Hard numbers: Ukrainian dog hero, IS strikes in Sinai, another kidnapping by Haitian gangs, explosion in Havana
200: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky presented a number of medals to servicemen fighting against the Russian onslaught. The latest recipient of a wartime award? A brave soul named Patron, a tiny Jack Russell Terrier and bomb sniffer who has identified over 200 explosive devices.
11: A weekend attack by IS members in the Sinai Peninsula killed 11 Egyptian soldiers and injured several others. Sinai, a hotbed of terrorism after the Muslim Brotherhood was ousted in 2013, had become less unstable since Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sissi launched a military operation there in 2018 to eradicate terror groups.
17: Haitian gang members abducted at least 17 people traveling on a bus outside the capital. The group includes Haitians, Turks and Dominican nationals. Kidnappings for ransom have become commonplace in Haiti since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse last summer. Since then, rival gangs have been battling across large swaths of the country.
30: At least 30 people have been killed in a hotel explosion in Havana, the Cuban capital, after the upmarket Saratoga Hotel – which has hosted guests such as Beyonce and Madonna – was rocked by a leak suspected gas. The hotel was set to reopen after a two-year pandemic-related closure and signals another blow to Cuba’s economy, which is increasingly reliant on tourism.