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Europe

NATO has warned Russia about its military build up on the border with Ukraine. Russia supports separatists in the Donbass region of Ukraine. NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said yesterday that Russia’s military build up was deeply concerning...

“Russia’s considerable military build up is unjustified, unexplained and deeply concerning. Russia must end this military build up in and around Ukraine, stop its provocations and de-escalate immediately.”

In Germany a trial of 12 far-right men has started in Stuttgart. The men are accused of planning a series of attacks on asylum seekers, Muslims, Jews and politicians.

Asia

Japan has said that it will release one million tonnes of nuclear contaminated water into the sea. Japan has said that the water from the Fukushima nuclear plant will be safe before bring put into the sea, however China and South Korea have both said that it should not happen.

Iran has said that it will boost its uranium enrichment after an Israeli cyberattack. Iran previously raised its level of uranium enrichment after the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, allegedly by Israel. Iran is currently in talks with Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany about how to restart the 2015 Nuclear deal, which limited Iran’s nuclear programme in return for the removal of economic sanctions on Iran.

In Pakistan, there have been large protests. Khadija Tahir tells us why...

In Pakistan, the arrest of a far-right Muslim Leader has led to large protests by his supporters. Tehreek-e-Labbaik leader Saad Rizvi was arrested in Lahore on Tuesday, on unknown charges. Supporters of the group protested in major cities around Pakistan and fought with police. Pakistani authorities shut down main highways in the Punjab province, at least two people have been killed in the protests, according to local media. The far-right group has held many large-scale protests in Pakistan in the past regarding blasphemy allegations.

Africa

In Benin the electoral commission has said that President Patrice Talon won 86% of votes in Sunday’s election. Benin has generally been seen as more democratic than most African countries, however Talon has been accused of making Benin more authoritarian. Many opposition candidates were not able to participate in the election because of being charged with crimes.

In Djibouti at least 42 people have died after a migrant boat sank, according to the International Organization for Migration. Migrants often cross from Djibouti to Yemen in order to reach the richer gulf States like Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Americas

The United States is considering giving money directly to people in Central America, to try to stop them from trying to cross into the United States illegally. Reuters news agency has reported that money could be sent to people in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, although the plan has not been spoken about publicly. Republican politicians have called the idea ‘madness’. Republican house leader Kevin McCarthy said that it was an insult to unemployed Americans/ This week The United States reached deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala for them to put more soldiers on their own borders to try to stop migrants before they get to the US border.

Also in the US, the Biden administration has said that all soldiers will be removed from Afghanistan by September. The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and removed the Taliban from power. The Taliban, the US and the Afghan government have been holding talks in Qatar since last year.

In Peru official results of Sunday’s Presidential election show that the second round will be contested between Pedro Castillo and Keiko Fujimori. Castillo and his ‘Free Peru’ party are generally considered far-left, and Fujimori, the daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori is often considered far-right. The second round will be held on the 6th June.

In Saint Vincent the volcano La Sofriere is continuing to erupt. Around 16,000 people were told to evacuate last week on the Caribbean Island. There were reports yesterday that water supplies were contaminated by volcanic ash.

And in France, Facebook has apologised to a French town, after its Facebook page was accidentally removed. The town of Bitche had accidentally been shown to violate Facebook’s rules.

Last week we asked listeners whether anything positive had come from the coronavirus pandemic. Ricardo from Spain said that we have demonstrated our unsustainable lifestyle...

“One of the few positive things that COVID19 has shown us is our unsustainable lifestyle”

Thank you Ricardo.

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Americas

In Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso won the presidential election yesterday. Lasso is a conservative former banker. His opponent, the left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, declared defeat hours after polls closed on Sunday. With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Lasso has won 52.4% of the vote compared to Mr Arauz's 47.6%.

In Peru, trade unionist Pedro Castillo has taken a surprise lead in the presidential election. With more than half of the votes counted, Mr Castillo had 16.3%. Eighteen candidates competed in the first round of elections. There will likely be a run-off on the 6th of June. This means voters will have to choose between the top two candidates. Currently in second place is right-wing economist Hernando de Soto with 13.5%.

In the United States, the prosecution team are calling its final witnesses in the case against Derek Chauvin. The former police officer has been charged with murder in the killing of George Floyd. Mr Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd for over nine minutes during Mr Floyd's arrest last May. Mr Chauvin's lawyers say it was drugs and poor health that caused Mr Floyd's death. However, Dr. Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist, yesterday told the court that George Floyd had a strong heart.

"After reviewing all the facts and evidence of the case, I can state with a high degree of medical certainty that George Floyd did not die from a primary cardiac event and he did not die from a drug overdose. In his case, it was the truly the prone restraint and positional restraints that led to his asphyxiation."

Europe

In the UK, for the first time in months, pub gardens, shops and hairdressers have reopened in England. Rules were also eased in the rest of the UK. There were long queues seen outside many clothing stores. Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone to "behave responsibly”.


Also in the UK, Prince William and Prince Harry paid tribute to their grandfather yesterday. Prince Philip died on Friday at the age of 99. Prince Harry said he was "a man of service, honour and great humour”. Prince William described him as an "extraordinary man” and said “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson also paid tribute to Prince Phillip in Parliament yesterday.


"He gave us and he gives us all a model of selflessness and of putting others before ourselves. And though I suspect, Mr Speaker, that he might be embarrassed or even faintly exasperated to receive these tributes, he made this country a better place and for that he will be remembered with gratitude and with fondness for generations to come"


In France, lawmakers plan to ban short domestic flights to places where taking a train is possible. This is to reduce carbon emissions.

Africa

In Somalia, yesterday the lower Parliament voted to extend President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo’s presidency by two years. The bill was approved by 149 members. The bill still needs to be approved by the upper parliament before becoming law.


In Chad, votes are being counted following a presidential election. President Idriss Deby is expected to win a sixth term. President Deby has been in power for 30-years. Chad has until the 25th of April to announce provisional results.

Asia

In India, several million Hindus yesterday gathered for a holy festival despite a deadly second wave of COVID-19. The crowds entered the Ganges River to cleanse themselves from sins. Officials say they are struggling to set safety measures due to huge crowds.


In Bangladesh, the government yesterday announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights. Flights will be banned for a week starting tomorrow. More than 500 flights will be cancelled. The ban was created to tackle the rise in coronavirus infections in Bangladesh.


And finally, in Japan, Hideki Matsuyama has become the first Japanese man to win the Golf Masters. The Masters Tournament is one of the four major championships in professional golf.


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. For transcripts, past episodes or to send us a message, go to send7.org. In your podcast app, press subscribe to listen every day. I’m Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

Europe

In the United Kingdom, tributes and condolences have been sent to Queen Elizabeth, after the death of her husband, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip died on Friday aged 99. Philip was born into the Danish and Greek royal families, but served in World War 2 for the Brtiish Navy. He married the future queen in 1947 and took part in thousands of public appearances. Prince Charles, the expected future King, said that his father had served all his life...

“My father for, I suppose, the last 70 years has given the most remarkable, devoted, service, to the Queen, to my family, and to the country, and also to whole of the Commonwealth...”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke about the extraordinary life of Prince Philip...

“So we mourn today with her majesty The Queen. We offer our condolences to her and to all her family, and we give thanks as a nation and a kingdom for the extraordinary life and work of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky visited Turkey this weekend. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed support for Ukraine against Russian aggression. Ukraine says that 27 soldiers have been killed this year by Russian supported separatists in the Donbas region.

Asia

In Myanmar over 80 people were killed this weekend by the military in the city of Bago, according to local media. Protests have continued daily across Myanmar since the military took power on the 1st February.

Iran has said that its Natanz Nuclear facility has been hit by a cyber-attack. Iran called the attack ‘nuclear terrorism’ but it did not say exactly who it thought was responsible or how it would react. Many reports suggest that Israel is responsible. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye Kyun is currently in Iran discussing future relations between Iran and South Korea.

Kyrgyzstan has voted to give more power to its president. A referendum was held yesterday to approve a new constitution that will give more power to President Sadyr Japorov.

China has been warned not to invade Taiwan by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. In an interview with NBC yesterday, Blinken said that the United States would protect Taiwan.

“We have a serious commitment to Taiwan being able to defend itself, we have a serious commitment to peace and security in the Western Pacific, and in that context it would be a serious mistake for anyone trying to change that status quo by force.”

Africa

There were lots of elections in Africa this weekend. In Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh was elected for a fifth time, according to the government. Most opposition parties boycotted the elections saying that they would not be fair. In Chad there were elections yesterday. President Idriss Deby has been in power since a coup d’etat in 1990. He is expected to win a sixth term, although Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have both said that opposition candidates have not been allowed to speak openly. And Benin also held presidential elections yesterday. President Patrice Talon became president in elections five years ago. Benin is often recognized as being more truly democratic than most other African countries, however Talon has been accused of targeting his opponents before this election.

In Egypt a 3000 year old city has been discovered. Archaeologists say that the city, known as Aten, is the largest ever Ancient city discovered in Egypt, and could be the most important discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Americas

Ecuador held a presidential election yesterday. This report from Maya Dil...

"More than 13 million Ecuadorians voted yesterday in the presidential election. The left-wing economist Andres Arauz is competing against the conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso. The current President, Lenin Moreno, did not compete in the election. The next president will have to address Ecuador's economic crisis, which has been made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. Current opinion polls show no clear winner."

Peru also held an election yesterday. People voted for the president and for congress. Most predictions show all presidential candidates receiving far less than 50% of votes, which means that a second round is extremely likely. Peru and Ecuador are two of the only countries in the world where voting is compulsory. Other countries where voting is obligatory are Argentina, Uruguay and Australia. Listen to tomorrow’s podcast for results of Peru’s and Ecuador’s elections.

And in space, today is 60 years since the first person travelled into space. On 12th April 1961 Russian Yuri Gagarin travelled into space on the Vostok 1.

That’s your news in 7 minutes. For transcripts, past episodes or to send us a message, go to send7.org. In your podcast app, press subscribe to listen every day. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow, you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.