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Asia

In Myanmar, the foreign ministers of ASEAN countries held talks with the military yesterday. Leaders from ASEAN - the Association of South East Asian nations - have called for the release of leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a return to civilian rule. Daily protests have continued in Myanmar since the military took power in a coup d’etat last month.

In India facial recognition in schools has been criticised as an invasion of children’s privacy. At least ten schools in Delhi have started using facial recognition technology, reportedly to ensure the safety of students. However, the Internet Freedom Foundation say that the collection and use of data is not being controlled.

In Afghanistan female media workers were targeted in attacks yesterday. Khadija Tahir reports...


In Afghanistan, three female media workers were killed in a shooting yesterday. The three women, aged 18 to 20 years old, worked for Local broadcaster Enikass TV. They were all recent high school graduates and translated famous Turkish and Indian dramas into local languages. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the local police say they have caught a suspect. At least 15 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in the past six months as peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban continue in Qatar. The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee has criticized the government for poor investigation of the attacks

Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan has promised to strengthen freedom of expression in what his government calls a ‘human rights plan’. Erdogan said that no one can be deprived of freedom because of their thoughts. However, in Turkey, insulting the president is illegal, and between 2014 and 2019 over a hundred thousand people were investigated for insults against President Erdogan, according to Turkish media agency Gazete Duvar.

Japan has asked China to stop using anal swab tests for COVID19 on its citizens. Last week United States diplomats also complained of being subjected to anal swabs in China.

Africa

In Nigeria hundreds of schoolgirls have been released after being kidnapped on Friday. Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, said that 279 girls were released, and that no money had been paid to the kidnappers. Also in Nigeria, COVID19 vaccinations have arrived from the COVAX scheme. Almost 4 million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Nigeria yesterday, and health workers are expected to be vaccinated first.

Morocco is suspending contact with the German embassy because of disagreements about the Western Sahara. The Western Sahara is a large territory south of Morocco, which is claimed by Morocco. Last year the Trump administration in the US offered to recognize Western Sahara as part of Morocco in exchange for Morocco’s normalisation of relations with Israel.

Americas

The United States and Mexico have released a joint statement after a virtual meeting betweeh Presidents Joe Biden and Andres Manuel Lopes Obrador on Monday. Biden said that the US and Mexico are stronger together...

“Mr. President, this is what I know: The United States and Mexico are stronger when we stand together. There is a long and complicated history between our nations. We haven’t always been perfect neighbours to one another. But we have seen over and over again the power and the purpose when we cooperate. We’re safer when we work together.”

In El Salvador, with 90% of votes counted, the party of President Nayib Bukele has received 58% of votes in legislative elections. Bukele’s New Ideas party will almost definitely win over half of seats in the legislative assembly, giving the party great control of El Salvador.

Europe

In Germany the rights group Reporters Without Borders is taking Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman to court, for crimes against humanity. Last weekend, the United States central intelligence agency released their report that said that Prince Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khasoggi.

In the United Kingdom, people over 80 years old who have received just one dose of a COVID19 vaccine are over 80% less likely to need hospitalization, according to data. More than one in three adults in the UK has now received at least one dose of either the Pfeizer or Oxford Astrazeneca vaccine. Data from the UK also shows that both vaccines dramatically reduce the probability that a person can become infected or transmit the virus. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that this was ‘encouraging news’.

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Asia

Yesterday in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi appeared in court through a video link. This is the first time she has been seen since she was arrested during a military coup on the 1st of February. Ms Suu Kyi is facing 2 new charges. Protests continued on the streets, despite 18 people being killed on Sunday. Ms Suu Kyi was arrested due to alleged election fraud in November’s general election.

In Bangladesh, about 300 students and activists are protesting in the capital city, Dhaka. They are protesting the death of writer and commentator Mushtaq Ahmed. Ahmed was arrested last year, and on Friday, was announced dead in prison. Protestors say his arrest goes against free speech. Yesterday, protestors demanded the release of seven activists who were arrested during recent protests for Ahmed.

In Afghanistan, the Health Ministry announced yesterday that China has promised to deliver 400,000 doses of Sinopharm’s COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan. These doses will be a part of Afghanistan’s vaccination campaign, which began last week. So far, only 12,000 health workers have received the vaccine in all 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

Europe

In France, Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in jail for corruption. Sarkozy was convicted of trying to bribe a judge in 2014 - after he'd left office. Sarkozy is the first former French president to be sentenced to prison.

In the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed yesterday that six people in England have tested positive for the Brazil variant. The Brazilian strain of Covid-19, known as P1, is said to be more contagious. UK health officials are now searching for an individual in England who was among the six people to have contracted the Brazil variant.

"Finally, I want to turn to a different subject - at the six cases of the variant of concern that was first identified in Manaus in brazil that we have identified here in the UK - three in Scotland and three in England. We know that five of these people quarantined at home as they were legally required to do, We've been in contact with them and their families, and we're grateful to them for understanding the seriousness of the situation. We're putting in place surge testing in South Gloucestershire as a precaution and I urge everyone to remain vigilant. One of the six completed a test but did not successfully complete contact details and we're therefore asking anyone who took a test on the 12th or 13th of February but hasn't received the result back to please get in touch by calling 119 in England, Wales or Northern Ireland or in Scotland 0 300 303 2713."


Africa

Yesterday in Zimbabwe, Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned. Local online media service, ZimLive, recently reported that Mohadi allegedly had sexual relationships with married women, including one of his staff members. Mohadi denied these accusations last week. He announced he is resigning to show respect to the office and the president, not because he is afraid.


Yesterday In Malawi, students were protesting for schools to re-open. The government had ordered the re-opening of schools, but teachers have refused to return. Teachers are saying they will only returned if they are paid for the risks they are taking. These risks involve returning to schools during the Coronavirus pandemic. The government said it was unable to pay them for this risk. The students wore their school uniforms and used rocks and tree branches to block the roads during their protest. Police in Malawi's capital Lilongwe used teargas to end the protests.

Americas

In the United States, on Sunday, Donald Trump made his first speech since Democrat Joe Biden became president. Trump hinted that he might run for office again in 2024.


"Already, the Biden administration has proven that they are anti-jobs, anti-family, anti-borders, anti-energy, anti-women, and anti-science. This alone should be reason enough for democrats to suffer withering losses in the midterms and to lose the White House decisively four years from now. Actually, as you know, they just lost the White House, but it's one of those things. But who knows, who knows, I may even decide to beat them for a third time. Ok?"


Yesterday, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had a virtual meeting with United States President Joe Biden. The meeting was to discuss migration, COVID-19 recovery, and the economy. The coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 185,000 Mexicans – the third-highest death toll in the world, was the main focus.


And finally, in Japan, two companies have created working from home pyjamas. The top half of the pyjamas looks like an office shirt, while the bottom half is made to feel and look like pyjamas. This is due to the amount of people working from home during the Coronavirus pandemic.


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. SEND7 Listeners! Send an audio message of your opinion on any news story at speakpipe.com/send7 . You can find transcripts for every episode at send7.org . I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day!

Asia

In Myanmar at least 18 people were killed this weekend in protests, according to The United Nations Human Rights office. Protests have continued non-stop since a military coup d’etat which took power one month ago. The United Nations Human Rights office said that police and military forces use lethal force against protesters. There were reports of violence in Rangoon, the largest city, Mandalay, the second city, and many other parts of Myanmar. The Burmese military has ignored international criticism. They say that it was right to take power, because of election fraud in November’s general election

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman gave the orders for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi , according to a new report from the United States. Khashoggi was killed in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. In November 2018 the CIA concluded that Prince Bin Salman had ordered Khashoggi’s murder. In 2019 while campaigning to become president, Joe Biden said that he would stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, if this were true.

“Khashoggi was in fact murdered and dismembered, and I believe , in the order of the Crown Prince, and I would make it very clear - we were not going to in fact sell more weapons to them...” On Saturday Biden said that he spoke to King Salman, and talked about the importance of human rights.

Iran has said that now is not the time to start talks with the United States about the 2015 Nuclear deal. US President Joe Biden has recently said that Iran must first comply with the 2015 deal for economic sanctions against Iran to be stopped. However yesterday Iran said that the US must lift sanctions first. The White House said that it was ‘disappointed’.

Americas

El Salvador held elections yesterday. President Nayib Bukele’s New Ideas party is expected to win the most seats in the legislative assembly.

Ecuador’s health minister has resigned over the allocation of coronavirus vaccines. Juan Carlos Zevallos stepped down during an investigation into the mishandling of the vaccine programme. Last month the health ministers of Peru and Argentina resigned after being accused of helping people to jump the queue for vaccinations.

Africa

In Nigeria there has been another mass-kidnapping of school students. This report from Maya Dil...

In Nigeria, the parents of 317 abducted school girls are waiting for news about their daughters. The girls were kidnapped by around 100 gunmen from their school in Zamfara state on Friday. The police are working with the military to search the forest. The government has denied rumours that the girls have been found. In recent years there have been many kidnappings from schools in Nigeria.

In a different school kidnapping in Niger State 42 people were released on Saturday, - one week after being kidnapped. Ibrahim Gambari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the government is fighting all types of criminals...

“The government will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizen across the country. Criminals are criminals and will be dealt with accordingly.”

In Chad, a candidate for president has said that his house was attacked yesterday and his family members were killed. Yaya Dillo said to French Radio station RFI yesterday that his mother and son were killed by government forces. The Chadian government said that they were trying to arrest Dillo but people began shooting from the house.

Cote d’Ivoire has become the second country to receive COVID19 vaccinations from the COVAX scheme. COVAX, which is led by the World Health Organization, is planning to deliver 2 billion doses of vaccine to 90 countries this year. Cote d’Ivoire will start vaccinations today.

Europe

Czechia has ordered Russia’s Sputnik V COVID19 vaccine, president Milos Zeman said yesterday. Czech politicians have blamed the European Union for slow access to vaccines. Zeman said that Czechia would not wait for the Sputnik vaccine to be approved by the EU medecine regulator.

And in Italy archaeologists have found an ancient Roman chariot buried near Pompeii. Officials have said that the chariot is extremely well preserved. It is made of iron, bronze and tin, and was buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in the year 79.

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