This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 11 DNIPRO, Ukraine - When a Russian shell slammed into Taya Berkova's apartment building in Kharkiv last March, her neighbors did something she could not: They ran. The 43-year-old, who uses a wheelchair because she has cerebral palsy, was trapped as the floors above her burned. When her elderly parents and other residents finally wrangled her and her chair down six flights of stairs, she became trapped again, in a basement with no ramp and no toilet that she could use without help. Conditions have not been much better in the string of makeshift shelters she has lived in since, including one where she shared a bathroom with 35 others. At times during her year-long odyssey as a disabled refugee, Berkova simply "stopped eating so I wouldn't have to go," she said. After several temporary shelter stays, Berkova now lives in a nursing home in … [Read more...] about War forces thousands of disabled Ukrainians into institutions
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Asian stocks rise as anxiety over banks starts to fade
For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails Asian stocks rose Wednesday as anxiety about the global financial system began to fade following three high-profile bank failures. Tokyo , Hong Kong and Sydney advanced. Shanghai followed Wall Street lower. Oil prices gained. Fears global banks might be cracking under the strain of interest rate hikes to cool inflation temporarily pushed aside unease about slowing economic growth. Some calm has returned after regulators announced measures to shore up the system. “Clearly, investors have not completely lost their anxiety,” said Robert Carnell and Min Joo Kang of ING in a report. The Shanghai Composite Index lost less than 0.1% to 3,243.06 while the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo gained 0.8% to 27,728.70. Recommended Ukraine war’s heaviest fight rages in east - follow live Charity boss … [Read more...] about Asian stocks rise as anxiety over banks starts to fade
He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student. The U.S. says he was a Russian spy.
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 3 THE HAGUE - Like anyone who gets into his dream college, Victor Muller Ferreira was ecstatic when he was admitted to Johns Hopkins University's graduate school in Washington in 2018. "Today we made the future - we managed to get in one of the top schools in the world," he wrote in an email to those who had helped him gain entry to the elite master's program in international relations. "This is the victory that belongs to all of us man - to the entire team. Today we f---ing drink!!!" The achievement was even sweeter for Ferreira because he was not the striving student from Brazil he had portrayed on his Johns Hopkins application, but a Russian intelligence operative originally from Kaliningrad, according to a series of international investigations as well as an indictment the Justice Department filed in federal court Friday. His real name is Sergey Cherkasov and he had spent … [Read more...] about He came to D.C. as a Brazilian student. The U.S. says he was a Russian spy.
King Charles III addresses German parliament, meets Scholz
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 32 BERLIN (AP) — King Charles III became the first monarch to address Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday as part of a high-profile visit by the U.K. head of state aimed at bolstering ties between the two European powers. Speaking to lawmakers and other dignitaries in the packed lower house, Charles stressed the close bonds between the United Kingdom and Germany going back centuries, including his own family links to the royal House of Hannover, and the present-day economic, scientific, cultural and military cooperation between the two countries. Charles noted that London and Berlin have provided considerable aid to Ukraine in its efforts to fend off Russia's invasion, a point that will appeal to … [Read more...] about King Charles III addresses German parliament, meets Scholz
Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks
When customers of America's four largest banks visit their local branches on Tuesday, they will be greeted by an unfamiliar sight: activists in rocking chairs blocking the entrances. It's part of a national campaign to pressure banks to stop financing fossil fuels and heed warnings from leading scientists about the need to rapidly phase out oil, gas and coal to avert the worst effects of climate change. The rocking chairs are the brainchild of Third Act, a group that seeks to engage Americans 60 and older - those in their "third act" of life - in environmental activism. But the demonstrations are expected to draw attendees of all ages in about 100 cities across 29 states, according to the 53 groups organizing the events. The protests add to the mounting environmental pressures on Wall Street from politicians of both parties. Liberal lawmakers have pleaded with large financial institutions to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry, while conservatives have attacked what they … [Read more...] about Why seniors are blocking entrances to the four largest U.S. banks