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Russia struggles to replenish its troops in Ukraine
As Russia continues to suffer losses in its invasion of Ukraine, now nearing its sixth month, the Kremlin has refused to announce a full-blown mobilization — a move that could be very unpopular for President Vladimir Putin. That has led instead to a covert recruitment effort that includes using prisoners to make up the manpower shortage.
Sri Lanka's ousted president Rajapaksa to seek temporary stay in Thailand
Sri Lanka's former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to arrive in Thailand from Singapore on Thursday and stay temporarily in a second Southeast Asian country since fleeing his island nation last month in the midst of mass protests. Thai authorities said Rajapaksa had no intention of seeking political asylum and would only stay temporarily.
I would rather lose than win on a false promise: Rishi Sunak
In an interview with the BBC, the former UK Chancellor said he was committed to helping the most vulnerable families with the cost-of-living crisis and felt a "moral responsibility to go further" and provide "extra help" over the winter.
Kim Jong Un's sister warns Seoul of 'retaliation' over Covid
North Korea has previously said that "alien things" near the border with the South caused the Covid outbreak in the isolated country, a claim that Seoul has rejected. Despite a ban that took effect in 2021, South Korean activists have for years flown balloons containing propaganda leaflets and US dollars over the border, which Pyongyang has long protested against.
North Korea declares victory over Covid, reveals Kim suffered fever
North Korea's Kim Jong-un declared victory in the battle against Covid-19 on Thursday, with the leader's sister revealing he himself had suffered from fever and vowing "deadly retaliation" against South Korea which it blames for causing the outbreak. Kim ordered a lifting of maximum anti-epidemic measures imposed in May, adding that North Korea must maintain a "steel-strong anti-epidemic barrier".
Sri Lanka's ousted president expected to fly to Thailand: Sources
Rajapaksa flew to Singapore on July 14, via the Maldives, following unprecedented unrest triggered by Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis in seven decades and days after thousands of protesters stormed the president's official residence and office.