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  • Namitha Ragunath

Americas

In Peru, Pedro Castillo has been declared president-elect. This is weeks after winning the popular vote in a run-off election. Peru announced its verdict after investigating claims of electoral fraud by his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori. Mr Castillo is a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader. He won just over 50% of the votes.


In the US state of Oregon, the nation's largest wildfire has burned through more than 300,000 acres. This has led to thousands of evacuations. Over 2,000 fire-fighters are trying to put out the fire. This is one of the largest fires in Oregon's history. Since starting on 6 July, it has already burned an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. It is one of more than 80 major fires spreading across 13 US states. The fires are due to heat waves and high winds.

Africa

In Nigeria, separatist leader Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has been arrested. This is weeks after he was declared wanted for allegedly keeping a large amount of weapons. Mr Igboho was arrested by security forces at an airport in Benin's capital, yesterday night. Sources told Nigerian media that he was heading for Germany and would be returning to Nigeria today.

In Morocco, a court has sentenced a famous journalist and critic of the government to six years in prison. Omar Radi was convicted of sexual assault and spying - charges that he denied. Rights activists have accused the authorities of using the justice system to target and silence opposition voices. Mr Radi's work has involved investigations into corruption.

Asia

In India, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to cross more than four million. Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected compared to the previous few years. However, it is difficult to say how many of these deaths have been caused by Covid-19. India has officially recorded more than 414,000 Covid-19 deaths so far. The country is one of the few major economies without an estimate of excess deaths during the pandemic.


In Singapore, a 16-year-old schoolboy has been charged with murdering another student. The case has shocked the country. Police officers found the body of a 13-year-old boy in a school bathroom yesterday. The police have said an axe may have been used. Early investigations found that the two boys did not know each other. Extreme violence in schools is rare in Singapore, which has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Europe

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ex advisor said the PM didn’t want to tighten Covid restrictions when cases were rising last autumn. He said he didn’t want to do this because he thought people dying from it were "essentially all over 80”. He also said the first lockdown was a disaster.

DC: "The Prime minister's attitude was that essentially the first lockdown was a disaster we should never have done it. His attitude at that point was a weird mix of partly it's all nonsense and lockdowns don't work anyway, and partly - well this is terrible but the people who are dying are essentially all over 80 and we can't kill the economy just because of people dying over 80. The normal thing on a Wednesday evening is to go see the queen. And therefore he was going to go and see the queen. He said "uh well that's why that's what i do every Wednesday solve this i'm going to go and see her. So I said to him there's people in this office who are isolating, you might have coronavirus, I might have coronavirus - you can't go and see the queen; what if you give what if you go and see her and then give the queen coronavirus."


In Germany, the government is facing criticism over Germany’s warning systems after the worst flooding in decades left at least 160 people dead. The floods caught many off guard, destroying houses and leaving people trapped in rising waters. More than 170 people are still missing. The opposition Green Party said the disaster showed Germany must prepare better for extreme weather events.


And finally, the UK is planning to make it illegal for people to write fake reviews online. The government plans on having bigger fines for companies that trick people into spending more than they want to online.

You can find us on social media @send7podcast. Send us a message in writing or in audio at send7.org where you can also find transcripts. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

Europe

Western European leaders have been blamed for failing to warn people about the catastrophic floods that have hit in the last few days. In Germany over 150 people are known to have died, and hundreds are still missing. Chancellor Angela Merkel returned from the United States yesterday, and went straight to areas damaged by the floods and met with survivors. In Belgium at least 30 people have died, and thousands have been forced to leave their homes. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen visited affected areas of Belgium yesterday, and said that the EU will help to reconstruct affected areas...

” Of course the European Union has been helping with helicopters and with boats, but I just reassure the citizens that we will of course also be here for reconstruction.” Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo has announced a national day of mourning for tomorrow. Serious floods have also hit France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

In Spain hundreds of people have been evacuated because of forest fires. Helicopters have been used to extinguish fires in Catalonia’s Costa Brava region.

The United Kingdom has stopped almost all coronavirus restrictions today. From today all businesses can open and any number of people can attend venues. Wearing masks is now voluntary instead of mandatory. One remaining restriction is that anybody who comes into contact with a person infected with COVID19 must stay at home for ten days. Yesterday this happened to the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after the Health Secretary Sajid Javid tested positive ...

” Hi folks, like so many hundreds of thousands of other people across the country, I’ve been ‘pinged’, I’ve been asked to self-isolate by the test-trace-and-isolate system after I’ve been in contact with somebody who has COVID - in this case the health secretary Sajid Javid.”

Asia

In Thailand more than a thousand people protested in Bangkok this weekend against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Police used rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon against the protesters. Chan-ocha took power in a military coup d’etat in 2014.

China should be more transparent about the origins of COVID19, according to World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom. Adhanom has said that China should give its raw data from the beginning of the pandemic. The WHO has previously said that the most probably way that the pandemic began was from the coronavirus passing from an animal such as a bat, to humans. However, Adhanom has now said that the possibility of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, should continue to be investigated. Adhanom said on Friday that accidents at laboratories are common...

“There rwas a premature push to <you know>, especially, produce one of the options, like the lab theory... as you know I was a lab technician myself, I’m <an> immunologist, and I have worked in the lab. And lab accidents happen. It’s common. I’ve seen it happening. And I myself have had errors. So it can happen. And we need information - direct information - on what the situation of this lab was before and at the start of the pandemic.”

New Zealand has hosted APEC 2021, the first ever virtual meeting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation group. of 21 countries including the United States, China and Japan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that import tariffs should be dropped on all items needed for vaccinations...

“It may surprise you to know that vaccines can in some cases face tariffs of 6%; vials and packaging 20% in some cases, syringes face tariffs. So it is a very real problem that APEC economies have the ability to remove.”

Americas

In the United States the Surgeon General has said that misinformation about the coronavirus pandemic is threatening people’s lives. Dr. Vivek Murthy said that tech companies should do more to stop the spread of misinformation, and that today in the United States almost all deaths from COVID19 are in unvaccinated people, despite the fact that most people have been vaccinated...

“It is painful for me to know that nearly every death we are seeing now could be prevented.”.

In Cuba pro-government protests were held this weekend, against the anti-government protests from last week. The internet was blocked in Cuba last week to try to stop the spread of protests. US President Joe Biden said this weekend that the Cuba is a failed state, and that the US was considering a way of bringing the internet back to Cuba...

Africa

South Africa’s president Cyril Rampahosa has praised South Africans who are helping to rebuild areas damaged by rioters last week. Over 200 people were killed in riots that began after former President Jacob Zuma was jailed for failing to go to court to answer questions about corruption. Yesterday was Nelson Mandela’s birthday - when people are encouraged to help others.

Sao Tome and Principe voted in presidential elections yesterday. The small Portuguese-speaking islands off of West Africa are considered more democratic than most African countries. President Evaristo Carvalho is not seeking re-election.

Thank you to teacher Alexandre Barbosa from Brazil for your instagram story about this podcast! You can find us on social media @send7podcast. Send us a message in writing or in audio at send7.org where you can also find transcripts. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

Europe

In Western Europe heavy rains and sudden floods have caused deaths and many people are missing. In Germany at 42 people have died after the heaviest rainfall ever recorded in the Rhine region. In the town of Schuld there are 70 people missing. Environment minister Svenja Schulze said yesterday that “Climate change had arrived in Germany”. Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently in The United States for her final visit as chancellor. Belgium has reported at least 6 deaths, and everyone in Liege, the third largest city, has been told to leave. The mayor of Liege Christine Meuse, said that all residents should leave Liege, as water is expected to continue to rise in the city. There has also been serious flooding in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Eastern France.

In the Netherlands journalist Peter de Vries has died, 9 days after being shot in Amsterdam. De Vries was famous in the Netherlands as a crime journalist who investigated unsolved cases. Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that De Vries was afraid of nothing. Dutch media has reported that the suspected murderer is connected to Ridouan Taghi, a Dutch-Moroccan criminal that De Vries had investigated.

Asia

South East Asian countries, such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia and the Philippines were areas most affected by disruptions of childhood vaccinations in 2020. The World Health Organization has said that 23 million children may have missed their vaccinations because of the coronavirus pandemic, and that preventable diseases, such as measles, polio and meningitis are likely to cause problems in the future. UNICEF immunisation expert Ephram Lemango said that children in conflict zones or living in slums are most likely to be affected...

“Most of these children that miss their first dose of vaccine live in communities affected by conflicts and crises, live in communities that are underserved remote rural places, and they live in informal slum settings, particularly in urban poor areas.”

Lebanon’s designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned yesterday after failing to form a government for 8 months. Hariri said yesterday that he has different visions for Lebanon than President Michel Aoun. After Hariri’s resignation the Lebanese pound fell to an all time low of 21,000 to the dollar. The pound, also known as the lira, has lost 90% of its value in the last 18 months.

In China 14 people have been trapped after a tunnel flooded. Khadija Tahir reports...

In China, rescue workers are trying to find 14 workers trapped in a tunnel in Zhuhai, Guangdong province. According to local officials, the tunnel was being built under a reservoir and flooded very suddenly. An evacuation warning was issued, but 14 workers could not make it out of the tunnel. Vehicles from the local fire department and hundreds of people are taking part in the rescue mission.

Americas

In Haiti, some of the Colombians accused of killing President Jovenel Mose had received military training in the United States. President Moise was murdered in his own home by a large team of assassins, including Colombians and Haitian Americans, according to the Haitian government. 18 Colombians have now been arrested and 3 have been killed by police. The Colombians are all former soldiers, and their families have said that they believed that they were working in Haiti as bodyguards.

The United States has promised to evacuate thousands of Afghans who helped the US and NATO during the last 20 years. Everyone who is able to apply for a Special Immigrant Visa will be airlifted out of Afghanistan this month. The United States is currently removing almost all of its soldiers from Afghanistan, with only 650 soldiers being left, to protect the US embassy and Kabul airport. In recent weeks the Taliban has won control of many parts of Afghanistan.

Africa

In South Africa, over 110 people have been killed this week in violence that started after the jailing of former president Jacob Zuma. The government has said that 25,000 soldiers will be used to protect shops and businesses and to prevent food shortages.

The leader of KwaZulu-Natal province has apologized for punching a looter. In a video which has been widely shared in social media, Premier Sihle Zikala is seen assaulting a man who has just stolen items from a shop.

That’s your world news for this week. If you enjoy the podcast please talk about us on social media. Thank you teacher Mileva Peron from Brazil who shared SEND7 in an Instagram story. We are on social media @send7podcast. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. I am Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.