Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41

Sometimes, friendship isn’t forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same time, the United StatesContinue reading “Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41”

Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages

Thousands of protesters have converged on Isfahan in central Iran to voice their anger after the city’s lifeblood river dried up due to drought and diversion. The massive protest, that drew in farmers and other people from across Isfahan province, was the biggest since demonstrations over the water crisis started on November 9. “Thousands ofContinue reading “Thousands of Iranian farmers protest against severe water shortages”

Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”

Jitters in Europe as Russia shows no sign of increasing gas supplies

Putin ordered supply increase once domestic storage full No physical flows between Poland, Germany on Yamal-Europe pipeline Gazprom makes no additional requests via Ukraine Russia showed no sign on Monday of carrying out an order by President Vladimir Putin to pump more gas to Europe, deepening European concerns about tight supplies, high prices and energyContinue reading “Jitters in Europe as Russia shows no sign of increasing gas supplies”

China urges citizens to stock up before winter, prompts confusion and panic buying – Al Jazeera

The Chinese government has asked people to stockpile daily necessities after weeks of supply disruptions caused by COVID-19 outbreaks and extreme weather. But it’s also sparked confusion and panic buying. Experts say China’s emergency food reserves and mechanisms are generally in good shape. But while there isn’t a shortage in supply, price hikes and supplyContinue reading “China urges citizens to stock up before winter, prompts confusion and panic buying – Al Jazeera”

The UK Government admitted it has no way to measure if Brexit is a success. Critics say it is a smokescreen for its failure.

UK government documents seen by Insider show how officials judge key policies. Most have metrics that can end in success or failure, but not “seize the opportunities of Brexit”. Anti-Brexit campaigners have long contended that leaving the EU will harm the UK. The UK Government proposed no measurable way to assess the success of Brexit,Continue reading “The UK Government admitted it has no way to measure if Brexit is a success. Critics say it is a smokescreen for its failure.”

Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground

Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after forces from the northern region of Tigray said they were gaining territory and considering marching on the capital Addis Ababa. The announcement on state-affiliated media came two days after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged citizens to take up arms to defend themselves from the Tigray People’sContinue reading “Ethiopia declares state of emergency as Tigrayan forces gain ground”

U.N. plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia’s Tigray

Friday’s strike hits university campus, say humanitarian sources Strike forced government U.N. plane to abort landing in city Air campaign comes amid heavy fighting in Amhara region Nearly a year of war has killed thousands Thousands fleeing fighting in Amhara An Ethiopian government air strike on the capital of the northern Tigray region on FridayContinue reading “U.N. plane aborts landing as air strike hits Ethiopia’s Tigray”

Air strikes target capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray; 3 civilians dead

The raids, confirmed by two humanitarian workers, came days after a new military offensive was launched against Tigray forces. Ethiopian military air strikes hit the capital of the Tigray region and killed at least three people, witnesses said on Monday, returning the war abruptly to Mekelle after several months of peace. Ethiopia’s government, however, dismissedContinue reading “Air strikes target capital of Ethiopia’s Tigray; 3 civilians dead”

Biden to meet Kenya president as war roils nearby Ethiopia

President Joe Biden is set to hold his first one-on-one, in-person talks as president with an African leader on Thursday, hosting Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as war and a humanitarian crisis roil neighboring Ethiopia, according to the White House. The Oval Office talks come just weeks after Biden signed an executive order threatening to levyContinue reading “Biden to meet Kenya president as war roils nearby Ethiopia”

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