. REUTERS (UK)
Russia still ready to provide safe passage from Azovstal, Putin tells Israel’s Bennett
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in a phone call on Thursday that Russia was still ready to provide safe passage for civilians from the besieged Azovstal steel works in the Ukrainian port of Mariupol, the Kremlin said.
UK Conservatives suffer local election losses in early results
Early English local election results showed Boris Johnson’s Conservatives suffered early losses in a ballot held against the backdrop of a cost-of-living crisis and fines imposed on the Prime Minister for breaking his own COVID-19 lockdown rules.
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
Philippines counts down to election day
The Philippines will choose a new president on Monday as voters in one of Southeast Asia’s key economies head to the polls for a general election.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Peru approves a new early withdrawal of pension funds
The Peruvian Congress approved by a large majority this Wednesday a new extraordinary withdrawal of private pension funds to face the pandemic and price increases due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
. BAHA (AUSTRIA)
Biden appoints new press secretary, as Psaki leaves
United States President Joe Biden announced on Thursday that the current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will leave her role as a press secretary on May 13.