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Cannabis use has increased with legalization and COVID lockdowns – UN report

Places, including US states that have legalized cannabis, appear to have increased its regular use, while COVID lockdowns have had a similar effect, increasing the risk of depression and suicide, according to a UN report on Monday. Cannabis has long been the most widely abused drug in the world and this consumption is increasing as cannabis on the market strengthens in terms of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said ( UNODC) in its annual World Drug Report.

Russia steps up missile strikes on Ukraine as G7 leaders meet

Russian missiles hit a building and near a kindergarten in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv on Sunday in strikes that US President Joe Biden called “barbarism” as world leaders gathered in Europe to discuss new sanctions against Moscow. Up to four explosions rocked central Kyiv in the early hours of the morning, in the first such attack on the city in weeks.

Erdogan to meet Swedish and Finnish leaders ahead of NATO summit

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will hold a series of talks with Swedish and Finnish leaders, as well as NATO, ahead of the Madrid summit on Tuesday, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Sunday. Finland and Sweden applied for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the offers have been met with opposition from Turkey, which has been angered by what it says is Helsinki and Stockholm’s support for Kurdish militants and arms embargoes in Ankara.

French lawmakers plan $8.4 billion in aid to households to fight inflation

French lawmakers are drafting a bill to bolster household purchasing power by increasing some forms of state aid by 4%, at a cost of 8 billion euros ($8.44 billion) from July to April next year, the business daily Les Echos reported on Sunday. According to the report, the planned increases would apply to social benefits for families, the unemployed and the disabled as well as pension payments, starting in July.

Israel cracks down on dissent in its ranks over possible Iran nuclear deal

Israel’s defense minister said on Sunday that policy on Iran nuclear talks was set by the government, not the security forces, after a newspaper reported that key Israeli generals favored a deal between Tehran and the world powers. Military intelligence and strategic planning chiefs believe a relaunch of a 2015 deal that curtailed Iran’s nuclear program would give Israel time to prepare an attack aimed at depriving its nemesis of the means to build a nuclear weapon, according to the top-selling daily Yedioth Ahronoth. said Friday.

Hundreds march for climate justice as G7 leaders meet in Bavaria

Hundreds of protesters marched through the southern German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Sunday, near where leaders of the Group of Seven countries are meeting, demanding action on climate change. The leaders of the G7 – the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan – began a three-day summit on Sunday at Elmau Castle in the Bavarian mountains, which should be dominated by the war in Ukraine.

At least 22 young people die in a South African tavern

South African authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 22 youths found in a popular tavern in the coastal city of East London, provincial health officials and the presidency said on Sunday. State broadcaster SABC reported the deaths resulted from a possible stampede, but lacked details as the exact cause of death remained unknown.

G7 aims to raise $600 billion to counter China’s Belt and Road

On Sunday, Group of Seven leaders pledged to raise $600 billion in private and public funds over five years to finance needed infrastructure in developing countries and counter the old multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road project. from China. US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders relaunched the new ‘Global Infrastructure and Investment Partnership’, at their annual gathering being held this year at Schloss Elmau in southern Germany .

Biden urges G7 to stick together as leaders target Russian gold, oil price

US President Joe Biden told his allies “we must stick together” against Russia on Sunday as G7 leaders gathered for a summit dominated by the war in Ukraine and its impact on food and energy supplies and the economy. ‘Mondial economy. At the start of the meeting in the Bavarian Alps, four of the wealthy Group of Seven countries decided to ban imports of Russian gold in order to tighten sanctions on Moscow and cut off its means of financing the invasion. Ukraine.

Peruvian truckers and farmers on strike over fuel and fertilizer prices

Peruvian truckers and some farming groups will go on strike on Monday after failing to reach agreements with the government seeking measures to reduce the impact of soaring global fuel and fertilizer prices, officials said on Sunday. industry leaders. Union leaders met on Friday and Saturday with government officials, with demands including to consider freight transport as a “public service” that would cut costs and curb competition from truckers from neighboring countries.

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