The unprecedented global energy crisis that threatens the global economy is expected to worsen in the coming months, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Tuesday during the Global Energy Forum in Sydney, Australia. “The world has never witnessed such an energy crisis in terms of depth and complexity,” warned Fatih Birol. “We may not have seen the worst yet – it affects the whole world.”
Rising energy prices have shaken economies around the world after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted a series of Western sanctions on oil and gas supplies to the country, leading to severe supply cuts.
In the US, rising energy prices contributed to high levels of inflation affecting every corner of the economy. Meanwhile, Russia is making big profits from selling oil and gas to Asia as countries like India and China have doubled their supplies of cheap Russian energy.
With only a few months left before the European winter, Birol assured that the region will face serious problems, as Russia has further shocked energy markets in recent days after cutting off natural gas supplies to Europe for maintenance of the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline.
“This winter in Europe is going to be very, very difficult,” Birol said. “This is a serious problem, and it could have serious consequences for the global economy.”
Finland’s prime minister is back in the spotlight this week, again for reasons other than her leadership style. In a video posted on social media, Sanna Marin dances and sings with a group of friends. As a result, opposition party leaders are demanding that the 36-year-old government official undergo a drug test, and argue that such an attitude is not appropriate for a government official.
Sanna Marin was quick to respond to a stream of videos of her appearing with friends, including some Finnish celebrities, at a house party. Prime Minister the youngest in the world denies using any banned substances, ensuring that he only consumed alcohol and celebrated “unrestrainedly”.
Speaking to reporters this Thursday in Kuopio, Finland, where the party is organizing a summer conference, Marin assured that he knew about the filming, but admitted he was annoyed that the video was released without his knowledge. “I danced and sang and had parties, absolutely cool stuff. I have never been in a situation where I have seen or heard of others [usarem drogas]”, stated.
Opposition leader Riikka Purra urged the prime minister to voluntarily undergo a drug test, accusing Sanna Marin of a “shadow of a doubt”. Other parties also did not shy away from criticizing both the head of government and the media for taking up time talking about parties instead of discussing more important issues – with entry of Russian citizens into this country.
But Sanna Marin continues to publicly defend herself: “I have a family life, I have a professional life, and I have free time that I spend with friends. Almost the same as many people my age.” In addition, he made it clear that he would not change his behavior. “I’m going to be exactly the same person I’ve been until now, and I hope that’s accepted,” he concluded.
The Prime Minister makes no secret of his love of parties and continues to make headlines. Recently, a photo of her at a music festival circulated on Twitter, where they commented on the governor’s outfit. In December 2021, Marin publicly apologized for visiting a bar in Helsinki after coming into contact with another minister who tested positive for Covid-19.
On social media, comments are divided between surprise and messages of support for Sanna Marin. “When I saw the video of Sanna Marin, I thought fakes are getting really good. It couldn’t be true. No sane prime minister would put himself in the position of being caught on video if it came out,” wrote one user. “If dancing is what keeps Sanna Marin entertained, then she should be free to do it, even if the most conservative people have trouble doing it.” protectsin opposition, another netizen.
New Zealand police said the remains of two children were found in suitcases bought at an auction in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city.
Inspector Tofilau Faamanuia Waaelua said that the bodies of the victims, aged between five and ten years, were probably hidden for several years in two suitcases of the same size.
“The nature of the discovery makes the investigation challenging, especially given the time that has elapsed between death and discovery,” Waaelua said.
The family found the bags after purchasing a trailer full of items sold in bulk from a warehouse, with an official stating that the family in question was unrelated to the death but “understandably distraught at the find.”
Police, who also called Interpol, are searching the trailer for other household items and personal items to identify the victims.
The warehouse and property where the bags were found were thoroughly inspected by a forensic team.
“We are doing our best to identify the victims” in order to bring to justice the perpetrator or perpetrators of the deaths of these children, Waaelua said.
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Formally, Svalbard is under the sovereignty of Norway, but thanks to a century-old treaty, many other countries have the right to exploit its natural resources. In particular, Russia, which has been mining in the region for years, often employs Ukrainian workers, mostly from the Donbass. In the abandoned city of Pyramidyou can still find a bust of Lenin and slogan which says: “Communism is our goal.”
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