Al Jazeera journalist killed in Jenin
Today's headlines: Sri Lankan government gives army shoot on sight order; Laos fuel crisis deepens, while India fails to procure trains to transport coal into the country; the Shanghai lockdown damaging economy; Pulitzer ceremony gives special mention to Ukrainian journalists.
Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in the West Bank this morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health reported. She was covering the Israeli raids against the city of Jenin when she was hit in the head by a bullet and rushed to the hospital. According to colleagues, she was wearing a vest with "Press" written on it.
A second night of arson attacks on property in Sri Lanka: protesters set fire to a hotel belonging to the son of resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rjapaksa. While the president has given orders to shoot on sight against lawbreakers, pressure continues for a new interim government.
Laos could end up like Sri Lanka: images of long queues at petrol stations to obtain fuel are arriving from the country. Since September, the value of the local currency has begun to fall and foreign currency reserves are drying up. The communist country is reportedly trying to procure cheap oil from Russia.
Anti-gun groups, dangers and risks of death are increasing in Myanmar's urban areas due to the growing presence of militias loyal to the Burmese military junta. In late April at least eight members of the National League for Democracy (Aung San Suu Kyi's party) were assassinated in Mandalay. In the Magway region, since the military coup, 2,100 houses have been burned, at least 155 civilians killed and 683 people arrested.
Measures to contain the pandemic in Shanghai are still being tightened: food deliveries are banned and hospital admissions, except for emergencies, must be approved. The city is in its seventh week of lockdown. Meanwhile, Toyota has announced that it is forced to cut production due to measures taken in Shanghai that are blocking the economy.
India has been unable to procure enough trains to transport coal for over a year. The problem is becoming more pressing now because of the energy crisis. In April, state railways supplied Coal India with 261 trains a day, the lowest figure in three months. Coal stocks at power plants last month fell 13% despite an increase in production by Coal India of more than 27%.
Journalists from Ukraine received a special mention for the 2022 Pultzer Prize. The organizing committee thanked them for "dedication to the profession, courage, steadfastness in reporting the truth during Vladimir Putin's tragic invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia and around the world.
Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev) told the Rossija-24 TV channel that possible European sanctions will not impede Patriarch Kirill's activity, "directed at consolidating Russian society and serving the multimillion-dollar flock of the Russian Orthodox Church, to achieve peace among brotherly Slavic peoples."