Global Review – 25th June

Protests in front of US Supreme Court over abortion rights

Protests broke out outside the United States Supreme Court, just minutes after the top judges abolished the right to abortion after 50 years. Protesters increased with each passing minute: there was also a contiguous of anti-abortionists who have embraced and rejoiced at the news that the Supreme Court overturned the historic ‘Roe v. Wade ‘. US President Joe Biden on Friday vowed to “do all in my power” to protect a woman’s right to an abortion in states where they face the effects of a Supreme Court decision overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that recognised a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. The court, in a 6-3 ruling powered by its conservative majority, upheld a Republican-backed Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks. Democratic governors of California, Washington and Oregon have vowed to protect reproductive rights and help women who travel to the West Coast seeking abortions following the Supreme Court ruling.

EU summit vows to tackle the energy crisis

European leaders, who worry that winter will be a tough one for their citizens, pledged deeper cooperation and coordination on Friday to tackle the energy crisis. The two-day European Council summit in Brussels ended with the 27 heads of state tasking the Commission to continue its work to identify ways to curb rising energy prices – including through possible price caps – or to secure alternative sources of supply at affordable prices. The Council meanwhile, was called upon to take any appropriate measures to ensure closer energy coordination between member states. This comes after several leaders warned that a difficult winter might be ahead as Russia has totally or partially cut deliveries of fossil fuels to 12 member states. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said next month the Commission will present a European plan to tackle the energy emergency by reducing demand.

Consensus for grain corridors

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar has made it known that a “general consensus” has been found between the parties to unblock the export of grain from Ukrainian ports. “A general consensus has been reached on the creation of a centre in Istanbul for the safe and uninterrupted operations and management of this activity by Turkish, Russian and Ukrainian soldiers together, as well as with the UN,” Akar said, adding that “in the coming days there could be positive developments and concrete measures can be taken”.

Ukraine pulling back soldiers from Sievierodonetsk

Ukraine has ordered the withdrawal of its troops from the battleground twin city of Sievierodonetsk, where Russian forces have slowly advanced over the last several weeks, Luhansk governor Serhiy Gaidai said on Friday. According to Gaidai, Ukrainian troops repelled the Russian attack on Lysyhansk, the last major city in the Luhansk region under Ukrainian control.

Biden signs law for the tightening on weapons

US President Joe Biden signs today the bipartisan law for a close on arms, approved yesterday and the day before yesterday by the Senate and the House, before leaving for Germany and Spain where he will participate in the summit of the G7 and NATO. The White House reports that after signing, at 8.30 local time (14.30 in Malta), Biden will make statements from the Roosevelt Room.

Xi Jinping to attend Hong Kong celebrations

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend a ceremony in Hong Kong celebrating 25 years of the city’s handover to China, state media Xinhua News Agency reported on Saturday. Xi will also attend the inauguration of the next Hong Kong administration, in a trip that would mark his first time leaving the Chinese mainland since the pandemic began. Xi last visited the former British colony in 2017 to swear in city leader Carrie Lam and it is customary for Chinese leaders to travel to the city for key handover anniversary dates.

Two killed, several wounded in shooting in Oslo

Two people were killed and several others seriously wounded in a shooting in central Oslo, Norwegian police said Saturday. A suspect had been arrested, police said on Twitter after reporting a shooting near the London Pub gay club. “Two people are confirmed dead after the shooting. There are several serious injuries,” police said. “In all, 10 people are receiving treatment from health personnel. Three people are seriously injured,” Tore Barstad, head of police operations, was quoted as saying by NRK radio. Oslo University Hospital had received six injured people, whose condition was unknown, a hospital spokeswoman told TV2.

18 migrants die in mkass crossing into Spanish enclave

Morocco said 18 migrants died trying to cross into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla on Friday, after a violent two-hour skirmish between migrants and border officers that also led to scores of injuries. About 2,000 migrants stormed a high fence that seals off the enclave. This led to clashes with security forces as more than 100 migrants managed to cross from Morocco into Melilla, Moroccan and Spanish authorities said.

920 probable cases of acute hepatitis reported in children

Thirty-three countries have reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children so far, a jump of 270 from May, the World Health Organisation said yesterday. The WHO said that the European Region accounted for half the probable cases, including 267 from the United Kingdom, while a third of the probable cases were from the United States. Health authorities globally have been investigating the mysterious rise in severe cases of hepatitis – or liver inflammation – in young children. The outbreak was first reported in April in Britain and has since then hit dozens of other countries. The latest WHO data said 45 children with acute hepatitis have required liver transplants, and there have been 18 deaths, most of them occurring in the Americas region.

‘European festivals should not be scrapped’

The World Health Organization said Friday that European summer festivals should not be cancelled due to the monkeypox outbreak but should instead manage the risk of amplifying the virus. A surge of monkeypox cases has been detected since May outside of the West and Central African countries where the disease has long been endemic. Most of the new cases have been in Western Europe. More than 3,200 confirmed cases and one death have now been reported to the WHO from 48 countries in total this year. Sarah Tyler, the senior communications consultant on health emergencies at WHO Europe, said there were going to be more than 800 festivals in the region, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people from different countries. “Most attendees are highly mobile and sexually active and a number of them will have intimate skin-to-skin contact at or around these events,” she said.

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