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Sri Lanka: new PM says economic crisis is “going to get worse before it gets better”

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In his first interview since taking office, Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has told the BBC an economic crisis that has brought misery and unrest is “going to get worse before it gets better”. The country is facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans forced to skip meals. Anger over the government’s handling of the crisis has led to violent protests. Mr Wickremesinghe was appointed in an attempt to defuse the protests.

Also in the programme: clashes have broken out between mourners and Israeli police in Jerusalem at the funeral of the Palestinian-American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Hundreds of mourners had gathered at the Christian cemetery in the Old City, where she was buried.

And Russian battalion lost almost all of its armoured vehicles in a failed attempt to cross a river near Severodonetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

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