September 12, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Ukrainian forces are stepping up a counteroffensive to take control of wider areas in the eastern region of Kharkiv, including the key strategic area of Izyum. However, a Ukrainian military expert indicated that the country needs a long-term strategy and more military assistance from the West to take back control of more territories.
2.The hearse carrying the coffin of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has arrived in the Scottish city of Edinburgh. The convoy left Balmoral Castle on Sunday, the Queen’s summer home in Scotland, after she died there on Thursday at age 96. Her coffin was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland with a wreath of flowers, including her favorite, placed on top of the flag. Mourners lined the route of the convoy to pay tribute to the Queen for her 70 years on the throne.
3.Japan’s National Center for Global Health and Medicine says an increasing percentage of people are dying after developing moderate symptoms of COVID-19. It also says many of them had pre-existing conditions that worsened after they became infected. The center analyzed the data of 2,861 COVID-19 patients who died after being admitted to hospitals across the country through late August.