Day: June 2, 2022
Shanghai authorities say they will take major steps Wednesday toward reopening China’s largest city after a two-month Covid-19 lockdown that has set back the national economy and largely confined millions of people to their homes.
The new weapon is the Himars multiple launch rocket system, or MLRS: A mobile unit that can simultaneously launch multiple precision-guided missiles. Both Ukraine and Russia already operate MLRS, but the Himars has superior range and precision. The Himars Washington is providing to Ukraine will have a range of about 50 miles (80 kilometers), a US official told reporters.
Neom, the brainchild of Saudi Crown Prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman, is planning to build twin skyscrapers about 500 meters (1,640 feet) tall that stretch horizontally for dozens of miles, the people said. The skyscrapers would house a mix of residential, retail and office space running from the Red Sea coast into the desert, they added, asking not to be identified.
In the aftermath of a mass shooting on a New York City subway train, the mayor floated a high-tech idea: deploy scanners that can spot someone carrying a gun into the transit system before they have a chance to use it. But security experts say installing such a system in the city’s sprawling, porous subway system in a way that would make a difference would be difficult, if not impossible.
The Biden administration will announce on Wednesday more than $2.1 billion in funding to shore up weaknesses in the country’s food supply system exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
German chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Wednesday that his country will supply Ukraine with modern anti-aircraft missiles, stepping up arms deliveries amid criticism that Germany isn’t doing enough to help Kyiv fend off Russia. He said Germany will also supply Ukraine with radar systems to help locate enemy artillery.
Speaking in parliament, Erdogan said Turkey wanted to see a “sincere” approach from the two Nordic countries regarding its concerns, adding Ankara would not change its view unless it saw concrete and binding steps.