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Cubans protest over government’s response to Hurricane Ian

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 30, 2022

Small protests broke out Thursday across several communities in Cuba, as desperate citizens took to the streets to demand the government restore electricity and provide aid to areas ravaged by Hurricane Ian, which swept through the island nation this week, worsening already bleak living conditions.

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Putin vows annexation of occupied Ukraine lands is ‘forever’

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 30, 2022

Vladimir Putin vowed his annexation of four occupied regions in Ukraine is irreversible, as the Russian president formalized Europe’s biggest land grab since World War II and accused the West of trying to subjugate his country. “They will become our citizens forever,” he told officials in a Kremlin ceremony Friday before he and Moscow-installed leaders signed annexation documents. He demanded ...
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US sanctions Russia after Putin annexes parts of Ukraine

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 30, 2022

The United States and Group of 7 allies responded Friday to what they called Russia's illegitimate annexation of Ukrainian territories, issuing a new round of sanctions and warning other nations that they will be similarly punished should they support the Kremlin's latest move.
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Russians rebel as Putin drafts more people in battle for Ukraine

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 29, 2022

President Vladimir Putin's mobilization of Russian men to fight in Ukraine has brought home the reality of war to ordinary Russian families. For months, Russian voices of dissent were largely silent. Initial antiwar demonstrations were quickly crushed and there were only small displays of defiance in major cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg. But that all changed after Putin's announcement on Sept. 21.
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Three years ago he was in prison. Now he’s poised to be Brazil’s next president

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 28, 2022

 Three years ago, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was languishing in a prison cell. The former president of Brazil, who led the country from 2003 to 2010, was months into a 12-year jail sentence for corruption. His political career appeared to be over. So when he took the stage on a recent balmy evening in this working-class city outside Rio de Janeiro — smiling widely as a crowd of thousands chanted his name — it was a comeback that once would have been unimaginable.
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North Korea fires missiles ahead of Kamala Harris DMZ visit

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 28, 2022

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into waters off its east coast, ramping up tensions a day before U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is set to visit the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas.The launches took place from the Sunan area near Pyongyang's international airport at around 6:10 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. respectively Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. "The ROK and the U.S. are closely cooperating and maintaining our fully prepared posture," it added, referring to South Korea by its formal name.The missiles reached an altitude of about 30 kilometers (18.641 miles) and flew about 360 kilometers (223.69 miles) with the speed of Mach 6, JCS said. South Korea "strongly condemns" North Korea's provocation, it added.The launch is the second barrage fired by North Korea this week and adds to the record number of ballistic missiles it has shot off this year. On Sunday, it fired a short-range missile into waters off its eastern coastline -- its first launch since a single-day record of eight in June.Harris is set to visit the DMZ Thursday and become the first senior Biden White House official to go to the buffer zone where masses of troops are positioned on either side. The visit comes as Kim has ignored U.S. calls to return to stalled nuclear disarmament talks and appears ready to conduct his first test of a nuclear weapon in five years.Hours before the latest launch, Sung Kim, the U.S. point man for North Korea, underscored the Biden administration was open to dialogue. He called on Pyongyang to "engage in serious and sustained diplomacy," according to a State Department statement late Tuesday in Washington.North Korea has a habit of timing its provocations to political events. The latest launch also takes place as the USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea for joint drills and about a month after the U.S. and South Korea held the Ulchi Freedom Shield -- their biggest joint military exercise in about five years. North Korea has bristled for decades at the joint military exercises, calling them a prelude to an invasion.South Korea's spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday that North Korea completed construction on Tunnel No. 3 in the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, indicating that it may conduct its seventh nuclear test sometime between Oct. 16 and Nov. 7."It appears that North Korea conducted a martial protest against Harris' South Korea visit, sending a fresh warning to Biden administration," said Ji Seong-ho, who defected from North Korea to South Korea, where he's now a member of the national assembly.So far in 2022, the North Korean leader has fired off more ballistic missiles than in any other year of his decade in power. He has tested rockets designed to evade US-operated interceptors, increasing the threat of a credible nuclear strike against the US and its allies in Asia.Pyongyang is also seeking to miniaturize warheads for potential tactical strikes and build more powerful weapons for its missiles that could carry a warhead to the U.S. mainland.The U.S. push to isolate Russia over Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine, coupled with increasing animosity toward China, has allowed Kim to strengthen his nuclear deterrent without fear of facing more sanctions at the UN Security Council. There's almost no chance Russia or China, which have veto power at the council, would support any measures against North Korea, as they did in 2017 following a series of weapons tests that prompted former President Donald Trump to warn of "fire and fury."The two countries in late May vetoed a UN Security Council resolution drafted by the US to ratchet up sanctions on North Korea for its ballistic missile tests this year.Pyongyang also recently denied it sold weapons to Russia in an unusually direct statement, blasting the U.S. over "rumors" that Kim's regime was aiding Putin's war. China this week reopened its main train route with North Korea after a five-month hiatus due to Covid, a potential boost to Kim Jong Un's sanctions-battered economy.Also this week, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo told Harris that her visits to the DMZ and Seoul "will be very symbolic demonstrations of your strong commitments to the security and peace to Korean Peninsula, and we are working with you and US in dealing with North Korea."In August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to the Panmunjom truce village in the Demilitarized Zone. The place where soldiers from the two sides stare down each other is a symbol of military tensions that have simmered since the U.S. came to South Korea's defense in 1950 after North Korea invaded and started the Korean War.
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The Russian men fleeing mobilization, and leaving everything behind

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 28, 2022

President Vladimir Putin's announcement last week of a "partial" military mobilization of Russian reservists for his war in Ukraine set off a frenzied dash for the country's borders by tens of thousands of men affected by the order - but also many who simply assumed that their government, desperate for troops, would conscript any man who could carry a gun.

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