NewsHeatwaves, drones, and political maneuvers: Global updates from overnight

Heatwaves, drones, and political maneuvers: Global updates from overnight

Nightmarish heatwaves in the Balkans
Nightmarish heatwaves in the Balkans
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6:53 AM EDT, June 21, 2024

It happened while you were sleeping. Here’s what global agencies reported on the night from Thursday to Friday.

  • Serbia and Croatia called on their citizens to avoid going outside due to exceptionally high temperatures, peaking on Friday. A red weather alert was issued, and people were advised to stay indoors, reported the Balkan branch of Al Jazeera. The Serbian government also instructed employers to protect outdoor workers from the intensifying heatwave, added the Hina agency. "Meteorologists forecast temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) throughout Serbia this week as winds from North Africa pushed a hot and dry front across the Balkans," explained Reuters, citing meteorologists' forecasts. "Belgrade's emergency service said its doctors intervened more than 100 times overnight, mainly treating people with heart and chronic conditions," it was added. "The peak of the heatwave will occur on Friday when the Balkans, especially Croatia, will be covered with Saharan sand," reported the Oslobodjenje newspaper.
  • The first drones appeared over occupied Crimea on Thursday after 2 PM Eastern Time. Sirens wailed in Sevastopol, Saki, and at Cape Tarkhankut. Then, things heated up on Russian territory.
  • Two American senators prepared a bill after Putin’s visit to North Korea, declaring Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism. They believe that passing such a bill would significantly blow the Russian economy.
  • John Kirby, the spokesperson for the American National Security Council, stated that the USA will prioritize the delivery of missiles for the Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine.
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