World News Roundup: Rains from Cyclone Batsirai bring temporary relief to Malagasy water seller; Biden and Putin to speak as Ukraine warnings mount and more

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Cyclone Batsirai rains bring temporary relief to Malagasy water vendor

Standing by the side of a highway in southern Madagascar, Masy, a 25-year-old water seller, is grateful for the heavy rains that fell last week when Cyclone Batsirai struck. The commune of Sampona, where Masy lives with his five children, is in an area that has suffered from a severe and prolonged drought and the sudden rainfall allows him to sell more water to drivers heading to the town of Ambovombe.

Responding to tensions in Ukraine, Taiwan says monitoring the situation with China

Taiwan is closely monitoring the situation in the strait that separates it from China and is increasing its preparedness in response to what is happening with Ukraine, the government said on Saturday, while adding that the two cases were very different. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has stepped up military activity near the self-governing island over the past two years, although Taiwan has reported no unusual moves by Chinese forces in recent days amid tensions over Ukraine have increased.

Exclusive – US to send 3,000 more troops to Poland, officials say

The United States will send 3,000 more troops to Poland, Poland’s defense minister said on Friday, confirming an earlier Reuters report, as Russia held military drills in Belarus and the Black Sea following a buildup of its forces near from Ukraine. The additional troops will be sent to Poland in the coming days, four US officials told Reuters on Friday.

Burmese Junta Holds Parade at Big Party, Announces Amnesty for Prisoners

Myanmar’s junta showed its military might during a parade in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday, with its leader Min Aung Hlaing defending last year’s coup as necessary to protect the country from enemies, both domestic and foreign. Marking Myanmar Union Day, which marks independence from British colonial rule in 1947, the government also announced that 814 prisoners would be pardoned. Pardons are often granted on important holidays.

Biden and Putin to speak as Ukraine warnings mount

US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak on Saturday as the United States and other Western countries have warned that war in Ukraine could break out at any moment. Washington ordered some embassy staff to leave Ukraine on Saturday, following its appeal this week for citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.

Police stop 500 vehicles heading for Paris in COVID protest convoy

Police said they stopped 500 vehicles trying to enter Paris on Saturday during a “freedom convoy” protest against COVID-19 restrictions. The vehicles were intercepted at various entry points in the French capital and nearly 300 tickets were issued to their occupants by mid-morning, police said on Twitter.

British Prime Minister Johnson focused on Ukraine, not police questionnaire – minister

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be distracted from focusing on tensions between Ukraine and Russia when he receives a police questionnaire on the lockdown parties at his Downing Street office, a government minister said on Saturday. The Metropolitan Police are contacting more than 50 people believed to have attended the parties to explain their involvement. On Friday, Johnson’s spokesperson confirmed he had received a questionnaire and would respond as needed.

US plans embassy in Solomon Islands to counter China

The United States will open an embassy in the Solomon Islands, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Saturday as he committed more diplomatic and security resources to the Pacific to counter China’s drive to increase its influence. Blinken, in Fiji for the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) virtual summit of regional leaders, heard their concerns about the need for real action on climate change and complaints that they had long been neglected by big players nations.

Canada prepares to act on US border bridge blocked by protesters despite court order

Canada braced for further protests against the government’s pandemic measures on Saturday, with the focus on the vital bridge between the United States and Canada that remained blocked by protesters defying a court order and emergency measures. and disrupting the North American automotive industry. The “Freedom Convoy” protests, launched in the nation’s capital Ottawa by Canadian truckers opposed to a vaccination or quarantine mandate for cross-border drivers, entered their 16th day on Saturday.

Indian Muslim students say hijab ban forces choice of religion or education

Ayesha Imthiaz, a devout Indian Muslim who views wearing the hijab as an expression of devotion to the Prophet Muhammad, says her university’s decision to expel girls wearing the hijab is an insult that will force her to choose between religion and education. “The humiliation of being asked to leave my class for wearing a head scarf by university officials shook my deep belief,” said the 21-year-old student from Udupi district, in South Karnataka, where protests against the ban on head coverings began.

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