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Wednesday 7th July 2021


Ethiopia’s President Abiy Ahmed has said that he wants a period of silence in Tigray. The Tigray People’s Liberation Front said last week that they had won control of the capital Mekelle, for the first time since November. However, Abiy, and other Ethiopian leaders have said that they deliberately left Mekelle. Abiy has warned that soldiers could be sent back into Tigray if necessary.

Cote d’Ivoire has started mobile clinics for COVID19 vaccinations. Buses will take the vaccine to highly populated areas. Cote d’Ivoire is hoping to vaccinate a million people in the next ten days - more than doubling the number of people vaccinated in total.


Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama celebrated his 86th birthday yesterday, by holding a virtual summit on climate change. The Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile in India since 1959, said that he will spend the rest of his life trying to protect the climate...

“And myself, I can assure to you, for the rest of my life, I am committed to serving humanity. And the protection of climate condition.”

Israel has reported a decrease in the effectiveness of the Pfizer VOCID19 vaccine over time. With the rise of the Delta variant, first found in India, the vaccine is not as effective at preventing mild disease and transmission. However, Israel has said that the vaccine is still very effective against preventing serious illness and death. About 60% of Israel’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

In Hong Kong there have been arrests after an alleged terrorist plot. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Hong Kong, 9 people have been arrested for planning an alleged terrorist plot by the local police. Six of the people are teenagers. According to the Hong Kong police, the group had rented a room in a local hotel, and they had a highly explosive chemical used to build bombs. The group is now in police custody according to the controversial national security law imposed on Hong Kong by China last year.

Indonesia is reporting more COVID19 infections and deaths than ever before. Hospitals on the island of Java have been reporting refusing patients because they don’t have any more oxygen or beds. Dr Aman Pulungan, the head of Indonesia’s paediatric society, has said that it was a misconception that children are not affected by COVID and said that record numbers of children were being hospitalized. World Health Organization head of emergencies Mike Ryan said yesterday that the world should not rush back to normality, while the world is still reporting hundreds of thousands of cases every day...

“In all of the countries of the Americas, we still have nearly one million cases a week. One million a week! It’s not... It isn’t over. And the same in Europe. In the European region we have half a million cases a week. It’s not like this thing has gone away.”


In Honduras a court has found David Castillo guilty of ordering the murder of an environmental activist. Castillo was the head of a construction firm that ran the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam project. Castillo was found guilty of being a co-conspirator of the murder of Berta Caceres, who was against the construction of the dam.

Venezuela has celebrated the 200th anniversary of its independence from Spain this week. There was a large military parade in the Capital Caracas. US president Joe Biden sent a letter to opposition leader Juan Guaido, who the US recognizes as president, instead of Nicolas Maduro. Over 5 million Venezuelans have escaped the country in the last ten years - one in six people - because of the worsening economic situation and lack of access to food. In 2019 Colombia said that all Venezuelan babies born in Colombia will immediately be given Venezuelan citizenship.


In the Netherlands, a crime journalist has been shot and is in hospital. Peter de Vries is famous in the Netherlands for investigating crimes, and he has been threatened by criminal gangs in the past.

And in Iceland, a trial of a shorter working week is reported to have been a success. A study of 2,500 people, 1% of Iceland’s working population, found reduced levels of stress when working less hours. The study even showed that people maintained or increased their productivity.

That’s all for today. Send us a message about any news story by email to or send an audio message at where you can also find transcripts and more. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

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