AFP reported on the president who left Sri Lanka

AFP reported Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Gotabaya Rajapaksa left his residence on the eve of its capture by protesters, since then his whereabouts have been unknown. According to AFP, the president flew to the Maldives with his wife and bodyguard on a military aircraft .jpg” alt=”AFP announces president has left Sri Lanka” />

Sri Lankan President Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa has left the country, AFP reported, citing local officials. The BBC also writes about this.

Immigration representatives told AFP that Rajapaksa, along with his wife and bodyguards, were among the passengers of the An-32 military aircraft, which flew out of the country on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in the direction of the Maldives.

The Hindu, citing a senior official at the US embassy in Colombo, previously wrote that Rajapaksa tried to get an American visa but was denied it. Parliament speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena claimed that the president was in a “neighboring country”, but later denied this information, saying that he was mistaken.

On the morning of July 9, protesters seized the presidential residence, however, he was taken from there in advance to a safe place, Reuters reported. Its location has since been unknown. Also in safe haven was Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, whose private house was set on fire that evening. The Kollupitiya Provincial Police arrested three people in connection with the arson, and the case was later transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department.

After riots and the capture of the residence, Rajapaksa agreed to leave the post. Abeywardena said that the head of state will resign on July 13. If Rajapaksa leaves, the speaker of parliament will become the interim president of the country. Wickramasinghe also agreed to step down as premier after the formation of a new all-party government. A number of ministers have also announced their resignations. The protesters who seized the presidential residence said they would not leave the mansion until the resignation of Rajapaksa, Wikramasinghe and the government.

Riots on July 9 were the culmination of protests in Sri Lanka that began in the spring against the backdrop of the economic crisis in the country. In April, the authorities announced a default on foreign debt due to problems with importing essential goods due to a lack of foreign exchange. The Ministry of Finance said that the financial situation in the country was worsened by the pandemic and events in Ukraine. According to Ali Sabri, the head of the department, to resolve the crisis, the country needs financial assistance in the amount of $3 billion from outside.

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AFP learned about the mobilization of 9.5 thousand soldiers in France due to the Russian operation

AFP: France will put more than 9.5 thousand troops on alert because of the fighting in Ukraine According to AFP, France will mobilize 9.5 thousand troops because of the military operation in Ukraine. More than 1.5 thousand people will be engaged in strengthening the positions of NATO in Eastern Europe ” alt=”AFP learned about the mobilization of 9.5 thousand soldiers in France because of the Russian operation” />

In France, more than 9,500 troops will be mobilized or put on alert by the end of next week due to the Russian military operation in Ukraine, a source in the country's General Staff told AFP, Le Parisien reports.

« We will have more than 1,500 French soldiers who will be directly involved in missions to strengthen NATO's position on the eastern flank, — said the source of the agency. 8,000 military “are on alert as part of the NATO Rapid Reaction Force.”

France will send 500 troops to Romania, and another 100 people will escort the upcoming arrival of four Mirage 2000-5 fighters, which should “strengthen the air defense of the Baltic countries” in Estonia, said a source in the General Staff.

Russia launched a military operation in Ukraine on the night of February 24, President Vladimir Putin justified it by the need to protect the civilian population from “genocide”; by the authorities of the country. He called the decision a forced step and assured that Russia would not occupy the territory of a neighboring state. The Ministry of Defense claims that the shooting is carried out only on the military infrastructure of Ukraine.

According to the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, 198 people died during the hostilities, more than 1.1 were affected.

France urged Russia “immediately” stop the military operation. French President Emmanuel Macron also noted that Paris is in solidarity with Kiev and is cooperating with partners to end the armed conflict as soon as possible.


CNN and AFP journalists come under fire in Donbass


The American television channel CNN reports that its journalists came under fire in the Donbas while escorting Ukrainian Interior Minister Denis Monastyrsky. It is specified that the reporters of the French Agence France-Presse also came under fire.

The delegation accompanied Monastyrsky on his way to the line of contact. From which side the mortar shelling was carried out is not specified.

On Saturday, it also became known that Ukrainian parliamentarians and foreign journalists came under fire. It also happened on the territory of Donbass.


Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road

Kehlani announces forthcoming album Blue Water Road
The singer shared the announcement along with a short trailer.

By Sajae Elder

September 14, 2021


the album.
coming this winter.

welcome to my world.

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) September 14, 2021

Kehlani has announced the upcoming release of her third album, Blue Water Road, set to drop later this year. Sharing a cinematic, nearly minute-long trailer alongside the announcement, the clip finds the singer wounded and limping down the road with a bandaged knee. A dragonfly lands in her hands before bursting into flames and growing into a towering, dark figure.


The album will serve as the follow-up to the singer’s sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t, which dropped back in May 2020, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “Coming out of the rubble of It Was Good Until It Wasnt and into the light, on to the road. let’s have fun,” the singer tweeted after sharing the new trailer.

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Most recently, Kehnlani has appeared on a number of collaborations, including Lil Durk’s “Love You Too,” “Ur Best Friend” with Kiana Ledé, and “I Like Dat” alongside T-Pain.


Watch the trailer above.

Thumbnail image by Lisa O’connor /AFP via Getty Images


World Bank chief economist announces resignation

World Bank chief economist Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg on Wednesday announced she will be leaving the institution, according to a letter sent to colleagues and obtained by AFP. Calling it a “difficult decision,” Goldberg wrote that she will step down from her post on March 1 to return to teaching at Yale University.