle “misinformation, hatred and lies”, however opposition groups have said that this law could be used to silence journalists.

Pakistan will give parental leave for its cricketers. Khadija Tahir reports...

The Pakistani Cricket board has introduced a new policy of parental leave for its players. According to the new policy, Pakistani women's cricket team members can take one year of paid maternity leave, and male players can take 30-days of paid leave. Female cricket players are also ensured that the Pakistani Cricket Board will reserve their spot on the team for the next year with a contract extension. The first member to benefit from the policy is the Captain of the women’s cricket team Bismah Maroof. New Zealand and Australia have also introduced similar approaches to support their players.

Europe

In Spain there was an election in the capital Madrid yesterday. With 99% of votes counted, the Centre-Right People’s Party is expected to win the most seats, but not reach a majority. Isabel Diaz Ayuso will continue to be the president of Madrid.

And on the border between France and Belgium, a farmer has accidentally made Belgium bigger. A French farmer moved a stone that has shown the border between France and Belgium for 200 years, to help him move his tractor. By moving the stone the farmer is believed to have made Belgium bigger by 2 metres.

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