In Pictures: Beacons lit around the UK to mark the Queen’s 70-year reign
Thousands of beacons are being lit up across the UK and the Commonwealth to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The monarch herself started the process by illuminating the Commonwealth of Nations Globe at Windsor Castle, which sent a river of light to Buckingham Palace, where the Duke of Cambridge watched as the Tree of Trees sculpture was bathed in light.
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Boris Johnson joked about Vladimir Putin with fellow world leaders as they met at the G7 summit in Germany. The Prime Minister and Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau discussed the Russian leader and his history of being photographed without a shirt.
COLOMBO (Reuters) -Sri Lanka will allow companies from oil-producing countries to import and sell fuel, the power and energy minister said on Tuesday, ending a duopoly as it tries to overcome a shortage of petrol and diesel that is exacerbating an economic crisis. The Cabinet decision came as the minister, Kanchana Wijesekera, headed to Qatar and a ministerial colleague was due to arrive in Russia on Sunday for talks on energy deals. Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since its independence, with foreign exchange reserves at a record low of $1.92 billion, according to the Central Bank, though analysts estimate a lower level of useable funds.
According to local authorities, a Russian missile hit a shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on Monday, June 27. The acting governor of the Poltava region, Dmitry Lunin, confirmed there were at least 10 dead and 40 injured.This footage uploaded to Facebook by Sergey Kruk, the head of Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES), shows rescuers attempting to put out a fire at the mall and removing rubble from the site.In a caption accompanying the footage, Kruk said that response groups are already in place and that they will post further updates later.President Zelensky released a statement condemning the strike, saying there were “more than a thousand civilians” at the location. "The number of victims is impossible to imagine,” Zelensky said. Credit: State Emergency Service via Storyful
Timelapse video captured a mesmerizing formation of wavelike clouds rolling over Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Sunday, June 26.The rare event is known as asperitas cloud formation and is defined by “wave-like structures” on the underside of clouds, according to the International Cloud Atlas.Storm chaser Matt Ley shared this video to Twitter and told Storyful the video was recorded over approximately 30 minutes.Ley described the spectacle as “a rough ocean surface rippling across the sky.”The National Weather Service forecasted strong winds in the region with potential storms. Credit: Matt Ley via Storyful
A German court sentenced a former SS guard, now 101 years old, to five years in prison on Tuesday for assisting in the murder of some 3,500 people at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, bringing to an end one of the last Nazi trials in Germany. Prosecutors had said that Josef S., a member of the Nazi party's paramilitary SS, helped to send 3,518 people to their deaths at the Sachsenhausen camp, north of Berlin, by regularly standing guard in the watchtower between 1942 and 1945. The trial took nearly nine months as doctors had said the man, whose full name was not disclosed due to German trial reporting rules, was only partially fit to stand trial, and sessions were limited to two and a half hours a day.