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Russia-Ukraine war

The Ukrainian President has ruled out the possibility of talks with Russia as the war between the two neighbors continues unabated. Zelensky was speaking in a joint presser with a visiting delegation of African leaders who are looking for ways to mediate between Ukraine and Russia. The delegation’s visit to Kiev coincided with attacks on the city. The Ukrainian president told the African leaders that the attacks show that his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, is irrational. Africa’s peace mission includes the heads of state of four countries including South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who insists on peace through dialogue. Africa is reeling from repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine war, as the continent is a major importer of grains from the two countries at war. The delegation is set to meet Putin in Moscow later today.

North Korea policy meeting

North Korea is holding a key party meeting to review its defense strategy amid rising tensions on the Peninsula. Pyongyang says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un participated in the opening of the event on Friday. North Korean media say the meeting comes against the backdrop of changing international situation and Pyongyang’s growing ties with Moscow and Beijing. Tensions keep growing on the Korean Peninsula since the arrival of a US nuclear-powered submarine in South Korea on Friday. The deployment of USS Michigan is part of a deal Seoul inked with Washington in April in the wake of Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs. North Korea says its missile launches are in response to joint military drills by the US and its regional allies. It says the maneuvers threaten its security and are actually rehearsals for an invasion. 

Argentine protest

Thousands of Argentinians have taken to the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to vent their anger at rising inflation and poverty in the country. Protesters, mainly workers and labor union members, marched across the city amid heavy police presence. They also blocked the main streets and routes leading to the capital. The rally was addressed by the leader of the opposition Movement for Justice and Dignity party. Raul Castells criticized the government for the annual inflation rate of over 110 percent. He called 42 percent of poverty as the worst moment in the history of Argentina. Nationwide protests sparked over the government’s economic policies in the past months. Media reports show the level of poverty in the South American country rose by 43-percent in the first half of this year. 

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