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Ukraine president issues call for blanket travel ‘ban’ on Russians

Ukraine president issues call for blanket travel ‘ban’ on Russians

Ukraine’s president has called on the West to impose a blanket travel ban on Russians, an idea that has found support among some European states but angered Moscow which pressed on with a fierce military offensive in eastern Ukraine.

France readies rescue of beluga astray in the Seine

France readies rescue of beluga astray in the Seine

French marine experts attempted yesterday to rescue a beluga whale that swam up the Seine river and return it to the sea, officials said, a complex and risky operation for an animal already sick and malnourished.

Kenyans vote in closely-fought election race

Kenyans vote in closely-fought election race

Kenya yesterday voted for a new president against a backdrop of economic hardship and growing disenchantment with the political elite, with voting largely peaceful but producing low turnout in some areas.

FBI raids Trump’s Florida home

FBI raids Trump’s Florida home

Former president Donald Trump said Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents raided his Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday and broke into his safe in what his son acknowledged was part of an investigation into Trump’s removal of official presidential records from the White House to his Florida resort.

Cuba struggling with oil depot fire, worst in island’s history

Cuba struggling with oil depot fire, worst in island’s history

Cubans awoke to massive blackouts yesterday, with 40% of the country’s main fuel storage facility destroyed by what officials said was the worst fire in its history.

Truss sticks to tax vow despite soaring bills

Truss sticks to tax vow despite soaring bills

Liz Truss, the frontrunner to be Britain’s next prime minister, stuck to her plan to cut taxes to help households cope with a looming 230% leap in energy prices, despite warnings that lower taxes won’t help those facing increased poverty and destitution.

Warnings issued as UK faces extreme heatwave

Warnings issued as UK faces extreme heatwave

The UK’s meteorological agency yesterday issued an “amber” warning for extreme heat while the country’s biggest water provider said restrictions loom, as Britain braces for another punishing heatwave later this week.

China drills part of game-plan for invasion: Taiwan minister

China drills part of game-plan for invasion: Taiwan minister

Taiwan’s foreign minister yesterday said China was using the military drills it launched in protest against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit as a game-plan to prepare for an invasion of the island.

Record rain leaves eight dead in S Korea capital

Record rain leaves eight dead in S Korea capital

At least eight people died in and around Seoul overnight, South Korean authorities said yesterday, after torrential rain knocked out power, caused landslides and left roads and subways submerged.

Sri Lanka raises electricity tariffs by up to 264%

Sri Lanka raises electricity tariffs by up to 264%

Sri Lanka's state-run electricity monopoly will raise tariffs by a stinging 264 percent for people consuming the least, it announced Tuesday, while higher users will face a smaller increase

Google outage reported by tens of thousands of users

Google outage reported by tens of thousands of users

Tens of thousands of users reported being unable to access various Google services on Monday night, according to outage monitor Downdetector.

Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73

Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who gained worldwide fame as the high school sweetheart Sandy in the hit movie Grease, died yesterday after a 30-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

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