. REUTERS (CANADA)
Russia says blast cripples Black Sea flagship, Ukraine claims missile strike
Russia said on Thursday the flagship of its Black Sea fleet was seriously damaged and its crew evacuated following an explosion that a Ukrainian official said was the result of a missile strike.
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
South Korea’s Yoon taps U.S. alliance champion as foreign minister
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has nominated Park Jin to serve as foreign minister, selecting a staunch believer in the U.S. alliance who has expressed a flexible stance toward Japan.
. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Embattled Sri Lankan PM offers protesters talks as crisis worsens
Sri Lanka’s prime minister has offered talks with protesters calling for the government to step down over its handling of an economic crisis, as the opposition threatens to bring a no-confidence motion against it in parliament.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Ecuador: Lasso anticipates referendum decision
President Guillermo Lasso said Tuesday that formal procedures will begin in late April to promote a referendum aimed at reforms to Ecuador’s constitution.
. EURONEWS (FRANCE)
Finland to make NATO membership decision in ‘weeks rather than months
Finland will make a decision on whether to apply for NATO membership in “weeks rather than months”, its prime minister has said.