World At A Glance: Top 10 International News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • As refiners purchase post-war Russian crude in Ukraine at steep discounts, Russia has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become India’s second-largest oil supplier after Iraq. About 25 million barrels of Russian oil, or more than 16 percent of their total oil imports, were purchased by Indian refiners in May. In April, Russia’s percentage of India’s total seaborne imports of crude oil surpassed 5% for the first time.
  • Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has surpassed the King of Thailand to hold the record for the second-longest reign in history, after only Louis XIV of France. Grand celebrations are being held throughout Britain to honour the 96-year-old Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her 70 years of national service. Street celebrations, pageants, and other activities were held in the UK and Commonwealth four days after the royal procession to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee milestone.

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  • Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the ruler of Abu Dhabi, was chosen by the Supreme Council of the Union to serve as the President of the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, presided over a meeting of the Council at the Mushrif Palace in Abu Dhabi. He takes over for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who died at the age of 73.
  • There are only five days of gasoline and fuel remaining in Sri Lanka. On Thursday, the minister of power and energy provided this information. The issue will worsen if it does not receive a fresh $500 million line of credit from India. The 22 million-person nation is struggling with its biggest financial crisis in the previous seven decades. Its foreign exchange reserves are exhausted, and it lacks the funds to import basic goods like food, medicine, and fuel.
  • The Rock, the biggest white diamond in the world, sold at auction for 18.6 million Swiss francs ($18.8 million), somewhat less than the previous benchmark. A 228.31-carat stone, bigger than a golf ball, was sold at Christie’s auction house in Geneva. The Rock had high expectations for breaking the record, which was set in 2017 when a 163.41-carat stone sold for $33.7 million in a Swiss city.
  • The New York state legislature passed the first digital electronics law in history, “right to repair” measure that mandates that producers of digital electronics make parts, tools, data, and software available to customers and independent repair shops. The “Fair Repair Act” was passed as a result of pressure from the government to safeguard consumers’ rights to repair and refurbish the goods they have purchased.
  • The military of Ukraine almost lost control of its eastern region. A substantial bridge was used by the Ukrainian army to continue their advance toward Severodonetsk. By blowing up this bridge, the Russian army has now blocked the route for supplies. There are a lot of Ukrainian troops here, but they are out of weapons and ammo. However, the southern region of Ukraine, particularly the Kherson region, has seen significant casualties for the Russian army.
  • The number of gunfire occurrences in America has risen significantly in recent years. On May 24, a shooting at a Texas school resulted in the deaths of 19 students and two instructors. Following this incidence, individuals are displaying anger. In 450 places, including Washington, thousands of people demonstrated. Members of the anti-gun violence movement March for Our Lives assert that they will not allow the government to do nothing. People are dying, one of the demonstrators yelled. While the government is doing nothing, this is taking place. The government must implement stringent measures. It is now necessary to modify the law.
  • Hemp cultivation and possession became legal in Thailand on Thursday. 10 lakh hemp seeds will be distributed, according to the nation’s health minister. The hemp plant is no longer classified as a drug by the nation’s Food and Drug Administration. Because of this, Thailand has become the first nation in Asia to make the decision to decriminalise cannabis for both medical and industrial use.