Newly mobilised reservists begin training in Kaliningrad, Ukraine ‘sham’ referendum results point to Russia annexation

Newly mobilised reservists begin training in Kaliningrad, Ukraine ‘sham’ referendum results point to Russia annexation

Sept 28 (Reuters) - Russia's Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that newly mobilised reservists in the Kaliningrad region have started combat training at the base of Russia's Baltic Fleet. "All mobilized military personnel comply with the standards for shooting from small arms. In addition, citizens called up from the reserve restore their skills in the operation and maintenance of weapons, military and special equipment," the ministry said on its Telegram channel. Courses have been also held to increase firing skills and prepare military personnel for "confident actions on the battlefield". President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's first military mobilisation since World…
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Dollar sweeps to 20-year high, sterling on the ropes again

Dollar sweeps to 20-year high, sterling on the ropes again

SINGAPORE, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Nervous financial markets propelled the safe-haven dollar to a fresh two-decade peak on Wednesday as rising global interest rates fed recession worries, while sterling languished near all-time lows on fears over Britain's radical tax cut plans. The U.S. dollar index against a basket of major currencies rose about 0.5% to hit a new high of 114.70 in Asia trade. The relentless upward march of the dollar came as benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasury yields rose to 4% for the first time since 2010, topping at 4.004%. The two-year yields stood at 4.2891%. "It's a combination of…
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Oil prices slip as dollar scales new peak

Oil prices slip as dollar scales new peak

SINGAPORE, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell more 1% on Wednesday, pressured by a strengthening dollar and crude storage builds that offset support from U.S. production cuts caused by Hurricane Ian. Brent crude futures LCOc1 fell $1.08, or 1.3%, to $85.19 per barrel by 0341 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures were down 99 cents, or 1.3%, at $77.51 per barrel. The dollar hit a fresh two-decade peak against a basket of currencies on the back of rising Treasury yields. A strong dollar reduces demand for oil by making it more expensive for buyers using…
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Spiegel reports CIA warned Berlin about possible attacks on gas pipelines in summer

Spiegel reports CIA warned Berlin about possible attacks on gas pipelines in summer

BERLIN (Reuters) - The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had weeks ago warned Germany about possible attacks on gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, German magazine Spiegel said, after gas leaks in Russia pipelines to Germany were reported. The German government received the CIA tip in summer, Spiegel reported, citing unnamed sources, adding that Berlin assumes a targeted attack on Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines. A German government spokesperson declined to comment, Spiegel added. See also: EU Sees Sabotage Of Nord Stream, Warns Against Attacks On ‘Active Infrastructure’ Meanwhile, a seismograph on the Danish island of Bornholm twice recorded…
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Soaring power costs leave Slovakia economy at risk of collapse, PM tells FT

Soaring power costs leave Slovakia economy at risk of collapse, PM tells FT

Sept 28 (Reuters) - Slovakia's Prime Minister Eduard Heger said that soaring electricity costs had left the country's economy at risk of "collapse", the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. Heger said that the increase in prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine would "kill" the country's economy unless it received billions of euros of support from Brussels, FT quoted Heger as saying in an interview. Heger also warned he would be forced to nationalise the country's power supplies if this was not forthcoming, the report added. (Reporting by Anirudh Saligrama in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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Cuba entirely without power after Hurricane Ian causes grid to collapse

Cuba entirely without power after Hurricane Ian causes grid to collapse

PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba (Reuters) - Cuba's electrical grid collapsed late on Tuesday, local officials said, leaving the entire country in the dark shortly after Hurricane Ian plowed through the western end of the island leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The sprawling Category 3 hurricane was barreling north towards the Dry Tortugas, off the Florida Keys, late on Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour (195 km per hour), the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Cuba's electrical grid - decades-old and in desperate need of modernization, has been faltering for months with blackouts…
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Buttigieg backs Taiwan participation in UN civil aviation body

Buttigieg backs Taiwan participation in UN civil aviation body

MONTREAL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg called to allow Taiwan to participate in a U.N. body overseeing civil aviation, drawing criticism from the Chinese government. "We believe that all of international civil aviation’s important stakeholders -- particularly those who administer critical airspace, like Taiwan -- should have the opportunity to participate meaningfully in ICAO’s work," Buttigieg said at the International Civil Aviation Organization assembly held every three years and the first since the COVID-19 pandemic. A Chinese government representative at the ICAO responded by saying, "The American comments attempted to create two Chinas, one China and one Taiwan.…
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Millions in Florida urged to evacuate as Hurricane Ian nears

Millions in Florida urged to evacuate as Hurricane Ian nears

SARASOTA, Fla., (Reuters) - Residents of Florida's Gulf Coast boarded up homes, packed up their vehicles and headed for higher ground as Hurricane Ian drew near, threatening to bring a deadly storm surge and more than a foot of rain to some areas. Ian churned across the southeastern edge of the Gulf of Mexico headed for Florida after slamming into Cuba earlier in the day, leaving the entire country without power, forcing mass evacuations and swamping fishing villages. More than 2.5 million Floridians were under evacuation orders or warnings with the sprawling storm on track to make landfall as a…
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Saudi king names crown prince MbS as prime minister

Saudi king names crown prince MbS as prime minister

RIYADH, (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz named his son and heir Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the kingdom's prime minister and his second son Prince Khalid as defence minister, a royal decree showed. The reshuffle kept another son, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, as energy minister, the aged king said in the royal decree, carried by state news agency SPA. Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan and Investment Minister Khalid al-Falih remain in their positions, the decree showed. The crown prince, known as MbS, is promoted from defence minister and has…
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EU sees sabotage of Nord Stream, warns against attacks on ‘active infrastructure’

EU sees sabotage of Nord Stream, warns against attacks on ‘active infrastructure’

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) - European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said the leaks of the Nord Stream pipelines were caused by sabotage, and warned of the "strongest possible response" should active European energy infrastructure be attacked. "Spoke to (Danish Prime Minister Mette) Frederiksen on the sabotage action Nordstream," von der Leyen said on Twitter, adding it was paramount now to investigate the incidents to get full clarity on the "events and why." "Any deliberate disruption of active European energy infrastructure is unacceptable and will lead to the strongest possible response," she warned. Europe was investigating on Tuesday what Germany, Denmark…
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This Day in Photos – CDE News Daily Photos Dispatch

This Day in Photos – CDE News Daily Photos Dispatch

Today's salient news in pictures as taken by the pool of photographers of EPA/EFE for CDE News. Stay informed daily with www.cde.news, for local perspective with a global outlook. epaselect epa10208248 Federico Dimarco of Italy celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the UEFA Nations League Division A, Group 3 soccer match between Hungary and Italy at Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary, 26 September 2022. EPA-EFE/Zsolt Szigetvary HUNGARY OUT epa10208273 Germany's Kai Havertz (R) celebrates with teammate Thilo Kehrer (L) after scoring the 3-3 equalizer during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between England and Germany in London, Britain, 26…
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No big investiture for William and Kate as new Prince and Princess of Wales

No big investiture for William and Kate as new Prince and Princess of Wales

British royals William and Kate on Tuesday carried out their first Welsh visit since being made Prince and Princess of Wales following the death of Queen Elizabeth, as a source said there were no plans for them to have a big investiture ceremony. The couple returned to the island of Anglesey off the coast of north Wales where they lived when they were first married and William, now heir to the throne, worked as a Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter pilot. They visited the Holyhead Lifeboat Station before heading to Swansea in south Wales to meet volunteers based…
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UK’s Kwarteng tells city bosses he is confident his economic strategy will work – FT

UK’s Kwarteng tells city bosses he is confident his economic strategy will work – FT

British finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng told leading bankers, insurers and asset managers he was "confident" that his economic strategy would work, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday. The pound touched an all-time low of $1.0327 on Monday and British government bonds sold off at a ferocious pace as investors lost confidence in Prime Minister Liz Truss's new government following a fiscal statement from Kwarteng on Friday.  "I'm confident that with our growth plan and the upcoming medium-term fiscal plan — with close co-operation with the Bank — our approach will work," the FT reported, citing a readout of a meeting with leading financial firms.…
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ECB boss pledges to MEPs to fight inflation and restore confidence

ECB boss pledges to MEPs to fight inflation and restore confidence

Members of the European Parliament voiced concerns about rising energy and food prices, and mortgage rates during a hearing with European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde. MEPs in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee discussed how to avoid fragmentation between member states and reduce inflation uniformly across the euro area. MEPs focused on a planned deployment of the Transmission Protection Instrument, (TPI) which aims to ensure that the ECB monetary policy is effectively applied in all euro area members to ensure price stability. In particular, the Committee members asked how the ECB would decide a country’s eligibility for assets purchase…
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EU urges Italy to stick to programme as approves more funding

EU urges Italy to stick to programme as approves more funding

The European Commission urged the new Italian government to stick to reform plans as it cleared the way on Tuesday for the payment of an additional 21 billion euros ($20.2 billion) in post-COVID recovery funds. The Commission said Italy had met a series of 45 landmarks and targets in reform of areas such as public employment, procurement, tax administration, teaching and healthcare to qualify for another part of a 192 billion euro programme. "So congratulations, Italia, and keep up the good work! The Commission stands by you on your way to recovery," European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement. A…
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Russians resorting to private jets to get out of the country

Russians resorting to private jets to get out of the country

Russia is experiencing an unprecedented demand for private jets in the aftermath of the first mobilisation since World War II ordered by Vladimir Putin. Wealthy Russians are seeking ways to get out of the country amid speculation that the Kremlin might close the borders to men of mobilisation age. Seats are being sold at between 23,000 to 28,000 euro each with Russian men heading mainly to Armenia, Turkey and Azerbaijan, three countries have allowed Russians visa-free entry. Yevgeny Bikov, a director at a company which brokers trips on private jets told The Guardian that “the situation is absolutely crazy at…
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Hurricane Ian rips into western Cuba, with Florida in its sights

Hurricane Ian rips into western Cuba, with Florida in its sights

Hurricane Ian slammed into western Cuba on Tuesday, forcing evacuations, cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people and swamping fishing villages as it tracked northward toward Florida, where residents anxiously await the sprawling storm. The Category 3 hurricane was about 5 miles south of the city of Pinar Del Rio, with maximum sustained winds of 125 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. Ian is expected to strengthen further on Tuesday after cutting a swath through Cuba's farm country west of the capital Havana and emerging over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, reaching Category 4 strength before it…
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Russia issues new nuclear warning as contested Ukraine referendum ends

Russia issues new nuclear warning as contested Ukraine referendum ends

LONDON/ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 27 (Reuters) - The head of the upper house of the Russian parliament said on Tuesday that it could consider the incorporation of Russia-controlled parts of four Ukrainian regions into Russia on Oct. 4, the RIA news agency reported. This was the latest development as today, an ally of President Vladimir Putin issued a stark new nuclear warning to Ukraine and the West on Tuesday as Russia began releasing results of referendums it bills as a prelude to it annexing four Ukrainian regions. Moscow's latest broadside came as European countries rushed to investigate unexplained, major leaks in two Russian natural gas pipelines under…
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Over 96% said to favour joining Russia in first vote results from occupied Ukraine regions

Over 96% said to favour joining Russia in first vote results from occupied Ukraine regions

LONDON, Sept 27 (Reuters) - First partial voting results from four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine showed overwhelming majorities in favour of becoming part of Russia, Russian state news agency RIA said on Tuesday, after so-called referendums that Kyiv and the West have denounced as a sham. Hastily arranged votes had taken place over five days in the four areas - Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson - that make up about 15% of Ukrainian territory. Local election commission members pull out ballots for vote counting in a so-called 'referendum' on the joining of Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine to Russia, at a polling station in Melitopol,…
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Self-employed, Catholics drive Meloni’s Italian electoral triumph

Self-employed, Catholics drive Meloni’s Italian electoral triumph

ROME (Reuters) - Self-employed people and Catholics helped power Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party to electoral victory on Sunday, surveys show, with a significant share of women voters putting her on course to be Italy's first female prime minister. With almost all results counted, Brothers of Italy led with around 26% of the vote, up from 4% in the last national election in 2018, and was by far the biggest party in the victorious conservative alliance. Meloni's party received almost 5.9 million votes more than the 2018 elections, a YouTrend post-electoral study shows, roughly the same number its League and Forza Italia allies lost…
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Ready for power, UK Labour’s Starmer tells faithful this is their ‘moment’

Ready for power, UK Labour’s Starmer tells faithful this is their ‘moment’

LIVERPOOL, England, Sept 27 (Reuters) - British opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer said on Tuesday it was his party's "moment", championing green policies to spur economic growth and create jobs that he said would open the door to power after 12 years of Conservative government. At his party's annual conference, Starmer struck at the heart of Prime Minister Liz Truss's plan to revive growth, saying a Labour government would create jobs, improve skills and tackle climate change rather than cut taxes for the wealthiest. Trying to capitalise on the divide opened up by the government's so-called mini-budget that saw the Conservatives shift to the right…
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Greece proposes European fund to address soaring gas prices

Greece proposes European fund to address soaring gas prices

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece has proposed a multibillion-euro European fund partly financed by a gas levy on power producers to support households and businesses struggling with soaring energy costs and help Europe replace Russian gas, its energy ministry said on Tuesday. To mitigate the impact of sky-rocketing gas and power prices on European consumers and industries following the war in Ukraine, the European Commission, so far, has proposed several emergency EU measures, including windfall profit levies on energy firms and cuts in electricity use. EU countries are negotiating those proposals and aim to approve them when EU energy ministers meet…
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Ireland aims to ease cost of living squeeze with ‘two budgets in one’

Ireland aims to ease cost of living squeeze with ‘two budgets in one’

DUBLIN (Reuters) -Ireland will deliver what ministers have called two budgets in one on Tuesday, making higher than usual spending increases and tax cuts while also helping firms and consumers pay soaring energy bills and putting funds aside if they need more help. As one of the few European Union countries set to deliver a budget surplus this year - in Ireland's case due to surging corporate tax receipts - the government will be able to spend more next year while keeping the public finances in the black. Ministers said this was in contrast to the economic plan outlined by Britain…
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German police investigating Russian billionaire Usmanov search yacht

German police investigating Russian billionaire Usmanov search yacht

German police investigating money laundering accusations against Russian billionaire businessman Alisher Usmanov have searched a motor yacht in northern Germany, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Prosecutors did not identify the yacht or its owner but described him as a 69-year-old Russian businessman and said he was the target of the same investigation as last week, when police raided a lakeside villa registered to Usmanov. Usmanov's representatives were not immediately available to comment on Tuesday's yacht raid. In a statement on Monday, his press office rejected the allegations against him as "baseless and defamatory". He is on an EU sanctions list freezing his assets…
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Spanish court formally sends Shakira to trial for tax fraud

Spanish court formally sends Shakira to trial for tax fraud

A Spanish court on Tuesday formally ordered Colombian superstar Shakira to stand trial on accusations that she failed to pay 14.5 million euros ($14.31 million) in income taxes, a court document released on Tuesday showed. The 'Hips Don't Lie' singer, 45, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, rejected in July a deal to settle the case, which meant she would have to stand trial in a case that could see her sent to prison for eight years. The Esplugues de Llobregat court on Tuesday confirmed the trial will go ahead on a date still to be announced. The prosecutor is seeking an…
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518 new books published in Malta in 2021

518 new books published in Malta in 2021

In 2021, a total of 518 new book titles were published in Malta by 53 local active book publishers, with the figure remaining stable on the previous year. NSO data reveals that this figure remains 18% below the number of new titles released in the pre-pandemic year of 2019. 84.7% of the publications were produced by large publishing entities - considered as those with 11 or more ISBNs. English and Maltese were the languages in which most books were published, with 64.2 per cent and 47.2 per cent of publishers publishing titles in these respective languages In 2021, most publishers…
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Djokovic managing wrist issue, ATP Finals remains his goal

Djokovic managing wrist issue, ATP Finals remains his goal

Novak Djokovic said he was bothered by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London and that his lengthy absence from the Tour recently could be to blame. The three-day tournament in London's O2 Arena was Djokovic's first event since the Serb won his 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in early July. The 35-year-old, who missed the North American hardcourt swing and the U.S. Open due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, produced a dazzling performance on his return to the Tour on Saturday by winning his singles and doubles matches. However, he lost to Canada's Felix…
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Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl halftime show in Arizona

Rihanna to perform at Super Bowl halftime show in Arizona

Rihanna will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show in February in Glendale, Arizona, the National Football League announced on Sunday. The Grammy-winning Barbadian singer is filling one of the most coveted slots in the U.S. music calendar, watched by millions of television viewers annually. Previous halftime performers have included Michael Jackson, Prince, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Lady Gaga, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and the Who. The Super Bowl, the biggest event in American football, takes place at Glendale's State Farm Stadium on Feb. 12. Rihanna's fans have waited for years for the promised follow-up to her…
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Medvedev raises spectre of Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine

Medvedev raises spectre of Russian nuclear strike on Ukraine

An ally of President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday outlined the scenario of a nuclear strike on Ukraine, saying that the U.S.-led NATO military alliance would be too scared of a 'nuclear apocalypse' to directly enter the conflict in reponse. Dmitry Medvedev, a former president who now serves as deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, said Russia had the right to defend itself with nuclear weapons if it is pushed beyond its limits and that this is "certainly not a bluff". Putin last week ordered Russia's first mobilisation since World War Two and backed a plan to annex swathes of Ukraine, warning the…
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Gas crisis lands LNG cargo market in hands of energy giants

Gas crisis lands LNG cargo market in hands of energy giants

Sky-rocketing LNG cargo prices have squeezed out dozens of smaller traders, concentrating the business in the hands of a handful of international energy majors and top global trading houses. This grip is not expected to ease until 2026 when more liquefied natural gas (LNG) starts to materialise and lower prices, adding to supply worries for poorer states reliant on it to generate power and driving up costs for big Asia economies. The global LNG market has more than doubled in size since 2011, ushering in dozens of new entrants and the expansion of smaller players in Asia. In recent years,…
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Pro-Putin Russian businessman admits link to Wagner mercenaries for first time

Pro-Putin Russian businessman admits link to Wagner mercenaries for first time

Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Monday that he had founded the Wagner Group private military company in 2014, the first public confirmation of a link he has previously denied and sued journalists for reporting. The Wagner Group, staffed by veterans of the Russian armed forces, has fought in Libya, Syria, the Central African Republic and Mali, among other countries. The press service of Prigozhin's Concord catering firm posted his comments on the social network VKontakte in response to a request for comment from a Russian news site on why he had stopped denying his links to Wagner. "I cleaned the…
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Shell sees 2024 global demand for aviation fuel return to level before pandemic

Shell sees 2024 global demand for aviation fuel return to level before pandemic

Global aviation fuel demand is expected to fully recover to pre-pandemic levels of 300 mln tonnes per year in the next one to two years, the head of aviation at Shell said on Tuesday. Demand in the United States is back at 2019 levels while Europe's consumption has recovered to more than 80% and is on track for full recovery in the next year, Shell Aviation President Jan Toschka told Reuters on the sidelines of the 38th Asia Pacific Petroleum Energy Conference (APPEC). "Asia has been a bit more of a bumpy road with markets opening up and closing down but…
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Wizz Air Malta to commence operations today

Wizz Air Malta to commence operations today

Wizz Air Malta has been granted an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and an Operating Licence (OL) by the Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD). The new airline will commence operations today, with the first flight taking off from Rome Fiumicino International Airport. The announcement was made following the arrival of the first aircraft registered under Wizz Air Malta, welcomed by a water cannon salute at the Malta International Airport (MIA). Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia said that it is indeed of great satisfaction that Malta was selected for this new airline, and that he…
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Plank beds soaked in blood, gas masks for torture – Horrible discoveries in the basements of Izyum

Plank beds soaked in blood, gas masks for torture – Horrible discoveries in the basements of Izyum

(English below) Нари, просякнуті кров`ю, протигази для тортур: Жахливі знахідки у підвалах Ізюма, де окупанти катували людей «В Ізюмі все просякнуте смертю. Вбитих росіянами людей ховали просто на подвір`ї. Чи не в кожному будинку тужать за загиблими. У місті не дуже охочі говорити, бояться повернення російських катів. Та, коли починають згадувати про пережите пекло, їх наче прориває», - розповідає про побачене у своєму репортажі Тетяна Доцяк, журналістка програми Факти ICTV. В Ізюмі на Харківщині під час окупації росіяни катували людей у підвалі відділу поліції. Місцевих зв`язували, перекривали їм повітря протигазами, били дубинками. Тримали полонених у нелюдських умовах, не пускали до…
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With flowers and a gun salute, Japan bids farewell to slain Abe at state funeral

With flowers and a gun salute, Japan bids farewell to slain Abe at state funeral

With flowers, prayers and a 19-gun salute, Japan honoured slain former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday at the first state funeral for a former premier in 55 years - a ceremony that has become as divisive as he was in life. The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute. Inside the Budokan, better known as a concert venue, a large portrait of Abe draped with black ribbon hung over a…
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Asylum applicants in Europe up 4% in June 2022, largest group are Syrians

Asylum applicants in Europe up 4% in June 2022, largest group are Syrians

In June 2022, 65 645 first-time asylum applicants (non-EU citizens) applied for international protection in the EU Member States, up 66% compared with June 2021 (39 515) and 4% compared with May 2022 (63 105). Data released by Eurostat shows that the increase from May to June 2022 can be mainly attributed to increases in first-time applicants from Tunisia (+990 people; or +82%), Turkey (+850; or +31%) and Pakistan (+645; or +22%). In June 2022, there were also 6 190 subsequent applicants (people who reapplied for asylum after a decision had been taken on a previous application). This was up…
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UK’s Labour party surges to largest poll lead over Conservatives

UK’s Labour party surges to largest poll lead over Conservatives

Britain's Labour party rose to its largest poll lead in over two decades over the Conservative party, The Times reported on Monday, citing YouGov poll for the publication. Last week, Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng unleashed historic tax cuts, ditched the cap on bankers' bonuses and announced huge increases in borrowing in a fiscal statement which sent markets into a tailspin. The opposition party is 17 points ahead of the Conservatives, a level of support not seen since 2001 when Labour's Tony Blair was prime minister, the report said. The survey found huge public opposition, even among Conservatives, to the tax cuts announced by…
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England and Germany sign off with 3-3 Nations League thriller

England and Germany sign off with 3-3 Nations League thriller

England will head to the World Cup on the back of a six-match winless sequence but with at least some pride and confidence restored after a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Germany in the Nations League on Monday. Gareth Southgate's listless side trailed 2-0 to Ilkay Gundogan's penalty and a superb effort by Kai Havertz with less than 20 minutes remaining and boos beginning to resound at Wembley in their final Group A3 match. But they responded in thrilling fashion with goals by Luke Shaw and Mason Mount in the space of four minutes drawing them level -- England's first goals from open…
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Ukraine urges EU to help make emergency food routes permanent

Ukraine urges EU to help make emergency food routes permanent

Ukraine on Monday urged the European Union to support its plans to make the emergency paths for grain exports through the bloc permanent, with investment in at least five border terminals and a pipeline through which sunflower oil would flow. Ukraine's agriculture minister Mykola Solsky told EU counterparts and the European Commission his country needed financial support to reduce its reliance on Black Sea exports that Russia had blocked and could hinder again. Its grain and sunflower seed exports have risen from 200,000 tonnes in the month after Russia's Feb. 24 invasion to 4.5 million tonnes in August, helped by a…
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Italy beat Hungary to clinch spot in Nations League finals

Italy beat Hungary to clinch spot in Nations League finals

Italy claimed a place in the Nations League final four with a 2-0 win away to Hungary thanks to goals by Giacomo Raspadori and Federico Dimarco in their last League A-Group 3 game on Monday. European champions Italy, who missed out on a place at the World Cup in Qatar, finished top on 11 points from six games, one point above second-placed Hungary who needed to avoid defeat to secure a place in their first Nations League semi-finals. Raspadori took advantage of a mistake by the defence in the 27th minute to convert a rebound from the edge of the…
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Energy, taxes, pensions first challenges for Italy’s Meloni

Energy, taxes, pensions first challenges for Italy’s Meloni

Giorgia Meloni, widely expected to be named Italy's first woman prime minister after Sunday's elections, will have to tackle a raft of pressing economic problems as soon as her government takes office. The country's laborious institutional proceedings mean that will not happen for at least a month, during which outgoing Prime Minister Mario Draghi remains in charge. This week he will issue new economic forecasts expected to show a darkening outlook, sources said. The first task for Meloni, leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy, will be finding billions of euros to keep her election pledges to soften energy costs, cut taxes…
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Asked about Italy, ECB’s Lagarde says she won’t fix ‘policy errors’

Asked about Italy, ECB’s Lagarde says she won’t fix ‘policy errors’

The European Central Bank won't use its latest emergency scheme to buy the bonds of countries that make "policy errors", its President Christine Lagarde said on Monday in response to a question about Italy's likely next government. A right-wing alliance led by Giorgia Meloni triumphed in Italy's general elections on Sunday, inheriting one of the euro zone's heaviest debt burdens at a time of rising borrowing costs and looming recession. Meloni has pledged not to take risks with Italy's fragile finances and stick to European Union budget rules but coalition partner Matteo Salvini has called for increasing the deficit. Asked…
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Kremlin says no decision yet on whether to seal Russia’s borders to stop men fleeing

Kremlin says no decision yet on whether to seal Russia’s borders to stop men fleeing

The Kremlin said on Monday no decision had been taken on whether to seal Russia's borders to stop an exodus of military-aged men fleeing the country, after days of chaotic scenes during its first military mobilisation since World War Two. Asked about the prospect of the border being shut, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: "I don't know anything about this. At the moment, no decisions have been taken on this." Reports that Russia might close the frontier have contributed to turmoil since President Vladimir Putin gave the order last week to call up hundreds of thousands of reservists in the biggest escalation yet…
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FACTBOX – Pounded: A history of UK currency crises and crashes

FACTBOX – Pounded: A history of UK currency crises and crashes

LONDON, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Britain's pound plunged to an all-time low early on Monday as international investors reacted to plans laid out by the country's new prime minister and finance minister to slash taxes and ramp up spending to cushion soaring energy prices. The currency fell as low $1.0327 at one point. It has fallen almost 8% since Thursday and 21% since the start of the year, a pace drawing comparisons with the currency crises that have marked Britain’s post-war history. Those bouts of panic often involved attempts to hold sterling at a fixed rate against other currencies, something…
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Spanish industrial prices jump 42% lifted by energy costs

Spanish industrial prices jump 42% lifted by energy costs

MADRID, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Spanish industrial prices accelerated by 41.8% in the 12 months through August ending four months of easing increases, the National Statistics Institute (INE) said on Monday. Industrial prices gained 2.8% in August from the previous month driven by energy prices, mainly gas and electricity, the INE said. It revised the year-on-year July number to 40.5% from a previous 40.4%. The 12-month industrial price increase peaked at an all-time record of 47% in the period through March. Excluding energy, which was more than double the price a year ago, annual industrial price inflation stood at 14.4%…
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Photo Story: 60 years of James Bond

Photo Story: 60 years of James Bond

A variety of James Bond film poster are presented during a media preview of 60 years of James Bond at Christies Auction House in London, Britain 26 September 2022. The live auction of memorabilia from the James Bond franchise takes place for the benefit of charities at Christies London on September 28 2022. Photo: EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL
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EasyJet shifts focus to cut own emissions rather than off-setting

EasyJet shifts focus to cut own emissions rather than off-setting

LUTON, England, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Britain's easyJet said it would reduce emissions by 78% by 2050 by stepping up investment in efficient aircraft, sustainable aviation fuel and operational efficiencies, and ending its carbon offsetting scheme. The low-cost carrier said it had contracted all its sustainable aviation fuel needs for the next five years from its supplier Q8Aviation, while it was also investing in technology to optimise the descent of its aircraft. The new measures follow its fleet upgrade programme using fuel-efficient Airbus A320 NEO aircraft, and a partnership with engine maker Rolls-Royce RR.L to test the use of hydrogen…
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More Russians travelled to Finland during weekend, Resistance to the draft grows

More Russians travelled to Finland during weekend, Resistance to the draft grows

HELSINKI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Almost 17,000 Russians crossed the border into Finland during the weekend, an 80% rise from a week earlier, Finnish authorities said on Monday, as the influx of people continued in the wake of Russia's announcement of military mobilisation. The border traffic had somewhat calmed early on Monday but remained busier than in the previous weeks, Captain Taneli Repo at Finland's southeastern border authority told Reuters. "The queues continue to be a bit longer than they've usually been since the pandemic," he said. Wednesday's announcement of Russia's first public mobilisation since World War Two, to shore…
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Tokyo tightens security for slain Shinzo Abe’s funeral

Tokyo tightens security for slain Shinzo Abe’s funeral

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's state funeral for former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday is under the spotlight as authorities seek to avoid the kind of security blunders exposed in his assassination in July. Abe was shot from close range by a man with a homemade gun while on the campaign trail in the western city of Nara, an act that shocked a nation where violent crime is rare and dignitaries tend to travel with only modest protection. Japanese authorities – including Prime Minister Fumio Kishida - have acknowledged security flaws contributed to Abe's death. With scores of foreign VIPs…
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German business morale slumps as winter recession looms

German business morale slumps as winter recession looms

BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The German economy is heading for recession, the Ifo institute said on Monday, reporting a stronger-than-forecast plunge in business morale across all sectors as Germany scrambles to avoid a gas shortage this winter. The Ifo institute said its business climate index fell to 84.3 from 88.6 in August, posting a more severe drop than the 87.0 forecast by economists according to a Reuters poll. It was the lowest level seen since the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. The downturn was visible across all four sectors of the German economy, Ifo said,…
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APPEC-EU sanctions, price cap on Russian oil to raise shipping hurdles

APPEC-EU sanctions, price cap on Russian oil to raise shipping hurdles

SINGAPORE, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Oil markets are bracing for the biggest shift in global trade flows ever as nearly 3 million barrels per day of Russian crude oil and products will have to be diverted to markets outside Europe and advanced economies when European Union sanctions take effect in the coming months, Vitol executives said. The European Union will ban Russian crude imports by Dec. 5 and Russian oil products by Feb. 5, depriving Russia of oil revenues and forcing one of the world's top oil producers and exporters to seek alternative markets. The Group of Seven nations, led…
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Apple says it will manufacture iPhone 14 in India

Apple says it will manufacture iPhone 14 in India

NEW DELHI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Monday it will manufacture its latest iPhone 14 in India, as the tech giant moves some of its production away from China. The company launched the flagship iPhone 14 at an event earlier this month, where it focused on safety upgrades rather than flashy new technical specifications, with the exception of a new adventure-focused watch. "The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We're excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India," Apple said in a statement. Analysts at J.P.Morgan expect Apple to move about…
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Mbappe can’t do it all himself, says France coach Deschamps

Mbappe can’t do it all himself, says France coach Deschamps

France coach Didier Deschamps said Kylian Mbappe needs more support from his team mates after they lost 2-0 to Denmark in the Nations League on Sunday. Mbappe, who scored in a 2-0 win over Austria on Thursday, forced Danish keeper Kasper Schmeichel into a couple of saves but was unable to get on the scoresheet as Kasper Dolberg and Andreas Skov Olsen gave the hosts victory. "Kylian did a lot of good things," Deschamps told reporters. "He is one of the few players who has played two 90 minutes in three days. "He can't do everything by himself either. He…
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Xbox and Minecraft: Education Edition partner with BBC Earth to create Frozen Planet II worlds

Xbox and Minecraft: Education Edition partner with BBC Earth to create Frozen Planet II worlds

To celebrate the acclaimed nature programme, Frozen Planet II, Minecraft Education has partnered with BBC Earth to bring the icy splendour of the landmark show to Minecraft: Education Edition. Through five all-new free worlds, Minecraft players will be able to meet and learn about animals and landscapes featured in BBC Studios Natural History Unit’s iconic series. As the best-selling game of all time, Minecraft reaches millions of players all over the world, and its Education Edition – available in 29 languages – helps students learn about a variety of subjects via the magic of creative gameplay. With the Frozen Planet…
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ECB eyes blockchain for settling bank transactions, Panetta says

ECB eyes blockchain for settling bank transactions, Panetta says

FRANKFURT, Sept 26 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank is studying ways of settling transactions between banks on a blockchain in a bid to keep control of money even if lenders switch to distributed ledgers, ECB board member Fabio Panetta said on Monday. The ECB is among a number of central banks around the world working on digital versions of their currency in response to the popularity of digital tokens such as Bitcoin and the blockchain technology that powers them. This Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) is predicated on market participants verifying transactions and keeping a copy of them rather than…
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Orthodox Church leader says Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine will be cleansed of sin

Orthodox Church leader says Russian soldiers dying in Ukraine will be cleansed of sin

Sept 26 (Reuters) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that Russian soldiers who die in the war against Ukraine will be cleansed of all their sins, days after President Vladimir Putin ordered the country's first mobilisation since World War Two. Patriarch Kirill is a key Putin ally and backer of the invasion. He has previously criticised those who oppose the war and called on Russians to rally round the Kremlin. "Many are dying on the fields of internecine warfare," Kirill, 75, said in his first Sunday address since the mobilisation order. "The Church prays that this…
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