Biden bans imports of Russian oil
President Biden banned imports of Russian oil, gas and coal to the U.S. in response to what he referred to as a “vicious war of choice” in Ukraine by Vladimir Putin, the Russian chief. Biden warned Americans that the choice to inflict financial ache on Russia would inevitably imply greater fuel costs at residence. “Defending freedom is going to cost,” he mentioned in televised remarks.
The ban was shortly adopted by a British pledge to part out imports of Russian oil by the top of the 12 months and a declaration from the European Commission — the manager arm of the E.U., which is closely depending on Russian oil and fuel — that it might grow to be unbiased of that offer within the coming years, strikes that fell in need of Biden’s speedy ban.
Major companies world wide additionally started shutting down their operations in Russia yesterday. Shell, Europe’s largest oil firm, mentioned it might start withdrawing from its involvement “in all Russian hydrocarbons,” and McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Pepsico and Starbucks introduced that they might quickly pause all operations in Russia.
Impact: Amid fears that the worldwide provide of oil would shrink, the common value of a gallon of gasoline within the U.S. surged to $4.173, a brand new excessive and a mean improve of about 72 cents from a month in the past.
Quotable: “If we do not respond to Putin’s assault on global peace and stability today, the cost of freedom and to the American people will be even greater tomorrow,” Biden mentioned. He vowed to “do everything I can to minimize Putin’s price hike here at home.”
Zelensky vows by no means to give up
With Ukraine’s outgunned military holding agency regardless of Russian bombardments, the warfare has grow to be a grim spectacle of resistance. No one is extra defiant than Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who vowed in a dramatic video address to Britain’s House of Commons yesterday by no means to present in to Russia’s tanks, troops or artillery shells.
“We will fight till the end, at sea, in the air,” he mentioned, with the blue-and-yellow Ukrainian flag draped behind him. “We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.” He reiterated his plea for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine, one thing NATO leaders have dominated out as a result of they worry it might set off a wider army conflict between the West and Russia.
Nearly two weeks into Russia’s warfare, it was changing into ever clearer that the Kremlin’s army planners had drastically miscalculated not solely the grit of Ukrainian resistance, but additionally the calamitous financial penalties for Russia. For Ukrainians, nevertheless, the humanitarian catastrophe is intensifying by the hour, within the fastest-growing refugee disaster to afflict Europe since World War II.
On the bottom: Photographers and videographers in and round Ukraine captured a resolute populace struggling with uncertainty and fear in the face of an invasion.
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24 hours in a smugglers’ paradise in Afghanistan
In the desolate Nimruz Province of Afghanistan, which abuts Iran and Pakistan, smugglers have lengthy dominated the economic system, shifting folks, medication and cash throughout borders. Now, as a whole lot of 1000’s of Afghans attempt to flee their Taliban-controlled homeland, business has flourished for the kingpins of the trade.
Reporters for The Times spent 24 hours with a number one smuggler, referred to solely as H. due to the unlawful nature of his enterprise. His efforts to move migrants into Iran showcased the frenetic environment that has just lately energized this southwest area of Afghanistan.
Fearing an inflow of Afghans after the Taliban seized energy, Iran bolstered its safety forces on the border. The Taliban, too, have tried to close down H.’s route, raiding protected homes and patrolling the desert. Still, smugglers are undeterred.
Quotable: “The Taliban cannot shut down our business,” H. mentioned. “If they tighten security, we will just charge more and get more money. We’re always one step ahead.”
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Returning the Benin Bronzes
The Smithsonian Institution plans to return most of its assortment of 39 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria, a sweeping transfer that might punctuate a monthslong institutional evaluation of its assortment practices and the ethics behind them.
The bronzes embody a wide range of artifacts together with brass plaques, carved elephant tusks, ivory leopard statues and wood heads. Some have been stolen from what’s now Nigeria through the British Army’s 1897 raid on the traditional kingdom of Benin, although it’s not clear precisely what number of.
The Smithsonian has authorized title to the objects, but it surely plans to surrender possession and ship the items to Nigeria at its personal expense. Some could stay in or return to Washington on a long-term mortgage.
“We’ve long been entirely comfortable that if we had legal title to an object, then certainly we were entitled to keep it and care for it,” mentioned Kevin Gover, the underneath secretary for museums and tradition on the Smithsonian. But now, he added, “we’re going beyond legal title and asking, Should we own this, knowing the circumstances under which it came into our ownership?”
Read extra about the repatriation of the Benin Bronzes.