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In The Democratic Republic of Congo, scientists are warning that continuing eruptions of the volcano Mount Nyiragongo could destroy life in the city of Goma. Goma has a population of 2 million and local reports say that 400,000 people have already started to evacuate the city. The volcano started erupting on May 22nd and Goma has been damaged by lava flowing through the city and also by earthquakes related to the volcano. Over 30 people have died in the last week and many more are missing. The Democratic Republic of Congo reported 61 earthquakes on Saturday.

In Ethiopia supporters of the government have protested against United States sanctions. Over 10,000 people demonstrated in Addis Ababa against new United States restrictions. The US has accused the government of Abiy Ahmed of human rights abuses in the Tigray region.

In Nigeria there have been reports of a school kidnapping. Some reports have said that 150 students have been kidnapped from an Islamic school in Niger State. Kidnapping school students has become common in Nigeria in the last few years.


In the United States Republicans in the Senate have blocked the creation of an investigation into the riots on January 6th in the US congress. On the 6th January supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the congress building after Trump repeatedly told his supporters that the presidential election was fraudulent. 5 people died in the riots including a police officer. Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer said that it avoiding an investigation brought shame on the Republican party...

“I was no further than 30 feet from those white supremacist hooligans. Do my Republican colleagues remember that day? Do my Republican colleagues remember the savage mob calling for the execution of Mike Pence? Men with bullet-proof vests and zip-ties breaking in to the senate gallery and rifling through your desks. Police officers crushed between doorways. Shame on the Republican party for trying to sweep the horrors of that day under the rug because they are afraid of Donald Trump! Our democracy has long endured because leaders of good faith - even if they disagreed even at political cost - shared a fidelity to the truth. Not so today.”

Colombia will send soldiers to the city of Cali after 14 people died this weekend in protests. Protests started a month ago against tax reforms, but protests are now demanding the resignation of President Ivan Duque and his government and are complaining about police brutality. The government has said that protesters blocking roads are leading to a shortage of food in many areas.

In Brazil there were large protests against president Jair Bolsonaro this weekend. Thousands of people protested in at least 16 cities against Bolsonaro, and particularly his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, that has killed 460,000 Brazilians according to Johns Hopkins University data.


Cyprus held elections yesterday for its house of representatives. Anti-establishment parties are expected to gain seats, after a recent corruption scandal. The corruption scandal involved Cyprus allowing rich foreigners to pay to become citizens of Cyprus and the European Union.

In the United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has married his partner Carrie Symonds. Johnson is the first serving Prime Minister to get married for 200 years.


In Israel, the far-right leader Naftali Bennet has agreed to join a coalition of parties against the rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Natanyahu. In March Israel held its fourth election in two years, however, no party received a majority. Netanyahu has ruled Israel for 15 years, longer than any other Prime Minister, however this coalition could end his rule.

In Nepal a teacher from Hong Kong has become the fastest woman to climb Mount Everest. Tsang Yin-Hung climbed from base camp to the top of Everest in less than 26 hours according to officials from base camp.

And in space, a Chinese spacecraft has taken more equipment and food to China’s developing Space Station. This was the second mission out of 11 that are needed to complete China’s first space station. China is expected to put astronauts in the space station next year.

That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can write to us at or send an audio message on our website - Thank you to Ricardo from Spain, Abel and Saul from Mexico, Gaetano from Italy, Bob Li from China and Kashif from India for your messages. Also please leave a review on your podcast app, and we will say thank you on the podcast! Thank you to Nami Jiang from Taiwan for your review on apple podcasts. I am Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.


In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has denied that tens of thousands of people died because of a failure to act against COVID19. On Wednesday Johnson’s former Chief Advisor Dominic Cummings said that the government’s inaction and incompetence had lead to deaths. Visiting a hospital yesterday, Johnson denied this...

Reporter: “Prime Minister, did tens of thousands of people die who need not have died because of your action or inaction?” BJ: “No I don’t think so, but, of course, this has been an incredibly difficult series of decisions, none of which we’ve taken lightly. And you’ve got to recognize, and I do hope that people understand this, that when you go into a lockdown, it’s a very, very painful, traumatic thing, for people, for people’s mental health, for their lives, their livelihoods, and of course you’ve got to set that against the horrors of the pandemic and of COVID.”

In Spain 3 men have been jailed for assisting the 2017 terror attacks in Barcelona. The three islamist extremists were given between eight and 53 years in prison for helping Moroccan Younes Aboyaaqoub drive a van into civilians in Barcelona, and for planning bomb attacks.


In Rwanda, French President Emmanuel Macron has said that France recognizes its responsibility in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Speaking yesterday at the Kigali Genocide memorial in Rwanda, Macron said that France was not an accomplice to the genocide, however, France did not listen to the warnings that massacres were happening. It is estimated that over half a million ethnic Tutsi people were killed by ethnic Hutus in 1994.

Somalia’s Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble has promised that elections will be held in the next 60 days, after signing an agreement with local presidents. Somalia has a complicated indirect voting system. President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed had promised to hold direct one-person-one-vote elections, however agreements could not be made with regional leaders.


Azerbaijan has captured 6 Armenian soldiers. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Azerbaijan, six Armenian soldiers have been captured, according to the defence ministries of both countries. Azerbaijanis defence ministry accused the Armenian soldiers of trying to cross into the country, while Armenia claims that the soldiers were just carrying out engineering activities. Last year Armenia and Azerbaijan went to war over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The six-week conflict killed around 6000 people and ended with a ceasefire agreement that gave more land to Azerbaijan.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-Wen has accused China of interfering in its COVID vaccine programme. Ing-Wen said that China was interfering with deals to buy vaccines. China claims Taiwan to be part of China, despite it being an independent democracy since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Earlier this week American actor John Cena apologized to Chinese fans for calling Taiwan a country. Republican Senator Tom Cotton described Cena’s apology as ‘pathetic’.

In Australia the State of Victoria has been put into an immediate lockdown. State Premier James Merlino said that the lockdown would last 7 days because of a small outbreak. Australia requires that anyone entering the country stays in quarantine hotels upon arrival but it is expected that this outbreak started from one of these hotels.


Former Bolivian interior minister Arturo Murillo has been charged in the United States with receiving bribes from US companies. Three United States citizens were also charged with paying $600,000 to Bolivian officials between 2019 and 2020, to secure contracts for tear gas and other security equipment.

Argentina has more active cases of COVID19 now than ever before. The first lockdown of 2021 started on Monday, after President Alberto Fernandez declared that Argentina was in its worst moment since the pandemic began. Healthcare workers have asked the public to follow restrictions. Last week we reported on this podcast that beef exports had been temporarily banned in order to help slow the rate of inflation. One SEND7 listener in Argentina Adriana, has said that despite the ban on exporting beef, prices had increased anyway. Thank you Ariana.

And in the United States the television series friends released a reunion episode yesterday. Despite the series producing its last episode in 2004, Friends has continued to be popular with young people all over the world.

That’s your world news for this week. Send your comment on any story by email to or send us a voice message to appear on the podcast at, where you can also find transcripts and more. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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In the UK, yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser was asked about his time working for the government during the pandemic. Dominic Cummings said Mr Johnson was "unfit for the job”. He said that the Prime Minister ignored scientific advice and wrongly delayed lockdowns.

DC: "Fundamentally I regarded him as unfit for the job and I was trying to create a structure around him to try and stop what I thought were extremely bad decisions and push other things through against his wishes."

Mr. Cummings also said Health Secretary Matt Hancock should have been fired for lying.

DC: "Like in much of the government system there was many brilliant people at relatively junior and middle levels who were terribly let down by senior leadership. I think that secretary of state for health should have been fired for at least 15-20 things, including lying to everybody in multiple occasions, in meeting after meeting, in the in the cabinet room, and publicly."

In the Netherlands, yesterday a court ruled that oil company Shell must reduce its emissions. This is a landmark case and the first time a company has been forced to change their policies to follow the Paris climate agreement. The Paris Agreement was made by the United Nations to tackle climate change. The court said that the Shell group is responsible for its own CO2 emissions. By 2030, Shell must cut its CO2 emissions by 45% compared to their 2019 emissions.

In France, many social media influencers have said they received offers to spread negativity about the Pfizer vaccine. The influencers said they were emailed by an unnamed group in the UK. Léo Grasset, who has 1.17m YouTube subscribers, tweeted that a large amount of money was promised by the unknown group. Several other French social media influencers, who are all involved in the health and science field, said they had been contacted with similar offers.


In Mali, interim President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane have officially resigned. Both the Interim President and Prime Minister have been detained since Monday evening at a military camp outside the capital, Bamako. They have been accused of failing in their duties and seeking to sabotage the country's transition. West African officials plan to visit Mali to order their release from military detention.

In South Africa, yesterday former President Jacob Zuma pleaded not guilty in a corruption trial. The case involves a $5bn deal that was made in the 1990s. The weapons deal involved buying new fighter jets, helicopters, submarines and warships. Zuma is facing 16 counts of corruption, fraud, tax evasion and money laundering. Mr Zuma was South Africa's president from 2009 until 2018 when he was forced to resign. Yesterday crowds gathered outside the courthouse in support of Mr Zuma.

In Nigeria, more than 130 people are missing after a boat broke in two and sank. Most of the people on the boat were women and children. They were travelling from Niger to Kebbi state in northwest Nigeria. Witnesses say more than 160 people were on the boat and only 22 have been rescued. Local authorities have said that divers and emergency workers are trying to save the others.


In India, yesterday a powerful cyclone killed several people. Cyclone Yaas, hit the states of West Bengal as well as southern Bangladesh. This is the second cyclone to hit India in a week. Cyclone Tauktae killed more than 150 people.

China has beat Germany as the UK's biggest single import market for the first time ever. Goods imported from China increased by 66%, while Imports from Germany fell by 25%. This change came as trade with the European Union was affected by Brexit and the pandemic boosted demand for Chinese goods.


In the United States, yesterday eight people were killed in a shooting in California. The shooting took place at a train rail yard in San Jose. Officials say the victims include transit employees. The suspected shooter, a former employee, is also dead. Authorities say the shooter may have set his home on fire before the shooting.

And finally in Ecuador, tests have confirmed that a giant tortoise found on the Galápagos Islands is from a species which scientists thought had gone extinct. The last time that species was seen was in 1906.

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