World News Roundup: Turkey’s Erdogan to address Finland as NATO bid line simmers; Saudi crown prince signals family unity as succession looms and more

Here is a summary of current global news briefs.

Turkey’s Erdogan to talk to Finland as NATO bid line simmers

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would address Finland on Saturday while maintaining his opposition to Finnish and Swedish offers of NATO membership over their history of hosting members of groups Ankara considers terrorists . Finland and Sweden formally applied to join NATO on Wednesday, following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine.

Saudi crown prince signals family unity as succession looms

An unlikely royal joined a Saudi delegation to the UAE this week, and readers of the Kingdom’s political landscape see the move as a message of family unity from its de facto ruler after turbulent years of building his base to be able to. Prince Abdulaziz bin Ahmed is the eldest son of Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi monarch’s detained brother, and has no official position.

Syrian man stabs wife and man in domestic dispute in Norway – police

A Syrian man stabbed and injured his wife and another man in a small village in southeast Norway on Friday, police said, adding the attack was a domestic dispute and there was no danger for the others. The two victims and the attacker were all injured in the attack, which prompted a major emergency service response fearing a larger incident, and one of the victims was in critical condition, police said .

Thousands line up for petrol and gas in Sri Lanka amid food shortage warnings

Thousands lined up to cook on gas and petrol in Sri Lanka’s commercial capital on Friday and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warned of a food shortage as the island nation battles an economic crisis devastating. Lines have formed in many parts of Colombo, a city of around 900,000, as residents try to stock up on fuel, which is mostly imported and extremely scarce as the government has run out of foreign currency.

G7 pledges to pour billions into new lifeline for Ukraine’s economy

Financial leaders from the Group of Seven are expected to unveil billions of dollars in new aid to Ukraine on Friday and pledge enough money to keep the country’s devastated economy afloat as long as it fights off the Russian invasion. Finance ministers and central bank governors from the United States, Japan, Canada, Britain, Germany, France and Italy – the G7 democracies – are also discussing the next steps of the sanctions to pressure Russia to end the war launched on February 24.

Russian forces step up campaign in eastern Ukraine, more wounded leave Mariupol stronghold

On Friday, Russian forces shelled areas of eastern Ukraine’s Donbass region by land and air, destroying homes in residential neighborhoods and killing a number of civilians, Ukrainian officials said. . President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the assaults had turned Donbass into “hell”.

Hindu women press for access to Indian mosque, in latest dispute

A court case brought by five Hindu women in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s political constituency has become the latest battleground in India between the Hindu majority and the Muslim minority over access to historically contested religious sites. The women, backed by an influential Hindu group linked to Modi’s party, said they were determined to ensure the legal right of Hindus to pray daily to the idol of a goddess and relics which they say lie within inside an important mosque in Varanasi.

US Pelosi warns Britain: No trade deal unless you stick to Northern Ireland peace deal

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi told Britain there could be no US-UK trade deal if she proceeded with plans to to unilaterally remove some of the rules governing trade with Northern Ireland. Britain this week warned European Union authorities that it could drop post-Brexit regulations painstakingly negotiated with Brussels, including border checks on certain goods shipped from mainland Britain to Ireland. North.

First Samsung shutdown: Biden touts South Korea’s role in securing global supply chains

Joe Biden’s first stop on his maiden trip to Asia as US president on Friday was a huge Samsung Electronics semiconductor factory, underscoring a message of economic security with an eye on China and war in Ukraine. Biden landed at the US Army’s Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, and immediately drove to the nearby Samsung factory, the world’s largest semiconductor plant. There he met for the first time in person South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, a relatively newcomer to politics.

Woman says Ethiopian general arrested after criticizing government

A prominent Ethiopian general who has criticized Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government was due to appear in court on Friday after being arrested this week, his wife said. Brigadier General Tefera Mamo commanded the Amhara region army, which supported Abiy’s federal troops against rebel forces in northern Tigray, until February when he was fired for unexplained reasons.

(With agency contributions.)

Sharon P. Juarez