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Asia

Azerbaijan and Armenia have signed an agreement to end fighting around the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Since yesterday fighting is reported to have stopped in the area. The agreement allowed Azerbaijan to keep the territories that it has gained in the last 6 weeks, and states that Russian peacekeepers will stay in the Nagorno-Karabakh region for 5 years. In Azerbaijan the agreement has largely been seen as a victory, and there were celebrations in the capital, Baku, yesterday. However, in Armenia, there were protests yesterday against the agreement, with demonstrations asking for Armenian prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to resign. Thousands of people have died in 6 weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

In India a boycott has forced the company Amazon to remove some items from sale. Many Hindus used the hashtag #BoycottAmazon to protest against the sale of items using Hindu symbols, including doormats and underwear. Amazon has said that it will spend $6 billion dollars developing it’s market in India.

Europe

Amazon has had problems in Europe as well. European Union regulators have charged Amazon of unfair competition. Amazon is accused of using secret data to have an unfair advantage over other companies that use Amazon to sell their products. As well as selling its own products Amazon allows other retailers to sell through the amazon website. Last year, over half of items sold on Amazon were sold by other companies.

In the UK, a study from the University of Oxford has said that one in five COVID19 survivors develop a mental illness. The study of 62,000 people who had COVID19 found that 20% has their first diagnosis of either anxiety, depression or insomnia within the first 3 months. The world now confirms around half a million new infections of COVID 19 every day.

Americas

In The United States, the Republican Party is divided about whether to accept that Joe Biden has won the election, or whether to support President Trump in his attempts to challenge the result. Former President George Bush has already congratulated Joe Biden on winning the election. 4 Republican senators, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney have also congratulated Biden. However, the leader of the Senate Mitch McConnel has said that President Trump has the right to continue legal action...

“President Trump is 100% within his rights to look into allegations of irregularities and weigh his legal options.”

Most of the World’s Leaders have already congratulated President-elect Biden on winning the presidency. When Biden was asked about Trump’s refusal to admit defeat - Biden said that it was an embarrassment, and bad for the president’s legacy.

“I just think it’s an embarrassment, quite frankly. The only thing that.... how can i say this tactfully?... I think it will not help the president’s legacy. I think that, I know from my discussions with foreign leaders thus far that they are hopeful that the United States democratic institutions are viewed once again as being strong and endure...”

Trump has not spoken in public in the last few days.

In Peru congress has voted to impeach President Martin Vizcarra. Vizcarra is accused of accepting bribes while he was the Governor of Moquegua province. Vizcarra denies all charges. Leader of the Congress Manuel Marino will be acting President until elections next year.

Africa

In Ethiopia fighting has continued in the Tigray region. The Ethiopian military said yesterday that it had captured an airport in Tigray. Local Tigray authorities have said that the Eritrean army has also attacked the northern border, however, Eritrea has denied this. The United Nations has asked all sides to stop fighting to avoid a civil war. The Tigray region is thought to have over 200,000 soldiers - almost as many as the Ethiopian army.

In Libya, a lawyer and human rights critic was murdered in the Eastern city of Benghazi yesterday. Hanan al-Barassi has been critical of assault and rape in Benghazi. Benghazi is under the control of the LNA and General Khalifa Haftar.

In Kenya and Tanzania a million people are at risk of losing their source of food, as fish are dying in the Mara river. According to The World Wildlife Fund, illegal fishing, farming, deforestation and mining have worsened the biodiversity of the Mara River. Many species of fish and birds are now endangered.

And in the US state of Nevada, the Virgin Hyperloop completed its first test with people inside. The Virgin Hyperloop is a levitating pod which uses magnets to travel up to 170 km/h. The company hopes that the Hyperloop will be open for passengers by 2030.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Read the transcript of today’s episode, and listen to past episodes, at send7.org Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @send7podcast. I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow, you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.

The world has now passed 50 million confirmed Coronavirus infections. More than 1 million people have now died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins university. The real numbers are said to be higher due to the lack of testing in some countries. A quarter of all cases come from the second wave of the virus.


Europe

In Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced yesterday that he tested positive for coronavirus. The president tweeted that his health is in good condition and that he will be fine. Minutes later the head of the Ukrainian presidential office, said that he had also tested positive. The news came shortly after the president said that Ukraine may introduce a lockdown during the weekends to help stop the spread of the virus. Zelenskyy said that this would not harm the economy.

In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that the coronavirus vaccine that is currently being worked on could prevent 90% of people getting Covid-19.

"If the Pfizer vaccine passes all the rigorous safety checks, and is approved to be effective, then we will begin a UK wide, NHS lead, program of vaccine distribution. We will decide the order in which people are offered the vaccination, taking account of recommendations from a group of scientific experts, the joint committee on vaccination and immunisation.”


Also in the UK, A mass coronavirus testing programme has begun in Liverpool. Mass testing means asking everyone to be tested, whether or not they have symptoms. Mobile testing sites have been set up across the city, in places like care homes, schools, universities and workplaces.

Africa

In Ivory Coast, President Alassane Ouattara’s has officially been re-elected to a third term, after opposition leaders told their supporters to not believe the results. The Council President yesterday confirmed the results that gave Ouattara more than 94 percent of the votes. Opposition leaders had previously said Ouattara’s attempt to run for a third term was not allowed. While Ivory Coast has a limit of two presidential terms, Ouattara said a new constitution in 2016 allows him to run again.

In Mozambique, more than 50 people have been beheaded during three days of violence by Islamist rebels. The rebels also attacked villages, kidnapped women and burned homes. In one of the villages, the jihadists are reported to have turned a football field into an execution field. The Islamist rebellion began more than 3 years ago, and hundreds have been killed since.

Americas

In the United States, President-elect Joe Biden told Americans yesterday to wear their masks, saying it is “not a political statement” and will save thousands of lives. Yesterday Biden also started a coronavirus task force, to create a plan for fighting the pandemic.


“So that’s why today, I’ve names a COVID-19 transition advisory board. Comprised of distinguished public health experts, to help our transition team translate the Biden-Harris COVID-19 plan into action. A blueprint that we can put in place as soon as Kamala and I are sworn in office on January 20th 2021. This group will advise on detail plans built on a bedrock of science, and to keep compassion, empathy and care for every American at its core.”


In Bolivia, former leader Evo Morales returned to the South American country yesterday, after a year in exile. He returns a day after a member of his left wing party was sworn in as president. Morales led Bolivia for almost 14 years as the first Indigenous president. He was exiled after there were signs of him cheating in an election that gave him a fourth term in office.



Asia

Yesterday, a Russian military helicopter was shot down over Armenia, near the border with Azerbaijan, killing two crew members. A third member was injured and taken to hospital. Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry said its forces shot down the helicopter by accident, and has apologised to Russia. Azerbaijan is also willing to pay for the accident.


In India, the high court in Mumbai has denied to grant bail to a top Indian news anchor. Arnab Goswami is under arrest for abetment to suicide. This is when a person is said to have helped someone or given reason for someone to commit suicide. Goswami, who is the founder of Republic TV, is being investigated for his alleged role in the death of an architect who designed his studio.


And finally, a message written over a 100 years ago by a German soldier was recently found. A couple in France were on a walk when they found a tiny metal container in a field. Inside the container was the letter written by the soldier. A museum has said finding things like this is usually very unlikely.

Americas

Joe Biden has beaten Donald Trump to become the next president of the United States. On Saturday most news companies reported that Biden has passed the 270 electoral college votes needed to win the presidency. Biden spoke on Saturday evening, telling the United States that now is the time for the country to unite...

“And I’m humbled by the trust and confidence you’ve placed in me. I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide but unify. Let’s give each other a chance. We have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies they are Americans.”

Also speaking on Saturday night was Kamala Harris, who will become the first female Vice-President...

“For four years, you marched, and organised, for equality, and justice, for our lives and for our planet. And then, you voted. Every little girl watching tonight, sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

President Trump has refused to accept defeat, and on Saturday Tweeted “I won this election, by a lot.”. Yesterday Trump continued to say that there was fraud, although he has not given any evidence. Trump has started many different lawsuits across the country, however, they are not expected to reach court. More Americans voted in this election than ever before. Both Joe Biden and Donald Trump received more votes than have ever been received in a presidential election - Trump won over 70 million votes and Biden won over 75 million votes, however the counting has not completely finished.

Around the world, most leaders congratulated Joe Biden on victory. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he looked forward to working with Biden’s team...

“I congratulate President Biden <sic>, President-elect Biden, very much on his victory, and of course I congratulate Kamala Harris on being the first female vice president as she will become, in the history of the United States. The United States is our closest and most important ally, and that has been the case under president after president, prime minister after prime minister - it won’t change.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Biden and said that he was hoping to strengthen India-US relations. Both Venezuelan rival presidents Maduro and Guaido congratulated Biden. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Tweeted that US elections are a spectacle, and criticised liberal democracy in general.

In central America storm Eta has killed dozens of people. Reports from Guatemala say that 150 people have been killed by floods and landslides. Deaths are also expected from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Hondruas and Mexico. The Mexican state of Chiapas has said that 19 people died after rivers overflowed.

Asia

In Indian administered Kashmir 4 Indian soldiers and 3 rebels have been killed in fighting. The fighting took place yesterday morning close to the Pakistani border.

Myanmar held a general election yesterday. At the time of recording this podcast the results have not been announced, however, the party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to keep a majority in parliament. In Bangladesh, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims say that they were not able to vote in Myanmar’s election.

Africa

In Ethiopia fighting has continued in the Tigray region between the national army and local Tigray forces. Some experts have warned of the possibility of a civil war. This weekend Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed fired his army chief, foreign minister and head of intelligence without giving reasons.

In Mozamique it is expected that over 40 people died after a boat sank on the 29th October. The story was slow to be reported. Nearly 400,000 people have been displaced from Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province because of Islamist rebels.

Europe

France’s foreign Minister Jean Yves LeDrian was in Egypt yesterday, meeting President Abel Fattah al-Sisi. Because of recent condemnation of France by some Muslims, LeDrian said that France has the highest respect for Islam and that Muslims are fully part of society in France - and that Egypt and France should fight extremism together.

And in Belarus, hundreds of protesters were arrested yesterday in the capital Minsk after another weekend of protests. There have been demonstrations every weekend since the 9th August election that Alexander Lukashenko claimed to give him a 6th term as president, but that most international organizations do not recognize as free and fair.

And in the United States, a couple who have had 14 sons, have finally had a daughter. Kateriy and Jay Schwandt had their first son over 28 years ago, and their first daughter is called Maggie Jayne.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. Read the transcript of today’s podcast or listen to past episodes at send7.org. I am Stephen Devincenzi, and tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.