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Nicaragua political arrests lead Argentina and Mexico to recall envoys
Five opposition candidates for November's presidential election have been arrested in recent weeks.
Up to 10,000 fans at Tokyo Olympics
Spectators will have to wear masks and follow social distancing measures. But events will be behind closed doors if coronavirus infections surge. Also: The Swedish government loses a vote of confidence for the first time in history, and a declassified report into UFO’s in America.
International talks on Iran's nuclear programme make progress
However, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi says 'distance remained' and bridging the gap won't be easy. The EU's chief coordinator Enrique Mora says 'we are closer to a deal but we are not still there'. It is not clear when the next round of talks will take place. Also, the body of fugitive far-right Belgian soldier found. The South Africa gems that sparked rush are quartz not diamonds.
Covid: Brazil hits 500,000 deaths amid 'critical' situation
So far, only 11% of the population has been fully vaccinated. Iran's next president - the hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi - has promised to fight corruption, after winning an election in which most of his rivals were barred. Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh', dies from Covid.
Iranians vote in presidential election
The winner will replace Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate who has served the maximum two terms. Also: Palestinians cancel vaccine swap deal with Israel, and a Ukrainian couple break up after being handcuffed together for 123 days.
Japanese disagree over Olympics spectators
Officials and politicians are in dispute over allowing fans to attend events next month. Also: Iranians vote in a presidential poll, and the new species of ancient giant rhino.
Absolutely great. Love them!
The person who wrote about BBC journalists being followed should have a look at the videos of the day that can be found online. Very convincing! :)
Helps my listening skills tremendously :)
Your episode today.
I can’t prove if your report on Russia is true or wrong. But To report government followed you around just on that day is suspicious. Makes it too obvious it’s trying to make travelers paranoid. Russia is completely safe. Everyone is welcome. I doubt they’ll have enough agents to follow everyone.