August 9, 2022
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Russia ‘can use any weapon’: Zelensky prepares for nuclear attack

In a chilling message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urged leaders to stock up on antiradiation medicine and build air-raid shelters. The warning followed claims from Austrian leader Karl Nehammer that Putin believes he is winning the war in Ukraine. Chancellor Nehammer, who met the despot in Moscow last week, said he thinks the Russian president […]

Shanghai records first official Covid deaths since lockdown imposed

Three Covid-19 fatalities have been reported in Shanghai, the first to be officially counted since the beginning of the city’s lockdown. The three people reported on Monday included two women aged 89 and 91, and a 91-year-old man, who also had underlying health conditions, and were reportedly unvaccinated. Shanghai municipal authorities said the three were […]
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Volunteers to drive ambulance cars as service continues to face pressure

Volunteers will drive ambulance cars for some patients in need as part of a pilot scheme due to launch next month. It comes as new figures last week showed ambulance response times and A&E performance in England have dropped to their lowest levels on record while the backlog of patients waiting for care has continued to grow. […]
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Egyptian activist gains UK citizenship while serving jail sentence

Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah, a key figure in the country’s 2011 revolution, has obtained British citizenship from inside prison, where he is serving a three-year sentence, and his family has appealed to UK authorities to seek consular access to visit him in jail. Abd El Fattah, along with his sisters Mona and Sanaa, […]

Dozens killed in Philippines landslides and floods as tropical storm Megi hits

At least 24 people have been killed in landslides and flooding across central and southern Philippines, authorities said Monday, after tropical storm Megi dumped heavy rain and disrupted travel ahead of the Easter holidays. More than 13,000 people fled to emergency shelters as the storm pounded the region on Sunday, the national disaster agency said, flooding […]
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BlackRock urged to delay debt repayments from crisis-torn Zambia

BlackRock, the world’s largest fund manager, has come under pressure to delay demands for debt interest payments from Zambia to prevent the crisis-hit African country’s finances from spiralling out of control. Anti-poverty campaigners said BlackRock, which manages $10tn (£7.68tn) of assets, was among the private sector lenders that had refused to reduce the interest rate
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Man arrested over death of 20-year-old footballer at ‘car meet’

A man has been arrested after a former England schoolboy footballer died aged 20 following a collision with a vehicle at a “car meet”. Sam Harding, a central midfielder from Stockport, was taken to hospital following the incident in Warrington, Cheshire, on Sunday night, but later died. Cheshire Police said a 21-year-old man from Morley, […]