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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.

Ukraine war: Russia says it will not accept oil price cap

BBC News

The price cap was put forward in September by the G7 group of industrialised nations (the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the EU) in a bid to hit Moscow's ability to finance the war in Ukraine.

WhatsApp is down for users worldwide


If you've been trying to send messages via WhatsApp and they're not going through, you're not alone. The messaging app has been down for many users around the world for at least 30 minutes. Based on information from Downdetector -- and from Engadget editors' reports -- the service isn't working in several regions, including the US, Canada, parts of Europe like the UK and Italy, and Asian countries that include India, Malaysia, Japan and the Philippines. WhatsApp users either can't connect to the service at all or their messages get stuck with the loading wheel and aren't being delivered. Instagram and Facebook appear to be working just fine.

Mena Suvari says she struggles with postpartum depression 'every day' more than a year after giving birth

FOX News

Mayo Clinic certified midwife Julie Lamppa, APRN, shares expert advice on managing postpartum mood disorder. Mena Suvari recently said she struggles with postpartum depression "every day," more than a year and a half after giving birth to her first child. The "American Beauty" actress, 43, told Rachel Bilson on her "Broad Ideas" podcast that aired Wednesday, "All I'm doing next month is testing my hormones. Suvari, who has been open about drug addiction and childhood sexual abuse, said she didn't want to "sugarcoat" what she's going through now, saying that mothers are expected to "do your job, but I do want to help others. I don't think it serves anybody if I sit here, and I act like I'm perfect, and I act like I've got it together." She said that everyone is just trying to "survive and do the best that we can, and we have to help one another." Mena Suvari said she suffers from postpartum depression every day since giving birth in 2021. She said that along with therapy, she has a "strong group of friends," works with holistic practitioners and is doing hormone tests and blood work to learn more about her body. KYLIE JENNER SAID SHE CRIED'NONSTOP' WITH'BABY BLUES' FOR 3 WEEKS AFTER BIRTH OF HER SON The 43-year-old said she remembers sitting on her balcony after she gave birth to her son, Christopher, in April 2021, saying, "I have to get out of the house.

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 and 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.