World News Roundup: Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine block Google search engine; Prince Harry wins bid to challenge UK decision denying him police protection and more

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Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists block Google search engine

Russian-backed separatists in a breakaway region of eastern Ukraine have blocked access to the Google search engine, their leader said on Friday, citing what he calls “misinformation”. In a post on his Telegram channel, Denis Pushilin, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), accused Google of promoting “violence against all Russians” and said its “US government handlers” were at blame.

Prince Harry wins bid to challenge UK decision denying him police protection

Prince Harry was granted permission on Friday to legally challenge a government decision that denied him police protection while in Britain. Harry, Queen Elizabeth’s grandson, was given the full police protection usually given to royals before deciding to step back from royal duties and move to the US with his wife Meghan in 2020.

Ukraine and Russia set to sign deal to reopen grain export ports

Russia and Ukraine will sign an agreement on Friday to reopen Ukraine’s Black Sea ports for grain exports, Turkey and the United Nations said, raising hopes that an international food crisis aggravated by the Russian invasion can be alleviated. attenuated. Russia and Ukraine, both among the world’s biggest food exporters, sent their defense and infrastructure ministers respectively to Istanbul to attend a signing ceremony at 1330 GMT, the two sides said. .

French lawmakers back Macron’s promised inflation relief

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government on Friday honored a re-election pledge aimed at boosting household purchasing power amid soaring inflation as the National Assembly passed a bill to lift pensions and freeze temporary rent increases. With the vote in the lower house, Macron passed the first test of his ability to find compromises between parties after losing his absolute majority in the June legislative elections.

Satellite imagery, ship data shows path of Russian vessel Kyiv said to have shipped ‘looted’ grain

Late last month, a Russian-flagged freighter carrying maize entered the Turkish port of Izmir on the Aegean Sea. The SV Nikolay had loaded the grain at Port Kavkaz, Russia six days earlier on June 18, according to documentation provided by an employee of the Russian company that owns the vessel. A Reuters analysis of satellite imagery, ship tracking data and open source photos and video gives a different port of origin for the SV Nikolay. On June 18, according to analysis of a satellite image by Reuters, the ship was docked at the main grain terminal in Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula seized by Russia in 2014.

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka swears in new prime minister

Sri Lankan lawmaker Dinesh Gunawardena was sworn in as the new prime minister on Friday, his office said, a day after a new president was sworn in as the Indian Ocean nation grapples with its worst economic crisis for decades. The event came just hours after security forces raided a protest camp on government land in the main city of Colombo and cleared part of it, with at least nine arrests, as the new administration prepares to crack down on protesters.

Analysis-Putin bets on an ancient weapon in Ukraine: time

Russian President Vladimir Putin is betting on an ancient weapon more powerful than any of the missiles currently supplied by the United States and its European allies to Ukraine: time. Nearly five months after Putin ordered the Feb. 24 invasion that devastated parts of Ukraine, Russia is hoping Western resolve will be undermined by concern over soaring global energy prices and foodstuffs that the war helped to fuel.

Dim public lighting, shorter showers: Germany leads European energy-saving campaign

Summer nights in the wealthy Bavarian city of Augsburg this year are eerily dark and quiet: the facades of historic buildings are unlit, streetlights are out and most fountains are not working. Augsburg is one of many cities in Germany to have rolled out a series of energy-saving measures since the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which sent oil and gas prices skyrocketing and triggered a cost of living crisis.

Militants attack Mali’s main military base, situation ‘under control’

Suspected Islamist militants attacked the main military base where Mali’s interim president lives outside the capital Bamako on Friday, but the armed forces said they repelled the assault and brought the situation under control. Al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked militants have repeatedly attacked military bases across Mali during a decade-long insurgency concentrated in the north and center but never so close to Bamako in the south. south.

Iran’s nuclear program ‘galling forward’, says IAEA chief -El Pais

Iran’s nuclear program is “advancing at a gallop” and the International Atomic Energy Agency has very limited visibility into what is happening, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told Spanish newspaper El Pais in an interview published Friday. . In June, Iran began removing virtually all of the agency’s surveillance equipment, installed as part of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Grossi said at the time it could deal a “fatal blow” to the chances of reviving the deal after the United States pulled out in 2018.

(With agency contributions.)