World News Roundup: Russian invasion of Ukraine enters fourth month; Pounded by a Russian offensive in the east, Ukraine rules out ceasefire and more

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Russian invasion of Ukraine enters fourth month

Russia enters the fourth month of its never-ending invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday ahead of the fighting that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced cities to rubble. After abandoning its assault on the capital, kyiv, Russia continues east and south in the face of mounting sanctions and a fierce Ukrainian counter-offensive reinforced by Western weapons.

Pounded by a Russian offensive in the east, Ukraine rules out a ceasefire

Ukraine has ruled out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow while Russia has stepped up its attack in the eastern Donbass region and stopped sending gas to Finland in its latest response to Western sanctions and to its growing international isolation. Polish President Andrzej Duda told Ukraine’s parliament that ceding even “one centimeter” of the country’s territory would be a blow to the whole West and reassured kyiv of Warsaw’s strong support for its candidacy. accession to the European Union.

Russia features prominently in Scholz’s first African tour as chancellor

Russia’s impact on energy and food prices and security will provide the backdrop for Olaf Scholz’s first trip to Africa as German chancellor, a three-day tour of Senegal, Niger and South Africa which will start on Sunday. The first leg of Scholz’s journey is Senegal, which has billions of cubic meters of gas reserves and is expected to become a major gas producer in the region.

US seeks to deepen economic partnership with Taiwan, Sullivan says

The United States is seeking to deepen its economic partnership with Taiwan, including on high-tech issues, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday while en route to Japan with President Joe Biden. In his first trip to Japan since taking office, Biden will attend a summit of the “Quad” country grouping, meeting with leaders from Japan, India and Australia. Regional security issues will be on the agenda.

Biden in Japan to launch regional economic plan to counter Beijing

President Joe Biden arrived in Japan on Sunday to launch a plan for greater US economic engagement with the Indo-Pacific, facing criticism even before the program was announced that it will only offer few advantages to the countries of the region. On the second leg of his first trip to Asia as president, Biden is set to meet with the leaders of Japan, India and Australia, the “Quad,” another cornerstone of his strategy to fend off the growing influence of China.

Analysis-Australian women unleash a new political force on climate and integrity

Professional women and voters concerned about climate change unleashed the Third Force in Australia’s election, winning a swathe of seats that ended nine years of Conservative rule even as votes for the winning Labor Party plummeted. The women who left successful careers in business, medicine and the media to enter politics as independents were on course to win five seats from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal Party in its affluent urban center during the general elections on Saturday, as moderate voters abandoned the government.

Russian invasion of Ukraine enters fourth month

Russia enters the fourth month of its never-ending invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday ahead of the fighting that has killed thousands, uprooted millions and reduced cities to rubble. After abandoning its assault on the capital, kyiv, Russia continues east and south in the face of mounting sanctions and a fierce Ukrainian counter-offensive reinforced by Western weapons.

Australian Labor Party to return to power after 9 years, independents could dominate

Australia’s Labor Party will form the country’s next government on Monday, as unprecedented support for the Greens and climate-focused independents ended nearly a decade of Tory coalition rule. The centre-left Labor party remains four to five seats away from a majority of 76 in the 151-seat lower house with a dozen voters too close to be called, broadcasters reported on Sunday. Labor may need support from independents and smaller parties to return to power for the first time since 2013.

Biden says ‘hello’ to North Korea’s Kim amid tensions over weapons testing

US President Joe Biden, in Seoul before heading to Japan on his first trip to Asia as president, had a simple message for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un: “Hello…period,” he told reporters on the last day of his visit. in South Korea on Sunday. Biden said he was “not concerned” about new North Korean nuclear tests, which would be the first in nearly five years.

WHO expects more cases of monkeypox to appear worldwide?

The World Health Organization has said it expects to identify more cases of monkeypox as it expands surveillance in countries where the disease is not usually present. On Saturday, 92 confirmed cases and 28 suspected cases of monkeypox were reported in 12 member states that are not endemic for the virus, the UN agency said, adding that it will provide guidance and recommendations in the coming days. countries on how to mitigate the spread of monkeypox.

(With agency contributions.)

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