World News Roundup: Blinken says he raised detention of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero with Rwandan leader; Wildfires rage, farmers struggle as another heatwave bakes Western Europe and more
Here is a summary of current global news briefs.
Blinken says he discussed detention of ‘Hotel Rwanda’ hero with Rwandan leader
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday he had raised concerns with the Rwandan president over the imprisonment of Paul Rusesabagina, portrayed in the film ‘Hotel Rwanda’, sheltering hundreds of people during the 1994 genocide. Rusesabagina, 67, a permanent resident of the United States, was sentenced last September to 25 years in prison on eight counts of terrorism related to an organization opposed to the regime of President Paul Kagame.
Wildfires rage, farmers struggle as another heat wave bakes Western Europe
Wildfires tore through parts of France, Spain and Portugal on Thursday as heatwaves engulfed Europe and the head of the European Space Agency called for immediate action to tackle the climate change. More than 1,000 firefighters, supported by water bomber planes, fought for a third day a “monster” fire that forced thousands of people from their homes and burned thousands of hectares of forest in the region of southwest of the Gironde in France.
A year of struggle as an Afghan family builds a new life in California
Najib Mohammadi had high hopes for his life in the United States when he, his pregnant wife Susan and their two young children left Afghanistan in July 2021. But for most of the past year, the family has lived in a one-bedroom apartment infested with cockroaches. apartment in Sacramento unable to find affordable housing in the Californian capital. He struggled to find work.
At least 13 civilians killed in protests in Sierra Leone, morgue staff say
At least 13 civilians were killed in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, during anti-government protests on Wednesday, staff at the city’s main morgue said on Thursday.
Taliban cleric killed in Kabul blast: intelligence official
A prominent Taliban cleric, Sheikh Rahimullah Haqqani, was killed in an attack in Kabul on Thursday, according to an intelligence official. Abdul Rahman, the head of intelligence for the Afghan capital district where the blast took place, confirmed the death.
Satellite images show devastation at Russian air base in Crimea
Satellite images released on Thursday showed the devastation at a Russian airbase in Crimea hit in an attack suggesting Kyiv may have gained a new long-range strike capability that could change the tide of the war. Images released by independent satellite company Planet Labs showed three nearly identical craters where buildings at Russia’s Saki airbase had been hit with apparent precision. The base, on the southwest coast of Crimea, had suffered extensive fire damage, with the scorched hulls of at least eight destroyed fighter jets clearly visible.
North Korea declares victory over COVID, suggests leader Kim had it
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un declared victory over COVID-19 and his sister said he too had caught the virus, while vowing ‘deadly retaliation’ against South Korea, which the North blames to have caused the epidemic. Kim ordered the lifting of the maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, while adding that North Korea must maintain a “steel strong anti-epidemic barrier and intensify anti-epidemic work until the end of the health crisis. world,” North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported on Thursday.
Taiwan says threat from China remains, though military drills ease
The threat of force from China has not diminished, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said on Thursday, even as Beijing’s largest-ever military exercises around the island appeared to be diminishing. Furious over a Chinese-claimed visit to Taiwan last week by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, China has launched ballistic missiles and deployed several warplanes and warships in recent days to simulate maritime attacks and aerial.
Latvia designates Russia as ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ for war in Ukraine
Latvia’s parliament on Thursday designated Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” in the war in Ukraine and called on Western allies to impose more comprehensive sanctions on Moscow to end the conflict. “Latvia recognizes Russia’s actions in Ukraine as targeted genocide against the Ukrainian people,” the Baltic nation’s parliament said in a resolution.
McDonald’s will start reopening Ukrainian restaurants
McDonald’s Corp announced plans Thursday to reopen its restaurants in Ukraine in the coming months. The company closed all of its restaurants in Ukraine and Russia in March following the invasion of Moscow. The company sold most of its restaurants in Russia to one of its local licensees in May.
(With agency contributions.)