Thursday, May 19, 2022

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Kremlin says Ukraine ‘lacks will’ to continue peace talks

Talks are 'not moving forward', says Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

World remains unprepared to face new pandemics, panel says

'We largely have the very same tools and the same system that existed in December 2019 to respond to a pandemic threat,' says panel member and former NZ prime minister Helen Clark.

Chinese port city near North Korea beefs up Covid controls

Across the border, impoverished, nuclear-armed North Korea has announced more than 1.7 million infections since last week, putting Chinese authorities on edge.

Sri Lanka to default on debt, no money for fuel, minister says

An economic crisis unprecedented in the country's history since independence in 1948 has led to a critical shortage of foreign exchange, that saw it miss two coupon payments on sovereign bonds on April 18.

UK inflation jumps to 40-year peak

Nations across the world are plagued by decades-high inflation as the Ukraine conflict pushes up energy and food prices, in turn forcing the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve and others to ramp up interest rates.

Finland, Sweden submit application to join Nato

Sweden and Finland were both neutral throughout the Cold War, and their decision to join Nato is one of the most significant changes in Europe's security architecture for decades.

‘Huge’ pressure for Shanghai to stay Covid-free as end to lockdown looms

The commercial hub of 25 million achieved a fourth consecutive day without any new infections in the community, holding on to its prized 'zero Covid' status and keeping alive hopes for an imminent end to lockdown misery.

Conservatives tipped to lose in Australian nail-biter election

Australians – usually some of the world's most optimistic voters – have grown markedly more dissatisfied with their lives, more pessimistic about their future and more turned off by traditional political parties

North Korean leader slams officials over spiralling Covid outbreak

The nuclear-armed country has reported its first coronavirus cases, and the Omicron variant-fuelled outbreak has since ballooned – marking the failure of a two-year blockade maintained since the start of the pandemic.

Morocco ‘breathing again’ as tourists back after Covid shutdown

Tourism – which accounts for some 7% of Morocco's economy and creates hundreds of thousands of formal and informal jobs – was battered by Morocco's tight restrictions during the pandemic.

Singapore denies entry to Indonesian cleric, cites extremism concerns

Abdul Somad Batubara, who had travelled by ferry from the Indonesian port of Batam to Singapore, has a large online following in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

First war crimes case against Russian soldier to open in Kyiv

Vadim Shishimarin will appear at Kyiv's Solomyansky district court from 2pm over the death of a 62-year-old man in northeastern Ukraine on Feb 28.

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