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Moscow-controlled regions of Ukraine vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting has begun in Ukrainian regions held by Moscow on referendums to become part of Russia. The Kremlin orchestrated the votes and they are certain to go Russia’s way. But Ukraine and the West have denounced them as impostures without any legal force. The votes are taking place in the regions of Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk, partly controlled by Russia. The expected outcome in favor of joining Russia would give him a pretext to claim that Ukrainian forces are attacking Russia itself. This would significantly escalate the seven-month conflict. The referendums follow President Vladimir Putin’s order for a partial mobilization that could add some 300,000 Russian troops to the fight. Voting began on Friday and will continue until Tuesday.

World Opinion Shifts Against Russia As Ukraine Worries Grow

NEW YORK (AP) — The tide of international opinion appears to have turned decisively against Russia, as a number of non-aligned countries joined the United States and its allies in condemning the war. of Russia in Ukraine and its threats to the principles of international rules-based order. In what many saw earlier this year as Western wishful thinking, much of the international community spoke out against the conflict in rare shows of unity at the often fractured United Nations. The coalescing condemnation gathered momentum earlier in the week when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the mobilization of some 300,000 additional troops in Ukraine, signaling the unlikelihood of a quick end to the war and suggesting that weapons nuclear might be an option.

Trump’s legal woes mount without presidential protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s latest legal troubles — sweeping allegations of fraud by the New York attorney general and a brutal repudiation by the federal judges he has appointed — have laid bare the challenges now piling up that the former president operates without the protections offered by the White House. The bluster and bravado that served him well in the political arena are less useful in a legal field dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his positions. Just this week, he was sued in New York and a federal appeals court flatly rejected his legal team’s arguments over documents seized from his Florida home.

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint exercises

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea’s port of Busan ahead of the two countries’ joint military exercise that aims to show strength against North Korean threats growing. The joint drills will be the first involving a U.S. aircraft carrier in the region since 2017. Allies have restarted large-scale military drills this year, in response to North Korea’s resumption of major weapons testing and threats growing nuclear conflicts with Seoul and Washington. The South Korean navy said the training was aimed at boosting allies’ military readiness and showing the “firm resolve” of the South Korea-U.S. alliance for peace on the Korean peninsula.

After days devoted to Ukraine, other concerns emerge at the UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — After three days in which the war in Ukraine consumed world leaders at the United Nations, other conflicts and concerns are beginning to emerge. Some are the ones that have been simmering for a long time and have recently slipped away from the public eye. The Israeli prime minister called for the creation of a Palestinian state in a speech focusing on this conflict. The Palestinian president speaks on Friday. Others are regional conflicts that have erupted. The Armenian Prime Minister warned that “the risk of further aggression by Azerbaijan remains very high”. This is after the biggest outbreak of hostilities between the two opponents in nearly two years.

Powerful Hurricane Fiona roaring near Bermuda, then into Canada

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — Powerful Hurricane Fiona is battering Bermuda with heavy rain and winds as it sweeps across the island on a track expected to approach northeast Canada as a a still powerful storm Friday evening. Authorities in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices ahead of Fiona. Premier David Burt urged residents to “take care of yourself and your family”. The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for large stretches of coastline in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. According to the US National Hurricane Center, Fiona is expected to reach Canada as a “large, powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.”

Execution in Alabama canceled for time and medical reasons

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have called off the lethal injection of a man convicted in a 1999 workplace shooting because of timing issues and difficulty accessing the inmate’s veins. Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison officials called off Thursday’s execution after determining that inmate Arthur Miller’s ‘veins were not accessible according to our protocol’ before the midnight deadline to begin execution. Miller was returned to his cell in the South Alabama jail, Hamm said. The shutdown came three hours after a divided US Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution to begin.

McCarthy reveals House GOP’s big ideas, but challenges ahead

MONONGAHELA, Pa. (AP) — House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy is rolling out his party’s midterm platform, Trump-style. The GOP leader is traveling to Pennsylvania on Friday to challenge President Joe Biden and the ruling party. But House Republicans have an uneven record of delivery and governance in Congress. McCarthy is in line to grab the president’s gavel if Republicans win control of the House in the November election and he’s trying to replicate the strategy used by Newt Gingrich in 1994. “Commitment to America” ​​includes broad ideas for the economy, border security and social security. problems. But McCarthy faces challenges ahead, including unifying the party’s various factions.

Chinese man gets 24 years in prison for brutal mob attack on women

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A court in northern China has sentenced a man to 24 years in prison for his leading role in a gang beating of four women. His sentencing on Friday encompasses other crimes, including robbery and opening an illegal gambling ring. The Guangyang People’s Court in the northern province of Hebei said in a statement that the man, Chen Jizhi, was the leader of a criminal gang and had carried out criminal activities for years. The court also sentenced 27 other people. Sentences range from 6 months to 11 years. The charges against them include stealing, opening casinos, participating in cybercrime activities, seeking quarrels and causing trouble.

Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for 2022-23 season

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season. The move takes effect immediately and without any guarantee it will be back with the deductible. The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka had been suspended for “violations of team policies.” Earlier Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said Udoka was being disciplined for having an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization. These people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this detail publicly.

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