Mary Richard, Host: Coming up The world and everything in it: World Tour with our reporter from Africa, Oniz Ohikere.

Hong Kong Anniversary-We start in Hong Kong today.

Audio: [Celebration music]

Hong Kong celebrated the 25th anniversary of its transfer from Britain without the usual freedom rallies and protests. Instead, Chinese officials tightened security earlier in the day and warned some remaining opposition groups in the region not to protest.

This year’s anniversary marks the focal point of a 50-year agreement signed by China and Britain that formulated the “two systems, one country” policy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attended a two-day celebration on his first visit to the mainland since the outbreak began.

XI: [Speaking in Mandarin]

Xi said Hong Kong has overcome the fire of its recent challenges.

He also inaugurated the new government in the city under the leadership of John Lee. Lee had previously served as security chief who oversaw the police response to the region’s protests in 2019.

Flood risk in SydneyThen, Australia, where torrential rains in Sydney have prompted migration.

Audio: [Ongoing rescue efforts]

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 50,000 Sydney suburbs residents. The torrential rains caused the dams to overflow and burst the aqueduct on their banks. Strong winds uprooted trees and blocked roads in some areas.

Dominic Perotet is the premier of New South Wales.

Perotet: To see what we see throughout Sydney, there is no doubt that these events are becoming more common, and governments need to respond and adjust to the changing circumstances we find ourselves in.

The latest rain is the fourth, and possibly worst, flood in Sydney in less than a year and a half.

US-Africa military exercise completedWe went to Africa, where the United States and dozens of other countries took military action in the South Moroccan desert.

Audio: [Tank explosion]

More than 7,500 service members participated in the second annual “African Lion” war games. It included operations in Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia. Israel joined the partner countries for the first time.

Gen. Stephen J., commander of the U.S. Africa Command. Townsend said this year’s training comes at a time when violent extremism is on the rise in West Africa. He also noted the growing presence of dangerous artists, such as the Russian mercenary group known as Wagner.

Audio: [Music playing at ECOWAS summit]

Meanwhile, West African leaders on Sunday called for tougher action against the growing insurgency in the region.

Nana Akufo-Ado, President of Ghana, is the President of the Economic Community of West African States, or ECOWAS.

AKUFO-ADDO: These terrorist attacks are now focusing not only on the coast but also on the coastal states in our region.

Sierra Leone is trying to convict abortion– Finally, we end up in Sierra Leone today.

Audio: [Crowd cheering]

The government has approved a draft law that would make small West African nations criminal abortion.

The announcement was made by President Julius Mada Bio at the 10th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights in the capital, Freetown.

BIO: My government has unanimously approved the Safe Motherhood Bill. The bill would include several serious provisions to ensure the health and dignity of all girls and women of reproductive age in this country.

Parliament will still debate and vote on the bill.

Sierra Leone’s abortion law dates back to pre-independence in 1861 and prohibits the practice without endangering the mother’s life. This country has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.

That’s all for this week’s World Tour. Reporting for the World, I am Oniz Ohikere from Abuja, Nigeria.


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