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India’s health system is collapsing according to local reports. Yesterday India confirmed over 330,000 new cases of COVID19, and over 2,200 deaths. There are reports of oxygen shortages throughout India, and reports of hospitals refusing patients. Patients also appear to be younger than in India’s first wave. The Chief Minister of New Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has said that 65% of COVID hospital patients are under 45 years old.

In Russia there were protests across the country yesterday, in support of Alexei Navalny. Thousands of people attended protests, despite warnings from the police. Around 1,800 people were arrested, according to rights groups. Also in Russia, soldiers will start to be removed from the border with Ukraine today, according to Russian state media. Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the movement of soldiers to the Ukranian border had shown the ability to defend Russia.

In Myanmar over 250,000 people have been forced to leave their homes since the military took power in February, according to the United Nations. Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews has said that the world must act immediately. According to rights groups over 700 people have now been killed by the military and police since the

coup d’etat.

In Pakistan there was a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel on Wednesday night. Khadija Tahir reports...

In the Pakistani city of Quetta, there was a bomb blast outside a luxury hotel on Wednesday night. According to local authorities, at least four people were killed and 12 others injured in the attack. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, which used a suicide bomber. The Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan was reportedly staying at the hotel but was not in the area when the explosion took place. The Taliban have been carrying out attacks in Pakistan for more than a decade, killing thousands of Pakistani citizens.

Europe

France will stop domestic travel restrictions from May 3rd, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced yesterday. France has been in a lockdown since the end of March because of a fast rise in COVID cases, however schools will reopen on Monday. France’s slow vaccination campaign has began to accelerate this week, and 20% of adults have now received at least one dose. The European Union has now started to use the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose.

In Sweden, the furniture company IKEA, has announced plans to invest in renewable energy. Ikea has previously installed solar panels on the roofs of its shops, and owns over 500 wind turbines.

Africa

Americas

The United States has said that it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030. President Joe Biden hosted the Climate Leaders Summit, in which 40 world leaders participated. Biden said that dealing with climate change can lead to a more prosperous future...

“I talk to the experts and I see the potential for a more prosperous and equitable future. The signs are unmistakeable. The science is undeniable. And hte cost of inaction keeps mounting. The United States isn’t waiting. By maintaining those investments and putting those people to work The United States sets out on the road to set our greenhouse gases in half by the end of this decade.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India was committed to fighting climate change despite disruption to the development of India...

“Our ambitious renewable energy target of 450 Gigawatts by 2030 shows our commitment. Despite our development challenges, we have taken many bold steps on clean energy, energy efficiency, afforestation and bio-diversity.”

In Brazil, one of the world’s biggest weapons traffickers has been captured. Joao Filipe Barbieri was in prison for smuggling guns from the United States into Brazil, however he escaped 5 months ago. Most of the foreign -made illegal guns in Brazil come from the United States.

Africa

Angola has been hit by severe rains this week. Floods are expected to have killed 24 people in the Capital Luanda.

In Malawi there have been protests against the rising price of phone calls and data. Malawi is one of the most expensive places in the world to use mobile phone data.

And Gambia has become the second country in Africa to eliminate trachoma, an infectious disease the causes blindness. Trachoma is spread by the hands and clothes. Ghana was the first African country to be declared free of trachoma in 2018.

That’s your Simple World News for this week. Please leave a review on your podcast app, and we will say thank you on the podcast. You can also send us an email to podcast@send7.org or send an audio message at send7.org where you can find transcripts and more. Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I am Stephen Devincenzi, have a great weekend and I will see you on Monday.

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Asia

In Russia, hundreds of people attended pro-Alexey Navalny protests yesterday. Police have detained nearly 100 Navalny supporters protesting in several cities. Navalny, who is an anti-corruption campaigner, is currently in a prison hospital. Navalny has been on a hunger strike for 3 weeks and his doctor says he could die at any minute. President Vladimir Putin warned Western countries not to get too involved with Russia. At his annual nation speech, Mr Putin said Western counties were constantly trying to "pick on" Russia.


Putin: "If someone interprets our good intentions as indifference or weakness, and is willing to cross a red-line, they should know Russia's response will be asymmetric, fast, and tough."

In India, yesterday at least 22 Covid patients died in a hospital, after they lost oxygen supply. Officials said there was no oxygen flowing to ventilators for about 30 minutes, leading to the deaths. Officials say there was a leak in the hospital, but it is unclear how exactly the accident happened.

In Indonesia, a navy submarine has gone missing with 53 people on board. The submarine was last seen near Bali yesterday morning, but it failed to report back and contact was lost. Indonesian officials have called on Australia and Singapore to help in the search of the submarine.

Africa

In Chad, opposition politicians have rejected President's Idriss Déby's son to take over Chad. Mahmud Deby was selected by the military to lead Chad for 18 months until elections. This is due to the death of his father. Déby, who had been in power for 30 years, died after being shot by rebels, according to the army. The rebels have also rejected Deby’s son to take over, saying: "Chad is not a monarchy.” French President Emmanuel Macron will attend the funeral on Friday.


In Nigeria, a member of staff has been killed and a number of students have been kidnapped. This happened during a raid on a university in the northern state of Kaduna. Kidnappings by armed criminal gangs have become common in Nigeria, with more than 800 students kidnapped since December.

Europe

In Germany, thousands of people protested outside of Germany’s parliament yesterday. They were protesting against a bill that would give the government more powers to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. Chancellor Angela Merkel is hoping to change the Infection Protection Act, so that it allows the government to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews in areas with high infection rates.

In the UK, yesterday the Queen turned 95 years old. Due to the death of her husband, Prince Phillip, there was no public celebrations. The royal family continues to observe two weeks of mourning until Friday.

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In the United States, there will be an investigation into policing practices in the city of Minneapolis. The justice department will look at whether there has been a pattern "of unconstitutional or unlawful policing”. It follows national outrage over the killing of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin. The former officer was convicted of murder on Tuesday. Yesterday, President Joe Biden spoke about racism in the United States.


Joe Biden: "There were systemic racisms as a stain on our nation's soul. The guilty verdict does not bring back George, but through the family's pain they're finding purpose so George's legacy will not be just about his death - but about what we must do in his memory"


In Brazil, dozens of Brazilian celebrities have urged US President Joe Biden to not sign any environmental deals with Brazil while deforestation in the Amazon rises. The celebrities say Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has reduced forest protection and increased deforestation. US celebrities like actor Leonardo DiCaprio and singer Katy Perry also signed the letter.

And finally, today is Earth day. According to the official website, the theme for Earth Day 2021 is 'Restore Our Earth’. This focuses on fixing our world’s ecosystems by making more eco-friendly technology, ideas, and changes.


And that’s your world news in 7 minutes. Please leave us a review on your podcast app. If you do, we will read it out on the podcast. You can read transcripts at send7.org Also, follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Namitha Ragunath and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.

Africa

In Chad, President Idriss Deby has been killed. The army said that President Deby was killed in fighting against rebels forces. Army General Azem Bermandoa Agouna announced the death of the President on national television yesterday...

“Idriss Deby Itno, has just breathed his last breath defending our national sovereignty on the battlefield. It is with grief that we announce to the Chadian people the death this Tuesday, 20th April 2021, of the marshal of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno after injuries on the front [frontline].”

Idriss Deby had been in control of Chad since 1990, when he took power in a coup d’etat, which was supported by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Since 1990 Deby won 6 presidential elections, although rights groups have called these elections “ceremonial”. Deby was declared the winner of this year’s election on Monday. However the military say that Deby was in Northern Chad, commanding the army against a rebellion. Deby’s son, Mahmud Deby, has said that he will lead a transitional military council for 18 months when elections will be held. The council has announced a curfew from 6pm to 6am and has closed international borders. Cameroon’s president Paul Biya, said that Deby’s death was a huge loss for Chad and for Africa. French President Emmanuel Macron said that France had lost a friend, and urged the military to quickly transfer to civilian rule.

Europe

In the United Kingdom football clubs Manchester City and Chelsea have said that they will not join a European Super League. The Super League was announced on Sunday, made of 12 teams from the UK, Spain and Italy. Reactions from football fans has mostly been negative and the clubs have been accused of putting profit before sport. Some reports say that league is not likely to start without the support of Chelsea and Manchester City.

In Germany Armin Laschet has been confirmed as the candidate for chancellor by the Christian Democratic Union, the party of Angela Merkel. Opinion polls now show the Green party winning the second highest number of votes in September’s election, more than the SPD which has been one of the top two parties in Germany since the unification of Germany in 1990.

Americas

In the United States former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty yesterday of the murder of George Floyd. Crowds cheered outside the court in Minneapolis after the verdict was given. The killing of George Floyd sparked police brutality and Black Lives Matter protests throughout the United States last year.

Also in the United States former President Donald Trump has given his first interview since leaving office. In an interview with Fox News Trump said that he was seriously considering running for president again in 2024. Trump blamed President Biden for a ‘horrible situation’ on the Mexican border...

“People are pouring in, but you’ll see something as the months go by, like you’ve never seen before. Already it’s like you’ve never seen before. There’s never been anything like what’s happened on our border. And people are coming in by the tens of thousands. They’re walking in. They.... We had.... All he had to do was leave it alone. If he’d of left it alone... we were setting record positive numbers.”

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received a COVID19 vaccine yesterday. After a news conference, Obrador removed his jacket and received his first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Asia

Russia is preparing for a crackdown on Alexei Navalny’s supporters according to a report from The Guardian. The report says that next week a Russian court will declare Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation an ‘extremist organization - banning the group. Navalny has been in prison since returning to Russia from Germany in January where he was recovering from being poisoned. The European Union have blamed the Russian government for his poisoning. Navalny has been on hunger strike in prison for 3 weeks, demanding to be allowed to see a civilian doctor. Navalny’s personal doctor, who has not been allowed to see him, said that he could die at any minute.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned of a coronavirus ‘storm’ that is overwhelming the health system. India is currently reporting the most COVID cases in the world - yesterday India reported 300,000 new cases - the highest single day so far. The capital city, Delhi has ordered a one-week lockdown. Around the world, 3 million people are now reported to have died of COVID19.

Thailand is building a huge hydro-solar farm. This renewable energy system changes between solar power and water power, depending on what is producing the most energy. Thailand is aiming to get 35% of its energy from renewable sources by 2037.

That’s your news in 7 minutes. Thank you to Tiffany from Taiwan who told us about how students will run all the way around Taiwan to start the university atheletic games. And thank you to Saul Navarro who didn’t say where he was from. You can read transcripts at send7.org Follow us on social media @send7podcast. I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a wonderful day.