No apologies for expulsion, says Brown
Despite Russia's strong reaction, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was not in the least defensive about Britain's decision to expel four Russian diplomats on Monday.
"We have no apologies for the action we have taken," Brown said.
"I hope it is understood in other parts of the world that we are not prepared to allow a situation of lawlessness to develop in London as a result of a failure to act."
Brown, who is visiting Berlin, said he wanted a good relationship with Russia, but added:"When a murder takes place... and an independent prosecuting authority makes it absolutely clear what is in the interests of justice - and there is no forthcoming co-operation - then action has to be taken."
David Miliband, Foreign Secretary, also told the House of Commons that a "significant body of evidence" implicated Lugovoi in the "horrifying and lingering death" of Litvinenko from radiation poisoning. He added that Britain had no choice but to send a "clear and proportionate signal" to Moscow.
A six-month-old speech by President Xi Jinping on the need to preserve jobs and shore up growth was splashed across China's main financial newspapers on Monday, signaling greater urgency to bolster the economy after lockdowns brought Shanghai and other major cities to a halt. In the remarks, Xi voiced support for the “healthy development” of the private sector and entrepreneurs, but also warned that regulators must prevent “capital predators” from acting recklessly.
Most of Shanghai has stopped the spread of the coronavirus in the community and fewer than 1 million people remain under strict lockdown, authorities said Monday, as the city moves toward reopening and economic data showed the gloomy impact of China's “zero-COVID" policy. Vice Mayor Zong Ming said 15 out of Shanghai's 16 districts had eliminated virus transmission among those not already in quarantine.
Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new prime minister of Sri Lanka who was sworn-in last Thursday, is likely to address the country on Monday, in what would be the first national address of his record sixth term as the island nation's premier. During the speech, Wickremesinghe will present the 'full picture' of Sri Lanka's current economic crisis, its worst since 1948 when it gained independence from British rule.
Shanghai aims to reopen broadly and allow normal life to resume from June 1, a city official said on Monday, after declaring that 15 of its 16 districts had eliminated cases outside quarantine areas. The city plans to gradually increase domestic flights and rail services, and from Monday will begin reopening supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies.
The United States witnessed two mass shootings within 48 hours, one of which was confirmed as racially motivated. In the Buffalo supermarket shooting, the gunman, identified as a white 18-year-old man, killed 10 and wounded three, most of them Black. On Sunday, a gunman went on a rampage at a church near Los Angeles, killing one and leaving four others in "critical" condition, as per the officials.