We’re overlaying a lethal earthquake in Afghanistan and the consequences of China’s ban of a Taiwanese fish.
At least 1,000 killed by earthquake in Afghanistan
An earthquake struck a distant and mountainous a part of Afghanistan yesterday, killing greater than 1,000 folks and injuring a minimum of 1,600 others.
The quake, which had a magnitude of 5.9, struck about 28 miles southwest of town of Khost, however the worst harm was in the neighboring Paktika province, which lies alongside the border with Pakistan and the place some residents stay in homes manufactured from clay and straw. It was the deadliest earthquake to hit Afghanistan in greater than 20 years, and the variety of casualties was anticipated to rise, a U.N. company mentioned.
Search-and-rescue efforts, led by the Afghan Ministry of Defense, had been hampered by wind and heavy rain, which prevented helicopters from touchdown safely. A U.N. consultant for Afghanistan reported that just about 2,000 properties had been destroyed. Afghan households are usually massive, and households generally stay collectively, the consultant mentioned, and the earthquake will most certainly displace many individuals.
Eyewitness: Sarhadi Khosti, 26, who lives in the Sperah district of Khost Province, mentioned that he had been awoken by the earthquake after 1 a.m. and that numerous homes — particularly these manufactured from earth or wooden — had been destroyed. “For now, we still are busy pulling the dead or injured from under the rubble,” he mentioned.
Pakistan: The earthquake was felt in a number of components of Pakistan, however the nation was spared the sort of harm seen in neighboring Afghanistan.
Government: The earthquake is simply the most recent problem to confront the fledgling Taliban government.
The gradual, brutal advance of Russian troops has tightened their vise round Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk — the neighboring cities the place Ukrainian forces have been trying to cease Russia from seizing all of Luhansk province. Moscow’s forces already management most of Sievierodonetsk, making the protection of Lysychansk a key showdown for management of the Donbas area.
Russia controls about half of Donetsk province and is pushing from the east, north and south to attempt to take extra territory there. But analysts say that Russia’s battered forces face an much more tough battle in Donetsk than in Luhansk.
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Finland and Sweden, who utilized to affix NATO following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, anticipated fast admission to the alliance. Turkey had other ideas.
China pressures Taiwan with fish ban
China’s latest ban on importing grouper from Taiwan has shortly reworked a profitable trade into one scrambling for assist, threatening the livelihoods of fish farmers there and displaying the extent of Chinese financial energy.
Without the Chinese market, grouper, which is understood for its lean and moist meat, is crashing in value. Last 12 months, the overwhelming majority of Taiwan’s grouper exports — 91 p.c and greater than $50 million value — went to China. Most of these grouper had been shipped alive, and shifting markets elsewhere would most certainly require a system of refrigerated or frozen transportation, which might carry added prices.
The ban got here as China’s chief, Xi Jinping — who has mentioned that Taiwan’s unification with China is inevitable — has ramped up strain on the island: sending navy plane towards the island virtually each day, peeling off its diplomatic allies and blocking it from becoming a member of worldwide organizations. Recently, Beijing has sought to limit the island’s entry to China’s huge client market, banning Taiwanese pineapples and wax apples — and now grouper.
What’s subsequent: Taiwan’s Council of Agriculture has mentioned it can take into account submitting a criticism concerning the grouper ban to the World Trade Organization. In the meantime, grouper farmers mentioned they must accept promoting the fish on the home market at an enormous loss.
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When it involves cooking, all of us have to begin someplace — and for a few of us, that begins with slicing an onion or cracking an egg right into a pan. Maybe you’ve simply graduated from school and are by yourself for the primary time, or maybe you’ve by no means fairly gotten the grasp of cooking. Either manner, there’s hope.
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