Senate approves government funding extension to avert shutdown

CNN — The Senate voted on Thursday to approve a short-term government funding extension that would prevent a shutdown at the end of the week. The bill was approved on a bipartisan basis with a vote of 72 to 25. Government funding is currently on track to expire Friday at midnight, but the stopgap bill … Read more

Putin to host ceremony annexing occupied Ukrainian territories on Friday, Kremlin says

results of a referendum on the joining of the DPR to Russia, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on September 27.” class=”gallery-image__dam-img” height=”1250″/> Photos: Russia invades Ukraine Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters Head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin, left, and Secretary of the United Russia Party’s General Council Andrey Turchak attend a news conference on preliminary … Read more

Spain says Russia likely responsible for Nord Stream gas leaks

BORNHOLM, DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 27: Danish Defense shows the gas leaking at Nord Stream 2 seen from the Danish F-16 interceptor on Bornholm, Denmark on September 27, 2022. Danish Defense/ | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Spanish Energy Minister Teresa Ribera said Thursday that the damage caused to the two subsea Nord Stream gas pipelines … Read more

The Russians rushing to the borders amid draft fears

Dariali, Georgia CNN — With one bag in each hand and another on his back, Denis makes his way up a hill on foot, having just crossed the border from Russia into Georgia. “I’m just tired. That’s the only thing I feel,” the 27-year-old says as he tries to catch his breath. Denis has just … Read more

Macron, Scholz plan Berlin dinner to talk energy crisis, Russia tensions – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to travel to Berlin on Monday to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a working dinner, three officials familiar with preparations for the trip told POLITICO. The sit-down, contingent on Scholz having recovered from COVID, would fall on a historical date — October 3, the day of … Read more

Russian gas flows across Ukraine jeopardized in transit fee spat – POLITICO

A war of words between gas companies in Ukraine and Russia is threatening gas transit to the EU. Ukraine’s Naftogaz and Russia’s Gazprom are at loggerheads over payments for gas shipments through pipelines across Ukraine — a trade that has continued despite the war between the two countries. But that deal is starting to fray. … Read more

Russian activist beaten, raped by police for reciting anti-war poem: report

A Russian anti-war activist was beaten and raped with a dumbbell by police in Moscow after reciting poetry decrying President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, his lawyer said. Artyom Kamardin, 31, was arrested Monday along with his girlfriend, Alexandra Popova, during a raid on their apartment, independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta Europe reported. Speaking to … Read more

Russia’s mobilization sparks ‘backlash’ over its war in Ukraine | Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia’s recent mobilization resulted in tens of thousands of potential draftees protesting or fleeing for the country’s borders in the 31st week of the war in Ukraine, exposing dissent in Russian society and weakening President Vladimir Putin. Just under 100,000 Russians crossed into Kazakhstan since the mobilization announcement on September 21, the Kazakh interior ministry … Read more

Jim Chanos says this is the biggest investing story no one is talking about

Beneath all the clamor about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the efforts to tamp down inflation, investors are largely passing over a huge story in China, famed short-seller Jim Chanos said Wednesday. Troubles in the Chinese real estate market are a distant third to the war and rate hikes targeted at containing inflation. But Chanos, … Read more

Mayhem at Russian-Georgian Border as Thousands Flee Vladimir Putin’s Draft

CHISINAU, Moldova—It took three days for two 24-year-old friends, photographer Mikhail and tech worker Dmitry, to make the grueling journey across a 16-kilometer-long traffic lineup between Russia and Georgia. The two men, who only wanted to be identified by their first names for fear of retribution, are among the 261,000 who fled the country after … Read more