Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets in China over the country’s draconian anti-covid measures.
The protests, unprecedented in scale, took place in at least ten major cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. Demonstrators also held up blank sheets of paper to protest the suppression of free speech. While China suppressed the protests, the country’s covid tsar called a “new stage” in the fight against the virus, signaling an easing of restrictions.
Talks between America and Russia on the “NEW START” treaty were postponed the day before they were scheduled to start.
Treaty discussions, meant to regulate each country’s arsenals of strategic missiles, would have taken place amid nuclear threats from Putin. America has accused Russia of unilaterally calling off the summit.
Qatar agreed to supply Germany with two million tons of natural gas annually beginning in 2026, as part of a 15 year deal.
Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, the head of QatarEnergy, a state-owned company, said it was committed to Europe’s energy security. The deal comes in the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has left Germany and other European countries desperate for alternative energy sources.