Europe’s leaders attain deal on Russian oil embargo
The E.U. agreed yesterday to ban most imports of Russian oil, the harshest financial penalty but imposed for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and doubtlessly Europe’s greatest sacrifice. The bloc had already barred imports of Russian pure fuel, minimize off Russian banks, frozen Russian belongings and despatched superior weaponry to Ukraine. Follow the latest updates from the war.
E.U. leaders endorsed an embargo on Russian oil delivered by tankers, the first technique, successfully decreasing imports by two-thirds, with commitments to cut back imports by pipeline. Charles Michel, president of the European Council, introduced the deal in a late-night tweet, although many particulars stay to be hashed out.
Russia’s warfare in Ukraine is financed by gross sales of crude and refined petroleum and pure fuel, which account for a lot of the nation’s export income, collected primarily by state-controlled power firms. Analysts say that Russia will proceed to seek out some patrons for its oil however that gross sales quantity and income are prone to drop considerably as soon as the embargo takes impact.
Affect: Europe depends closely on Russian fuels. Officers have warned that the monetary value to E.U. international locations shall be excessive. Different sources are anticipated to be costlier, and fuel and oil shortages are an actual chance. The prohibition on oil deliveries aboard tankers could have no impact on Hungary, a landlocked nation.
Warfare: The endorsement got here as a multipronged Kremlin assault closed in on the easternmost Ukrainian-controlled metropolis, Sievierodonetsk, and as Ukraine’s army mounted a counteroffensive to retake the strategic southern metropolis of Kherson.
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As Ukraine requires a fast track to E.U. membership, ethical questions are butting up in opposition to sensible issues. The bloc is in search of another route for Ukraine and different international locations on Europe’s periphery.
A 32-year-old French journalist, Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, was killed yesterday in eastern Ukraine. No less than seven journalists have been killed and at the very least 9 have been injured within the warfare.
Kalush Orchestra, the Ukrainian band that received Eurovision, put its trophy up for auction to lift cash for the Ukrainian military.
Canada plans to ban handgun gross sales
The Canadian authorities yesterday introduced new legislation requiring most owners of “military-style assault weapons” to show over their firearms to a authorities buyback program and banning the sale, buy, importation or switch of handguns. Collectively, the laws would tighten the nation’s already stringent management of firearms.
The handgun gross sales ban and the proposed assault weapons regulation are the newest steps Justin Trudeau, the prime minister, has taken to limit firearms since 22 individuals have been killed in rural Nova Scotia by a gunman in 2020. The laws, which may apply to tens of 1000’s of firearms, is predicted to go.
This system echoes actions taken by New Zealand in 2019, after a lone gunman stormed two mosques, killing 51 individuals and injuring dozens of others in Christchurch. After a mass taking pictures in Australia in 1996, the federal government there collected greater than 650,000 semiautomatic rifles and lots of shotguns after they have been banned beneath new laws.
Quotable: “As a authorities, as a society, we’ve a duty to behave to stop extra tragedies,” Trudeau stated. He added: “We’d like solely look south of the border to know that if we don’t take motion, firmly and quickly, it will get worse and worse and harder to counter.”
Colombia’s institution backs Rodolfo Hernández
Rodolfo Hernández is a Colombian businessman with a populist, anticorruption platform and whose outsider standing, incendiary statements and single-issue method to politics have sparked comparisons to Donald Trump. On Sunday, he came second in Colombia’s presidential election, beating the conservative institution candidate — and the predictions of pollsters.
Hernández as soon as referred to as himself a follower of Adolf Hitler, has urged combining main ministries to save cash and says that as president he plans to declare a state of emergency to cope with corruption, resulting in fears that he may shut down Congress or droop mayors. However Colombia’s right-wing institution has begun lining up behind him, bringing a lot of their votes with them.
His challenger, Gustavo Petro, a former rebel-turned-senator making a bid to be the nation’s first leftist president, is now billing himself because the secure change and Hernández as the damaging leap into the void. Hernández’s inconceivable rise displays each a rejection of the conservative elite who’ve lengthy managed the nation’s politics — and of Petro.
Evaluation: Fernando Posada, a political scientist, stated the transfer was additionally the institution proper’s last-ditch effort to dam Petro, whose plan to remake the Colombian financial system “places in danger lots of the pursuits of the normal political class.
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Abba returns to London
On Thursday night time, to a screaming, bouncing crowd, Abba played its first concert in over 40 years, of kinds. The band members onstage, traditional ’70s hairstyles and all, weren’t actual. As an alternative, they have been meticulous digital re-creations of the group in its 1979 heyday. The true Abba — whose members are all at the very least 72 years outdated — was watching from the stands.
Abba Voyage is a 90-minute spectacular that can run in London seven instances every week till at the very least December, with potential to increase till April 2026. Throughout the present, the digital avatars — often called Abbatars — carry out a set of hits with the assistance of a 10-piece stay band and an array of lights, lasers and particular results.
The venture is the results of eight years of secretive work, protected by a whole lot of nondisclosure agreements. That included 5 weeks filming the true Abba in motion-capture fits in Sweden; 4 physique doubles; countless debates over the set record; and 140 animators. The ultimate finances was 140 million kilos, or about $175 million.
When the pandemic hit, a venture that “already appeared ludicrous earlier than Covid” grew to become “doubly ludicrous,” Svana Gisla, one of many present’s producers, stated as a result of she needed to ask backers to belief the concept 3,000 individuals would need to dance subsequent to one another. However dance they did. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime expertise,” one viewer stated, “regardless that we’re coming once more tomorrow and Saturday.”