Alexei Navalny, the prominent critic of Vladimir Putin, will be buried in Moscow on Friday, following a farewell service at a Moscow church. His widow, Yulia Navalnaya, expressed uncertainty about the funeral's peacefulness and whether the police would arrest attendees. Navalny's death in an Arctic prison earlier this month has been blamed on the Russian president by his widow and many world leaders. Details of the funeral were announced as Ms. Navalnaya addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg, urging MEPs to be inspired by her late husband.
U.S. President Joe Biden says Israel would be willing to halt its war on Hamas in Gaza during Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some of the hostages held by the militants.
French President Emmanuel Macron emphasizes the importance of defeating Russia in Ukraine for the security of Europe. European leaders have agreed to establish a coalition to provide Ukraine with medium- and long-range missiles and bombs. While there is no consensus on sending Western troops to Ukraine, Macron does not exclude the possibility. Russian troops have made recent gains in Ukraine, leading to urgent requests for weapons supplies from Kyiv.
US Central Command takes action to protect freedom of navigation in response to Houthi aggression
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired back at US Senator J.D. Vance's claim that Ukraine receiving aid would not change the outcome of the war with Russia. Zelensky warned that millions could die if the aid is not approved and criticized Vance for not understanding the situation on the front line. During a conference in Kyiv, Zelensky admitted to troop losses and disputed Russian claims of casualties. The Ukrainian leader called on Congress to provide support and mentioned the possibility of attending a peace summit in Switzerland.
The United States has raised an alarm over a possible catastrophe due to an oil slick in the Red Sea resulting from a ship attacked by the Houthi rebels.
Pope Francis has cancelled his engagements on Saturday due to a mild, flu-like condition.
Firefighters and forensic authorities in Spain say nine bodies have been recovered from the ruins of a 14-floor apartment complex after fire tore through it in Valencia. The cladding attached to the outside of the building as well as high winds are being blamed for the flames taking hold of the building in a matter of minutes. Officials have refused to answer questions on the cause of the fire. Three days of mourning will be observed.