Ukraine: warring parties still far from the negotiating table

The series of victorious Ukrainian counter-attacks since September has been matched by massive Russian missile strikes on Ukrainian electricity and heating installations, aimed at demoralising Ukraine by targeting the civilian population going into the winter. Peace negotiations seem to be a long way off, with each side betting its strategy will bring the other to heel.

Catastrophic floods and landslides hit Pakistan

The recent floods and landslides in Pakistan, which have been the worst in over a decade, highlight the urgent need for bolstering the country’s emergency response and implementing climate change mitigation measures.