We cover the plight of displaced Ukrainians and Boris Johnson’s efforts to keep his job.
The war displaced a third of Ukrainians
An estimated one-third of Ukraine’s population has been forced from their homes since the Russian invasion in February, including an often invisible group of more than six million people displaced within the country.
Most of the IDPs – of the more than five million who have fled to Europe – are mostly women and children, many of whom face shortages of food, water and basic necessities. They are also, in large part, from the east of the country, which became the focus of Russian attacks.
Through the Donbass region, many Ukrainians fled first with few documents and underwear, believing that they would soon return. Now, five months into the war, many are beginning to fear that they will never return. The few who remained usually looked after sick family members, too poor to move around or stayed to protect property. Some support Russia’s advance toward their cities – a group known as the Zahdouni, or the Waiting.
The company’s influence: Yandex, the Russian version of Google, is often called “the coolest company in Russia”, and it employs more than 18,000 people. Its founders were billionaires, and at its peak last November, it was worth more than $31 billion. Then Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, and the company completely collapsed.
American prisonerRussia’s Foreign Ministry said Greiner could appeal her sentence or seek clemency once a court issues its ruling, responding to the US government’s assessment that WNBA star Britney Grener is “unjustly detained”.
The renewed pressure came just a day after Johnson suffered two devastating defections by senior ministers from his cabinet. These defections have opened a movement to dismiss him that has been forming for months, fueled by embarrassing reports of social gatherings in Downing Street that violated government rules for the coronavirus lockdown.
Johnson vowed to keep fighting, trying to shift the focus to new tax cuts. But in back rooms in Westminster, lawmakers have been holding meetings on ways to force him to step down, possibly within days. The BBC reports that Michael Gove, an influential cabinet member, He told the Prime Minister that it was time to go. Johnson responded by shooting Goff.
What’s Next: If Johnson resigns, there will be no general election to replace him. Instead, the Conservative Party will choose its next leader, who will then become prime minister.
Latest scandal: Johnson promoted MP, Chris Pincher, despite earlier allegations of misconduct; Pincher resigned after new accusations of sexual misconduct and excessive drinking emerged. Ministers were sent to deny what the Prime Minister was aware of, but these allegations quickly disintegrated.
The move is part of a broader new EU law that classifies different types of energy investments as green and sets out detailed rules for how they are assessed. The “green” label will allow some gas and nuclear projects to get cheap loans and even government subsidies.
European officials acknowledged that gas and nuclear power are not entirely in line with environmental goals, but said they remain important in Europe’s transition from its current energy mix to a carbon-neutral future. Critics said Europe’s vote – which will likely be seen as a benchmark elsewhere – opposed the bloc’s efforts to cut carbon emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
details: The new classification of the gas is likely to make it difficult to achieve the climate goal he defended in recent international climate negotiations: reducing methane, which is more effective in its ability to warm the planet than carbon dioxide emissions.
Global Politics: Europe has used its changing energy policies to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. European Union countries have so far banned Russian coal, and most of them will stop using Russian oil, but they still rely exclusively on Russian natural gas for electricity and heating.
Related: France has said it will renationalize the state-backed electricity giant to help ensure the country’s energy sovereignty.
Hundreds of young people flock to a South African bistro for a party at the end of the semester in June. Twenty-one of them, all teenagers, did not survive the night. Survivors remember a mysterious gas and then rush to escape.
arts and ideas
Fashion shock factor
Clothes used to rock viewers with concepts that seem strange today, like a flash of flesh or a silly idea. At the haute couture shows in Paris this summer, fashion houses tried to prove that their industry could still shock.
One effort stood out, writes Vanessa Friedman, lead fashion critic for The Times: Iris van Herpen’s use of 3D printers and laser-cutting tools, making her clothes look like organic life forms.
“They rewrite the physics of clothes and reimagining the body without erasing it, not in a cartoonish way but in a totally compelling way,” Vanessa wrote.
See photos from the show.