We are imposing sanctions on Russia and extensive Covid testing efforts in Hong Kong.
West attacks Russia with sanctions
President Biden announced harsh new sanctions on Tuesday aimed at punishing Russia for what he called “the start of a Russian invasion of Ukraine,” Join European leaders in causing serious economic consequences for Russia during the crisis. This is the latest updates.
Biden condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Russia’s actions were “a flagrant violation of international law and demanding a resolute response from the international community”.
By blocking two Russian financial institutions and imposing sanctions on Russian debt, he said, “we have cut off the Russian government from Western finance.” The Russian elite and their families will also be punished. The US Senate begins work on a multi-level legislative response.
Biden’s announcement came less than a day after Putin issued a decree sending troops into two separatist-held regions in Ukraine. Russia’s parliament authorized the use of military force abroad on Tuesday.
Ally: Germany will block the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a major project in cooperation with Russia. Britain said it would block all business with the breakaway regions, Donetsk and Luhansk, in what Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the “first wave of action”. EU sanctions including asset freezes and travel bans.
On the ground: Two European officials on Tuesday said Russia had sent troops into Ukraine, but the Russian Foreign Ministry denied this. Ours reporter talking to Ukrainians who had boarded the train out of the breakaway region with tired resignation.
Kremlin message: Propaganda has been raging for days in Russia, laying the groundwork for a possible invasion.
A mass test for the people of Hong Kong
Hong Kong will claim more than seven million of its residents undergo coronavirus testing In March, Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, said on Tuesday, as the territory struggles to contain its worst outbreak.
Residents will have to take three tests in a short time, starting in March. And Hong Kong will expand its testing capacity to one million tests per day from about 200,000 per day next month, Lam said.
Many students’ summer break will also start early to reduce overcrowding and so their schools can be used as testing, isolation and vaccination facilities.
It comes after pressure from Beijing to use more stringent measures to kill the virus. The move is a challenge for Hong Kong, which lacks the movement and personnel tracking apps that Beijing uses to enforce its restrictions.
Detail: Hong Kong has at least 37,000 active Covid-19 cases, with the daily average far outpacing previous spikes. Hospitals are overflowing and new isolation facilities are being built. The territory has recorded 145 deaths this year, compared with 213 in 2020 and 2021.
In other developments:
Pakistan considers relationship with Taliban
Against the backdrop of a spike in terrorist attacks in recent months, Pakistan faces a difficult decision: how much to help the new Taliban government in Afghanistan while facing growing risks to its own citizens.
The group’s rule in Kabul encouraged the Pakistani Taliban, which blackmailed traders and high-ranking government officials with threats, and mass killed police officers. But Pakistani officials insist that a stable Afghanistan is essential for a stable Pakistan.
“Is there a possibility that if the Taliban government is tightened, there could be a change for the better? No,” Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan said in an interview this month.
Some analysts say such a view is overly optimistic now that the US is no longer a major counterterrorism partner there – and reflecting the country’s dilemma, Pakistan has not been fair. diplomatically accept the Afghan Taliban.
Attacks are on the rise: According to the Pak Peace Research Institute, based in Islamabad, Pakistan has seen a 42% increase in terrorist attacks in 2021 compared to the previous year, with a significant increase after the fall of Kabul. The report notes that the takeover has made it more difficult for Pakistan to destroy militia operations at home.
“Project Independence: Decolonized Architecture in South Asia, 1947-1985,” at the Museum of Modern Art, surveys Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh after the dissolution of the United Kingdom. “It’s a far-reaching, sometimes heartbreaking exhibition full of great ideas and beautiful works, too many of which are not widely known,” Our architecture critic Michael Kimmelman writes.
The life they lived: Paul FarmerPartners in Health, which provides high-quality healthcare to some of the world’s poorest people, died on Monday at the age of 62.
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New ways to bake
Baking is a science: Measure the ingredients carefully, mix them together in the right way, and it works as planned. However, for all sciences, experimentation is key – sometimes doing it the wrong way can yield interesting results.
A new feature from NYT Cooking introduces 24 innovative cake recipes. Did you know that 7Up can replace baking soda and baking powder? Or can dipping a tray of freshly cooked macaroons in a basin of ice water make them rich and greasy? Not all involve baking in the traditional sense: Some are prepared on the stovetop or in a food processor, or placed in the refrigerator.
For more – including a mango cake, Earl Gray biscuits and a one bowl chocolate cake – Open the collection of recipes.
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