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World Daily News – In Brief – Saturday 14/05/2022

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. AFP (FRANCE)

Breakaway region of Georgia to hold referendum on joining Russia

Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia will hold a referendum on joining Russia on 17 July, the region’s leader announced on Friday.

. ANI (INDIA)

US, ASEAN supporting UN Secretary-General’s peace-seeking efforts on Ukraine

The United States and the ASEAN nations have voiced support for the efforts of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres aimed at looking for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis, the joint statement of the US-ASEAN Summit said.

. AL JAZEERA (QATAR)

Kim Jong Un warns of ‘great turmoil’

North Korea on Saturday reported 21 deaths and tens of thousands more people with fever symptoms as leader Kim Jong Un said the outbreak of COVID-19 had put the country in “great turmoil”.

. THE HILL (USA)

Biden speaks to leaders of Finland, Sweden about NATO membership

President Biden on Friday spoke with the leaders of Finland and Sweden and said he would support a decision by each country to join NATO, the White House said.

. REUTERS (UK)

India bans wheat exports with immediate effect

India banned wheat exports with immediate effect on Saturday, just days after saying it was targeting record shipments this year, as a scorching heatwave curtailed output and local prices hit an all-time high amid strong export demand.