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Russia-Ukraine war Live updates: On the orders of President Vladimir Putin, Russian troops crossed into neighbouring Ukraine on February 24.


Ukrainian firefighters putting out a fire after Russian missiles hit a school in eastern Ukraine’s Lugansk region. (AFP)

Updated on May 15, 2022 07:27 AM IST

By, New Delhi

Saturday, May 15, marks 81st day of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, which began on February 24. While the fighting in the east European nation continues to make headlines, what is also making news is a potential NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, and Moscow’s objection to it. The Kremlin has warned of ‘consequences’ if either, or both Finland and Sweden, are made members of the intergovernmental military alliance.

On the other hand, the United States, and NATO itself, have spoken out in favour of the two Nordic countries joining the alliance of 30 member states. Of these, 28 are in Europe, with the other two being the US and Canada.

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Russia withdraws from Kharkiv, Putin’s warning to Finland: Top updates on war

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto that relations between Russia and Finland could be negatively affected if the latter applies for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership.



A Ukrainian serviceman patrols during a reconnaissance mission in a recently retaken village on the outskirts of Kharkiv, on May 14, 2022. (AP)
A Ukrainian serviceman patrols during a reconnaissance mission in a recently retaken village on the outskirts of Kharkiv, on May 14, 2022. (AP)

Updated on May 15, 2022 07:10 AM IST

Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi


North Korea reports 820,620 Covid cases, 42 deaths; says ‘taking swift measures’

North Korea’s admission on Thursday that it is battling an “explosive” Covid-19 outbreak has raised concerns that the virus could devastate a country with an under-resourced health system, limited testing capabilities and no vaccine programme.



People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face masks walk amid concerns over the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Pyongyang, North Korea.(REUTERS)

Updated on May 15, 2022 06:32 AM IST


‘If something happens to me’: Imran Khan ‘reveals’ conspiracy to kill him. Watch

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan said he has recorded a video revealing every name involved in the conspiracy, he alleged was being hatched to kill him. The video has been kept in a safe place, Imran Khan said. 



Imran Khan on Saturday said he has recorded a video naming everyone complicit in the ‘conspiracy’ to kill him. 
Imran Khan on Saturday said he has recorded a video naming everyone complicit in the ‘conspiracy’ to kill him. 

Published on May 15, 2022 06:25 AM IST


‘My body my choice’: Thousands rally across US for abortion rights

The mass demonstrations were a response to a leaked draft opinion showing the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling guaranteeing abortion access nationwide.



Abortion rights demonstrators walk to Capitol Hill during a nationwide rally in support of abortion rights in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2022. (Bloomberg)
Abortion rights demonstrators walk to Capitol Hill during a nationwide rally in support of abortion rights in Washington, DC, on May 14, 2022. (Bloomberg)

Published on May 15, 2022 05:50 AM IST


Elon Musk picks holes in Twitter algorithm, offers 3 steps; Jack Dorsey says…

Elon Musk’s Twitter deal has been paused but the multi-billionaire has not stopped tweeting about Twitter and for one of those tweets where he revealed the sample size of a bot check, Elon Musk also received a call from Twitter’s legal team. 



Elon Musk said it is important for all users to fix their Twitter feed.(AP)
Elon Musk said it is important for all users to fix their Twitter feed.(AP)

Published on May 15, 2022 05:44 AM IST


10 dead, suspect arrested in mass shooting at supermarket in New York

Police officials said the gunman, who also wore body armor in addition to military-style clothing, pulled up in the afternoon and opened fire amid shoppers at a Tops Friendly Market, the shooting streamed via a camera affixed to the man’s helmet.



Buffalo Police on scene at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (AFP)
Buffalo Police on scene at a Tops Friendly Market on May 14, 2022 in Buffalo, New York. (AFP)

Updated on May 15, 2022 05:21 AM IST


Outcry after Israel police beat mourners at funeral

  • Witnesses say the Palestinian-American was shot dead two days earlier by Israeli police during a raid in occupied West Bank, which Israel has denied.


Palestinian mourners wave national flags as they carry the casket of Shireen Abu Aklel inside a church, in Jerusalem, (AFP)
Palestinian mourners wave national flags as they carry the casket of Shireen Abu Aklel inside a church, in Jerusalem, (AFP)

Published on May 15, 2022 01:51 AM IST


Russians are withdrawing from Kharkiv, says Ukraine

  • Putin warns Finland that NATO membership would harm ties as Duma deputy head visits occupied Kherson.


THE COST OF WAR: Ukrainian servicemen carry bodies of Russian soldiers killed during Russia's invasion, before putting them in a refrigerated rail car, in Kyiv. (REUTERS)
THE COST OF WAR: Ukrainian servicemen carry bodies of Russian soldiers killed during Russia’s invasion, before putting them in a refrigerated rail car, in Kyiv. (REUTERS)

Published on May 15, 2022 01:34 AM IST


Two years on, Cannes film festival prepares for ‘normal’ party

Or at least Cannes’ very particular brand of normal, where for 12 days formal wear and film mingle in sun-dappled splendour, stopwatch-timed standing ovations stretch for minutes on end and director names like “Kore-eda” and “Denis” are spoken with hushed reverence.



A scooter drives past the Palais des festivals appears during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 13, 2019. This year marks Cannes' 75 anniversary. (AP File)
A scooter drives past the Palais des festivals appears during the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 13, 2019. This year marks Cannes’ 75 anniversary. (AP File)

Published on May 14, 2022 11:33 PM IST


Thousands expected to rally across US for abortion rights

  • The planned nationwide demonstrations are a response to leaked draft opinion showing the United States Supreme Court’s conservative majority is considering overturning Roe v. Wade, a landmark 1973 ruling guaranteeing abortion access nationwide.


Abortion-rights advocates, right, try to block anti-abortion signage during a rally at the state capitol in Lansing, Michigan.(AP)
Abortion-rights advocates, right, try to block anti-abortion signage during a rally at the state capitol in Lansing, Michigan.(AP)

Published on May 14, 2022 09:25 PM IST


G7 criticises India decision to stop wheat exports: Germany

  • India on Saturday banned wheat exports without prior government approval after recent scorching temperatures hit production, in a blow to countries affected by supply shortages because of the war in Ukraine.


Image courtesy: AFP
Image courtesy: AFP

Updated on May 14, 2022 07:17 PM IST

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