The Northern Territory news Sat 21 May 2022
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18 WORLD Saturday May 21 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 KYIV: The US Congress has approved a massive $US40bn ($57bn) aid package for Ukraine to help fight Russias invasion as President Joe Biden rallied behind the historic NATO membership bids of Sweden and Finland. With unusually bipartisan support, the Senate voted 86-11 to pass the unprecedented package the equivalent of the 2020 GDP of Cameroon after one senator briefly held up the vote, voicing alarm on the costs. Aid for Ukraine goes far beyond charity, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said. The future of American security and core strategic interests will be shaped by the outcome of this fight. The bundle includes $US6bn for Ukraine to boost its armoured vehicle inventory and air defence system. Nearly $US9bn is set aside to help Ukraine ensure continuity of government as well as humanitarian aid. The House of Representatives had approved the package last week but Rand Paul, like Senator McConnell a Republican from Kentucky, prevented a quick vote in the Senate. Senator Paul, who opposes US interventionism, voiced concern about the cost and said politicians should have been clearer on monitoring where the money goes. But Lindsey Graham, a hawkish Republican who has previously called for the Rus sian President to be assassinated, said: When it comes to Putin, either we pay now or we pay later. Shortly after the vote, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released another $US100m in previously approved funding for Ukraine. The funding includes 18 new howitzers and some counterartillery radar, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said. Mr Biden has cast the Ukraine war as part of a USled struggle of democracy against authoritarianism. At the White House, he offered a red-carpet welcome to the leaders of Finland and Sweden days after they applied for NATO membership in the wake of Russias in vasion. The bottom line is simple. Quite straightforward: Finland and Sweden make NATO stronger, Mr Biden said, offering the full, total, complete backing of the United States of America. Sweden and Finland have historically kept a distance from NATO as part of longstanding policies aimed at avoiding angering Russia but they shifted amid shock over the invasion of Ukraine, which has sought unsuccessfully to join the alliance. Meanwhile, the justice chiefs of the members of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance gave strong support to Ukraines efforts to prosecute war crimes arising from Russias invasion. Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova has opened thousands of cases into alleged crimes committed by Putins forces. It came one day after a Russian soldier pleaded guilty to murdering an unarmed 62year-old man four days into the invasion. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, asked for forgiveness in a hearing as prosecutors sought a life sentence. I know that you will not be able to forgive me, but nevertheless I ask you for forgiveness, he said, addressing the court and the wife of the man he killed. Trials began on Thursday (local time) in Ukraine for two other Russian soldiers. Ukrainian children play territorial defence fighters at a fake checkpoint in the village of Stoyanka, near Kyiv. Picture: AFP US tips $57bn into Ukraine war chest Partying Johnson off the hook LONDON: Boris Johnson seems to have survived the political crisis that threatened to end his rule after the Metropolitan Police decided not to issue him with more fines for attending lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street. Both critics and supporters of the British Prime Minister admitted surprise that Mr Johnsons punishment ended up being confined to one fine for attending a gathering to celebrate his birthday in 2020. Operation Hillman was closed with 126 fines issued to 83 people. While some Conservative MPs are still concerned about the impact of the senior civil servant Sue Grays report into the gatherings, which is set to be published next week, others said Mr Johnson was now safe. Sir Charles Walker, a senior backbencher who in February said it was inevitable that Mr Johnson would be forced out over partygate, said: I was wrong the Prime Minister is going to continue in No 10. He added: Hes like that cricket all-rounder whos been written off time and time again, and then grabs the bowling ball and takes five for 15, or smashes a hundred, or does both things in the same match. Boris Johnson Sri Lanka in default first COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history, as petrol stations run dry and protesters riot in the streets in its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948. P Nandalal Weerasinghe, the countrys central bank governor, announced that Sri Lanka was in a pre-emptive default after the expiry of a 30-day grace period for missed interest payments on two of its sovereign bonds. According to Moodys, the credit ratings agency, it is the first default by an Asia-Pacific nation this century. Our position is very clear: until there is a debt restructure, we cannot repay, Weerasinghe said, after the deadline passed for making US$78m of payments to international creditors. LOS ANGELES: Johnny Depp threw a wine bottle across the room during a dispute with his friends and a male assistant who he called pig, according to his ex-girlfriend. Actor Ellen Barkin testified in the stars multimillion-dollar defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. She said the pair dated for a brief period during the filming of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas in 1994, during which he was always drinking red wine or smoking a joint. He was drunk most of the time, she said, adding, that he was often high on marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogenics. Barkin was asked if he was ever out of control during the five or six-month relationship. Yes he once threw a wine bottle across the hotel room while we were filming Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, she said, adding that it was an argument between his friends and his assistant. She recalled that Depp had two assistants at the time, his sister and another man whose name she couldnt recall, but (Depp) called him pig. Barkin said she couldnt remember if the bottle was empty or full, or why he threw it, but added that it didnt hit her or anyone else in the room. She said their sexual relationship ended when she prepared to return home to Los Angeles against Depps wishes, adding that it was common for him to be jealous and controlling before becoming angry and demanding. At the sight of a scratch on her back, Depp once got very, very angry and accused her of sleeping with someone else. There was a lot of crying, he was very jealous. Hes just a jealous man, controlling Where are you going? Who are you with? What are you doing? The testimony of Depps exgirlfriend came after his exagent told the court that his increasingly difficult reputation meant people in Hollywood became reluctant to work with him, and that his star dimmed. Tracey Jacobs Depps unprofessional behaviour escalated due to his increasing use of drugs and alcohol. Depps ex spills on his angry tantrums Justin Vallejo Tiffany Bakker
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