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Europe

In the United Kingdom, more small boats carrying illegal immigrants arrived yesterday from France one day after 27 people died trying to cross the Channel. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said that France had to stop refugees from crossing the Channel. However, yesterday French President Emmanuel Macron said that when migrants arrive on the North shore of France, it is already too late. Patel yesterday suggested more cooperation between French and British, including jointly operated rescue missions

“What happened yesterday was a dreadful shock. It was not a surprise, but it was also a reminder of how vulnerable people are put at peril when in the hands of criminal gangs. ”

In Russia at least 14 people have died in a mining accident. 35 miners are trapped underground, however attempts to rescue them have been delayed because of the risk of an explosion.

Slovakia has started a 2-week lockdown as it fights a fast rise in COVID19 cases and deaths. People will only be able to leave the house for work and some other specific activities. The World Health Organization has warned that 700,000 more people could die of COVID in Europe by March, if current patterns continue.

In Belgium drivers from the company Uber have blocked roads in the capital Brussels. The drivers are protesting a court ruling that says the Uber will be banned in Brussels from today.

Africa

Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has said that all political prisoners will be freed in the next few days. Hamdok was removed in a military coup last month, however was reinstated this week after he reached a deal with the military. There are many protests against Hamdok’s deal with the military, however Hamdok has said he will announce a new government soon. Also in Sudan’s southern n Darfur region at least 35 people have been killed in ethnic violence between cattle herders.

In Ethiopia Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebreselassie has said that he is willing to die to defend Ethiopia. Soldiers of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front control large areas outside of Tigray province and have said that they are ready to advance on the Ethiopian Capital Addis Abbaba. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has asked all Ethiopians to join the fight against the Tigrayans.

Close to Nigeria, 4 pirates have been killed by the Danish navy. Denmark said yesterday that it captured four more pirates from the same boat.

Asia

In Pakistan 4 men have been accused of blasphemy. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Pakistan, four Muslim men have been arrested for blasphemy after asking their local mosque to announce the funeral of a Christian neighbour. According to the official police report, the men argued with the cleric of their local mosque, who refused to make the announcement and insulted the mosque and Islam. They have been arrested under the controversial blasphemy laws of Pakistan, and if found guilty, they can face up to two years in prison. Human rights activists have criticized the charges and called for the release of the four men.

In The Solomon Islands, there have been more protests, with many fires started around the capital city Honiara. Protesters support the Solomon Island’s main opposition party, which rejects the decision made last year to start full diplomatic relations with China and cutting it’s diplomatic relations with Taiwan. The Solomon Islands were one of the last countries in the world to have full diplomatic relations with Taiwan. During the last 50 years most countries have stopped their diplomatic relations with Taiwan in order to have diplomatic relations with China which won’t allow both. Most countries have other offices in Taiwan that act as embassies. Some protests have targeted the Chinatown area of Honiara, and Chinese businesses have been attacked. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that The Solomon Islands had asked for Australia’s help to stop the violence. Morrison said that Australia would send over a hundred police and military personnel...

“Out purpose here is to provide stability and security to enable the normal constitutional processes within the Solomon Islands to be able to deal with the various issues that have arisen...”

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said yesterday that Japan will release oil reserves after a request from the United States. Many countries, including India and the United States have been releasing oil reserves in an effort to control the price of oil

Americas

Honduras has elections on Sunday. Hondurans will vote for a new congress and a new president, as President Juan Orlando Hernandez has reached the two-term limit. The top two candidates for president are Nasry Asfura, from the right-wing National party, and Xiomara Castro from the left-wing Libre party.

And in the United States, two Jewish friends who were separated in 1939 have been reunited. Ana Maria Wahrenberg and Betty Grebenschikoff, both 91, were best friends as children in the Austrian Capital Vienna. During the rise of the Nazis, Wahrenberg’s family escaped to Chile and Grebenschikoff ‘s family escaped to China. Grebenschikoff described the reunion as a ‘dream’.

That’s your 7-minute world news for this week. Find transcripts, send us a message, or become a supporter of the podcast at send7.org. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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Europe

Between France and The United Kingdom at least 31 migrants have died after their boat sank. Yesterday afternoon a fishing boat near the French town of Calais found people in the water. At least 33 people were rescued. This year more than 25,000 people have crossed in small boats from France to the UK, with over 20 boats a day arriving in the last few weeks. The English Channel is 30 kilometres wide, and is said to be very dangerous, with strong winds and water currents, as well as a lot of shipping traffic. Yesterday’s accident was the worst accident since people started trying to cross the English channel in small boats. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called an emergency meeting with his government, and blamed gangs for organizing illegal migration...

“I just want to say that I’m shocked and appalled and deeply saddened by the loss of life at sea in the channel. My thoughts and sympathies are first of all with the victims and their families. It is an appalling thing that they have suffered. But I also want to say that this disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the channel in this way. and it also shows how vital it is that we now step up our efforts to break the business model of the gangsters who are sending people to sea in this way. Of course we have to work with our French friends - with our European partners. And I say to our partners across the Channel now is the time for us all to step up - to work together - to do everything we can to break these gangs who are literally getting away with murder.”

In Germany a new coalition government has been agreed. Talks have lasted for two months since the election in which the Social Democratic party of Olaf Scholz won the most seats. The coalition includes the Centre-left Social Democrats, the Green party and the Liberal FDP. The new government plans to phase out coal , to raise the minimum wage, and to legalise cannabis. Olaf Scholz is expected to become Chancellor at the beginning of December, ending the 16 years that Angela Merkel has been Chancellor.

Sweden had its first female Prime Minister yesterday however, she also resigned yesterday. Magdalena Andersson became Prime Minister yesterday morning, after the resignation of Stefan Lofven. However, later the same day she resigned when her budget was rejected by parliament. Andersson said that she hopes to be Prime Minister again, as the leader of a majority government.

Africa

Nigeria is planning to give out $5.8 billion dollars in cash to poor people. The government is planning on giving 5,000 Naira, around $12, each month, to around 40 million people. The plan will replace a current fuel subsidy - in which the government is paying to lower the price of petrol.

In Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has again said that he will go to the frontlines, to lead the war against Tigrayan forces. TIgrayan forces now control large area outside of Tigray, including some main roads that lead to Ethiopia’s Capital Addis Ababa. Many Western countries have told their nationals to leave, expecting that commercial flights from Addis Ababa may end soon.

Tanzania will allow students to return to school after giving birth. A law, encouraged by former President John Magafuli, said that girls should not be allowed to continue their education if they become pregnant. The new government of Samia Suluhu Hassan has reversed the law.

Asia

India has released plans to ban most cryptocurrencies. There were reports of Indians selling large amounts of cryptocurrencies yesterday. The plan by the Indian government would ban all private cryptocurrencies and for the Bank of India to create its own official digital currency. Bitcoin reached its highest ever value of $67,000 dollars this month, and was trading at $57,000 dollars yesterday.

In the Solomon Islands there have been anti-government protests in the capital Honiara. Buildings were set on fire and police used rubber bullets on protesters.

Americas

Ecuador’s president Guillermo Lasso, has pardoned some prisoners, in an attempt to stop the overcrowding in prisons. Riots in Ecuador’s overcrowded prisons have lead to the deaths of 300 people this year.

In the United States three men have been found guilty of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The killing of Arbery last year sparked racial justice protests. Three white men chased Arbery, a black man, and shot him as he was jogging in a park in Georgia.

Also in the United States, a spacecraft has been launched by NASA which aims to crash into an asteroid. The asteroid is 30 million kilometres from earth and is not a threat to humanity. However, the deliberate crash is meant as a practise - to see how it is possible to affect the course of an asteroid that could hit the Earth.

That is your World News in 7 minutes. If you enjoy SEND7 then you can leave a review in your podcast app, or you can support us directly by going to send7.org/support. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.

Africa.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has said that he will lead his army from the battlefield. Aby won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for his efforts to normalize relations with Eritrea, however, the Ethiopian government has now been at war with Tigrayan forces, from the north of Ethiopia, since last November. Many countries have now told their nationals to leave Ethiopia, including France, Germany, the US and the UK.

In Sudan 12 cabinet ministers have resigned to protest against a new deal between Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and military leaders. On Sunday Hamdok was reinstated as Prime Minister, 3 weeks after he was removed by a military coup d’etat.

Kenyan police stopped a bank robbery in the city of Kisumu yesterday. After 5 hours of gunfire between the police and thieves, the thieves managed to escape, without any money.

Europe

In Bulgaria a bus crash has killed 46 people. The bus was traveling from Turkey to North Macedonia and all victims are believed to be from North Macedonia.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has said that she has discussed the situation on the border of Poland and Belarus with US president Joe Biden. Yesterday von der Leyen restated that the European Union does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the president of Belarus...

“The outragous behaviour of the Belarusian regime was at the focus of my discussions with President Biden. We both agree that this is not a migration crisis. This is the attempt of an authoritarian regime to try to destabilize its democratic neighbours. What is happening at the border with Belarus belongs to a broader context. Recent actions by the Lukashenko regime and its supporters are a determined attempt to create a continuing and protracted crisis. Let me repeat - the European Union does not recognize this regime which violently represses its own people.”

Americas

In Guadeloupe and Martinique there have been protests against COVID19 restrictions. In the two French departments which are in the Caribbean, people have protested against mandatory vaccines for health workers and other restrictions. On Sunday some businesses were looted in Guadeloupe and yesterday the police fired shots during protests in Martinique.

In Venezuela, European observers of the recent election said that they were an improvement on other recent elections, although they still noted many irregularities. Venezuela has been in an economic crisis for more than ten years, with the highest inflation in the world and 6 million Venezuelans leaving the country. In 2018 most Western countries and th European Union did not recognize the presidential election - saying that it wasn’t free or fair, and they have not recognized Nicolas Maduro as president since then.

Asia

In Turkey the Lira has fallen dramatically. Yesterday the Lira lost 15% of its value. In January there were 7 lira to a US dollar. Today there are 13. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed foreign forces for economic problems in Turkey, and said that Turkey was fighting a “war of economic independence”.

In Afghanistan it has been 100 days since the Taliban took control, removing the democratically elected government. The Taliban government released new rules this week, including that women are not allowed to be in TV dramas, and must wear a headscarf when appearing on any form of television. They also said that films promoting foreign culture must not be shown. Pakistan has promised to help the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. Khadija Tahir reports...

Pakistan has pledged $28 million in aid for Afghanistan. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday after a meeting with top government and military officials. The aid will include emergency medical and food supplies, and the government has also announced the reduction of tariffs and sales tax on Afghan exports. The transport of food aid from India through Pakistan has also been authorized.

In South Korea, former military dictator Chun Doo-Hwan has died aged 90. Chun Doo-Hwan took power in a military coup in 1979, and stayed in power until successful pro-democracy protests forced an election in 1987. South Korea has been a democracy since then. In 1997 Chun was convicted of causing the deaths of democracy protesters, however he was later pardoned.

And in France, Albert Einstein’s manuscript of the theory of relativity has sold at auction. In yesterday’s episode I said that it was expected to sell for €3 million euros, but yesterday, it was sold for almost €12 million euros.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please leave us a review in your podcast app. Thank you to Linda from Germany for leaving a review in Apple podcasts. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day and I will see you tomorrow.