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.
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.
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
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.