The world in shock after 30 people die in a mass shooting in Thailand. Possessing marijuana will no longer be a crime as Biden takes step to change the law. USA didn’t take Putin warnings to use nuclear weapons as a joke says Biden. French President called by UK Prime Minister Liz Truss a ”friend” as they meet for the 1st time. The main world news in this morning’s review
Newspapers in the world are writing about the shock from Thailand which is believed to be one of the worst child death tolls in a massacre by a single killer in recent history.
We learn that 30 people, including 23 children, have died after an ex-policeman burst into a daycare centre in a knife and gun rampage that left the nation shocked and seeking answers.
Most of the children who died at the daycare centre in Uthai Sawan, a town 500 km (310 miles) northeast of Bangkok, on Thursday were stabbed to death, police said.
No more punishment for possessing marijuana in US
President Joe Biden took steps to overhaul U.S. policy on marijuana on Thursday by pardoning thousands of people with federal offenses for simple marijuana possession and initiating a review of how the drug is classified, as the story written by Reuters underlines.
Biden said thousands of people with prior federal convictions could be denied employment, housing or educational opportunities and his executive action would relieve such “collateral” consequences.
Nearly 40 U.S. states have legalized marijuana use in some form, but it remains completely illegal in some states and at the federal level. Reclassification would be a first step toward wider legalization, a move backed by a majority of Americans, and usher in sweeping changes for companies and law enforcement and impact millions.
Ukraine says to have recaptured swathes of territory from Russian troops
in Russia discontent has been mounting about the handling of the war by the government of Putin.
Ukrainian forces have retaken more than 500sq km of territory and dozens of settlements in the southern Kherson region alone since Saturday, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Thursday as we read in Al Jazeera.
Biden says nuclear risk highest since 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
BBC this morning writes that Mr Biden said Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was “not joking” when he spoke of using tactical nuclear weapons after suffering setbacks in Ukraine.The US was trying to discern Mr Putin’s way out of the war, Mr Biden added.
The US and the EU have previously said Putin’s nuclear sabre-rattling should be taken seriously.
However, the US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan last week said that despite Moscow’s nuclear hints, the US had seen no signs that Russia was imminently preparing to use a nuclear weapon. Goes on the BBC.
Speaking at a private fundraising event, President Biden said the Russian leader was “not joking” when he talked about using tactical nuclear, biological or chemical weapons – “because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming”.
Macron meets Liz Truss who calls him a “friend”
The French President said he hoped for a “new phase” in post-Brexit relations. News from BBC tell that the pair agreed to step up cooperation on “ending” small boat crossings in the Channel ahead of a summit in 2023.
It prompted Macron to quip: “It’s never good to lose your bearings in life,” and to warn of “serious problems” if the U.K. could not tell between a long-standing international ally and an adversary.