World Facts In Brief

Saturday 05/03/2022 World Facts In Brief

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. AXIOS (USA)

Kamala Harris to travel to Poland, Romania

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Poland and Romania next week amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the White House said Friday.

. TASS (RUSSIA)

US ready to engage in meaningful diplomacy with Russia — top diplomat

The United States will engage in meaningful diplomacy with Russia if Moscow shows willingness to do the same, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with the BBC.

. BBC (UK)

Ukraine can absolutely win against Russia – Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has told the BBC that he is convinced Ukraine can win its war with Russia.

.YONHAP (SOUTH KOREA)

N. Korea fires 1 ballistic missile toward East Sea: S. Korean military

North Korea fired a ballistic missile toward the East Sea on Saturday, South Korea’s military said, in the latest flare-up of tensions just four days ahead of the presidential election here.

. REUTERS (CANADA)

Biden, Niinisto forge deeper ties as Finnish support for NATO grows

U.S. President Joe Biden agreed to deepen security ties with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto on Friday, but stopped short of making any formal guarantees to the country nervously watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

.ECONOMIC TIMES (INDIA)

Russia declares ceasefire in Ukraine to open humanitarian corridors for civilians

Russia’s defence ministry announced a ceasefire Saturday to allow residents of two besieged cities, including the strategic port city of Mariupol, to evacuate.

THE HILL (USA)

Zelensky slams NATO over refusing to implement no-fly zone over Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday slammed NATO as being “weak” and “underconfident” for refusing to establish a no-fly zone over Ukraine as his country fights in “the worst invasion since World War II.”

. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)

China to raise defense spending 7.1%, outpacing GDP target

China will spend 7.1% more on defense this year, outpacing last year’s hike and the government’s modest economic growth forecast as Premier Li Keqiang seeks to safeguard the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests.