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Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, lobbied the African Union for help this week. He confronted an uphill battle, addressing leaders who’ve shut ties to Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin.

Many African governments have shied away from denouncing Russia, abstained from U.N. votes condemning the invasion of Ukraine and characterised the battle as having no direct impact on the continent. Zelensky zeroed in on the battle’s financial ramifications for Africa: excessive meals costs brought on by a battle between two of the world’s largest grain producers, which have worsened meals insecurity.

“Africa is actually taken hostage,” Zelensky mentioned.

The background: Drought in Somalia and rising meals insecurity within the Sahel area have introduced into stark focus the implications of rising costs for meals, significantly wheat. The value of gasoline can also be climbing, additional squeezing the continent’s nascent center class and concrete poor.

The response: Overall, it was subdued. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the African Union chairman, referred to as once more for dialogue to finish the battle, a stark distinction to the enthusiastic viewers he afforded to Putin earlier this month. Senegal’s president, Macky Sall, talking because the rotating political head of the African Union, mentioned this month that sanctions towards Russia ought to finish, referring to Putin as his “dear friend Vladimir.”

More information from the battle in Ukraine:

  • Finland and Sweden, which utilized to affix NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, anticipated fast admission to the alliance. Turkey had different concepts.


An earthquake struck a distant and mountainous a part of Afghanistan yesterday, killing greater than 1,000 folks and injuring a minimum of 1,600 others.

The quake, which had a magnitude of 5.9, struck about 28 miles southwest of the town of Khost. However, the worst harm was within the neighboring province of Paktika, which lies alongside the border with Pakistan and the place some residents reside in homes made from clay and straw. The earthquake was the deadliest to hit Afghanistan in additional than twenty years, and the variety of casualties was anticipated to rise, a U.N. company mentioned.

Search-and-rescue efforts, led by the Afghan Ministry of Defense, have been hampered by wind and heavy rain, which prevented helicopters from touchdown safely. A U.N. consultant for Afghanistan reported that almost 2,000 houses have been destroyed. Afghan households are usually massive and typically reside collectively, the consultant mentioned, so the earthquake is more likely to have displaced many individuals.

Eyewitness: Sarhadi Khosti, 26, who lives within the Sperah district of Khost Province, mentioned that he was woke up by the earthquake after 1 a.m. and that numerous homes — many made from earth or wooden — had been destroyed. “For now, we still are busy pulling the dead or injured from under the rubble,” he mentioned.

Pakistan: The earthquake was felt in a number of components of Pakistan, however the nation was spared the form of harm seen in Afghanistan.

Government: The earthquake is simply the most recent problem to confront the fledgling Taliban authorities.


Galvanized by the horror of two excessive-profile mass shootings in a single month, 14 Republican senators joined Democrats on Tuesday in voting to advance what might be essentially the most vital transfer to overtake U.S. gun legal guidelines in years.

The 64-34 vote to take up the laws instructed that it had greater than sufficient help to interrupt a Republican filibuster, a barrier that has repeatedly stalled extra formidable efforts to deal with gun violence. Lawmakers hope to push the measure by the Senate by the top of the week, with the House anticipated to take it up and ship it to President Biden’s desk quickly afterward.

The particulars: The laws would increase background checks and, for the primary time, embody severe courting companions in a legislation that forestalls home abusers from buying firearms. The measure would additionally pour hundreds of thousands of {dollars} into supporting psychological well being resources and shoring up college security.

Debate: There’s a well-liked saying within the U.S. amongst gun rights advocates, not too long ago espoused by Senator Ted Cruz after the varsity capturing in Uvalde, Texas: “What stops armed bad guys is armed good guys.” But a evaluation of knowledge reveals how onerous lively shooter occasions are to cease as soon as they’ve begun.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is India’s most well-known designer and arguably the world’s most influential creator of marriage ceremony put on. Throughout an period of oppressive minimalism, his garments remained refreshingly maximalist — a celebration of Indian ornamental arts. He made the sari haute and persuaded Indians to see the posh of their style heritage, however can he persuade Americans too?

When it involves cooking, all of us have to begin someplace — and for a few of us, that begins with slicing an onion or cracking an egg right into a pan. Maybe you’ve simply graduated from faculty and are by yourself for the primary time, or maybe you’ve by no means fairly gotten the hold of cooking. Either means, there’s hope.

Nikita Richardson, an editor for The Times’s Food part, has compiled these 10 recipes for can-hardly-boil-water freshmen. Arranged from best to hardest, they embody a no-cook dinner tuna mayo rice bowl on the simpler finish and oven-roasted hen thighs with potatoes and lemons for these looking for extra of a problem.

With observe, repetition and endurance, you’ll not solely develop a set of abilities that you could apply to different kitchen exploits, however you’ll even have 10 scrumptious dishes below your belt value cooking on repeat. Bon appétit! — Natasha Frost, a Briefings author

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Lynsey Chutel and Matthew Cullen contributed to this briefing.

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