Hassan Mohamud: The second coming of Somalia’s new president | Government

Hassan Mohamud: The second coming of Somalia’s new president | Government

This Sunday, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud made history as the first person to be elected president twice in Somalia’s nascent democracy after a landslide victory against the incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, aka Farmaajo. In a contest of more than 36 candidates, both men made it to the third round of what was arguably the most competitive … Read more

Setbacks in Ukraine trigger rare criticism of Russia’s war effort by Russian bloggers

Setbacks in Ukraine trigger rare criticism of Russia’s war effort by Russian bloggers

Lviv, Ukraine CNN — — The Russian army’s performance in Ukraine has been less than impressive according to Western intelligence assessments – and that viewpoint is gaining ground among some in Russia itself. Three Russian military bloggers have suddenly launched into damning criticism of the operation, and especially the debacle of a failed crossing of … Read more

Anti-war Russians Are Helping Ukrainian Refugees Abroad

Anti-war Russians Are Helping Ukrainian Refugees Abroad

As Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine nears the end of its third month, visible signs of dissent within Russia itself have become fewer and farther between. Outside the country, however, a handful of anti-war Russians are actively aiding Ukrainian refugees displaced by Vladimir Putin’s invasion. In Tbilisi, Georgia, several help centers have sprung up in … Read more

How to become more grateful, and why that will make you happier, healthier and more resilient

How to become more grateful, and why that will make you happier, healthier and more resilient

Which of these do you have going for you right now? Family. Friends. Love. Health. Freedom from war and natural disaster. Imagination. Community. A roof over our heads. Common decency. Hope. Opportunity. Memories. Financial stability. Favorite places. Days off work. Good weather. The golden age of television. Books. Music. Ice cream. Weekends. A friendly exchange. … Read more

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

Captive medic’s bodycam shows firsthand horror of Mariupol

By VASILISA STEPANENKO and LORI HINNANT May 19, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/mariupol-medic-body-camera-036cf9f28180e9525760d68bddbe4ee4 KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) — A celebrated Ukrainian medic recorded her time in Mariupol on a data card no bigger than a thumbnail, smuggled out to the world in a tampon. Now she is in Russian hands, at a time when Mariupol itself is on … Read more

Ukraine-Russia War: Latest News –The New York Times

Ukraine-Russia War: Latest News –The New York Times

LONDON — After sanctions hobbled production at its assembly plant in Kaliningrad, the Russian automaker Avtotor announced a lottery for free 10-acre plots of land — and the chance to buy seed potatoes — so employees could grow their own food in the westernmost fringe of the Russian empire during “the difficult economic situation.” In … Read more

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

Tea and infomercials: N. Korea fights COVID with few tools

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — On a recent nighttime visit to a drugstore, a double-masked Kim Jong Un lamented the slow delivery of medicine. Separately, the North Korean leader’s lieutenants have quarantined hundreds of thousands of suspected COVID-19 patients and urged people with mild symptoms to take willow leaf or honeysuckle tea. Despite what the … Read more

North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Thursday reported 262,270 more suspected COVID-19 cases as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow infections in its unvaccinated population. The country is also trying to prevent its fragile economy from deteriorating further, but the … Read more