Ukraine in 'mortal danger' without aid, first lady says as Putin visits UAE

This is a roundup of top international stories of the week.

In Summary

• Ukraine's first lady spoke to Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg a day after Republican senators in the US blocked a key aid bill.

• Putin has barely left Russia since March, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued him an arrest warrant.

Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska.
Ukraine's First Lady Olena Zelenska.
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Ukraine in 'mortal danger' without aid, Olena Zelenska warns

Olena Zelenska has warned that Ukrainians are in "mortal danger" of being left to die if Western countries don't continue their financial support.

Ukraine's first lady spoke to Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg a day after Republican senators in the US blocked a key aid bill.

It would have provided more than $60bn (£47.8bn) worth of support to Ukraine.

Speaking hours after a Russian missile attack, she said: "If the world gets tired, they will simply let us die."

Tanzanians wonder where vice-president has gone

Some Tanzanians have expressed concern over the whereabouts of Vice-President Philip Mpango, who has not been seen in public for over a month.

He was due at a science conference on Wednesday in Arusha but was instead represented by a cabinet minister.

His disappearance from public view sparked rumours about his health.

But Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa warned against such speculation, saying the vice president was out of the country for official duties.

This is not the first time there have been rumours about the state of the vice president's health.

University loses $100m donation after House testimony

A major University of Pennsylvania donor has withdrawn a $100m (£79.3m) grant after a controversial appearance in Congress by the school's president.

President Elizabeth Magill met representatives alongside Harvard President Claudine Gay and Sally Kornbluth of MIT on Tuesday.

But they caused anger after avoiding questions on how students calling for the genocide of Jews would be punished.

The donor, Ross Stevens, said he was "appalled" by her stance.

Mauritania's ex-President Aziz jailed for five years for corruption

A court in Mauritania has jailed former President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz for five years for corruption.

It found Aziz guilty of money laundering and abusing his position to illegally enrich himself but acquitted him on other charges.

The court also ordered the confiscation of his illegally acquired assets,

Aziz, 66, was elected president in 2009 after toppling President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi in a coup and went on to lead Mauritania until 2019.

He had been on trial in the capital, Nouakchott, since January, alongside 10 other prominent figures, including two former prime ministers and former ministers who served in his administration.

Putin lands in UAE for a rare foreign trip

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rare trip abroad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is also scheduled to travel to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Putin was expected to discuss the wars in Gaza and Ukraine, as well as oil production, with the UAE president.

He has barely left Russia since March, when the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued him an arrest warrant.

The ICC has accused him of illegally deporting Ukrainian children to Russia - a war crime - but neither the UAE nor Saudi Arabia recognise the court's jurisdiction.

Switzerland returns 2,000-year-old Libyan sculpture

Switzerland's government handed over a prehistoric Libyan marble sculpture believed to be more than 2,000 years old to Libya's embassy in the Swiss' capital, Bern.

The sculpture of a young woman’s head measures 19cm (seven inches) high and "dates to the period between the first century BC and first century AD", Switzerland's Federal Office of Cultural Affairs said in a statement.

The sculpture was found in a customs warehouse in Geneva in 2013 and legally confiscated by Swiss authorities in 2016.

The office added that there "was sufficient reason to believe that it had been acquired as part of an illegal excavation” but were unable to determine how the sculpture ended up in Switzerland.

Libya and Switzerland are both party to a 1970 Unesco treaty that seeks to prevent the illegal trade of cultural property.

Peru's ex-president freed after 15 years in jail

Peru's former president, Alberto Fujimori, has been released from prison in the country's capital having spent more than 15 years incarcerated.

Hundreds of supporters surrounded his car as he left Lima's Barbadillo prison.

The nation's constitutional court reinstated a presidential pardon issued six years ago to the 85-year-old.

He is a highly divisive figure having been jailed for corruption and human rights violations while in office.

The former president had been serving out a 25-year prison sentence at the time of his pardon.

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