Ukraine troops break through Russian lines in Kherson

A Ukrainian counteroffensive that already has reclaimed thousands of miles is breaking through Russian lines in the southern Kherson region recently annexed by Moscow, Kremlin-installed officials said Monday. Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-picked head of the Kherson province, said on state television that multiple settlements about 70 miles northeast of the city of Kherson on the banks of the … Read more

UK finance minister pledges no more distractions after tax rate U-turn

Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng on Monday morning confirmed that the government would be scrapping its plans to cut tax for the country’s highest earners. Leon Neal | Getty Images News | Getty Images U.K. Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng on Monday said the government would not be distracted from delivering on its growth plan, shortly after … Read more

Ukraine claws back more territory Russia is trying to annex

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces scored more gains in their counteroffensive across a broad front Monday, advancing in the very areas Russia is trying to annex and challenging its effort to engage fresh troops and its threats to defend incorporated areas by all means, including with nuclear weapons. In their latest breakthrough, Ukrainian forces … Read more

Markets cheer Bolsonaro’s strong showing in Brazil vote

SAO PAULO, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Stronger-than-expected support for President Jair Bolsonaro in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election was cheered by financial markets on Monday, as the race went to an Oct. 30 runoff. Brazil’s real was up more than 3% against the dollar, while the Bovespa stock index (.BVSP) rose 4.5%. Bolsonaro’s … Read more

Russian Parliament begins process to rubber-stamp annexations as Moscow struggles to define borders

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN  —  Russia’s legislature on Monday began the process of approving President Vladimir Putin’s decision to annex four parts of Ukraine, despite the fact that the Kremlin is not in full control of those regions and has not settled upon the exact boundaries of the territories it is attempting to absorb. Legislative approval … Read more

Russian woman behind on-air war protest reportedly escapes house arrest | Russia

Russia has put Marina Ovsyannikova, the former state TV editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest against the Ukraine war, on a wanted list after she reportedly escaped house arrest. The Ukrainian-born Ovsyannikova, 44, gained international attention in March after bursting into a studio of Channel One, her then employer, to denounce the Ukraine … Read more

Iran’s Khamenei backs police over Mahsa Amini protests, may signal tougher crackdown

Growing public fury over woman’s death in police custody Khamenei says Amini’s death ‘deeply broke my heart’ Supreme leader blames foreign foes for ‘riots’ Anti-government protests spread to universities DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader on Monday gave his full backing to security forces confronting protests ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini … Read more

Indonesia presses for answers after deadly soccer stampede

“Culprits” to be revealed in coming days – minister Ten police removed from their posts, 28 under investigation 32 minors among dead Rights body says tear gas caused chaos MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Dozens of Indonesian police were placed under investigation on Monday over a stampede at a soccer match that killed 125 … Read more

Putin’s problems mount as Ukraine breaks through in Kherson

Ukrainian forces appeared to make sweeping new gains Monday, piling pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin as the Kremlin faced growing domestic unease over the state of its struggling military and the chaotic efforts to reinforce it. Kyiv’s troops were pushing forward in the country’s east and south, threatening a major new breakthrough and forcing … Read more

US would destroy Putin’s forces if he uses nukes: Petraeus

The US and its NATO allies would destroy Russian forces and sink the Black Sea fleet if Vladimir Putin decides to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, former CIA director David Petraeus has predicted. The retired four-star general spelled out in an interview on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday what he believed would happen if the … Read more