Shanghai extends COVID-19 curfew as food shortages upset residents

Shanghai residents expressed frustration on Friday over a week of sudden COVID-19 lockdowns, complaining online about food shortages and baffling stay-at-home orders. After initially promising they would avoid a full lockdown of the city, officials reversed course this week, announcing a phased lockdown that split China’s financial hub in two so authorities can assess its … Read more

Displaced Syrians in Idlib to observe another Ramadan far from home

Civilians who sought refuge in the opposition stronghold in the northwestern Idlib region after being displaced by attacks by the Assad regime in Syria will welcome the holy month of Ramadan away from home for the twelfth time this year due to the civil War. With the ceasefire signed between Turkey and Russia in March … Read more

UK intercepts almost 500 migrants crossing the English Channel

About 500 people were intercepted on Monday as they tried to cross the English Channel in small boats, British authorities said. Authorities pulled 395 people from 12 boats ashore on Monday, while the French intercepted another 101 people in four boats. This means that more than 4,500 people have been brought to Britain since the … Read more

Ukraine takes back key kyiv suburb Irpin as evacuations resume

In fighting that has become a back-and-forth stalemate, Ukrainian forces have recaptured Irpin, a key suburb northwest of the capital kyiv, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Monday night, but warned Russian troops they were regrouping to take back the area. . “We still have to fight, we have to hold on,” Zelenskyy said in his late-night … Read more

Gulf states hold talks in Yemen without Houthi rebels present

Gulf Arab states are due to meet on Tuesday for a summit on the year-long war in Yemen, which the country’s Houthi rebels are boycotting because it takes place in Saudi Arabia, its adversary in the conflict. The decision by the Iranian-backed Houthis to skip the summit, called by the Saudi Arabia-based Gulf Cooperation Council … Read more

Ukrainian helicopters attack fuel depot in Russian city of Belgorod

Ukrainian helicopters attacked a fuel storage facility in the western Russian city of Belgorod, the local governor said on Friday. “There was a fire at the gas depot due to an airstrike carried out by two helicopters of the Ukrainian army, which entered Russian territory at low altitude,” Vyacheslav Gladkov wrote on his Telegram channel. … Read more

Sri Lanka lifts curfew as anger flares over economic crisis

Police in the Sri Lankan capital lifted the curfew on Friday after protests in which dozens of people were arrested and several policemen injured near the home of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over his handling of an economic crisis. Hundreds of protesters gathered near Rajapaksa’s residence in a Colombo suburb on Thursday night before police dispersed … Read more

Russia plans to cut off offensives near kyiv and Chernihiv after Istanbul talks

Russia has decided to drastically reduce its military activity around kyiv and Chernihiv in Ukraine, one of its deputy defense ministers said on Tuesday, after talks between the Russian and Ukrainian negotiating teams in Istanbul. “In order to increase mutual trust and create the necessary conditions for further negotiations and achieve the ultimate goal of … Read more

“We’ll see”, says Biden on Russia’s intention to reduce the war in Ukraine

US President Joe Biden took a wait-and-see stance on Tuesday after Russia announced it would scale back its offensive in two Ukrainian cities. “We’ll see. I don’t read anything until I see what their actions are. We’ll see if they go ahead with what they suggest,” Biden told reporters at the White House alongside Singaporean … Read more