Here Some News In Briefs: Sri Lankans, Zayed Al Nahyan, Andrew Egyapa Mercer, Zhao Lijian, Ann Linde Vladimir Putin & Olaf Scholz


Sri Lankans are struggling with shortages of food, fuel and medicine, as the nation faces one of its worst economic crises in decades. 

The UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has died at the age of 73, UAE state media has announced. More to follow:

Deputy Energy Minister Andrew Eg├Ąpa Mercer has called for changes in the current electricity structure, which he says discourages industry from using energy. 

The driver who hit and killed seven children in Ankaas in the Krachi West region of Oti has been arrested.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijiang said on Friday that the joint EU-Japan statement mentioning the territorial dispute between China and Japan was an attempt to demean China and interfere in its internal affairs. 

Sweden's NATO membership will strengthen national security and help stabilize the Nordic and Baltic regions, Foreign Minister An Linde said on Friday, a day after neighboring Finland announced it would seek to join the US-led alliance without delay.

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Germany. Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke about Ukraine in a phone call on Friday, the Kremlin said.