Ukraine will receive precision rocket systems from the United States, as part of a USD 700 million weapons package. United States secretary of state Antony Blinken has said that Ukraine has promised not to use the long-range weapons provided by the United States against targets in Russia.
In Ukraine, Russian forces are getting closer to the centre of the city of Sievierodonetsk. The mayor of Sievierodonetsk has said that Ukraine still controls 20% of the city.
Russia is in “failure to pay”, according to the EMEA Credit Derivatives Determinations Committee. The investor committee found that Russia has failed to pay nearly USD 1.9 million in interest on a sovereign bond. The committee includes Citibank, Bank of America and Deutsche Bank. They will meet again on 6th June to discuss the situation. Russia may face its first major international debt default in more than 100 years.
NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg has said that senior officials from Sweden, Finland and Turkey will meet in the coming days to discuss Turkey’s opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO.
The United Kingdom plans to send the first group of asylum seekers to Rwanda on 14th June as part of its new policy, which aims to reduce people smuggling. Human rights groups and members of government have criticised this policy.
In Myanmar, an explosion killed two people and wounded seven people at a bus stop in the city of Yangon, according to officials. Myanmar’s military has blamed “terrorists” who oppose the military rule for the attack. Members of the exiled shadow government have denied this accusation.
Australia’s new federal ministry was sworn into office yesterday, and prime minister Anthony Albanese has appointed a record number of women to the cabinet team. The team also includes members of religious minorities and indigenous aboriginals.
In Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, in the Horn of Africa, millions of people are facing severe hunger, according to the United Nations and humanitarian agencies. The region is experiencing its worst drought in more than 40 years, and this year’s rainy season may be the driest on record, according to a report. The drought is worsening the humanitarian emergency in Ethiopia, Somalia and parts of Kenya, and it is increasing the risk of famine in Somalia.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least 15 civilians.
Canada will temporarily decriminalise the possession of some illegal drugs, including cocaine, MDMA and opioids for personal use by adults in British Colombia. The drugs would still be illegal, but adults carrying up to 2.5g of them would not be arrested or have their drugs seized. This aims to help tackle drug abuse in the region. Prime minister Justin Trudeau said it will help end the overdose and toxic drug supply crisis.
“Our government recognises that problematic substance use is a public health issue and we are working with partners to advance a multi-faceted health-based strategy to end the overdose and toxic drug supply crisis. That is why we have approved the BC proposal to decriminalise personal possession of small amounts of certain illegal drugs within the province."
In the United States, the man who shot and wounded president Ronald Raegan in 1981 in an assassination attempt has been released from all remaining travel and internet restrictions.
And also in the United States, a jury has reached its verdict in the defamation case between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. The case has been called a “trial by TikTok” because of the online attention it has received. Johnny Depp has won the case. The jury awarded him USD 15 million in damages. Amber Heard was awarded USD 2 million in compensatory damages.
That’s your world news in 7 minutes. You can find us on social media – we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @send7podcast. I’m Juliet Martin, tomorrow you will be with Stephen Devincenzi. Have a great day.