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  • Namitha Ragunath

Americas

Canada has authorised the use of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 12 and 15. Canada is the first country to do so for that age group. Pfizer says its jab works well in the age group. Canada has already authorised the use of the Pfizer vaccine in people over the age of 16. The country has recorded more than 1.2 million coronavirus cases and about 20% of those have been in people under the age of 19.


In the United States, President Joe Biden plans to vaccinate 70% of US adults by 4 July. He also plans on vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds as soon as possible.


Biden: "Two months from today, two months from today families across the country are

going to celebrate the fourth of July. Our goal by July 4th is to have 70 percent of adult Americans at least one shot and 160 million Americans fully

vaccinated. That means giving close to 100 million shots. Some first shots other second shots over the next 60 days. Of course Americans can still get shots after July 4th but no one should wait and let's try to hit that 70 percent mark at least with one shot before that day. It's another huge goal."


In Colombia, yesterday a number of police stations were attacked as protests continued for a second week. Mayor Claudia López requested the help of the army to protect the police stations. At least 24 people, including a police officer, have died since the protests started. More than 800 people have been injured in attacks between the police and protestors. The protests to oppose a tax reform started on 28 April.

Asia

In Indonesia, a pharmaceutical company has allegedly been washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits. Several employees have been arrested. Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan, Indonesia, may have been tested with reused swab sticks. Police said the reusing of swab tests have been happening for 6 months. The pharmaceutical company, Kimia Farma, may not be facing a lawsuit.


In Nepal, authorities at the Mount Everest base camp say they have seen a rising number of climbers with Covid-19 symptoms and positive tests. The authorities say there may be a serious outbreak. There has been 17 confirmed cases from hospitals in the capital Kathmandu.

Africa

In Nigeria, there are protests in the south-eastern city of Enugu. The protests are over the disappearance of a popular Catholic preacher. Just days ago Father Ejike Mbaka called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign. His video asking the president to resign has been widely shared. Father Mbaka, who is known for his strong political views, has not been seen in two days .

In South Africa, the African National Congress has suspended secretary general Ace Magashule. Mr Magashule denies charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in a case involving tens of millions of dollars disappearing. The African National Congress has warned other members charged with corruption that they too face suspension if they don't resign in the next 30 days.

Europe

In Scotland, today Scottish voters will head to the polls. It is said that today is the most important Scottish election since its parliament was formed in 1999. The SNP, currently led by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, is looking to win again. The SNP plans to get Boris Johnson into allowing a second referendum. The referendum will be about Scotland gaining independence from the United Kingdom. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he feels now is not the time to have a 2nd referendum.


BJ: "I think that most people in Scotland, most people around the whole of the UK, feel that this is not the time, as we're coming forwards out of a a pandemic together, this is not the time to have a reckless and I think irresponsible second referendum. We had one only a few years ago. I think what most people want is to focus on the country."


In Kosovo, health workers began receiving the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine yesterday. This is after they refused to take the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Recent figures say only 1% of Kosovo's population has been vaccinated and that supplies are very low.


And finally, a bottle of French wine that orbited the Earth for more than a year has been put up for sale. The bottle spent 14 months in orbit as part of a study on food and agriculture. The bottle is estimated to be sold at $1 million.


And that’s your World News in 7 minutes. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. Please support us by leaving a review on your podcast app. Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

Americas

In Mexico at least 24 people have died after a metro train bridge collapsed. A train was travelling on the overpass in Mexico City when it collapsed late on Monday night. Mexico City mayor Claudia Sheinbaum has said that 65 people are in hospital with injuries

In the United States Bill Gates and Melinda Gates have announced that they will divorce. Bill Gates is one of the richest people in the world, and has given away more money to charity than any other person - over $35 billion dollars - mostly to improve healthcare in developing countries.

In Colombia the United Nations has condemned the excessive use of force by security forces. 18 civilians and one policeman are believed to have been killed in Colombia during protests that have continued for more than a week. The protests started last week against a tax reform. The tax reform was stopped by President Ivan Duque on Sunday and Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigned on Monday, however the protests have continued and a second national strike is expected today.

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Africa

In South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has criticised richer countries for unequal access to vaccines...

“While the pandemic has highlighted the value of partnerships, it has also demonstrated the damaging effects of unilateral action and unequal access to resources - life saving resources. We cannot hope to overcome the pandemic for as long as richer countries have most of the world’s supplies of vaccines to the exclusion but also more importantly to the detriment of poorer countries.”

In Mozambique Islamist jihadists have killed 5 people and kidnapped others in the Cabo Delgado region. Since 2017 Islamists have been trying to take control of the north of Mozambique, with some areas currently under their control.

Asia

In India the main opposition party - the Indian National Congress has called for a national lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. At least 11 regions have ordered lockdowns, however Prime Minister Narendra Modi is resisting a national lockdown because of the economic impact. India has reported over 300,000 cases of COVID19 every day for the last two weeks. 3,500 COVID deaths were reported yesterday although many reports expect the true number to be much higher.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said that Hong Kong is working on a law against ‘fake news’. Lam said that a law was necessary to tackle “misinformation, hatred and lies”, however opposition groups have said that this law could be used to silence journalists.

Pakistan will give parental leave for its cricketers. Khadija Tahir reports...

The Pakistani Cricket board has introduced a new policy of parental leave for its players. According to the new policy, Pakistani women's cricket team members can take one year of paid maternity leave, and male players can take 30-days of paid leave. Female cricket players are also ensured that the Pakistani Cricket Board will reserve their spot on the team for the next year with a contract extension. The first member to benefit from the policy is the Captain of the women’s cricket team Bismah Maroof. New Zealand and Australia have also introduced similar approaches to support their players.

Europe

In Spain there was an election in the capital Madrid yesterday. With 99% of votes counted, the Centre-Right People’s Party is expected to win the most seats, but not reach a majority. Isabel Diaz Ayuso will continue to be the president of Madrid.

And on the border between France and Belgium, a farmer has accidentally made Belgium bigger. A French farmer moved a stone that has shown the border between France and Belgium for 200 years, to help him move his tractor. By moving the stone the farmer is believed to have made Belgium bigger by 2 metres.

That’s your World News in 7 minutes. Find transcripts and more at send7.org. Please support us by leaving a review on your podcast app. Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

  • Namitha Ragunath

Europe

In Germany, police have arrested three men for allegedly running one of the world's biggest online networks for sharing images of child sex abuse. The international network, involving several police forces, has now been taken down. Officials say the network had more than 400,000 registered users.

The European Union Commission is planning to ease restrictions of non-essential travel from overseas. Yesterday, Adalbert Jahnz, the European Commission spokesperson for home affairs proposed the plan. According to the plan, anyone who has received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks before flying, will be allowed to travel.

AJ: "The commission is proposing to ease restrictions on non-essential travel to the EU to take into account the progress of vaccination campaigns and developments in the epidemiological situation worldwide, while addressing variants through a new emergency break mechanism. Among the main changes, we propose to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation but also for all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU authorised vaccine. This could be extended to vaccines having completed the who emergency use listing process."


In France, children have returned to classes in schools and a domestic travel ban has been lifted. France is currently easing its third Covid lockdown, which began in March. Citizens can now travel further than 10km from home and go anywhere in France. They also no longer have to carry a form giving them reason to travel.

Asia In India, capital city Delhi has asked the army to help deal with the second wave of Covid-19 cases. Hospitals in Delhi are in crisis. Intensive care beds are full and there is not enough medical oxygen for patients. Delhi's government wants the army to run Covid care facilities and intensive care units. India has seen more than 300,000 new cases a day for nearly two weeks straight.


In New Zealand, yesterday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed human rights issues in China. In her speech to the China Business, she said New Zealand was concerned about the situation of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region and people who live in Hong Kong.


JA: "As a significant power, the way that China treats its partners, is important for us, and we will continue to promote the things that we believe in and support the rules-based system that underpins our collective well-being. We need to acknowledge that there are some things on which China and New Zealand do not, cannot, and will not agree. We have commented publicly about our grave concerns regarding the human rights situation of the uyghurs in Xinjiang. You'll know that as a government we've also spoken out about continued negative developments with regard to the rights freedoms and autonomy of the people of Hong Kong."

Africa

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the end of an Ebola outbreak was declared yesterday. The outbreak infected 12 people in the eastern province of North Kivu and killed six of them. The Democratic Republic of Congo gave more than 1,600 of the patients’ contacts, and contacts of those contacts, a Ebola vaccine.


In Guinea, the government has started recruiting people to test a new Covid-19 drug. The drug aims to treat people with mild to moderate forms of Covid-19. If the drug is successful, it could stop the replication of the virus. It also aims to lower the breathing difficulties people have once infected. There are currently no known treatments for Covid-19.

Americas

In the United States, President Joe Biden has said that four families that were separated at the Mexico border during Donald Trump’s presidency will be reunited this week. Biden's Administration called yesterday’s announcement “just the beginning” of a plan to reunite separated family members in the United States.

In Cuba, a well-know protestor was taken to hospital after seven days on hunger strike. Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara began his protest after police raided his home in the capital Havana last month. Luis is the leader of the San Isidro Movement (SIM), a group of artists and journalists who campaign for freedom of speech and democracy in the communist country. The hospital said he was in a stable condition, but relatives and friends say they have not been able to communicate with him.


And finally, today is star wars day! Also known as “May the fourth be with you” day. Star Wars is one of the most successful film franchises in the world, with a box office revenue of over ten billion U.S. dollars.

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