. REUTERS (UK)
Ukraine halts some Russian gas flows, claims battlefield gains
Flows of Russian gas to Europe through a key transit point in Ukraine dried up on Wednesday, while Kyiv claimed battlefield gains over invading Russian forces, including the recapture of four villages around the second city of Kharkiv.
. AFRICA NEWS (AFRICA)
Algeria receives Russia FM Sergei Lavrov as EU continues search for alternative gas
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visited gas-producing ally Algeria for talks Tuesday as Europe jockeys to secure alternative energy supplies in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Prison riot in Ecuador leaves at least 43 dead and more than 100 fugitives
The incident occurred Monday after rival gangs clashed at a prison in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The country’s prisons are overcrowded by 15 percent and house about 35,000 people.
. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Sri Lanka issues ‘shoot-on-sight’ order to quell unrest
Sri Lanka has ordered troops to shoot on sight after it granted its military and police emergency powers to arrest people without warrants in the wake of Monday’s violence that left seven people dead and resulted in the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
. ASHARQ AL-AWSAT (UK)
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Accepts Government’s Resignation
Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah accepted the resignation submitted by the government more than a month ago, issuing a decree on Tuesday asking it to stay on in a caretaker role, state news agency KUNA reported.
. ZAWYA (UAE)
Breakaway Georgian region awaits ‘signal’ before referendum on joining Russia
The new leader of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia said on Wednesday it would wait for a signal from Moscow before holding a referendum on joining Russia.