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Three Killed In Kyiv Strike, Khartoum Orphanage Horror, Indian Pride

Image of supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community looks on through a rainbow flag.

June 1, 2023, India: Supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community looks on through a rainbow flag.

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Yannick Champion-Osselin, Marine Béguin, Sophie Jacquier, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Chloé Touchard

👋 Saluton!*

Welcome to Thursday, where Russian airstrikes on Kyiv kill at least three, reports emerge of dozens of recent deaths of children in an orphanage in Sudan’s war-torn capital Khartoum, and international Pride Month begins today. Meanwhile, Argentine daily Clarín counterintuitively suggests that sleeping separately may actually be a good thing for couples — and it’s not just a snoring question.



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• Ukraine update: Three people including a child have been killed in a missile attack on Kyiv, while Russia reports eight injured during renewed shelling of the Belgorod border region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has asked for “security guarantees” in a summit with 47 European leaders in Moldova, a sort of long-term defense alliance.

• At least 60 children die in Khartoum orphanage: Over the past six weeks, dozens of children have died while trapped in an orphanage as fighting continues in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Twenty-six children died over the weekend, mostly from lack of food and fevers as the humanitarian conditions worsened.

• The U.S. suspend $31.4 trillion debt ceiling: After weeks of intense debate, the U.S. debt ceiling bill has passed in the House of Representatives, with majority support from both Democrats and Republicans. The bill to suspend the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling will now be sent to the Senate, which must pass the measure onto President Joe Biden before the Monday deadline, when the federal government is projected to run out of money.

• Decorated Australian soldier fails war crimes defamation case: Australia's most-decorated soldier Ben Roberts-Smith has lost a defamation case against newspapers that accused him of killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. The court found that four of the six murder allegations were substantially true. Roberts-Smith is the first member of the Australian military to be charged with war crimes. If found guilty, he will be sentenced for life.

Argentina eases access to morning-after pill: The morning-after pill can now be bought over the counter in Argentina. Feminist groups consider this good progress for the Catholic-majority country, as no longer requiring a prescription to get emergency contraception will de-stigmatize the pill and help prevent underage pregnancies.

• Spanish raid reveals EU’s counterfeit tobacco problem: Police raided three clandestine tobacco factories in Spain, seizing nearly 40 million euros ($44 million) worth of illicit products and multiple forced workers. Crime groups have been increasingly setting up shop in Western Europe as the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine hindered their product from reaching Europe’s higher priced markets.

• 4,000 year old plague uncovered in England: A team of researchers have detected the oldest known strain of the plague while excavating mass burial sites in England. The 4,000 year old bacterial DNA unlocks new findings about the disease, including information on how it spread and evolved. The scientists hope it will help further research on the impact of genes in the propagation of infectious diseases.


The daily Arab News celebrates on its front page the royal wedding of Jordanian Crown Prince Hussein and Rajwa Al Saif, a “historic union” for the Hashemites Court. The highly anticipated event could allow Jordan to forge a strategic bond with Saudi Arabia. A number of global royals, including Prince William and Kate Middleton, are expected to attend the ceremony.


$192 billion

Elon Musk is back at the top of the podium of the world's richest men, according to a Bloomberg Billionaires ranking. The Tesla CEO's fortune now stands at around $192 billion, putting him ahead of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault's $187 billion. The two centimillionaires have been neck-and-neck for the top spot in recent months.


Sleep divorce: the benefits for couples in having separate beds

Sleeping separately is often thought to be the beginning of the end for a loving couple. But studies show that having permanently separate beds — if you have the space and means — can actually reinforce the bonds of a relationship, reports Argentine daily Clarín.

🛏️ 🛏️ While sleeping in separate beds is seen as unaffectionate and the end of sex, psychologist María Gabriela Simone told Clarín this "is not a fashion, but to do with being able to feel free, and to respect yourself and your partner." She says the marriage bed originated "in the matrimonial duty of sharing a bed with the aim of having sex to procreate." That, she adds, gradually settled the idea that people "who love each other sleep together."

😴 But Simone says intimacy is one thing, sleeping another. People have different sleeping habits, she says, and "different things can happen when it's time to sleep: one of them wants to watch TV, or wakes up very early, snores, needs a bit of light, gets hot or gets cold. When two people are close together they're going to affect one another and that means sleeping badly." And that has daytime consequences, in the form of tiredness, changing moods, concentration problems or irritability.

💑 Separate bedding can aid the couple's sex life, as you may come to miss, then actively desire the partner you can no longer hear snoring. We spoke to 43-year-old María who has been with Lucas, aged 45, for 10 years. They began sleeping in separate bedrooms six years ago, as "he wasn't sleeping, nor was I," adding, "this was a relief in our daily lives as we used to wake up in a foul mood. Breaking the taboo saved us."

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“A drama-free Grand Slam, I don't think it can happen for me.”

— Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic stood by the message he wrote on a camera lens after his first-round win at the French Open in Paris, which referred to the recent tensions in Kosovo that have seen ethnic Serb minorities clash with local Albanian politicians. Djokovic, currently world #3, wrote "Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence." The comment is a slap at Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in 2008, though it was never recognized by Belgrade. French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera condemned the political message and added that there needed to be a "principle of neutrality for the field of play."

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The Unsustainable Future Of Fish Farming — On Vivid Display In Turkish Waters

Currently, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming, compared to just 10% two decades ago. The short-sightedness of this shift risks eliminating fishing output from both the farms and the open seas along Turkey's 5,200 miles of coastline.

Photograph of two fishermen throwing a net into the Tigris river in Turkey.

Traditional fishermen on the Tigris river, Turkey.

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İrfan Donat

ISTANBUL — Turkey's annual fish production includes 515,000 tons from cultivation and 335,000 tons came from fishing in open waters. In other words, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming.

It's a radical shift from just 20 years ago when some 600,000 tons, or 90% of the total output, came from fishing. Now, researchers are warning the current system dominated by fish farming is ultimately unsustainable in the country with 8,333 kilometers (5,177 miles) long.

Professor Mustafa Sarı from the Maritime Studies Faculty of Bandırma 17 Eylül University believes urgent action is needed: “Why were we getting 600,000 tons of fish from the seas in the 2000’s and only 300,000 now? Where did the other 300,000 tons of fish go?”

Professor Sarı is challenging the argument from certain sectors of the industry that cultivation is the more sustainable approach. “Now we are feeding the fish that we cultivate at the farms with the fish that we catch from nature," he explained. "The fish types that we cultivate at the farms are sea bass, sea bram, trout and salmon, which are fed with artificial feed produced at fish-feed factories. All of these fish-feeds must have a significant amount of fish flour and fish oil in them.”

That fish flour and fish oil inevitably must come from the sea. "We have to get them from natural sources. We need to catch 5.7 kilogram of fish from the seas in order to cultivate a sea bream of 1 kg," Sarı said. "Therefore, we are feeding the fish to the fish. We cannot cultivate fish at the farms if the fish in nature becomes extinct. The natural fish need to be protected. The consequences would be severe if the current policy is continued.”

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