WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP: MARCH 17 , 2024
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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

Putin Secures Landslide Victory in Russian Election: Russian President Vladimir Putin has won reelection by a significant margin, securing 87.97% of the vote, according to initial official results. His victory comes amidst a lack of serious competition.

Ukrainian Drones Target Russian Refinery: Ukrainian drones have reportedly attacked 12 Russian oil refineries, disrupting operations and causing significant damage. Moscow accuses Ukraine of targeting essential infrastructure.

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile: South Korea’s military confirms that North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, heightening tensions in the region. The launch comes amid stalled diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

Protests Against Putin’s Reelection: Thousands of Russians have taken to the streets in protest against Putin’s reelection, inspired by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s call for a demonstration titled ‘noon against Putin.’

Border Clashes Between Ukraine and Russia: Ukraine accuses Russia of launching attacks on its border regions, escalating tensions between the two countries. The clashes coincide with partial results showing Putin’s victory in the Russian election.

Tropical Cyclone Megan Threatens Australia: Northern regions of Australia are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Megan, with authorities issuing warnings and urging residents to take precautions against potential damage.

EU Commits Funds to Egypt: The European Union pledges billions of euros to Egypt as part of efforts to curb migration flows. The funding aims to support socio-economic development and enhance border security in the region.

India’s Political Donor Emerges: A prominent figure known as India’s ‘lottery king’ has emerged as one of the top political donors in the country’s opaque campaign finance system, raising questions about transparency and accountability.

Netanyahu Criticizes Schumer’s Statement: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticizes U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for calling Israel’s upcoming election inappropriate. The statement adds to tensions between the two countries.

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