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Morning check: The number of covid cases in China is on the rise. Russia may use chemical weapons, US says

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Good morning! Today is the 328th day of the year, the holiday of Emilia, and on this day in 1966, an Il-18 crashed near Bratislava on the way from Sofia to Prague. All 82 people on board were killed. This is the worst plane crash in Czechoslovakia.

Read the most important foreign news of the day.

North Korea condemns Seoul’s attempts to impose new sanctions against Pyongyang

North Korea condemned Seoul’s attempts to impose additional sanctions on Pyongyang in retaliation for its repeated missile tests, saying such measures would only increase North Korea’s “hostility and anger”. Kim Yo-jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, also called South Korean President Jung Suk-yol “and other idiots” the “loyal dogs” of the United States in a statement, state news agency KCNA reported. The South Korean Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that it is considering imposing additional sanctions against Pyongyang. For example, he considers sanctions against cyberspace.

✅ Daily additions of covid-19 in China are growing

Over the past 24 hours, China has seen its highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began nearly three years ago. Excluding imported cases, 31,444 new cases of coronavirus infection increased on Wednesday, of which 3,927 were symptomatic and 25,517 were asymptomatic. On April 13, the number of new cases surpassed the previous record of 29,317. One infected person has died. China has reported 5,232 coronavirus deaths since the start of the pandemic.

✅ The US does not rule out that Russia will use chemical weapons in Ukraine

The administration of US President Joe Biden believes that Russia may use chemical weapons in Ukraine before engaging in a possible nuclear confrontation with NATO. This could happen if Moscow buys into further setbacks on the battlefield, Politico writes, citing anonymous sources. According to six well-informed sources, including Pentagon officials, the United States has no indication yet that such an attack in Ukraine is imminent. Many US Defense Department officials believe that the intensity of hostilities will decrease during the winter months and that neither side will be able to return significant territory.

More information about events in Ukraine can be found here >>>

✅ Republican Senator Murkowska won the election to the Senate in Alaska.

Incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowska won the Alaska Senate election. Thus, she defeated her party colleague Kelly Chibaka, who was supported by former Republican President Donald Trump. Democrat Mary Peltola won the election to the House of Representatives. She defeated three other candidates, including former governor Sarah Palin. Republican Mike Dunleavy takes over as governor of Alaska.

Brazilian court rejects Bolsonaro’s complaint over electoral irregularities

Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court President Alexandre de Moraes on Wednesday dismissed a complaint by President Jair Bolsonaro’s party about alleged irregularities in the second round of presidential elections. In it, he lost to Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. De Moraes, who is also a Supreme Court judge, also fined Bolsonaro’s coalition parties 22.9 million reais (more than 100 million crowns) for what the court called “bad faith inciting a dispute.” This week, Bolsonaro filed an appeal with the electoral court. on Tuesday. According to his right-wing coalition, during the election, some electronic voting machines failed.

It will happen today

  • Senate approves tax package and amendment to energy law
  • The Ministers of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary will discuss the migration situation in Prague today
  • Debates on a widely criticized proposal by which the European Commission wants to prevent a significant increase in wholesale gas prices are awaiting EU energy ministers today. Government representatives may approve another package of emergency measures at an extraordinary meeting called by the President of the Czech Republic because of the energy crisis.

Source: Blesk

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