Here is a summary of current global news briefs.
US Revises Cuban Policy, Eases Restrictions on Remittances and Travel
The United States on Monday announced a series of measures aimed at overhauling its policy towards Cuba, including easing some Trump-era restrictions on family remittances and travel to the island and sharply increasing visa processing. Americans for Cubans. The measures, which were rolled out after lengthy review by the US government, mark the most significant shifts in the US approach to Havana since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
Sweden’s plans for NATO membership fail as Turkey says no
Sweden will formally apply for NATO membership in the coming days, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, but its membership process, and that of Finland, hit a snag when Turkey’s president, a member of NATO, said he would not endorse either candidate. Sweden and Finland need each of the 30 NATO members to approve their candidacy. The ratification process was expected to take up to a year, although objections from Turkey cast that into doubt.
Taliban dissolve Afghan Human Rights Commission and other key bodies
Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have dissolved five key departments of the former US-backed government, including the country’s Human Rights Commission, deeming them useless in the face of a financial crisis, an official said on Monday. Afghanistan faces a budget shortfall of 44 billion Afghans ($501 million) this fiscal year, Taliban authorities said on Saturday as they announced their first annual national budget since taking control of the war-torn country in August latest.
In El Salvador’s Gang Crackdown, Quotas Lead to ‘Arbitrary’ Arrests of Innocents
Dozens of innocent people have been apprehended in El Salvador in recent months as part of President Nayib Bukele’s ‘gang war’, after superiors forced officers to meet daily arrest quotas during the state of emergency, five officials told Reuters. In March, El Salvador recorded 62 killings in a single day, the bloodiest since the country’s civil war ended in 1992. In response, the Legislative Assembly dominated by Bukele’s right-wing populist party declared the state of emergency, suspending the constitutionality of citizens. rights. In the last month and a half, more than 25,000 people have been arrested.
Sri Lanka until the last day of petrol, Prime Minister tells a country in crisis
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister said on Monday the crisis-hit nation was on its last day of petrol, as the country’s energy minister told citizens not to join long lines of fuel. fuel wait that has galvanized weeks of anti-government protests. Ranil Wickremesinghe, appointed prime minister on Thursday, said in an address to the nation that the country urgently needed $75 million in foreign currency to pay for essential imports.
After fires and floods, climate-conscious independents could determine Australian election
After some of the worst fires and floods to ever hit Australia, a new cohort of climate-conscious independents threaten to rock Saturday’s federal election, putting government under pressure in key districts and potentially reshaping the country’s political landscape . Enraged by the government’s lack of action on climate change, candidates are campaigning fiercely on environmental issues in hopes of turning moderate voters away from the main parties.
Scholz’s balance has become more difficult after the German state elections
The worst post-war result for Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats in a mainstream party stronghold puts pressure on him to show more decisive leadership in the face of the Ukraine crisis and German concerns regarding the soaring cost of living. Scholz’s SPD lost a regional election in Germany’s most populous state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) on Sunday to the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) – a setback for the Chancellor after just five months in office. able.
Ukrainian force begins to evacuate last stronghold of Mariupol
Troops locked in the last Ukrainian stronghold of the beleaguered port of Mariupol began evacuating on Monday, appearing to cede control of the once prosperous city to Russia after months of bombardment. Ukraine’s deputy defense minister said 53 wounded soldiers from the Azovstal steelworks had been taken to a hospital in the Russian-held city of Novoazovsk, about 32 kilometers (20 miles) to the east.
Indigenous Canadians make painful plea on eve of British royal visit
As Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla prepare to visit Canada this week, some members of the Indigenous community are calling on the British Royal Family to formally acknowledge the harm colonization has done to First Nations people.
The royal couple will arrive in St. Johns, Newfoundland on Tuesday for a three-day trip that will include stops in Ottawa and the Northwest Territories and will focus on issues of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and climate change .
Analysis-Alarmed by Solomon Islands-China pact, New Zealand finds its voice on security
New Zealand has long been seen as the moderate, if not absent, voice of China in the Western ‘Five Eyes’ alliance, so much so that its commitment to the group was called into question just 12 months ago. . The recent signing of a security pact between China and the neighboring Solomon Islands seems to have changed the situation.
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