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In Afghanistan the Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education. The Taliban education ministry said that from Saturday - the start of the week in Afghanistan - all male teachers and students should return to school but did not mention girls. Afghanistan will be the only country in the world that bans half its population from secondary education. Primary schools have been opened but boys and girls must be separated. Last week, the building that was used as the ministry for women’s affairs by the last government, was given to the Taliban ministry for the prevention of vice, which during the last Taliban government, in the 1990s was known for enforcing restrictions on women. The Taliban mayor of Kabul has also said that women should stop working in the city government. A small protest of Afghan women was held yesterday in Kabul. In Jalalabad there were explosions on Saturday and Sunday, that appear to have been targeting Taliban soldiers. At least 8 people were killed, and Daesh, the Islamic State group, is expected to be responsible. This weekend the United States military admitted that it had accidentally killed ten civilians in a drone attack in Kabul on the 29th August. The attack was meant to kill a Daesh leader. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, said that it was a “horrible mistake”.

Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has said that he will run for president next year. Maya Dil reports...

In the Philippines, the boxing star Manny Pacquiao has said he will run for president in next year's election. As a boxer, Pacquiao has won world titles in eight different weight divisions. He is also a senator in the Philippines' parliament. He was nominated to be the candidate by a group in the ruling party, PDP-Laban. He accepted the nomination and said: "I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring." Mr Pacquiao has said he will fight against poverty and corruption.

In Russia voting finished yesterday in parliamentary elections. President Vladamir Putin’s United Russia party is expected to win the most votes and seats. Critics of the government have called the election unfair as it banned the party of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently in prison.


The United States has started flights to Haiti, deporting Haitians who have recently entered the US illegally. In the last three weeks thousands of Haitians have crossed a small river from Mexico to arrive in the town of Del Rio in Texas. Many are living under a bridge close to the river. It is not clear how so many Haitians arrived in the United States at the same time.

Canada has a general election today. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal party is hoping to win the most seats in parliament for a third time. Most polls show both the Liberal party and the Conservative party winning around 30% of votes.

Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has suggested that Latin America and the Caribbean form a regional bloc similar to the European Union. At a meeting this weekend of CELAC, the community of Latin American and Caribbean States, Obrador said that the group should become more of an economic community, similar to how the European Union started.


France has accused Australia and the United States of lying over a new security partnership between them and the United Kingdom. Last week French foreign minister Jean-Yves LeDrian criticised Australia’s decision not to continue with a deal to buy French submarines, and described Australia’s actions as a “stab in the back”. This weekend France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the US. Last week Australia cancelled a $40 billion dollar deal with France to buy submarines, after a deal with the US and the UK to build more powerful nuclear submarines. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrision said that he had no regrets...

“I don’t regret the decision to put Australia’s national interest first [and] never will.”

In Spain a volcano has erupted on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands. Around a thousand people have been evacuated, after the Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted for the first time since 1971.


In Algeria former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died aged 84. Bouteflika was Algeria’s longest serving president. After fighting for independence from France during the 50s, Bouteflika became Algeria’s first ever foreign minister when he was just 25. In 1999 Bouteflika won an election that most opposition parties boycotted, and stayed in power until he resigned during continuing protests against him in 2019.

And in Niger nomadic people have celebrated the Cure Salee festival. Tuareg and Wodaabe people from the Western Sahara desert meet around the town of Ingall. People paint their faces and sing and dance to celebrate the end of the rainy season.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. If you would like to read the text while listening to the episode, you can go to where you can find the transcripts. They are free! I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.


In Afghanistan, the head of the United Nations Antonio Guterres has said that it is a fantasy to think that the UN can solve Afghanistan’s problems. The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan one month ago and there have been reports of many human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings. The economy has largely collapsed, and the world food programme has said that 93% of Afghans don’t have enough food. Guterres has said, however, that the Taliban as agreed to give aid access to the whole of Afghanistan...

”..we were granted that access, and we will be working with our partners in order to make sure that the aid is distributed based on humanitarian principles, which means based on the needs of the population, and that everybody should be treated equally without any kind of distinction based on gender or based on ethnicity or any other consideration...”

Indonesia’s Prime Minister Joko Widodo has been found negligent over pollution. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Indonesia, a court has ruled that Indonesian President Joko Widodo and other government officials have neglected the air pollution crisis in the capital city, Jakarta. Legal action was started in 2019 by the residents of Jakarta, which is one of the cities with the worst air pollution in the world, and has decreased the life expectancy of its residents by more than 5 years, according to experts. The court has ruled that the government must set up monitoring stations and other measures. President Widodo is currently pushing forward plans to move the capital city from Jakarta to East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo.

Australia is being given technology to make nuclear submarines by the United States and the United Kingdom. The submarines are powered by nuclear energy, and do not carry nuclear weapons. Australia, The US and the UK have formed a new security alliance, called AUKUS, and this is generally seen as an attempt to oppose China’s influence in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. China claims most of the South China sea, including areas that are much closer to Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. China also does not recognize Taiwan as a country, but part of its own territory. Yesterday the Chinese foreign ministry said that the AUKUS countries should “respect regional people’s aspirations”. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said that AUKUS is not meant to be adversarial...

“AUKUS is not intended to be adversarial towards any other power, Mr Speaker, but it merely reflects the close relationship we have with the United States and with Australia. The shared values we have, and the sheer level of trust between us.”


In Kenya a drought is putting millions of people at risk, according to the National Drought Management Authority. Over 2 million people are at risk of starvation, because of bad harvests caused by a lack of rain and swarms of locusts.

In the Sahel area, the leader of Daesh, the Islamic State group, has been killed, according to France. French President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that the French military had killed Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of the Islamic State group in the Sahara. France did not say exactly where Sahrawi was killed.

In Morocco researchers have found evidence of human clothes that are at least 120,000 years old. Bone tools and evidence of animals skins found in a cave in Morocco, are believed to be some of the earliest evidence of people using clothes ever found.


Haiti’s political crisis has deepened, as Prime Minister Ariel Henry fired the prosecutor who said that Henry should be investigated in the murder of President Jovenel Moise. Earlier this week, Haiti’s chief attorney said the Henry should be investigated for involvement in the assassination of President Moise, because he has made phone calls with a suspect. However, yesterday, Henry fired the chief prosecutor and replaced the justice minister. More than 40 suspects have been arrested for suspected involvement in Moise’s assassination, including 18 Colombians.

In Venezuela, the judiciary system has seriously violated the rights of government opponents, according to United Nations investigators. In a report released yesterday, a team from the UN said that Venezuela’s judiciary was not independent, and have allowed for rights abuses, including torture, to not be punished.


Italy has become the first country in Europe to require a health pass for all employees. Both public and private sector workers, must show that they have either received a COVID19 vaccination, have had the virus already, or have recently been tested for the disease. Workers who cannot show a health pass can be suspended without pay, however, the can’t be fired. In France 3000 health workers were suspended without pay yesterday after a deadline for vaccination was passed.

And in the Netherlands, a pencil drawing of an old man has been identified as a work of Vincent van Gogh. Experts say that the drawing was probably from November 1882, and the drawing will now go on display in Amsterdam.

That’s your Simple English world news for this week. Please leave a review in your podcast app. It really helps us to grow. You can also go to to read transcripts or to send us a message. I’m Stephen Devincenzi, have a great weekend, and I will see you on Monday.


In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has fired several cabinet ministers. He has also promoted new people to replace them - in a major reshuffle. The prime minister fired the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and moved Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to the justice department. Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel keep their jobs. The government said the aim of the reshuffle was to "put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic”.

Also in the UK, Shamima Begum, who left the UK as a teenager to join Daesh, the Islamic State Group, says she will regret it for the rest of her life. Begum has now offered to help the UK fight terrorism. She said she could be "useful to society" and it would be a waste to leave her in a Syrian camp. Begum has been accused of playing an active role in the terrorist group, which she denies.

SB: "I'm asking the British people to forgive me because I made a mistake at a very young age and I know it's very hard for the British people to try and forgive me."

Sajid Javid, is still supporting his decision to take away her citizenship.

SJ:"For me, it was a very clear-cut decision and that was a decision that's been tested in the court, it's gone right up to the supreme court the highest court in the land and they ruled in favour of that decision unanimously."


In the United States, gymnast Simone Biles has testified before the Senate about abuse she suffered at the hands of former team doctor, Larry Nassar.

SB: "To be clear I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse. USA gymnastics in the United States Olympic and Paralympic community committee knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge."

Former teammates also testified. Nassar was convicted of sexually abusing girls. He is serving a life sentence in jail. The four athletes were among more than 200 women who gave statements to a court in 2018. In total, Nassar was accused of sexual abuse by more than 330 women and girls at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

In Haiti, Prime Minister Ariel Henry has been banned from leaving Haiti. This is as authorities investigate his alleged involvement in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Mr Henry has been asked to explain his connection with a key suspect in the killing. Records show the two men had multiple phone calls just hours after the assassination. Mr Moïse was killed at home on 7 July.


In Pakistan, female players from Afghanistan's junior national soccer team have crossed the border into the country. The girls had spent the past month in hiding as they feared a crackdown on women's rights by the Taliban. Members of the women's team flew out of Kabul last month but the youth team were left behind as they didn’t have passports and other documents. Pakistan's Football Federation said the group will stay at their headquarters. A further 34 people will arrive today. The players will remain in Pakistan under tight security for 30 days. Only after this can they apply for asylum in another country. According to authorities, the players had written to Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan to ask for permission to urgently enter Pakistan.

In Afghanistan, acting deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has denied reports that he was injured by other Taliban members. There have been reports of a fight between Taliban leaders, and the Taliban co-founder had disappeared for several days.


In Nigeria, Information Minister Lai Mohammed said Nigeria would lift the ban on Twitter in a few days. He, however, did not give a specific date. Mr Mohammed said Nigerian authorities and Twitter officials were going to reach a final agreement soon. Nigeria banned Twitter in June after it removed a post by President Muhammadu Buhari. The ban has harmed Nigerian businesses and been widely criticised for not allowing freedom of expression.

In Mauritius, eight babies and seven staff members tested positive for Covid-19. They tested positive at a rescue shelter in northern Mauritius. The babies, who were all staying in the same room, were reportedly infected by a staff member. Last week, a 15-month-old baby died after she had tested positive for Covid. Mauritius has recorded a rise in Covid-19 cases since last month.

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