Russia takes control of Severodonetsk, Ukraine

Russia takes control of Severodonetsk, Ukraine

Russian troops took control of Severodonetsk, one of the last holdouts in the breakaway eastern region of Luhansk, on Saturday — even as Western intelligence agencies predicted that the invader’s military will soon exhaust its combat capabilities and be forced to halt its offensive. Hundreds of civilians were believed to remain trapped in underground bunkers … Read more

PM Hasina opens Bangladesh’s longest bridge over River Padma | News

PM Hasina opens Bangladesh’s longest bridge over River Padma | News

Dhaka, Bangladesh – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated a landmark bridge over the turbulent Padma River after years of delay due to allegations of corruption that forced the World Bank to walk away from the nearly $4bn mega project, which will connect Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka to the underdeveloped southwestern region of the country. The … Read more

How the melting Arctic could lead to huge riches—and world war

How the melting Arctic could lead to huge riches—and world war

Santa’s getting company. Fast-melting sea ice has opened a potential new Arctic shipping lane across the North Pole, which will give powerful nations easier access to the frozen zone’s vast riches — but has also sparked fears of war. The Arctic Council predicts that, during the summers, sea ice will be gone by 2040 — allowing for … Read more

Afghanistan’s remote and poor villages hardest hit by earthquake | News

Afghanistan’s remote and poor villages hardest hit by earthquake | News

Gayan, Paktika – In the early morning hours of Wednesday June 22, the mud homes in this remote part of southeastern Afghanistan began to tremble and collapse under the force of a 5.9 magnitude earthquake. Panicked residents tried to wake their sleeping relatives. But for hundreds of families, there was no time. Within minutes the … Read more

Morocco: 18 migrants die in attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla | Migration News

Morocco: 18 migrants die in attempt to enter Spain’s Melilla | Migration News

Deaths occurred during attempted mass crossing into Spanish North African enclave by some 2,000 migrants, officials say. Moroccan authorities said that 18 migrants were killed and dozens of migrants and police officers were injured in a “stampede” of people trying to cross into the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla. A spokesperson for the Spanish … Read more

‘We can’t get by’: Indigenous people keep up protests in Ecuador | Protests News

‘We can’t get by’: Indigenous people keep up protests in Ecuador | Protests News

Quito, Ecuador – Thousands of Indigenous people continue to demonstrate in the Ecuadorian capital, as their calls for social and economic reforms grow louder despite a crackdown by authorities in the South American nation. The protesters, predominantly led by the powerful Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) group, began blocking roads and marching in … Read more

Swiss customs reviews imports of Russian gold worth $200M | Russia-Ukraine war News

Swiss customs reviews imports of Russian gold worth $200M | Russia-Ukraine war News

Switzerland is a global hub for precious metals with the country’s handful of refineries handling about two-thirds of the world’s gold. Swiss customs authorities are tracking three tonnes of gold of Russian origin that entered Switzerland from the UK last month to watch for potential violations of economic sanctions against Russia following President Vladimir Putin’s … Read more

Auschwitz museum target of Russian propaganda on social media | News

Auschwitz museum target of Russian propaganda on social media | News

Social media posts falsely claimed to show anti-Russian stickers placed around former Auschwitz death camp in Poland. The Auschwitz-Birkenau museum has alleged that it was the target of “primitive” propaganda spread by Russian state agencies on social media. The museum said on Friday that social media posts had falsely claimed to show anti-Russian stickers placed … Read more

Ukraine-Russia live news: US to send $450m more in military aid | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukraine-Russia live news: US to send $450m more in military aid | Russia-Ukraine war News

The United States is sending $450 million more in military aid to Ukraine, including another four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). The Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov says Russia is carefully recording the use of each Western-supplied weapon to ensure Ukraine fulfils its promise of not launching an attack into Russia. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says … Read more

‘Cold War mentality’: China’s Xi denounces ‘abuse of sanctions’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

‘Cold War mentality’: China’s Xi denounces ‘abuse of sanctions’ | Russia-Ukraine war News

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the world should oppose unilateral sanctions and efforts by some countries to maintain their political and military power – a veiled shot at the United States and its allies over opposition to the war in Ukraine. Xi’s remarks on Thursday at the virtual meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, … Read more