World News Roundup: Security Talks, Heatwaves, and Historic Visits

A summary of global news highlights includes Russia's demand for comprehensive talks with the U.S. on Ukraine, informal nuclear talks between the U.S. and China regarding Taiwan, a deadly supermarket shooting in Arkansas, ongoing violence in Gaza, and a major power outage in the Balkans. Additionally, Japan's Emperor Naruhito starts his delayed UK visit, Barcelona plans to ban holiday apartments, and French left-wing alliances aim to counter voter apathy.


Reuters | Updated: 22-06-2024 05:22 IST | Created: 22-06-2024 05:22 IST
World News Roundup: Security Talks, Heatwaves, and Historic Visits
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Following is a summary of current world news briefs.

Russia tells US: we need to talk, but Ukraine must be on agenda

Russia sees a pressing need for security talks with the United States but they must be "comprehensive" and include the subject of Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Friday. "It is impossible to rip out any individual segments from the general complex of accumulated problems, and we will not do this," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked if Moscow was ready to talk to Washington about nuclear risks.

Exclusive-U.S. and China hold first informal nuclear talks in 5 years, eyeing Taiwan

The United States and China resumed semi-official nuclear arms talks in March for the first time in five years, with Beijing's representatives telling U.S. counterparts that they would not resort to atomic threats over Taiwan, according to two American delegates who attended. The Chinese representatives offered reassurances after their U.S. interlocutors raised concerns that China might use, or threaten to use, nuclear weapons if it faced defeat in a conflict over Taiwan. Beijing views the democratically governed island as its territory, a claim rejected by the government in Taipei.

Three people killed, 10 wounded in Arkansas supermarket shooting

A shooter opened fire at an Arkansas supermarket on Friday, killing three civilians and wounding 10 other people, including two police officers, Arkansas State Police said. The suspect was also wounded in a shootout with police, Arkansas State Police Director Mike Hagar told reporters.

Israel pounds Gaza, killing dozens, as fighting rages

Israeli forces pounded Rafah in southern Gaza on Friday, as well as other areas across the enclave, killing at least 45 Palestinians as troops engaged in close-quarter combat with Hamas militants, residents and Israel's military said. Residents said the Israelis appeared to be trying to complete their capture of Rafah, which borders Egypt and has been the focus of an Israeli assault since early May.

Power outage hits Balkan states as heat overloads system, minister says

A major power outage hit Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania and most of Croatia's coast on Friday, disrupting businesses, shutting down traffic lights and leaving people sweltering without air conditioning in the middle of a heatwave. Montenegro's energy minister said the shutdown was caused by a sudden increase in power consumption brought on by high temperatures, and by the heat itself overloading systems. Power distribution is linked across the Balkans for transfers and trading.

Analysis-Israel and Hezbollah faceoff raises risk of wider conflict

Regular puffs of smoke from missile intercepts over northern Israel and fires from air strikes in southern Lebanon are outward signs of a fear that the Gaza war may be expanding into a wider conflict, which analysts say poses risks for both sides. The stark threats on Wednesday from Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, that nowhere in Israel would be safe in the event of a war, and that even Cyprus and other parts of the Mediterranean would be in danger was the latest salvo in a rhetorical barrage from both sides.

One person killed, over 200 injured in Kenya anti-tax demonstrations

One person was killed and at least 200 people injured across Kenya in Thursday's nationwide protests against government plans to raise $2.7 billion in additional taxes, an alliance of rights groups and the police watchdog said. Police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse protesters in the capital Nairobi, the five rights groups, which include Amnesty International and the Kenya Medical Association, said in a joint statement late on Thursday.

Japanese Emperor Naruhito finally begins delayed UK state visit

Emperor Naruhito and his wife begin a week long visit to Britain on Saturday, visiting Oxford University where they both studied and attending a formal banquet with King Charles, but there are no plans for a meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. Naruhito and his wife, Empress Masako, had been due to make the trip in 2020 when Queen Elizabeth was still alive but it was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top tourist destination Barcelona plans to shut all holiday apartments by 2028

Barcelona, a top Spanish holiday destination, announced on Friday that it will bar apartment rentals to tourists by 2028, an unexpectedly drastic move as it seeks to rein in soaring housing costs and make the city liveable for residents. The city's leftist mayor, Jaume Collboni, said that by November 2028, Barcelona will scrap the licences of the 10,101 apartments currently approved as short-term rentals.

French alliance seeks to counter voter apathy, turn a Paris suburb leftward

In a racially mixed suburb of Paris, left-wing parliamentary candidate Adel Amara campaigned door-to-door one evening this week, saying he worries for France's minority communities if Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally (RN) wins the coming election. Amara, an opposition municipal councillor in the town of Villiers-sur-Marne and long-time community activist who is of Algerian heritage, is keen to mobilise those who stayed at home in past elections and turn his district, the 4th Val-de-Marne constituency, leftward.

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