05/19/2022, 10.05
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Japan: first green light for release of radioactive water from Fukushima into sea

Today's headlines: Shanghai port 90% operational after lockdown eased; First disagreements between Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte in the Philippines; Two parliamentarians arrested in Sri Lanka linked to deaths of 9 Rajapaksa protesters; Double the number of Saudi women in employment; Russian opponent Naval'nyj meets family in prison.



The National Nuclear Regulatory Authority has given the initial go-ahead for the release of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. In 2011, a tsunami destroyed part of the complex, causing the largest nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Final approval for disposal will come after a month of public discussion.


With the partial relaxation of the lockdown against Covid-19, Shanghai has restored 90 percent of its port operations. The city is a primary hub of world trade, and the sanitary closures of the past two months have created serious problems for global supply chains.


First disagreements between the victorious couple in last week's elections. In the new government, President-elect Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has given his deputy Sara Duterte the Education portfolio. The daughter of outgoing Head of State Rodrigo asked for a Defense delegation. For several observers, coexistence between the two will be difficult.


Sri Lankan police have arrested two members of parliament for inciting street violence last week that led to the deaths of nine people. Stricken by a severe economic crisis, the country is engulfed by mass protests in which people are demanding the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.


In the past five years, the number of women in employment in the country has almost doubled: they are now 35 percent of the workforce. That of women's inclusion is a reform hinged in the Vision 2030 plan sought by controversial Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.


Moscow court postponed appeal session for jailed opponent Aleksej Naval'nyj. The judges did, however, allow him to meet in the lager where he is being held with his family members-a "lengthy visit" required by prison regulations every three months, and which had not yet been granted after the transition to the harsh regime in late January.


Police in Yerevan arrested in one day more than 400 protesters from anti-government marches blocking the streets of the capital. One of the opposition leaders, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Iškhan Sagatelyan, announced an end to street actions "because we have shown that the people are in control of the situation in Armenia."

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