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Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing vows to annihilate opposition forces

The military, known as the Tatmadaw, celebrated with a parade of troops and weapons in the capital, Naypyidaw, for the second year since overthrowing the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, 2021. Anti-coup protesters came out on streets in Myanmar on Sunday morning carrying signs saying “uproot the fascist military.” Junta leader Min Aung Hlaing in his speech rejected any talks with “terrorist” opposition. A five-point peace plan by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations calls for talks on all sides, but so far has seen little progress. “I would like to say Tatmadaw…

These Russian journalists found a way to report from outside the country

The decision followed the draconian “Fake News” law the Kremlin enacted, effectively making it a crime to report the truth about the war in Ukraine. But the husband-and-wife team behind the channel said they’re not deterred. As Russia cracked down on independent media, correspondent Ekaterina Kotrikadze and TV Rain editor-in-chief Tykhon Dzyadko fled to Istanbul, then Russia’s neighbor Georgia. “You are facing up to 15 years in prison if you call this war a war, if you are quoting President Zelenksy,” Kotrikadze said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “If you are reporting the truth, so we did not have any…

China air crash: All 132 people on board China airliner confirmed dead as second black box recovered

For days, rescue teams had been combing through the crash site — wading through heavy mud and thicket, scattered with debris and plane parts — in southern China’s Guangxi region, while desperate family members waited for news of their loved ones. China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) said they have identified 120 of the victims using DNA testing, including 114 passengers and six crew members. Monday’s crash of the Boeing 737-800 plane marks China’s worst air disaster in more than a decade. Flight MU5735 was en route from the southwestern city of Kunming to Guangzhou with 123 passengers and nine crew…

People are donating their Airbnbs to refugees

(CNN) — On 24 February, as she watched the news of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Desislava Tosheva was staring at her couch. “I was in my living room, thinking about all the people about to flee their country, and how the ones with financial opportunities would be at a bigger advantage,” she says. “I was looking at my couch, thinking I’d really love to offer it to someone in need.” “I thought we wouldn’t get more than 200 members, but that was enough — to even help one person means the world to that person,” she says. She thought wrong….

Jeddah: Smoke plume seen after Houthi attack on Saudi oil facility ahead of Formula 1 race weekend

There have been no casualties so far in the attack, the official told CNN. The Houthis said they used a “large number” of drones to target the facility. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said one ballistic missile and 10 bomb-laden drones launched by the Iran-backed group from the southern border were intercepted, according to Saudi state-run TV channel al-Ekhbariya. The statement did not mention an attack on Jeddah. The explosion occurred about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the race track in Jeddah where this weekend, the second running of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place….

Conger Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses amid record warmth

“I don’t think there has been a shelf collapse like this in East Antarctica since we’ve been able to receive satellite data,” Rob Larter, a marine geophysicist at the British Antarctic Survey, told CNN. “Conger is a very small ice shelf which has been decreasing in size for many years and this was just the final step which caused it to collapse.” Antarctica is the coldest, iciest place on Earth, which makes the recent warming event particularly worrying for many scientists. Just a month ago, data showed Antarctica would set a record this year for lowest sea-ice extent — the…

North Korea’s new ICBM: What we know about the missile and Kim Jong Un’s plans

North Korean state media said on Friday that leader Kim Jong Un had directly guided the launch of the weapon, known as the Hwasong-17, its most advanced to date. The report described the launch as a “powerful nuclear war deterrent” and quoted Kim as saying the country’s forces were “fully ready” for potential military confrontation with the United States. The huge weapon could, at least theoretically, put the entire US mainland in range of a North Korean nuclear warhead, but there’s a lot of unknowns about the missile’s capability to deliver a nuclear payload on target. Here’s a look at…

North Korea fires first suspected ICBM since 2017

The suspected ICBM flew to an altitude of 6,000 kilometers (3,728 miles) and to a distance of 1,080 kilometers (671 miles) with a flight time of 71 minutes before splashing down in waters off Japan’s western coast on Thursday, according to Japan’s Defense Ministry. Thursday’s launch is North Korea’s 11th of the year, including one on March 16 which is presumed to have failed. Analysts said the test could be the longest-range missile yet fired by North Korea, exceeding its last ICBM launch in November 2017. Japan’s Vice Defense Minister Makoto Oniki told reporters Thursday the missile’s altitude would suggest…

Egypt caps bread prices as shockwaves of Ukraine war hit Middle East

“This crisis may be significantly more severe than the coronavirus crisis,” said Egyptian prime minister Mostafa Madbouly during a cabinet meeting Monday, referring to the economic impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine. Particularly hit are Middle East countries that rely on both Russia and Ukraine, two of the world’s top grain exporters, for the bulk of their grain imports. For Egypt and other Middle Eastern nations grappling with the ripple effects of the war, that’s a cause for concern. Just 10 years ago, revolutions across the region toppled longtime dictators partly because of a rise in the price of commodities….

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