Iran protests over young woman’s death continue, 83 said killed

DUBAI, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Protests continued in several cities across Iran on Thursday against the death of young woman in police custody, state and social media reported, as a human rights group said at least 83 people had been killed in nearly two weeks or demonstrations. Mahsa Amini, 22, from the Iranian Kurdish town … Read more

Russia says Nord Stream likely hit by state-backed ‘terrorism’

Kremlin says damage to pipelines looks like ‘terrorism’ EU official says leaks change nature of Ukraine conflict European officials say Russian ships seen nearby -CNN MOSCOW/BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia said on Thursday that leaks spewing gas into the Baltic Sea from pipelines to Germany appeared to be the result of state-sponsored “terrorism”, as … Read more

Ukraine calls emergency meeting of security, defense chiefs

KYIV, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will hold an emergency meeting with top security, political and defense officials on Friday, following the Kremlin’s announcement of plans by Russia to annex four Ukrainian regions. The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would sign documents on Friday proclaiming Moscow’s annexation of … Read more

Fourth leak found on Nord Stream pipelines, Swedish coast guard says

OSLO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Sweden’s coast guard discovered a fourth gas leak on the damaged Nord Stream pipelines earlier this week, a spokesperson told the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper. The European Union suspects sabotage was behind the gas leaks on the subsea Russian pipelines to Europe and has promised a “robust” response to any intentional … Read more

Russia set to annex Ukraine territory; West wars of new sanctions

Russia says overwhelming support for annexation Russian parliament may consider annexation on Tuesday Ukraine rejects referendums as illegal West prepares new sanctions on referendums ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 29 (Reuters) – Russia was poised to annex a swath of Ukraine within days, releasing what it called vote tallies showing overwhelming support in four provinces to join … Read more

US unveils $1.1 billion Ukraine arms package

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The United States unveiled a $1.1 billion arms package for Ukraine’s battle with Russia that includes 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher systems, accompanying munitions, various types of counter drone systems and radar systems, US officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon’s announcement kicks off a contracting process to … Read more

Iran president says Amini’s death is ‘tragic incident’, but ‘chaos’ unacceptable

Raisi says Amini’s death has saddened everyone Says “chaos” is unacceptable, backs security forces Growing death toll as protests spread to over 80 cities Death of woman in morality police custody kindled protests DUBAI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday said that the death of a young woman in custody had … Read more

EU executive proposes eighth batch of sanctions against Russia

EU states start negotiating new package of Russia sanctions 27 member countries split on oil price cap Ukraine: It’s needed to stop ‘blood money’ flowing to Russia BRUSSELS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The European Union executive proposed on Wednesday an eighth round of sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, including tighter trade restrictions, … Read more

Ukrainians flee from Russian annexation – while they still can

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 28 (Reuters) – “It’s funny. Nobody voted, yet the results are in,” laughed Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province as he waited on Wednesday outside a United Nations aid office with his family at a refugee reception center. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of … Read more

Analysis: India sharpens stand on Ukraine war but business as usual with Russia

NEW DELHI, Sept 28 (Reuters) – India is articulating its position against the Ukraine war more robustly to counter criticism that it is soft on Russia, but it still has not held Moscow responsible for the invasion and will not alter its policy on importing cheap Russian oil and coal. In their first in-person meeting … Read more