Good morning. We are talking about the resignation of the President of Sri Lanka, the election results in Japan and the Russian bombing of Donetsk, Ukraine.
The mandate will give lawmakers another chance to pursue Abe’s long-held ambition to revise a clause renunciating war in the country’s pacifist constitution.
Understanding the war between Russia and Ukraine better
The election results were also a clear sign that Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, remained a leading political force even though he stepped down in 2020. But without him, the will to push revisions through a tedious parliamentary process might wane.
context: The plan to change the constitution has long been unpopular with the public. With inflationary pressures mounting, the yen weakening, the war in Ukraine fueling fears of energy shortages and coronavirus infections, it may be harder to sell than ever.
Murder: This is what we know so far. Police have released little information about the suspect and his motives, but acknowledged that Abe’s security was flawed.
Russia bombs Donetsk
Russia has aggressively moved to take the entire Donbas region of Ukraine after taking Luhansk province last week. Over the weekend, it bombed five main cities in neighboring Donetsk, the region’s other province.
At least 15 people were killed in Donetsk when a Russian missile hit an apartment complex in the village of Chasiv Yar. Rescue teams said up to 20 people could still be trapped, including a 9-year-old boy. Here are live updates.
In the northeast, Russian troops also launched attacks on the Kharkov region. Last week, Russia established a civilian administration and unveiled a new flag in border areas under its control — a sign, analysts said, that Moscow plans to annex the area.
Ukrainian officials estimate that Russia already occupies about 30 percent of the Kharkiv region.
Soldiers: Russia, desperate for recruits, has turned to financial incentives to bring in new fighters – often from impoverished minority groups.
gas prices: President Biden is pushing for a global price cap for Russian oil, a full European ban that could raise US gas prices to $7 a gallon.
Analysis: The war becomes a contest of global endurance between Russia and the West.
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A ‘hot dog bus’ returns
Nicknamed for their lack of air conditioning, double-decker ‘hot dog buses’ were once an everyday part of Hong Kong life. But they have been out of service for over a decade.
Now at least one has returned to the city streets, thanks to two pilots who pooled their savings to buy and restore the relic. As the pandemic reduced their flying hours, they spent months scouring the internet for antique parts, watching old video clips to determine the correct font and placement of decals and decals, and documenting the process on Instagram.
For onlookers, the bus is a journey full of nostalgia, a gateway to the 80s and 90s. When the pilots, Luca Tong and Kobee Ko, park it at a terminal on the harbor front, enthusiasts come aboard to admire it. “All my memories came back,” said one woman who rode hot dog buses in high school and took her 4-year-old son for the experience.
But the bus is also a memento of a happier time in the city, before pandemic restrictions and a sweeping political crackdown.
“Back then there was freedom, money and a lot of warmth,” said Tong, 35. “The bus has the feel of Hong Kong at the time, but that feeling is fading away from Hong Kong.”
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