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Live Updates: S&P Global Ratings downgraded Ukraine’s rating a notch amid a more protracted conflict than originally expected when Russia invaded the country in February. Ukraine’s exchange rating has been reduced to CCC+, on par with Argentina and Mozambique, and just five notches above default. He also assigned a negative outlook to the country as risks to the economy, external balances, public finances and financial stability resulting from the war could compromise the government’s ability to meet its debt obligations, S&P said in a statement. communicated.

India on Friday called “unacceptable” comments by the OIC-IPHRC (Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission) criticizing New Delhi for the court ruling against Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said the world was seeking “zero tolerance” against terrorism and urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) not to justify it in any way.

On Friday, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe praised India for its support amid the lingering economic crisis and expressed a desire to further strengthen ties between the two nations. “I have expressed our country’s appreciation for the support India has provided during this difficult time. I look forward to further strengthening the ties between our nations,” the Sri Lankan Prime Minister tweeted.

Former President Donald Trump has rejected tougher gun controls after a Texas school shooter killed 19 children and two teachers, telling a National Rifle Association (NRA) meeting that solutions include mental health care and training teachers in concealed carrying.