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In Israel and Palestine a ceasefire has been agreed. Israel’s government and Hamas, who controls Gaza, both announced a ceasefire last night after 11 days of fighting. Cross-border attacks started last Monday when Hamas fired rockets from Gaza into Israel in response to Israeli police occupying a mosque in Jerusalem. Over 200 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli air strikes. According to the Gaza health ministry most were civilians, however according to Israel, most were Hamas militants. Hamas has sent thousands of rockets into Israel since last Monday, and the rockets have killed 11 civilians. Israel is able to destroy around 85% of the rockets fired into Israel. Yesterday the United Nations held a general assembly meeting about the conflict. UN chief Antonio Guterres said the fighting must stop immediately...

“The past ten days have witnessed a dangerous and horrific surge in deadly violence in the occupied Palestinian territory - particularly Gaza - and in Israel. The fighting must stop immediately. I appeal to all parties to cease hostilities now and I reiterate my call on all sides for an immediate ceasefire.” The ceasefire is expected to start this morning.

In India cyclone Taukte is expected to have killed over a hundred people this week. Most of the deaths have been in the state of Gujarat and damage has been recorded in many Indian states as well as in The Maldives and Pakistan. Khadija Tahir reports reports on a ship that sank close to Mumbai.

The Indian Navy has recovered the bodies of 37 people from a boat that sank after cyclone Taukte hit on Monday. Almost 260 people were on the boat when the Cyclone hit the Bombay High oilfield near Mumbai, where India’s largest offshore oil rigs are located. A spokesperson for the Navy confirmed that 38 people are still missing, while 188 people have been rescued. The survivors spent nearly eight hours at sea before they were rescued. Cyclone Taukte hit India on Monday with winds of almost 210km/h, and has killed dozens of people in the states of Gujrat and Maharashtra.


In Spain more soldiers have been sent to the border with Morocco on the African enclave of Ceuta. At least 8,000 migrants crossed into Ceuta illegally this week, mostly by swimming around the Moroccan border. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has criticised Morocco for not trying to protect the border. Spain says that three quarters of the migrants have been returned to Morocco.

In Kenya a new port welcomed its first cargo ships yesterday. The Lamu port cost $3 billion dollars, and is hoped to improve trade for northern neighbours Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Ethiopia has announced that elections will be held on 21st June. Elections have been delayed twice before, because of the coronavirus pandemic and logistical problems.


Iceland has hosted an international conference on the Arctic. The amount of ice in the arctic has been slowly reducing since records began in the 1970s. Most scientists say that human-caused climate change is the reason that Arctic ice is melting. During the summit the secretaries of States of Russia and the United States met for the first time. Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are expected to meet in person somewhere in Europe next month.

In France a group of women have won a court case over dangerous breast-implants. 2,700 women will receive compensation after a French company was found to be using silicone that was not intended for human use.


In Colombia protests are continuing against the government. Protests started three weeks ago against a tax reform that the government later dropped. Yesterday, a health reform was also abandoned, which appears to be another win for the protesters. 40 people have died in protests in the last 3 weeks, according to human rights groups.

In the United States 3 witnesses have testified in court about the Tulsa Massacre, one hundred years ago. Viola Fletcher who is 107 said that she could still smell the smoke from the day in 1921 that a mob of white people attacked black homes and businesses in the city of Tulsa...

“The night of the massacre I was awakened by my family. I will never forget the violence of the white mob when we left our home. I still see black men being shot. I still smell smoke and see fire.”

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In Israel, yesterday four rockets were fired from Lebanon. Israel's military responded by firing weapons at "a number of targets in Lebanese territory”. The latest conflict between Palestine and Israel has been going on for 10 days. Yesterday, Israeli’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to continue his government's operation against Palestinian militants. His comments came shortly after a phone call with US President Joe Biden. Mr Biden told him to reduce the violence. Netanyahu did not comment on the call, but he said he appreciated Biden’s support of Israel’s right to defend itself.

In India, an anti-fungal drug used to treat an infection called mucormycosis, is in short supply. There are many emergency appeals on social media for the drug as mucormycosis cases rise. Doctors say the infection could be triggered by the use of steroids in severely-ill Covid patients. Mucormycosis is caused by exposure to mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure and rotten fruits and vegetables.


In Venezuela, Colombian the left-wing rebel leader known as Jesús Santrich has been killed. Santrich played a big role in peace negotiations but later joined a protest group and continued fighting. The group said he had been killed by Colombian armed forces but provided no evidence. Colombia's Defence Minister said he had died in a shootout between gangs but did not confirm his death.

In the United States, yesterday the governor of Texas signed a law banning abortion from as early as six weeks. This is before most women know they are pregnant. Governor Greg Abbott signed the legislation at a ceremony yesterday. It bans abortions after the detection of what anti-abortion campaigners call a foetal heartbeat. Medical authorities say that this heartbeat is misleading. The law also gives any individual the right to sue doctors who perform the abortion after the 6 week mark. Doctors and women's rights groups have criticised the law. The law will become official in September, if it is not stopped by a court. Texas is the latest and largest US state to pass abortion restrictions.


In Malawi, health authorities have destroyed almost 20,000 expired doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. They said this will assure the public that any vaccines they do get are safe. Malawi is the first African country to do this publicly. The World Health Organization initially told countries not to destroy expired doses. But they have now changed their advice. Vaccinations in Malawi has been low. Health workers hope the move will increase public confidence. Out of a population of about 18 million people, Malawi has recorded 34,232 confirmed coronavirus cases and 1,000 deaths.

In Ghana, health authorities have sent drones to deliver boxes of Covid-19 vaccines. The drones will be taking vaccines to hard-to-reach areas in the country. Ghana is giving out 360,000 doses of AstraZeneca that were sent from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where vaccinations have been low. The use of drones is taking place in 43 districts. These will be given to people who have already had their first jab. The authorities have said they are hoping to get more vaccines.


In the UK, yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock said thousands of British people will receive a coronavirus booster jab. This will be the worlds first trial on booster jabs.

MH: "And while we do while we deliver on the first and the second doses we're also working on our booster program too and I just want to update you a little on that. This is all making sure that the vaccines stay ahead of the virus , his includes new vaccines specifically targeted at variants of concern. I'm delighted to be able to announce a new clinical trial backed by 19 million pounds of taxpayers money, to look at the use of current covert vaccines as booster vaccines and to see what combination and what part they can play in keeping us safe for the long term."

In Belgium, special police units are searching for a heavily armed soldier. The police say the soldier has far-right views, and they believe he is a serious threat. The suspect has been named as Jurgen Conings, a shooting instructor who has stolen weapons. He is said to have made threats in the past against Marc Van Ranst, who led Belgium's public health response to coronavirus. Mr Van Ranst and his family have been taken to a safe place.

And finally, China has released the first pictures taken by its Zhurong rover on Mars. This made China only the second nation - after America - to successfully put a rover on Mars.

Thant’s your world news in 7 minutes. Find transcripts or send us a message at I’m Namitha Ragunath, and tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.


In Israel and Palestine there have been large protests and fights between Israelis and Arabs. In Jerusalem police used water cannon in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood. This neighbourhood was where protests first began last week, because some Palestinian families are facing eviction from homes they have lived in for 70 years. In the West Bank protesters threw stones at Israeli military posts. Since last Monday 213 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, according to the health ministry. In Israel 12 people have been killed, including two workers from Thailand who were hit by a rocket fired from Gaza yesterday.

Japan’s economy has fallen more than expected in the first quarter. Economists are blaming are reduction in consumer spending and exports. Japan’s economy grew at the end of 2020, however people appear to be afraid of new coronavirus cases. A survey conducted this week showed that over 80% of Japanese people think that the Olympic games should be delayed or cancelled.

In China the number of divorces has fallen by more than 70% in the first quarter of this year. Reports say that this is because of a new law that says that couples must return 30 days after asking for a divorce to complete their divorce. However, there is also evidence that marriage rates are falling.

In Bangladesh there have been protests against the arrest of a journalist. Khadija Tahir reports...

In Bangladesh, a female investigative journalist has been arrested after writing about Bangladesh's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Rozina Islam, who works for Bangladesh's largest circulated newspaper - Prothom Alo - appeared before the court yesterday, where she is being charged with stealing documents from the Health Ministry. Islam has been known for uncovering corruption in government ministries before, and if charged, could face 14 years in prison. Rights groups and the journalist community of Bangladesh held protests demanding Rozina Islam's release and on media censorship during the COVID pandemic.


In Spain at least 8000 migrants crossed illegally into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta yesterday. Most migrants swam around the border which connects Spain to Morocco. Reports say that most of the migrants are Moroccan. Spanish authorities said yesterday that they had already sent 2,700 migrants back to Morocco, but only people they were sure were adults. In Melilla, Spain’s other enclave in Africa, 86 sub-saharan Africans entered illegally. Also in the Mediterranean sea yesterday, The Tunisian Defence Ministry said that 57 migrants died after their boats capsized. 33 survivors, most of whom are Bangladeshi, were taken to Tunisia.

Tunisia has become the first country to restart public flights with Libya since Libya’s civil war. It has been 7 years since there have been foreign flights to Libya. Libya had been divided by two opposing governments in the East and The West, however in January the two sides joined together to form a united government. Elections are expected in December.


United States President Joe Biden has said that the US will send at least 20 million COVID19 vaccines abroad by the end of next month. Last month Biden said that 60 million Oxford Astrazeneca doses would be given away, although this hasn’t happened yet. This week The United States passed 600,000 confirmed deaths from COVID19, however President Biden has said that it is now possible to give away vaccines, as COVID rates are at their lowest levels in a year...

“In Fact when tomorrow’s vaccination numbers come out, they’ll show that 60% of Americans have received at least one shot. Every day the light at the end of that tunnel is growing brighter.”

Argentina is restricting the export of beef - of which it is the world’s 5th largest exporter. President Alberto Fernandez has said that beef cannot be sold abroad for 30 days until new rules are made. Fernandez told a local radio station yesterday that the plan was to try to limit Argentina’s inflation. Argentina has one of the worst inflation rates in the world.


United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that relaxations of restrictions will continue, despite a rise in cases of the Indian variant of COVID19. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said that the variant is more transmissible, however current vaccines work well against the variant.

And in the Netherlands the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest took place yesterday. 26 countries will compete on Saturday evening in Rotterdam. This is Lithuania’s entry by a group called The Roop.

Thant’s your world news in 7 minutes. Find transcripts or send us a message at I’m Stephen Devincenzi. Tomorrow you will be with Namitha Ragunath. Have a great day.