Timeframe: April 16 to April 22, 2022
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Afghanistan: ‘Blood and fear everywhere’ after deadly IS blast
Dozens of people have been killed or injured in four explosions across Afghanistan on Thursday, local officials and journalists have said.
The first explosion tore through a Shia Muslim mosque in Mazar-i-Sharif. The Islamic State group (IS) admitted to carrying out the attack.
IS has also claimed another of Thursday’s attacks – a blast that saw a vehicle blown up near a police station in Kunduz, leaving four dead and 18 injured.
UK PM Johnson says Ukraine peace talks are doomed because of ‘crocodile’ Putin
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said any peace talks over Ukraine are likely to fail, as he compared holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiating with a crocodile.
The prime minister was speaking as he headed to India, where he will encourage his counterpart Narendra Modi to end its neutrality over the war in Ukraine. He played down the likelihood that India would end its longstanding ties with Russia.
Indian Supreme Court stays demolition drive in Delhi for two weeks
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a 2-week long stay against the demolition drive in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, thereby posting the hearing in the matter to a later date.
Source: Times of India
2. Economics & Business
Germany rules out immediate end to Russian oil imports
Germany is moving “as fast as possible” to end its reliance on Russian energy, but it will take time, the country’s finance minister has said. Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has criticized Germany for failing to curb Russian energy imports.
The US has already banned Russian oil imports and the UK plans to phase them out by the end of the year.
But EU countries are more heavily dependent on Russian energy, with Germany currently buying around 25% of its oil and 40% of its gas from Russia.
Ukraine war: World Bank warns of ‘human catastrophe’ food crisis
The world faces a “human catastrophe” from a food crisis arising from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, World Bank president David Malpass has said.
He told the BBC that record rises in food prices would push hundreds of millions of people into poverty and lower nutrition if the crisis continues.
The World Bank calculates there could be a “huge” 37% jump in food prices. This would hit the poor hardest, who will “eat less and have less money for anything else such as schooling”.
Sri Lanka crisis: Government requests emergency financial help from IMF
Sri Lanka says it officially requested emergency financial help from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as bailout talks got under way on Monday.
The global financial organisation will consider providing the assistance after representations by neighbouring India. The country has seen mass protests in recent weeks as it suffers food shortages, soaring fuel prices and major power cuts as its reserves of foreign currencies are running low.
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