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Drought and hunger in Somalia, Ethiopia and region: What to know

Al Jazeera

The Horn of Africa region is on the brink of an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, the United Nations and several aid organisations have said. Millions of people are facing food insecurity, as scientists and aid groups warned that Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia could be experiencing their worst drought in 40 years this October-December with drier-than-average conditions predicted. In addition to delayed rains over the past two years, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has disrupted food supply globally and led to a rise in food and energy prices in the region. Here's all you need to know about the situation.


What is fracking and why is it controversial?

BBC News

Fracking remains banned in numerous EU countries, including Germany, France and Spain, as well as Australia. Others, such as Brazil and Argentina are split, with some local authorities banning it and others continuing operations.


Putin's support for China on Taiwan outweighs any of Xi's concerns about Ukraine

The Japan Times

Even as Vladimir Putin admitted that Xi Jinping had concerns about the war in Ukraine, the Russian leader's comments on Taiwan may ultimately matter more to his Chinese counterpart. During their first in-person talks since the Ukraine war began, Putin on Thursday blasted what he called "provocations by the U.S. and its satellites in the Taiwan Strait," while reiterating support for Beijing's "One China" principle. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see this support page.


Finland must apply for NATO membership 'without delay,' president and PM say

The Japan Times

Finland must apply to join the NATO military alliance "without delay," Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Thursday, a major policy shift triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Finland, which shares a 1,300 kilometer border and a difficult past with Russia, has gradually stepped up its cooperation with the bloc as a partner since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software. Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites. If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.


Half Russian separatist force dead or wounded - UK

BBC News

Russia's two proxy statelets are not recognised internationally. In fact Moscow only recognised the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics two days before it invaded Ukraine in February. Last week the president of Kazakhstan said in front of President Vladimir Putin that he had no intention of recognising them.