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Wednesday 7th April 2021

Asia

Iran has held talks with 5 countries about the Nuclear Deal signed in 2015. Representatives from China, Russia, Germany, France and the United Kingdom met with Iran in Vienna. The talks are aimed at restarting the plan that former United States president Donald Trump abandoned in 2018. Current US president, Joe Biden has said that he is ready to restart talks with Iran.

In Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been asked to form a new government by president Reuven Rivlin. Talking to the media yesterday Rivlin expressed doubt that any candidate would be able to form a government. Netanyahu now has 28 days to try to find coalition partners.

China is dramatically increasing COVID19 vaccinations. China is now administering 4.8 million doses a day, compared to just one million doses a day last month, according to the New York Times. To encourage people to get vaccinated, in Beijing, vaccinated people are being offered “buy-one-get-one-free” ice creams.

Australia and New Zealand will start a travel bubble next week. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday that quarantine will not be needed for travel to Australia...

I can confirm that quarantine free travel between New Zealand and Australia will commence in just under two weeks time, from 11:59 Sunday April 18th

Europe

European Union leaders visited Turkey yesterday. European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that they wanted closer relations with Turkey, but that they were worried about the human rights situation in Turkey. Von der Leyen said that she was especially worried about Turkey leaving the Istanbul Convention - a treaty to protect women from domestic violence.

Serbia has more COVID19 vaccines than it is able to use, according to a report by AlJazeera. Serbia has enough doses to vaccinate its 7 million people, however reports say that Serbia has one of the highest rates of vaccine-hesitancy in the world. Last week over 20,000 people from Croatia Bosnia, Montenegro and North Macedonia crossed into Serbia to receive a free vaccine.

Americas

In the United States, the trial of Derek Chauvin is continuing. Chauvin is accused of the murder of George Floyd, which started protests last year against racism and police brutality. Speaking in court, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said that Derek Chauvin violated police policy...

“It has to be objectively reasonable - we have to take into account circumstances, information, the threat to the officer, the threat to others, the severity of that, so that is not part of our policy, that is not what we teach...”

In Mexico president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said that he will receive a COVID vaccine, one day after saying that he wouldn’t. On Monday Obrador said that he didn’t need a vaccine as he had already had the virus, however yesterday he said that he would take it, to set an example. Nicaragua started its vaccination campaign on Monday.

Colombia has started a system of curfews, directly related to how many people are in hospitals intensive care units. In cities where over 85% of intensive care beds are used, people must stay inside between 6PM and 5AM. There are shorter curfews for cities with lower rates of intensive care use.

Africa

In Nigeria over 1,800 prisoners have escaped. Authorities said that there was a series of attacks in the State of Imo in the South-East, that allowed the prisoners to escape. The police headquarters was also attacked. Yesterday President Mohhammadu Buhari fired the police chief

Tanzania’s new president Samia Suluhu Hassan has said that it is not right to ignore the coronavirus pandemic. This is considered to be a change from previous President John Magafuli who continuously downplayed the pandemic. Magafuli opposed wearing masks, social distancing and vaccines, and said that herbal remedies could be used to cure the disease. The government says that Magafuli died last month of a heart condition, however opposition politicians say that he died of COVID.

And Libya received a visit from Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi yesterday. Draghi celebrated the unification of Libya which is hoped to end ten years of fighting. Libya’s interim government is promising to hold elections in December.

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