May 16, 2022

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EU balance of power knocked by war in Ukraine

Freshly re-elected Emmanuel Macron chose 9 May to come to dinner in Berlin. An auspicious date in EU circles. Nicknamed “Europe Day”, it

Africa News

South Africa kidnapping: ‘I survived but part of me died that day’

After a surge in the number of abductions in recent years, South Africa has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, as Mpho Lakaje reports

Asia

Sri Lankan troops on streets after protesters torch leaders’ homes in night of unrest

A curfew is in force across Sri Lanka after mobs burned down homes belonging to the ruling Rajapaksa family amid mounting anger at the economic crisis. The

Fashion

Spot the difference: the invincible business of counterfeit goods

Iwas standing in front of an imposing townhouse in the swish 16th arrondissement of Paris. Its classical lines, marble staircases and delicately wrought

Middle East

World Cup Qatar migrant workers reforms despite misleading reports

When Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup in 2010, the triumphant Gulf State unveiled plans to host what it promised would be the most spectacular of

Business

Thai army boycotts e-commerce giant Lazada over video

Thailand’s army has boycotted online retailer Lazada over an advert that the government is probing for allegedly insulting the country’s royal

Africa News

‘Lawless logging’ in DRC raises concerns over $500m forests deal signed by Boris Johnson

Environmental groups have raised concerns about a $500m (£380m) forest protection deal signed by Boris Johnson at Cop26, after a damning report into the

Africa News

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

Latest News

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

Asia

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