Below is a summary of the current world news briefing.
Russia hits Ukrainian military installations in new wave of attacks
Russia said on Monday its military hit a Ukrainian air base in an overnight airstrike and Ukrainian troops shelled industrial facilities on Russian soil as both sides sought to gain the upper hand before Kiev hoped to launch a decisive counteroffensive. In a rare acknowledgment of damage to military “targets”, Ukraine said runway repair work was underway and five planes were grounded in the Khmelnytsky region west, but did not name the location.
Polish president signs Russia influence bill despite opposition protests
Poland’s president said on Monday he would sign a bill authorizing a panel to investigate Russian influence, despite criticism from the opposition that it was an election-year witch hunt against government opponents. The ruling nationalist Law and Justice party (PiS) said the liberal opposition Civic Platform (PO) allowed Poland to become dangerously dependent on Russian fossil fuels when PO was in power from 2007 to 2015, sparking debate over whether PO members were sanctioned. Question Moscow’s influence.
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s application to terminate the national security trial fails
A Hong Kong court on Monday rejected an application to end the landmark national security trial against media tycoon Jimmy Lai, who could spend the rest of his life behind bars if convicted. Jimmy Lai, 75, founder of the now-defunct pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily, was one of Hong Kong’s most prominent critics of the Chinese Communist Party leadership, including President Xi Jinping.
North Korea warns of satellite launch, Japan puts missile defense system on alert
Japan put its ballistic missile defense system on alert on Monday, vowing to shoot down any projectiles threatening its territory after North Korea notified Japan of a satellite launch between May 31 and June 11. Nuclear-armed North Korea said it had completed final preparations for the launch of its first military espionage satellite and leader Kim Jong Un has approved it.
Spanish government calls for snap election after local vote defeat
Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called snap national elections on Monday after leftist parties were defeated in regional votes, describing the defeat as a vote of no confidence in his coalition government. Sanchez has repeatedly said he would like to see a full term, with elections due in December, near the end of his EU presidency, which begins on July 1.
Denmark plans $2.6bn more for Ukraine, Zelensky hails ‘significant contribution’
Denmark plans to increase military aid spending to Ukraine by 17.9 billion kroner ($2.59 billion) this year and next, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said on Monday, a move Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy thanked. Denmark, with a population of fewer than 6 million, established a $1 billion fund in March to provide military, civilian and commercial aid to Ukraine through 2023.
Special Report: Dozens of Babies Died in Orphanages, as Sudan War Takes Severe Repercussions in Khartoum
In the days since fighting broke out in Khartoum, Dr Abil Abdullah hustles from room to room at Sudan’s largest orphanage trying to care for hundreds of infants and toddlers as fighting leaves all but a handful of staff All personnel have left. She said the cries of children rang through the sprawling building as heavy gunfire shook the surroundings. Then came waves of deaths. The babies were placed in the upper floors of a state-run orphanage known as Mygoma. Doctors said they died of severe malnutrition and dehydration because there were not enough staff to care for them. In her medical clinic on the ground floor, there were already frail newborns, some of whom died after developing high fevers, she said.
Turkey’s Erdogan wins election test, extends 20-year rule
President Tayyip Erdogan and supporters rejoiced in an election victory on Monday, extending his rule to a third decade, while Turkey’s opposition, which had once counted on victory, braced for an increasingly authoritarian government’s “difficult day”. His rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu said it was the “most unfair election in years” but did not dispute the result, which gave Erdogan a mandate to pursue policies that polarize Turkey and strengthen its status as a regional military power .
Tinnub sworn in as Nigerian president amid economic pressure
Bola Tinubu, who was sworn in as Nigeria’s president on Monday, faces growing calls to improve the economy and security, with many complaining that conditions worsened under his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari. Shortly after the 71-year-old was sworn in at an open-air ceremony in the capital’s Eagle Square, Buhari set off for the airport for his hometown in Katsina state, where he said he would spend his retirement.
Iran says ‘terrorist cell’ with Israel links arrested – Tasnim
Fourteen members of a “terrorist cell” with ties to Israel have been arrested in northwestern Iran, an Iranian judiciary official said Monday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Tasnim reported that “14 members with links to Israel were arrested as they tried to identify and assassinate different people.”
(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and was automatically generated from a syndicate feed.)