Nuclear: Ukraine has begun shutting down the Zaporizhzhia energy plant, a security measure as combating continues across the facility.
China: Russia mentioned a senior Chinese language official provided Beijing’s most sturdy endorsement but of the invasion.
China’s lockdowns hit Xinjiang
Yining, a metropolis within the Xinjiang area of western China, is beneath a grueling, weekslong pandemic lockdown. Residents say they face an absence of meals and drugs, in addition to a drastic scarcity of sanitary pads for ladies.
A lot of Yining’s 600,000 residents are relying totally on neighborhood officers to ship provides. Nevertheless it seems to be inadequate: One resident advised The Occasions that he obtained meals each 5 days, however that there was little of dietary worth — no fruit, greens or meat. Different residents mentioned they only hadrice, naan or prompt noodles.
Folks in different Chinese language cities, reminiscent of Shanghai, complained loudly about related shortages and circumstances after lengthy shutdowns. However Yining has gotten little nationwide consideration; Xinjiang is an ethnically divided area that has been beneath an intense crackdown geared toward Uyghurs, Kazakhs and different largely Muslim minorities.
Context: Final month, the U.N.’s human rights workplace mentioned Beijing’s mass detentions of predominantly Muslim teams in Xinjiang “could represent worldwide crimes, particularly crimes towards humanity.”
Floods threaten Pakistan’s crops
Pakistan is going through a looming meals disaster after monsoon rains final week exacerbated months of file flooding, which has killed greater than 1,300 individuals — almost half of whom are youngsters.
The waters have crippled the nation’s agricultural sector: Almost all of Pakistan’s crops have been broken. So have hundreds of livestock, in addition to shops of wheat and fertilizer. Extra rain is predicted within the coming weeks.
The water might derail the upcoming planting season, resulting in additional insecurity at a time when world wheat provides are already precarious. The nation is without doubt one of the world’s high exporters of rice and cotton, each of which have been devastated by the floods.
Pakistan is already reeling from an financial disaster and double-digit inflation that has despatched costs of primary items hovering. The destruction might additionally deepen political tensions which have churned since Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister final spring.
Response: Officers have referred to as the floods a local weather catastrophe of epic proportions. Round 33 million have been displaced, and assist officers worry a second wave of deaths from meals shortages and illnesses transmitted by contaminated water.
What’s subsequent: The harm from the flood will most probably be “far better” than preliminary estimates of round $10 billion, in keeping with the nation’s planning minister.
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A glance again at Venice
“All of the Magnificence and the Bloodshed,” a documentary directed by Laura Poitras, received the Golden Lion for finest movie on the 79th Venice Worldwide Movie Pageant. That’s fairly a victory: documentaries hardly ever take the highest prize.
The competition — which continued in-person all through the pandemic even when different such celebrations went darkish — thrived this 12 months. Our style critic, Vanessa Friedman, wrote that the competition “solidified its place as probably the most glamorous pink carpet of the 12 months.”
Stars reminiscent of Timothée Chalamet and Ana de Armas enthralled the sturdy crowds, and there was no scarcity of essential debate — or buzzy gossip.
The competition augurs drama and triumphs to come back, Kyle Buchanan writes: “In relation to the true kickoff for Oscar season — the mad crush of status movies, A-list cocktail events and awards-show buzz that churns all fall and winter — it’s the Venice Movie Pageant that fires the beginning pistol.”