The world this week - Politics
The Taliban intensified their assault on Afghanistan’s cities, with fighting raging in Herat, the country’s third-largest, Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, and Kandahar. The Taliban also claimed responsibility for a bomb attack at the home of the defence minister in Kabul. The jihadists have been emboldened by the imminent withdrawal of American forces from the country.
Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia’s prime minister, lost his majority in Parliament when 11 lawmakers from a coalition partner withdrew their support. Mr Muhyiddin has clung on to power despite a slim majority by forestalling a vote of confidence. He has promised to reconvene Parliament in September and face a no-confidence motion then.
Covid-19 continued to rage across South-East Asia. Indonesia crossed 100,000 recorded total deaths from the virus. Daily infections in Thailand and Malaysia are hitting new highs and cases in the Philippines are once again sharply on the rise.
Officials in China said the country’s recent increase in covid-19 infections could be traced to a Russian airliner that landed in Nanjing. Travel to and from Beijing has been curtailed.
The recent flooding in China’s central Henan province killed at least 302 people with another 50 missing, according to the mayor of Zhengzhou, where most of the deaths occurred.
Laurel Hubbard became the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a solo Olympic sport. The New Zealander was eliminated from her weightlifting event after failing three lifts.
1.assault on 对...袭击/攻击
The paper's assault on the president was totally unjustified.
2.claim responsibility for 宣称对某事负责
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
3.emboldened by 受到...鼓舞；从...获得信心/勇气
Emboldened by the wine, he went over to introduce himself to her.
4.clung on to 紧紧抓住；不愿放弃；坚持
She managed to cling on to life for another couple of years.