Anthony Albanese invited to Ukraine, Russia sanctions more Australians, energy crisis uncertainty

Hello. It’s Friday, June 17, 2022, and here’s a series of updates.

Anthony Albanese invited to Kyiv

Albanese is set to join world leaders at a NATO summit in Madrid later this month, representing allies in Asia in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

No decision has been confirmed on whether Mr. Albanese will accept the invitation to Kyiv while attending the Summit.

A cracked image of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on the left and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelenskyy on the right.

President Vladimir Zelensky invited Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to visit Ukraine. Source: AAP

Russia hits more than 100 Australians with sanctions

including journalists and defense officials.
The movement cited what it called Australia’s “Russophobic Agenda”.
Journalists from ABC News, The Sydney Morning Herald and Sky News were among the new sanctions, along with several defense officials.

Russia announced a similar move against dozens of British journalists earlier in the week.

Energy improvements remain uncertain

Australia’s energy regulator says to tell when normal operations will resume.
which started in 1998, and which means the operator will control LED supply from the power generator to the East Coast electric grid.
It comes after Eastern states were warned of potential power outages earlier this week.
Appearing on ABC’s Q + A program, Energy and Climate Change Minister Chris Bowen blamed the current crisis on previous Australian governments, saying their approach to renewable energy investment was severely flaky.

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Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen. Source: AAP / DAN HIMBRECHTS / AAPIMAGE

Interest rates are rising across Europe

fueled by pandemics and war in Ukraine.
Rising lending rates across Europe followed the United States, where the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was the largest in nearly three decades.
In the UK, the Bank of England raised the interest rate from 1 per cent to 1.25 per cent, the fifth consecutive increase, pushing them to the highest rate in 13 years.
In Switzerland, the Swiss National Bank took markets on guard, raising its policy rate to -0.25 percent from -0.75 percent.

These moves come just a day after the European Central Bank agreed to plans at an emergency meeting to keep borrowing costs south of the bloc so it can raise rates in both July and September.

Global deaths associated with COVID-19 are rising in the past week

After five weeks of reduced COVID-19 deaths, the number of deaths reported globally increased by 4 percent last week.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says there were 8,700 deaths last week, with a 21 percent jump in the Americas and a 17 percent increase in the Western Pacific.
This comes as coronavirus cases have continued to fall since peaks in January, with about 3.2 million new cases reported last week.
Despite the fall in cases, there have been major spikes in some regions, including the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the number of infections is not very high due to many countries that reduce surveillance and testing.

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