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Hundreds of joggers ran semi-naked in Beijing's smog
Hundreds of joggers ran semi-naked in Beijing's smog
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YANUKOVYCH WANTED FOR “MASS MURDER”
A police warrant has been issued for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, whose current whereabouts are unknown, the acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov announced this morning. Yanukovych, who was last seen at his residence in Crimea, is wanted for “mass murder of civilians,” after last week’s riots in Kiev in which 88 people, including 16 police officers, were killed, Itar-Tass reports.

  • The warrant for Yanukovych is the latest development after a weekend that saw the Parliament oust him just one day after he agreed on a compromise with the opposition to hold early elections and set up a coalition government. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was released from jail on Saturday, three years after being found guilty of fraud, and is expected to run for president. See Euronews’s report of the events as they happened,

  • The former head of the country’s secret services and a strong ally of Tymoshenko, Oleksandr Turchynov, was named interim president. Here’s a BBC profile of Turchynov.

  • Russia has recalled its ambassador to Ukraine for consultations, Reuters reported late yesterday, as Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the latest events showed the opposition “had in effect seized power in Kiev, refused to disarm and continued to place its bets on violence,” the BBC reports. As the West awaits Russia’s reaction, National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned Moscow that sending its troops would be “a grave mistake.”

  • There are now fears that Ukraine might eventually be split in two, with the pro-European part of the country to the West and the pro-Russian part to the East. Speaking to RT, Globalist Research Center chief global analyst Martin Sieff commented that Washington and Brussels’s backing of “revolutionary chaos and disorder” was a “catastrophic move,” as it might encourage similar events in other countries.

  • The events of the last few days have done nothing to solve the country’s longtime financial problems. The Ukrainian Finance Ministry and National Bank said this morning that the country would need $35 billion in urgent financial aid and appealed for the help of the EU, the U.S. and the IMF, Voice of Russia reports. Britain already pledged to help the country.But it is unclear whether Russia will keep its part of a deal signed in December 2013 now that the country’s leadership has moved towards the West.

EGYPTIAN GOVERNMENT RESIGNS
The Egyptian government of Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi has resigned, according to reports from state-run newspaper Al Ahram. According to the report, the decision was reached after a 15-minute cabinet meeting. General al-Sisi, who is expected to run for presidency later this year, was the acting defense minister. Read more from Al Arabiya.

THREE DEAD IN THAILAND PROTEST
A mother and her two children died after a grenade was thrown at an anti-government protest in Thailand’s capital, injuring another 22 people, The Bangkok Post reports. The blast came hours after shots were fired at the march, killing a 5-year-old girl and wounding 34 people. Opposition leaders accused the government of being behind the attacks while Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra condemned them as "terrorist acts for political gain,",according to the BBC.

PENTAGON PLANS TO SHRINK U.S. ARMY
A proposed plan to shrink the size of the U.S. army to its pre-World War II level will be released today, says The New York Times. The move, which would eliminate a whole class of Air Force attack jets, is said to seriously limit American capacity to intervene abroad militarily and was described by anonymous officials as an “aggressive push off the war footing” that followed 9/11.

JOINT SOUTH KOREA-U.S. MILITARY DRILL BEGINS
South Korea and the United States are beginning today their annual joint military drill despite North Korea’s opposition and even as the family reunions between the two Koreas are coming to an end this week. Read more about the computer-based Key Resolve exercise and the field training drill Foal Eagle in this paper from Yonhap news agency.

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Hundreds of jogging enthusiasts ran semi-naked at Olympic Forest Park in Beijing to condemn the city’s horrible air pollution.

POLIO-LIKE ILLNESSES REPORTED IN CALIFORNIA
As many as 25 children are feared to have been infected with a polio-like disease in California since 2012, USA Today reports. According to a doctor, “The best-case scenario is complete loss of one limb, the worst is all four limbs, with respiratory insufficiency, as well.”

BY THE NUMBERS
More than 11 million homes sit empty across Europe — enough to house all of the continent’s homeless twice over.

VERBATIM
After two weeks of violent protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for a national peace conference, inviting the opposition leader to join him.

MY GRAND-PÈRE'S WORLD

BYE BYE SOCHI
The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi ended yesterday with a beautiful ceremony that also showed the world some Russian humor. See the best moments of yesterday’s closing ceremony here and 14 unforgettable moments of the Games.

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In Uganda, Having A "Rolex" Is About Not Going Hungry

Experts fear the higher food prices resulting from the conflict in Ukraine could jeopardize the health of many Ugandans. Take a look at this ritzy-named simple dish.

Zziwa Fred, a street vendor who runs two fast-food businesses in central Uganda, rolls a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex.

Nakisanze Segawa

WAKISO — Godfrey Kizito takes a break from his busy shoe repair shop every day so he can enjoy his favorite snack, a vegetable and egg omelet rolled in a freshly prepared chapati known as a Rolex. But for the past few weeks, this daily ritual has given him neither the satisfaction nor the sustenance he is used to consuming. Kizito says this much-needed staple has shrunk in size.

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Most streets and markets in Uganda have at least one vendor firing up a hot plate ready to cook the Rolex, short for rolled eggs — which usually comes with tomatoes, cabbage and onion and is priced anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 Ugandan shillings (28 to 57 cents). Street vendor Farouk Kiyaga says many of his customers share Kizito’s disappointment over the dwindling size of Uganda’s most popular street food, but Kiyaga is struggling with the rising cost of wheat and cooking oil.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has halted exports out of the two countries, which account for about 26% of wheat exports globally and about 80% of the world’s exports of sunflower oil, pushing prices to an all-time high, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a United Nations agency. Not only oil and wheat are affected. Prices of the most consumed foods worldwide, such as meat, grains and dairy products, hit their highest levels ever in March, making a nutritious meal even harder to buy for those who already struggle to feed themselves and their families. The U.N. organization warns the conflict could lead to as many as 13.1 million more people going hungry between 2022 and 2026.

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