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Wednesday 9th February 2022

Europe

French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that it could take months to resolve the crisis on the Ukrainian border with Russia. Macron spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky yesterday. Macron said Putin told him that Russia would not worsen the crisis. In The United States, President Joe Biden met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday. Biden said that if Russia invades Ukraine, then the Nord Stream 2 project will stop - that is a gas pipeline from Russia into Germany....

“If Russia invades - that means tanks or troops crossing the border of Ukraine, again, then there will be no longer a Nord Stream 2 - we will bring an end to it.”

Journalists asked Olaf Scholz if Nord Stream 2 would be stopped if Russia invades Ukraine. Scholz didn’t answer directly, but insisted that Germany and the US would act together...

Journalist : “Will you commit today to turning off and pulling the plug on Nord Stream 2. You didn’t mention it. You haven’t mentioned it.”

Scholz: “As I already said, we are acting together. We are absolutely united. And we will not <be> taking different steps. We will do the same steps. And they will be very very hard to Russia and they should understand.”

In Iceland a plane crash has killed 4 people including Josh Neuman, a skateboarder from the United States, who made the most popular skateboarding video ever on YouTube.

Africa

In Burkina Faso, the military government has started a murder trial against former president Blaise Campaore. Campaore is accused of ordering the killing of previous president Thomas Sankara. After Sankara’s death Campaore was president for 27 years. During massive protests in 2014, Campaore resigned and went to Cote d’Ivoire where still is today.

In Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya 13 million people are facing severe hunger, according to the World Food Programme. There is now an extreme drought in the area, as this is the 3rd year with low levels of rainfall.

Americas

In Canada the protest by truck drivers is continuing, 3 weeks after Canada required them to be vaccinated against COVID19 to enter from the United States. Yesterday truckers blocked the Ambassador Bridge which links The United States city of Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor.

In Costa Rica 90% of votes have been counted in the general election. The centrist Liberacion party has won the most votes. Because no candidate for president received more than 40% of votes, there will be a second round on the 3rd April. Former president Jose Maria Figueres will probably face Rodrigo Chaves Robles of the social democratic party.

Asia

In India schools have been ordered to close in Karnataka state, because of protests around the treatment of Muslim students. Protests began after some schools banned the use of hijab - a head scarf worn by some Muslim women and girls. Khadija Tahir reports...

In the Indian state of Karnataka, schools have ordered to close for three days after protests due to a ban on the Islamic headscarf. According to local media, several schools in the city of Udupi refused entry to female Muslim students wearing the hijab. Muslim students and their parents are protesting against the ban. Yesterday, Police used tear-gas on a large crowd of protestors.

In Palestine 3 people have been killed by Israeli security forces. Israeli officials said that the men killed in the city of Nablus in the West Bank were terrorists and had recently shot at Israeli soldiers and civilians. The Palestinian Authority described the men as martyrs, and described the killings as a crime.

In Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized for cases of sexual harassment in parliament. An investigation last year showed that one in three women who worked in parliament had experienced sexual assault...

“So we are sorry for all of these things. And In doing so all of us take an accountability for changing these things. And for those that have perpetuated such bullying, abuse and violence. The light will come to those behaviours as it must...”

And in China Russia has now won ten medals in the winter Olympics - more than any other country. However, Sweden has won the most gold medals - 4, in different skiing events.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you find this podcast valuable then please become a supporter at send7.org/support . I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Juliet Martin. Have a great day.

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