Iran applies to join Brics group.

Today's headlines: Tensions between China and Tuvalu over the South Pacific nation's relationship with Taiwan; Covid-19: Chinese companies will have to pay ,500 for each North Korean worker quarantined; Philippines: final appeals against President-elect Marcos Jr. dismissed; In Sri Lanka banned sale of fuel to "non-essential" vehicles; In Russian-controlled Mariupol, the population is forced to hunt pigeons for food; Azerbaijan begins demining in recaptured Karabakh.


Tehran yesterday applied to join the emerging Brics group of countries -Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. However, Delhi has been skeptical of enlargement in a forum largely dominated by Beijing.


Tuvalu's foreign minister yesterday withdrew his country from the UN Conference on Oceans in Lisbon. Simon Kofe made the decision in protest after China blocked three Taiwanese representatives accredited in the small island state's South Pacific delegation from attending the event.


Chinese companies on the border with North Korea are protesting that they will have to pay $ 1,500 for each North Korean worker quarantined because of Covid-19. The measure was decided by the Chinese government after several cases were discovered among the North Korean community in the border city of Dandong.


The Philippine Supreme Court today dismissed petitions seeking the disqualification of President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Winner last month of elections, the new head of state will take office on June 30.


The Colombo government has suspended the sale of fuel for "non-essential" vehicles. The measure will be in effect for two weeks while the country is in the grip of a harsh economic crisis. Only buses, trains, health service cars and food transport vehicles will be allowed to be refueled during the period.


The situation in Mariupol is becoming increasingly critical, where a real humanitarian catastrophe is taking place, as reported by journalist Denis Kazansky on his Telegram channel, where he shows pigeon hunting done by local citizens with special traps. They feed only on such prey due to the almost total absence of food.


Azerbaijani President Aliev described the ongoing work in Karabakh as "one of the most difficult and ambitious restoration and reconstruction projects." Authorities are currently engaged in clearing land from mines, which Baku says Armenians have allegedly laid "more than one million, causing the deaths of more than 200 Azerbaijani citizens after the end of the conflict.