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Kremlin holds votes in Ukraine, sees protests in Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes against Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes were held in occupied parts of Ukraine to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow. In Russia, hundreds of people were arrested on Saturday as they tried to protest President Vladimir Putin’s order to mobilize more troops to fight in Ukraine. Kyiv and its Western allies claim that ongoing votes in four regions of Ukraine are a sham without legal force. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged residents to undermine “this farce”. He also encouraged those called up to fight to desert or sabotage the Russian military. Ukraine’s presidential office said the latest Russian bombardment killed at least three people and injured 19.

Saudi Arabia’s triumphal week resumes the embrace of the West

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Arabia appears to be leaving behind the stream of negative coverage the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has garnered since 2018. Once again enthusiastically welcomed in a polite and powerful society, it is no longer so frowned upon to seek out their investments and accept their favor. Saudi Arabia’s busy week of triumphs included brokering a prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia, holding a high-level summit on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, celebrating the country’s national day, the reception of the German Chancellor and energy supply talks with senior White House officials. The pivot draws attention to the ambitious rebranding of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince and his place in the world.

Poverty and inflation: Egypt’s economy hit by global turmoil

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — For decades, millions of Egyptians have depended on the government to keep basic necessities affordable. But a series of shocks to the global economy and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have jeopardized the social contract in the Middle East’s most populous country, which is also the world’s largest wheat importer. . It is now grappling with double-digit inflation and a sharp devaluation of its currency, prompting oil-rich Arab Gulf countries to once again step in with financial support as talks with the International Monetary Fund drag on. . The possibility of food insecurity has raised concerns.

Canadian military will help clean up Fiona’s devastation

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian troops are being sent to help recover from the devastation caused by Storm Fiona, which swept away homes, ripped roofs off and knocked out power in the country’s Atlantic provinces. After rolling north from the Caribbean as a hurricane, Fiona landed before dawn Saturday as a post-tropical cyclone, hitting Nova Scotia, Prince Island- Edward, Newfoundland and Quebec with high winds, heavy rain and huge waves. Defense Minister Anita Anand said the troops would help remove fallen trees and other debris, restore transport links and do whatever is necessary for as long as it takes. She did not specify how many soldiers will be deployed. No deaths or serious injuries have been confirmed, although police say a woman is missing.

South Korea says North Korea tested seaward missile

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile toward its eastern seas, extending a provocative streak of weapons testing as a U.S. aircraft carrier visits South Korea for joint military exercises in response to the growing nuclear threat from the North. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched from the western city of Taechon on Sunday traveled 370 miles across the country at a maximum altitude of 37 miles before hitting land in the waters off the east coast of North Korea. Sunday’s test may soon be followed by another ballistic launch, as South Korean officials said on Saturday they detected signs that North Korea was preparing to test a missile designed to be fired from submarines. -sailors.

Italians are voting for elections that could bring the far right to power

ROME (AP) — Italians are voting in a national election at a critical time for Europe. Soaring energy bills, caused in large part by the war in Ukraine, have households and businesses worried they won’t be able to keep the heat or the lights on this winter. Sunday’s ballot for Italy’s parliament could yield the country’s first far-right-led government since the end of World War II. Opinion polls had indicated that Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy party, with its neo-fascist roots, would be the main voters. Polling stations opened at 7 a.m. Counting of paper ballots is expected to begin shortly after they close at 11:00 p.m. (21:00 GMT), with projections based on partial results being released early Monday morning.

Bursts of bold UN discourse on feminism, masculinity and patriarchy

Few men in power have spoken deeply about gender equality on the main stage of the United Nations this month. But those who boldly went there. They claimed feminist credibility, sold “positive masculinity” and resolutely demanded an end to patriarchy. Gender equality is one of the main goals of the UN. It has long been a safe topic of conversation for world leaders, and there have been many brief and polite mentions of progress towards women’s empowerment. There were also leaders who didn’t say the words “women” or “girls” at all during their time on stage. At other times, a word considered a dirty word by many for generations was used with pride. Feminism.

Florida watches for growing Tropical Storm Ian in the Caribbean

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities and residents are watching with caution as Tropical Storm Ian rumbles through the Caribbean, which is expected to continue to strengthen and become a major hurricane in the coming days on an expected track to the state. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a statewide emergency, expanding an order from Friday that covered two dozen counties. He urges Floridians to prepare for a storm that could hit large swaths of the state. Some residents have started stocking up on supplies such as water, plywood and generators. President Joe Biden has also declared a state of emergency for the state.

GOP remains silent as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats are vowing to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances. Democrats on Saturday sought to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections. Top Democrats have implored women not to sit on the sidelines this year, saying the decision takes women back to a time when only men had the right to vote. Republican candidates have remained silent since the ruling that the state can prosecute doctors and others who assist in an abortion unless it is necessary to save the mother’s life.

Powerful typhoon causes evacuations in northern Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A powerful typhoon has strengthened as it approaches the northeastern Philippines and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people, including in the capital Manila. Typhoon Noru is swirling at sea and is expected to crash into the coast on Sunday evening with sustained winds of 121 miles per hour and gusts of up to 149 mph. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the path of the typhoon and villages prone to landslides and flooding. Warnings have been issued for tidal surges of up to 10ft in the eastern provinces of Quezon and Aurora. Several provinces and cities, including densely populated Manila, have suspended classes and the government is working on Sunday and Monday. The typhoon is expected to exit into the South China Sea after crossing the main island of Luzon overnight.

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