Haiti gang says it's not responsible for kidnappings The leader of a notorious alliance of violent gangs in Haiti's capital on Friday marched with armed supporters through the streets of La Saline, a sprawling poor neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince, accompanied by hundreds of residents. Jimmy Cherizier, known as Barbecue, is the head of G9, a coalition made up of nine gangs that control large areas of the city. Cherizier, an ex-cop suspected in involvement in the killings of dozens in the Haitian capital, and a hero in his neighborhood, said his group is not involved in kidnappings. "We, the members of the G9 family, we are not involved in the kidnapping we will never be involved in the kidnapping," said Cherizier speaking from a podium after he and members of his gang held their weapons aloft for all to see. "We are an armed group, not gangs, we are an armed group that brings together young boys and girls who have the same vision." While his group is well-known for the violence they have inflicted on the general population, they are not suspected of being involved in the kidnapping of 17 American missionaries last Saturday. The missionaries are being held by a rival group known as the 400 Mawozo, whom are demanding a ransom of $1-million each for their release. "This weapon is the weapon of the revolution to change these conditions," Cherizier said after the rally
FIFA on Wednesday unveiled the trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the 2022 football World Cup tournament held in Qatar. The unveiling took place at the FIFA Fan Festival, the official fan zone in Al Bidda Park in the centre of Doha. The site will be able to host 40,000 fans at a time once the football extravaganza kicks off. Matches will be screened on big displays and the zone will also host music concerts and other performances. FIFA Fan Festival will officially open on 19 November, a day before the tournament kicks off. But Hayya Card holders were able to experience a soft opening on Wednesday. The card is similar to the Fan ID scheme introduced in 2018 for the World Cup in Russia. Fans will use the digital Hayya Cards to enter Qatar and can only enter a World Cup stadium if they present a card. Public transport in Doha will be free for holders of the Hayya Card, issued by the Qatari government. Alcohol sales are strictly regulated in the majority-Muslim emirate. But Qatar consented to respect FIFA commercial deals when it asked to be host in 2009. Budweiser, a sponsor since the 1980s, will be the only beer on sale at the FIFA Fan Festival. Visitors will be able to buy a beer for 50 Qatari Riyal ($14) - and only between 1900 and 0100 local time. ( Original Title: FIFA presents World Cup 2022 winner's trophy )
Title:Ukraine War Water Queues Long queues for fresh water in Kyiv after Russia strikes
Mississippi River's low water reveals shipwreck A shipwreck has emerged along the banks of the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as water levels plummet — threatening to reach record lows in some areas. The ship, which archaeologists believe to be a ferry that sunk in the late 1800s to early 1900s, was spotted by a Baton Rouge resident walking along the shore earlier this month. The discovery is the latest to surface from ebbing waters caused by drought. During the summer, receding waters in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area revealed several skeletal remains, countless desiccated fish, a graveyard of forgotten boats and even a sunken World War II-era craft that once surveyed the lake. "Eventually the river will come back up and (the ship) will go back underwater," said Chip McGimsey, the Louisiana state archeologist, who has been surveying the wreck during the past two weeks. "That's part of the reason for making the big effort to document it this time — cause she may not be there the next time." McGimsey believes that the ship may be the Brookhill Ferry, which likely carried people and horse-drawn wagons from one-side of the river to the other — before major bridges spanned the mighty Mississippi. Newspaper archives indicate that the ship sank in 1915 during a major storm. But this is not the first time the low water levels have revealed the ship. McGimsey said that tiny parts of the vessel were exposed in 1990s. "At that time the vessel was completely full of mud and there was mud all around it so only the very tip tops of the sides were visible, so (archaeologists) really didn't see much other. They had to move a lot of dirt just to get some narrow windows in to see bits and pieces," McGimsey said. Today one-third of the boat, measuring 95-feet (29-meters) long, is visible on the muddy shoreline near downtown Baton Rouge. McGimsey expects more discoveries as water levels continue to fall, having already received calls about two more possible shipwrecks. But the unusually low water level in the lower Mississippi River, where there has been below-normal rainfall since late August, has also led to chaos — causing barges to get stuck in mud and sand, leading to waterway restrictions from the Coast Guard and disrupting river travel for shippers, recreational boaters and passengers on a cruise line. In Baton Rouge the river rests at about 5-feet (1.5-meters) deep, according to the National Weather Service — its lowest level since 2012. Water levels are projected to drop even further in the weeks ahead, dampening the region's economic activity and potentially threatening jobs.
BRAZIL BOLSONARO CAMPAIGN RALLY Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro held a campaign rally Tuesday in São Gonçalo, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, hoping to consolidate his popularity in the state where he won in the first round. São Gonçalo is the second largest city in the state of Rio de Janeiro with over 1 million residents, second only to the capital Rio. Bolsonaro shared the stage with local political figures and Rio de Janeiro's Governor Claudio Castro, also seeking reelection. "We don't want the return of corruption and neglect. We want honesty, peace, and progress. And this you're having in our government," said the president, referring to his rival Lula's government in the past. Incumbent Bolsonaro had 4.8 million votes in the state of Rio de Janeiro, 1 million more than Lula, with 3.8 million. When compared to the 2018 elections, Bolsonaro lost 300 thousand votes in the state. Nationally, the leftist Workers' Party candidate came close to an outright victory on the first round, receiving over 48% of the votes. Far-right Bolsonaro got 43%.
Bolsonaro aims to consolidate support in Rio Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro campaigned Friday in Duque de Caxias, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, hoping to consolidate his popularity in the state. Bolsonaro shared the stage with local political figures like city's Mayor Washington Reis and Rio de Janeiro's Governor Claudio Castro, also seeking re-election. He criticized former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's social program. "Today we support the poor with a true social project, not those aims like 'Bolsa Família.' Today, those in need are given at least 600 reals," Bolsonaro said. The incumbent president had 4.8 million votes in the state of Rio de Janeiro, one million more than Lula who lags behind with 3.8 million. When compared to the 2018 elections, Bolsonaro lost 300 thousand votes in the state. Nationally, the leftist Workers' Party candidate came close to an outright victory on the first round, receiving over 48% of the votes. Far-right Bolsonaro got 43%. The runoff election will be held on October 30.
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Title:Ukraine War Bridge Kharkiv aid arrives by boat as key bridge destroyed Back and forth, a rowing boat connects two sides of the Siverskyi Donets River underneath the destroyed bridge above, and brings with it humanitarian aid. The village of Staryi Saltiv was under Russian control for two months, and after it was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in May, was a regular target of shelling until September, according to the people who live there. The bridge, which was destroyed in March, was the main link that connected one part of the village with the other and onto the regional capital of Kharkiv. On Wednesday, the Novikov family and their three children left their home for the first time in eight months and crossed the river in the small boat. "We are shocked. We've just seen this bridge and everything," said Andriy Novikov, the family's father. About 700 people remain in the part of the village on the river's eastern side, with volunteers using the boat to deliver them food and other supplies. "First of all, bread, cereals. Then matches, feminine hygiene, male hygiene, diapers," Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteer Natalya Zova, said.
Title:Ukraine War Lyman Russian soldiers' bodies lie on streets of Lyman Cleanup efforts began on the recently liberated streets of Lyman in Donetsk, which still bear the scars of battle, with the bodies of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers scattered across the town, and buildings in ruins. The liberation of the strategically important eastern city was announced by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Sunday, after Russia's military announced its retreat. While the liberation has brought solace to the citizens still living in the city, with no explosions for several days, many are still without water, electricity or gas, and are resorting to cooking on bonfires. Residents continue to live in basements, including 85-year-old Valentyna Kuzmichna, who left her home after an explosion in her building. "I was standing in the hall, about five meters (yards) away, when it boomed. I was thrown back (by the force of the explosion). God forbid, now I can't hear well", Valentyna recalled. Meanwhile the Ukrainian military have begun attempts to clear the streets, collecting the bodies of their comrades. Footage showed soldiers wrapping a body in a plastic body bag, and loading it onto a trailer. Speaking to The Associated Press, a soldier with the Nom de guerre "Rud" said that despite wanting to fight "so that our people can live better", the cost of battle "comes at a very high price".
Title:Indonesia Football Deaths 2 129 dead after stampede at Indonesian soccer match Panic at an Indonesian football match after police fired tear gas to stop brawls left 129 dead, mostly trampled to death, police said Sunday. Several fights between supporters of the two rival teams were reported inside the Kanjuruhan Stadium in East Java province's Malang city after the Indonesian Premier League game ended with Persebaya Surabaya beating Arema Malang 3-2. The brawls that broke out just after the game ended late night Saturday prompted riot police to fire tear gas, which caused panic among supporters, said East Java Police Chief Nico Afinta. Hundreds of people ran to an exit gate in an effort to avoid the tear gas. Some suffocated in the chaos and others were trampled, killing 34 almost instantly. More than 300 were rushed to nearby hospitals to treat injuries but many died on the way and during a treatment, Afinta said. He said the death toll is likely still increasing, since many of about 180 injured victims' conditions were deteriorating.
Title:Ukraine War Bakhmut Tanks Ukrainian tank unit holds line inside the Donbas Ukrainian tank units fighting Russian forces in the Donbas are holding their line, despite the Kremlin's attempts to illegally annex the territory around them. The city of Bakhmut lies within the Ukrainian-controlled area in the Donetsk region very close to the border with Luhansk, which remains entirely under occupation by Moscow. Ukrainian army servicemen kept up patrols in their Russian-built T-64 and T-80 tanks, the latter they say was captured from a Russian unit. An overwhelming majority of Bakhmut's civilian population have left the city that has come under regular shelling since June. Kyiv's forces have made recent gains around Lyman, some 50 kilometers further north, on the back of a successful counteroffensive in recent weeks. Russia has sought to illegally annex Donetsk and Luhansk, as well as the southern regions of Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, on the back of Kremlin-orchestrated "referendums".
US TX ELECTION 2022 TEXAS BORDER GOP trying to flip traditionally blue Texas border Texas Democrats are embarking on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's big red state. But Republicans are also taking a swing of their own and making an aggressive play to win races along Texas' mostly Hispanic southern border in November's midterms. The rare sight of contested races on the Texas border has widened cracks in an important Democratic stronghold two years after former President Donald Trump's significant gains with Hispanic voters during the 2020 election. Just weeks before Election Day in Texas, once again there is big money, new signs of shifting voters and bold predictions of an upset that will turn heads across the U.S. But this time, it's coming from Republicans. "We are going to turn the Rio Grande Valley red," said Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, kicking off a rally near the Texas border. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats. The task — like Democrat Beto O'Rourke's underdog campaign to unseat Abbott — is an uphill climb. But it is another way Republicans are putting plenty at stake on the Texas border, given that they are already tried refocusing the final sprint of the 2022 midterms on portraying the 1,200-mile boundary as rife with escalating danger and disorder as record number of migrants enter from Mexico. Border Democrats say dramatic moves to bus and fly migrants across the country will backfire with voters, but also acknowledge they can no longer coast into office. Still, the rare sight of contested races on the Texas border at all has widened cracks in an important Democratic stronghold two years after former President Donald Trump's significant gains with Hispanic voters during the 2020 election caused both parties to scramble in unexpected ways. Democrats still hold advantages in South Texas — decades of incumbency, a culture of residents voting Democrat and moderate candidates who are less vulnerable to GOP attacks on the left and more critical of President Joe Biden at a time when his approval ratings remain low and inflation is still high. The GOP says it has spent millions on Hispanic outreach nationwide, including 30-puls ad buys in Spanish-language media encompassing digital, TV, radio and print. It also has a record 32 Hispanic Republican nominees on House ballots around the country, although many are underdogs. Democrats, for their part, opened a national field office in McAllen in April and have three staffers working on the area's congressional race, the party's first such investment in recent memory. O'Rourke, who in the past ran unsuccessfully for Senate and president, also heads a nonprofit called Powered By People. In 2020, he organized phone banking that saw volunteers contact voters in Webb County, which includes Laredo, where fewer than 40% of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2018 Senate race — hoping to boost turnout for Biden.
Bolsonaro holds motorcycle campaign rally Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro held a massive campaign motorcycle rally in Poco das Caldas, a city in the central state of Minas Gerais, Friday, ahead of the October 2 general elections. Hundreds of people lined up to see Bolsonaro lead the rally, shouting insults about opposition candidate and former President Luiz InÃ¡cio Lula da Silva. Da Silva, a leftist who governed from 2003 to 2010, is leading in virtually all polls before the vote against right-wing incumbent Bolsonaro, who has insisted that the polls are wrong, and that election fraud may rob him of the presidency. His supporters, many wrapped in Brazilian flags, believe he will defeat da Silva, despite the numbers the polls reflect. Bolsonaro supporter Jean Franklin said they wouldn't let the country fall into "communism." "We are not going to let turn this country into a Venezuela, a Cuba," he said. Others repeated a wide belief among Bolsonaro supporters that the polls can't be trusted. "Contrary to what is happening in the media that show that this one (Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva) is winning, the street is saying a different thing," said Marcos Sanson.
Title:Ukraine War Zaporizhzhia Aftermath Aftermath of deadly attack on Zaporizhzhia The bodies of some of the 26 victims of the deadly attack on Friday in Zaporizhzhia, were carried in black bags and put into ambulances by Ukrainian policemen and servicemen. Russia pounded Ukrainian cities with missiles, rockets and suicide drones on Friday in Moscow’s heaviest barrage in weeks. In the Zaporizhzhia attack, anti-aircraft missiles that Russia has repurposed as ground-attack weapons rained down on people waiting in cars to cross into Russian-occupied territory so they could bring family members back across front lines, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, said. The strike left deep craters and sent shrapnel tearing through the humanitarian convoy, killing passengers. Nearby buildings were demolished. Trash bags, blankets and, for one victim, a blood-soaked towel, covered the bodies. Russian-installed officials in Zaporizhzhia blamed Ukrainian forces, but gave no evidence. Analysts have warned that Putin was likely to dip more heavily into his dwindling stocks of precision weapons and step up attacks as part of a strategy to escalate the war and shatter Western support. "The strike was absolutely planned and right now the main terrorist, Putin is speaking about the annexation of these regions, including the annexation of Zaporizhzhia region," Ukrainian Minister of Internal Affairs, Denys Monastyrsky said. AP video shot by Yesica Fisch and Nick Dumitrache
Title:Ukraine War Polish Howitzer Weapons from Poland help Ukraine hold Donbas line
Title:US FL Hurricane Ian Sanibel Drone Drone video: Ian heavily damages Sanibel Causeway The destruction began to come into focus a day after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida as one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. The storm flooded homes on both of the state's coasts, cut off the only bridge to a barrier island, destroyed a historic waterfront pier and knocked out electricity to 2.67 million Florida homes and businesses â€” nearly a quarter of utility customers. At least one man was confirmed dead. A chunk of the Sanibel Causeway fell into the sea, cutting off access to the barrier island where 6,300 people normally live. It was unknown how many heeded orders to evacuate, but Charlotte County Emergency Management Director Patrick Fuller expressed cautious optimism that worst-case scenarios might not have been realized. Aerial photos from the Fort Myers area, a few miles west of where Ian struck land, showed homes ripped from their slabs and deposited in a jumble among shredded wreckage. Businesses near the beach were completely razed, leaving just twisted debris. Broken docks floated at odd angles beside damaged boats, and fires smoldered on lots where houses once stood. Though downgraded to a tropical storm by Thursday morning, the National Hurricane Center said storm surge and flooding rains remained a threat as Ian crept across the Florida peninsula and emerged in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Canaveral. Forecasters predicted Ian would regain some strength while turning northward. A hurricane warning was issued for the South Carolina coast, where the storm was expected to again make landfall, having already hit Cuba and Florida. AP Video shot by Steve Helber
Title: HD Iraq Iran Bombings Iran drones bomb northern Iraq; at least 9 dead An Iranian drone bombing campaign in northern Iraq on Wednesday killed at least nine people and wounded 32 others, the Kurdish Regional Government's Health Ministry said. The strikes took place as demonstrations continued to engulf the Islamic Republic after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman who was detained by the Iranian morality police. Some of the strikes targeted bases of the Komala (Toilers) Party in the Zar Gwez mountains in the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah. Politburo member Newid Mihrawar told The Associated Press he thought Iran was targeting Kurdish areas because of the protests that erupted following Amini's death. "The protests that started in Iran are sourced from Kurdistan. It was in Kurdistan where it grew and (then) spread across Iran," he said. Iran's attacks also targeted Koya, some 65 kilometers (35 miles) east of Irbil, said Soran Nuri, a member of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan. The group, known by the acronym KDPI, is a leftist armed opposition force banned in Iran. Iraq's Foreign Ministry and the Kurdistan Regional Government have condemned the strikes. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency and broadcaster said the country's Revolutionary Guard targeted bases of a separatist group in the north of Iraq with "precision missiles" and "suicide drones." Gen. Hasan Hasanzadeh of the Revolutionary Guard said 185 Basijis, a volunteer force, were injured by "machete and knife" in the unrest, state-run IRNA news agency reported Wednesday. Hasanzadeh also said rioters broke the skull of one of the Basij members. He added that five Basijis are hospitalized in intensive care. Iraq's Foreign Ministry spokesman said the government in Baghdad is expected to summon the Iranian ambassador to deliver a diplomatic complaint over the strikes.
Title:Ukraine War School Attack Aftermath Russian attack hits school in eastern Ukraine At least one person died on Wednesday in the eastern Ukrainian town of Mykolaivka after a Russian attack hit a school being used by residents as a shelter. About 15 people were in the basement of the school, including two children and one disabled person, when the strike made impact. A 63-year-old woman, who worked as a guard at the school, was killed. Rescue workers and firefighters searched for hours for her body under the debris of the building. When the rescuers started to dig through the rubble, the victim's daughter ran desperately to the collapsed building, while relatives and friends pulled her back and tried to comfort her. Watching the scene was 69-year-old Mykola Moroz, who survived the attack. He had been sleeping in the school since the war began in February, as he felt it was a safe place to shelter. On Wednesday he overslept and did not go out to smoke his usual morning cigarette. He said that's probably what saved his life. After hearing the noise of the explosion and feeling its force, he remained in the basement, with several others, until firefighters later came to rescue them. "I worked hard and honestly. Why do I need this Russian world? I've lived (a) great (life), why would I need this?" he said, reflecting on the war in Ukraine. While people in the Donbas and other places in eastern Ukraine deal with ongoing deadly attacks, the Moscow-appointed heads of the occupied territories of Luhansk and Kherson regions, published on the Telegram messaging application requests for the territories to join Russia. It followed Kremlin-staged voting in Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine, which Moscow refers to as referendums but has been dismissed by Ukraine and the West as illegal. "I read on Telegram (about the referendum), it's.. all lies, all lies" Moroz said. "Yesterday it was posted on Telegram how they (Russians) walked around streets (houses) calling people to vote, and nobody was going out." The Luhansk administrator Leonid Pasechnik cited alleged Ukrainian crimes and threats of genocide as the reason for his request, addressed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin. The Kherson region head Vladimir Saldo later did the same. The remaining two Russia-occupied regions were expected to follow suit. The requests are seen as a prelude to Putin declaring their annexation in the coming days. Russia organized voting in four regions it holds on whether they wish to separate from Ukraine and join Russia. The votes have been dismissed by the West and Ukraine as a sham but the pro-Russia authorities in the four regions have said people overwhelmingly supported separation from Ukraine. "What can I say, I don't even know what to say (about the referendum in the occupied territories)," said Olena, a resident of Mykolaivka who did not want to be identified by her last name. "We just do not understand anything in this politics. Nobody knows what's better, nobody knows what to expect, but all this happening is just sad and dangerous." Mykolaivka is a town located about 30km from Lyman, a city occupied by the Russians and where the Ukrainian forces are trying to advance. AP video shot by Yesica Fisch
Title:Georgia Russia Border Protest at Georgian border as Russians arrive Protesters gathered at the Georgian-Russian border crossing in Larsi on Wednesday as long lines of Russia citizens continued to arrive. Protesters in convoys traveled from Tbilisi to voice their concerns over the exodus of Russian citizens into Georgia that has increased since Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on 21 September. The protest was organized by the Georgian political party Droa. "We believe that such kind of migration from Russia in Georgia poses an imminent threat to Georgia's national security, Georgia's economy and stability in general", said Gigi Lemonjava, executive secretary of Droa. The mass exodus of men — alone or with their families or friends — began Sept. 21, shortly after Putin's address to the nation, and continued all this week. Early on, they snapped up airline tickets, which spiked in price on the few airlines still flying out of Russia. But the rest had to fill up their cars and join the long lines snaking on roads toward the borders. According to the online service Yandex Maps, the traffic jam leading to Verkhny Lars, a border crossing into Georgia from Russia's North Ossetia region, stretched for about 15 kilometers (over 9 miles) on Tuesday. Social media showed hundreds of pedestrians lining up at the checkpoint after Russian border guards relaxed regulations and allowed people to cross on foot. The Interior Ministry of Georgia said over 53,000 Russians have entered the country since last week.
Title:Italy Election Meloni Italian far-right leader strikes moderate tone after vote
Milanese vote in Italian election Italians began voting in a national election on Sunday which comes at a critical time for Europe. Soaring energy bills, largely caused by the war in Ukraine, have households and businesses fearful they can't keep the heat or lights on this winter. Sunday's balloting for Italy's Parliament might yield the nation's first government led by the far-right since the end of World War II. Opinion polls had indicated Giorgia Meloni and her Brothers of Italy party, with its neo-fascist roots, would be the top vote-getter. If Meloni becomes premier, she will be the first woman in Italy to hold the office. But assembling a viable, ruling coalition could take weeks. "I expect that these will be difficult elections to read, to understand," said Alberto Veltroni after voting in Milan early on Sunday. "Realistically, what I expect to happen is that nothing changes," said Lauretana, another voter in Milan. Nearly 51 million Italians were eligible to vote.
Title:Russia Moscow Protest 2 Police detain demonstrators in Russian capital
Title:Ukraine War Izium Aid Humanitarian aid given out in recaptured Izium In Izium, a Ukrainian city held by Russian forces for six months until its recapture in early September, the sound of artillery from a distant battle was nearly constant on Wednesday but residents were too focused on basic needs to heed it. On the east bank of the Sievierodonetsk River, dozens of people crowded around a humanitarian aid truck stocked with food and other supplies. A mother told the Associated Press her young sons were struggling to understand what had been happening around them. "The little one, he doesn't understand what's happening. The older one was afraid and cried. When he heard the noise, he cried," she said. Elsewhere in Izium, the residents of an apartment building gathered in the courtyard to take advantage of a diesel generator to charge their phones and cook hot meals on makeshift wood stoves. The city was hit especially hard with airstrikes and artillery as Russian forces seized it, and nearly every building has shattered windows or shrapnel scars. A recent Ukrainian counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region led to significant territorial regains of areas occupied by Moscow, including Izium.
Title:Ukraine War Izium ‘We have nothing’: residents after Izium being retaken
Title:UK Queen Funeral Mall Procession Royal family follow coffin down The Mall
Title:Ukraine War Chechen Training Chechen volunteers train colleagues near Kyiv
Title:Ukraine War Izium Exhumation GRAPHIC Exhumation of bodies from Izium mass grave
Title:Ukraine War Izium Liberation Life in Izium after city retaken from the Russians
Title:Turkey NATO Turkey, Greece join annual NATO drills off Antalya Having spent recent months engaged in an escalating war of words over disputes in the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, Turkey and Greece came together for an annual NATO naval exercise off the coast of Antalya on Thursday. The traditional rivals were among 15 alliance members taking part in Dynamic Mariner-Mavi Balina 22 off Turkey's western coast. Relations between Turkey and Greece have worsened recently, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issuing a thinly veiled invasion threat a week ago when he said Turkey could "come all of a sudden one night" in response to perceived Greek threats. The neighbors have had decades-old disputes over an array of issues, including territorial claims in the Aegean and Mediterranean and disagreements over the airspace there. The friction has brought them to the brink of war three times during the last half-century. Ankara said Greece had been violating international agreements by militarizing islands close to its coastline. It has also accused Greek air defenses of locking on to Turkish fighter jets during NATO exercises over the eastern Mediterranean. Greece has complained of Turkey's rhetoric to NATO, the European Union and the United Nations. Athens said it needed to defend its eastern islands against its larger and militarily stronger neighbor. It has also accused Turkey's military of repeatedly violating Greek airspace and waters. NATO announced the start of the sea exercise from Aksaz naval base near the Mediterranean resort of Marmaris. The war games run to September 22. Rear Admiral of the Turkish Navy, Huseyin Tigli, one of the commanding officers of the exercise, said that the two countries came together as NATO allies and to "understand" and "support" each other. The exercise included 50 ships, five submarines, five maritime aircraft and 1,500 marines and other personnel.
Title:Ukraine War Izium Graves ONLY ON AP Mass burial site found in Izium A mass grave of Ukrainian soldiers and hundreds unknown buried civilians were found in the forest of recently retaken Izium. Russian soldiers buried Ukrainian soldiers in a mass grave in the forest, said Ukraine's Commissioner for Issues of Missing Persons under Special Circumstances Oleg Kotenko. On Wednesday, Oleg Kotenko with a group of Ukrainian servicemen looked around the burial place in a forest in Izium. He said that the Russians had posted a video of the forest, saying they had buried 17 Ukrainian soldiers. "On the video we saw more. We hadn't counted yet. But I think there are more or less 25 bodies," said Kotenko. Kotenko also said that hundreds of Izum residents who died during the Russian occupation were buried in this place with numbers on the crosses instead of names. "These crosses are civilians who died. They were buried here," he said. Izium residents confirmed that bodies of people who died during the Russian occupation were buried in the forest. Kotenko said the bodies would be exhumed and their DNA examined. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy also said that Ukrainian authorities had found a mass burial site near a recently recaptured northeastern city previously occupied by Russian forces. "A mass grave of people was found in Izium in the Kharkiv region. The necessary procedures have already begun there. More information - clear, verifiable information - should be available tomorrow," Zelenskyy said in his nightly televised address. Associated Press journalists saw the site in a forest outside Izium on Thursday. A mass grave bore a marker saying it contained the bodies of 17 Ukrainian soldiers. It was surrounded by hundreds of individual graves with only crosses to mark them. Russia's forces left Izium and other parts of the Kharkiv region last week amid a stunning Ukrainian counteroffensive. On Wednesday, Zelenskyy made a rare trip outside Ukraine's capital to watch the raising of the national flag at Izium's city hall.
Title:Ukraine War Zelenskyy Izium Visit Zelenskyy visits retaken city of Izium
Stills Ukraine Kharkiv Region Ukraine troops in retaken areas of Karkiv region Ukrainian troops retook a wide swathe of territory from Russia on Monday, pushing all the way back to the northeastern border in some places, and claimed to have captured many Russian soldiers as part of a lightning advance that forced Moscow to make a hasty retreat Ukrainian troops continued to pile unrelenting pressure on retreating Russian forces on Tuesday, seeking to hold on to their sudden momentum that has produced major territorial gains. Fresh yellow-and-blue flags fluttered from the tallest buildings left in partly destroyed towns around Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv, while Ukrainian soldiers inspected charred Russian tanks left along the way. AP images shot by Kostiantyn Liberov
Title:Ukraine War Kharkiv Attack Firefighters tackle blaze in Kharkiv strike aftermath Strikes in Ukraine's northeastern city of Kharkiv continued during daylight Monday when a building of police administrative in the centre of the city was hit by a missile, setting part of it on fire and killing one person, regional police said. Teams of firefighters battled flames licking the roof from the top floor as smoke billowed above the area. "Russia conducted a rocket strike against a peaceful city," Police Chief Volodymyr Tymoahko told The Associated Press. He said at least one person died in a neighbouring building as a consequence of the blast. Overnight, an S-300 missile hit a residential building killing one person, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said on Telegram, while a separate strike on infrastructure Sunday night left two dead. Workers removed rubble and broken window frames from the residential building that was hit overnight, as a few residents tried to gather whatever belongings they could salvage. Kateryna Protsenko, a 29-year-old vet living in an apartment a few meters from the building, took pictures of the damages. "It's dangerous to live in Kharkiv, every day is dangerous," she said. While Ukrainians celebrate their forces' reclaiming a wide swath of territory from Russia on Monday, pushing all the way back to the northeastern border in some places, many in the country's east are still dealing with daily Russian strikes. "You understand that today you are alive but you can be gone in a minute, and there is no other way, that's how we live. It's dangerous," Protsenko said. AP video shot by Yesica Fisch
UK Queen Coffin Edinburgh Applause for Queen's coffin on Royal Mile In a slow, somber and regal procession, Queen Elizabeth IIâ€™s flag-draped coffin was driven through the Scottish countryside Sunday from her beloved Balmoral Castle to the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. Mourners packed city streets and highway bridges or lined rural roads with cars and tractors to take part in a historic goodbye to the monarch who reigned for 70 years.
Title:Ukraine War Kharkiv Blackout Kharkiv left in the dark as power station hit
Title:Archive Queen Elizabeth II Proclamation Archive of Elizabeth II being proclaimed as queen On her 21st birthday in 1947, Princess Elizabeth went on the radio and made a promise to Britain and its Commonwealth nations: She pledged that "my whole life, whether it be short or long, will be devoted to your service." In 1952, King George VI died at 56 after years of ill health. Elizabeth, on a visit to Kenya, was told that she was now queen. Over her very long life, Queen Elizabeth II fulfilled her vow. Through 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss. Through Britain's postwar deprivations, crippling labor unrest and Brexit. Through the messy divorces, embarrassments and scandals of her family. She endured through it all â€” a reassuring anchor in a fast-changing world.
'A special moment in history': reax to Charles III King Charles III waved at cheering well-wishers as his motorcade made it's way into the grounds of Buckingham Palace on Saturday. Earlier Saturday, Charles was officially proclaimed Britain’s monarch in a pomp-filled ceremony steeped in ancient tradition and political symbolism. Charles, who spent seven decades as heir apparent, automatically became king when his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, died on Thursday. But the accession ceremony was a key constitutional and ceremonial step in introducing the new monarch to the country, a relic of a time before mass communications. "It just felt like a really special moment in history," said Beverley Nash, who was among the thousands waiting outside Buckingham Palace to see Charles. Another woman, who gave her name only as Kerstin, said: "Really special. We loved it and I think he's going to be great."
人物：チャールズ 3世, エリザベス 2世
Mourners in Balmoral remember their Queen Large crowds of mourners gathered to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Saturday. Locals including parents and children - some carrying roses - gathered to add to the growing floral tributes at the castle gates. The outpouring of flowers and heartfelt notes in public places began on Thursday, when the monarch died, and looked set to continue into the weekend.
Floral tributes for Queen left outside Balmoral Mourners from across the world gathered at Balmoral Friday to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. They laid wreaths and flowers against the gates of the estate and spoke of their affection for the late monarch. Elizabeth died peacefully Thursday afternoon at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. All four of her children and her grandson Prince William travelled to Balmoral to be at her side.
Title:North Korea Kim Nuclear Weapons NKorea says it will never give up its nuclear weapons North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed his country will never abandon the nuclear weapons it needs to counter the United States, which he accused of pushing to weaken the North's defenses and eventually collapse his government, state media said Friday. Kim made the comments during a speech Thursday at North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament, where members passed legislation governing the use of nuclear weapons, which Kim described as a step to cement the country's nuclear status and make clear such weapons will not be bargained. The law included a provision that requires North Korea's military to "automatically" execute nuclear strikes against enemy forces if its leadership comes under attack. Kim also criticized South Korea over its plans to expand its conventional strike capabilities and revive large-scale military exercises with the United States to counter the North's growing threats, describing them as a "dangerous" military action that raises tensions. Kim has made increasingly provocative threats of nuclear conflict toward the United States and its allies in Asia, also warning that the North would proactively use its nuclear weapons when threatened. His latest comments underscored the growing animosity in the region as he accelerates the expansion of his nuclear weapons and missiles program.
Title:US WH Visitors UK Queen Reaction Washington tourists react to British Queen's death Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of stability in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British empire and embarrassing dysfunction in her own family, died Thursday after 70 years on the throne. She was 96. The palace announced she died at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland, where members of the royal family had rushed to her side after her health took a turn for the worse. A link to the almost-vanished generation that fought World War II, she was the only monarch most Britons have ever known. Her 73-year-old son Prince Charles automatically became king and will be known as King Charles III, his office announced. British monarchs in the past have selected new names upon taking the throne. Charles' second wife, Camilla, will be known as the Queen Consort. The BBC played the national anthem, "God Save the Queen," over a portrait of Elizabeth in full regalia as her death was announced, and the flag over Buckingham Palace was lowered to half-staff as the second Elizabethan age came to a close. The impact of her loss will be huge and unpredictable, both for the nation and for the monarchy, an institution she helped stabilize and modernize across decades of enormous social change and family scandals, but whose relevance in the 21st century has often been called into question. The public's abiding affection for the queen has helped sustain support for the monarchy during the scandals. Charles is nowhere near as popular. The changing of the guard also comes at a fraught moment for Britain, which has a brand-new prime minister and is grappling with an energy crisis, double-digit inflation, the war in Ukraine and the fallout from Brexit. Crowds gathered outside Buckingham Palace in the rain and some members wept when officials carried a notice confirming the queen's death to the gates of her London home. Since Feb. 6, 1952, Elizabeth reigned over a Britain that rebuilt from a destructive and financially exhausting war and lost its empire; joined the European Union and then left it; and made the painful transition into the 21st century. She endured through 15 prime ministers, from Winston Churchill to Truss, becoming an institution and an icon -- a fixed point and a reassuring presence even for those who ignored or loathed the monarchy.
Title:US CA Northern California Fire Update CA firefighters struggle to gain control of wildfires Firefighters struggled Thursday to gain control of major California wildfires that have grown explosively and forced extensive evacuations amid a searing heat wave. The deadly and destructive Fairview Fire in Southern California expanded in two directions on Wednesday, covering more than 30 square miles (78 square kilometers) of Riverside County. It was just 5% contained. In the Sierra Nevada, the Mosquito Fire had scorched nearly 9 square miles (23 square kilometers), forcing evacuations in Placer and El Dorado counties. Another dangerous blaze burned near the Big Bear Lake resort region in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. It was just 2% contained after scorching nearly 2 square miles (5 square kilometers). The prolonged heat wave was expected to abruptly end, in Southern California at least, by the weekend as remnants of the current Hurricane Kay arrive, bringing rain. Kay was off southern Baja California early Thursday but some showers and thunderstorms associated with the hurricane were already reaching Southern California. The Fairview Fire erupted Monday amid triple-digit heat and spread swiftly, killing two people who were found in a vehicle, severely burning another person while destroying seven structures and damaging several others. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Southern California Edison notified the California Public Utilities Commission that "circuit activity" occurred close in time to when the fire was reported, the Los Angeles Times said. The activity was not specified. The Mosquito Fire burned several structures and at least 10 cars near the Gold Rush-era community of Michigan Bluff about an hour northwest of Sacramento.
Title:Ukraine War Sloviansk Attack Firefighters search ruins after Sloviansk strike Firefighters in Sloviansk on Wednesday dug deep into the still-smouldering rubble of an apartment building looking for potential victims following a direct hit on the building. Chunks of bricks, masonry and concrete lay among the torn branches of nearby trees, mixed with smashed glass and broken roof ties. Relatives of an elderly couple who lived on the third floor walked over, anxiously trying to reach the couple by phone, to no avail. After hours of work, firefighters carried a body bag out of the building. The strike came at around 4 a.m, said local resident Raisa Smielkova, 75, who lives in another part of the building. "I was sleeping and jumped out of my bed and the glass was falling, we came outside to the street, and we saw that everything was on fire and everything collapsed," she said. She and her husband were unhurt, and were lucky to have suffered only minor damage to their apartment. Born in Chechnya, Smielkova and her husband have lived here for 34 years. They lived through the previous war in Ukraine in 2014 too, but this time, she said, it was much worse. Both retired and living on pensions, they can't afford to evacuate their home and move to a safer part of Ukraine, Smielkova said. But staying isn't easy either. "Some are saying to me: are not you afraid? And I answer, of course I'm afraid only the fools are not afraid" she said. Video shot by Yesica Fisch
Title:Ukraine War Kramatorsk Hospital Hospital in Kramatorsk hit by Russian attack A psychiatric hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk was hit by a Russian attack Wednesday, leaving the building heavily damaged. No injures were reported. Members of staff cleared some of the debris and tried to recover usable equipment. Part of the building was completely destroyed and some of its roof and walls collapsed. Since the beginning of the war, the hospital has been treating outpatients from all over the Donbas region as many other hospitals have closed. Even when most of the population left Kramatorsk, several patients - some with no family - remained in the city, receiving medical support from the hospital's staff. Those who were working at the time of the attack were shaken by it, said hospital director Liudmyla Sevastianova. But when she gathered them and asked if the hospital should close, she said the workers and doctors agreed they should continue to treat their patients. The Donbas region, located in eastern Ukraine, has been under heavy shelling and attacks for weeks. AP Video by Yesica Fisch
Title:At Sea Baltics US Navy US warship trains in Baltics amid regional tension The USS Kearsarge is the first US navy amphibious assault ship in at least 20 years to be taking part in international exercises in the Baltic Sea. "It's a first off for us in recent memory and it's been very exciting," commander Captain Tom Foster told Associated Press journalists on board the ship. The USS Kearsarge is the flagship of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Force, and is one of the US navy's largest vessels. Its mission in the Baltic Sea is to promote safety and security in the Sea region. The exercises have been taking place amid tensions in the area in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. With some other US navy ships, it has been training for months with the militaries of Sweden and Finland. The Nordic countries started their path to accession to the NATO military alliace following Russia's actions. Moscow has repeatedly warned Helsinki and Stockholm against joining NATO and has warned of retaliatory measures if they do. The USS Kearsarge allows for training flights by aircraft such as the AV-8B Harriers, UH-1 Y Venom helicopters and MV-22 Osprey planes. During the exercises, the ship encountered and inter-acted with Russian forces several times. "Throughout this deployment we had nothing but safe and professional interactions with them," said the commander of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. Countries bordering the Baltic Sea include Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and Denmark. AP video shot by Rafal Niedzielski
Title:US CA Death Valley Heat California swelters as heat wave engulfs state California was in a state of emergency Thursday as a brutal heat wave brought the threat of power outages and wildfires. Temperatures will continue to reach triple digits in many areas of the state through Labor Day, forecasters said, prompting concerns that people will turn up the air conditioning and strain the state's electrical grid. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday declared an emergency to increase energy production and relaxed rules aimed at curbing air pollution and global warming gases. He emphasized the role climate change was playing in the heat wave. "All of us have been trying to outrun Mother Nature, but it's pretty clear Mother Nature has outrun us," Newsom said. "The reality is we're living in an era of extremes: extreme heat, extreme drought — and with the flooding we're experiencing around the globe." Newsom's declaration followed "Flex Alert" calls for conservation by the California Independent System Operator, which oversees the state's electrical grid. The agency issued another Flex Alert for Friday afternoon — its third in a row. In August 2020, a record heat wave caused a surge in power use for air conditioning that overtaxed the grid. That caused two consecutive nights of rolling blackouts, affecting hundreds of thousands of residential and business customers. Rolling blackouts "are a possibility but not an inevitability" during the current heat wave, said Elliot Mainzer, president and CEO of the California Independent System Operator. Cooling centers were being opened across the state and officials encouraged people to seek comfort at public libraries and stores — even if just for a few hours to prevent overheating.
IMF set to provide $2.9 billion to help crisis-hit Sri Lanka The International Monetary Fund announced Thursday it had reached a preliminary agreement to provide Sri Lanka with 2.9 billion US dollars over four years to help it recover from its ongoing economic crisis. The arrangement will help restore financial and macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability as well as enable the country’s growth potential, an IMF team visiting Sri Lanka said in a statement. The package is contingent on approval from the IMF management and executive board, as well as on receiving assurances from Sri Lanka’s creditors, which include China, India and Japan, that debt sustainability will be restored. Speaking to reporters in Colombo, the IMF's Peter Breuer said that since Sri Lanka’s debt is currently unsustainable, the lender will need to see an engagement between the country and its creditors before it can commit resources. “If creditors are not willing to provide these assurances, that will deepen the crisis in Sri Lanka and would undermine its repayment capacity,” he said. He said a collaboration between the creditors and Sri Lanka will help the nation emerge from the crisis faster, and suggested holding a forum between the two sides on restructuring its debts. Sri Lanka is in the midst of an unprecedented economic crisis with acute monthslong shortages of essentials such as fuel, medicine and cooking gas due to a severe shortage of foreign currency. Though cooking gas supplies were restored through World Bank support, shortages of fuel, critical medicines and some food items continue. The island nation has suspended repayment of nearly 7 billion US dollars in foreign debt due this year. The country's total foreign debt amounts to more than 51 billion US dollars, of which 28 billion US dollars has to be repaid by 2028. Sri Lanka’s economy is expected to shrink by 8.7% in 2022 with inflation rising above 60%, the IMF said, adding that the impact is greatest on the poor and vulnerable.
Title:US NASA Artemis Briefing NASA aims for Sept. 3rd launch of new moon rocket
Afghanistan Taliban Celebrations Taliban celebrate 1st anniversary of US withdrawal Hundreds of Taliban fighters on Wednesday celebrated the first anniversary U.S and NATO forces withdrawal from Afghanistan. They rallied with their weapons and vehicles on the streets of Kabul. One year ago, the U.S. airlifted more than 120,000 Americans, Afghans and allies from Afghanistan to end a 20-year war. Feeling proud and excited, many of the fighters said the day is very important for them. "We have given a lot of sacrifices for this day, and we will always celebrate it," one fighter said. On August 15 last year, Taliban forces took over capital, Kabul, and a lot has changed in Afghanistan since that day. The former insurgents who are now the rulers of the country are struggling to govern Afghanistan and remain isolated internationally. The country's already kneeling economy collapsed and drove millions more of Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid slowed down.
US NY Times Square Gun Restrictions 'Gun Free Zone' signs placed in Times Square New York City is posting signs proclaiming the iconic tourist destination Times Square as a "Gun Free Zone." The 25-block business district in the center of Manhattan is arguably the busiest in the United States. Under a sweeping new state gun law that goes into effect Thursday, it would be one of scores of "sensitive" places, including parks, churches and theaters that would be off limits for guns. The new rules are meant to address a U.S. Supreme Court decision that further expanded Second Amendment gun rights when it invalidated a century-old law that required gun owners to prove they had a compelling need to carry.
Title:Ukraine War Druzhkivka Attack Russian airstrikes on Druzhkivka hit two schools
Title:Pakistan Floods Waters remain high after flooding in Pakistan Nearly a half million people crowded into camps after losing their homes in widespread flooding and the climate minister warned on Monday that Pakistan is on the "front line" of the world's climate crisis after unprecedented monsoon rains wracked the country since mid-June, killing more than 1,130 people. The rains stopped more than two days ago, and floods in some areas were receding. But Pakistanis in many parts of the country were still wading through waters that filled their homes or covered their town's streets as they struggled with how to deal with the damage to homes and businesses. In the southern city of Sindh, residents were seen walking through waist-deep floodwater as they went to retrieve items from their properties. The National Disaster Management Authority said floods this summer have killed more than 1,136 people and injured 1,636 as well as damaging 1 million homes. At least 498,000 people in the country of 220 million are in relief camps after being displaced, it said. Many more displaced are believed to be living with relatives, friends or outside.
Title:US FL NASA Artemis Mission Launch Scrub NASA's massive moon rocket launch scrubbed Fuel leaks during final liftoff preparations postponed the launch of NASA's mighty new moon rocket Monday morning on its shakedown flight with three test dummies aboard. As precious minutes ticked away, NASA repeatedly stopped and started the fueling of the Space Launch System rocket with nearly 1 million gallons of super-cold hydrogen and oxygen because of a leak. The fueling already was running nearly an hour late because of thunderstorms off Florida's Kennedy Space Center. Finallly, the launch was scrubbed. The leak of highly explosive hydrogen appeared in the same place that saw seepage during a dress rehearsal back in the spring. Then a second apparent hydrogen leak turned up in a valve that had caused trouble in June but that NASA thought it had fixed, officials said. Later in the morning, NASA officials spotted what they feared was a crack or some other defect on the core stage — the big orange fuel tank with four main engines on it — but they later said it appeared to be just a buildup of frost. No astronauts were inside the rocket's Orion capsule. Instead, the test dummies, fitted with sensors to measure vibration, cosmic radiation and other conditions, were strapped in for the six-week mission, scheduled to end with the capsule's splashdown in the Pacific in October. Even though no one was on board, thousands of people jammed the coast to see the rocket soar. Vice President Kamala Harris was expected among the VIPs. The launch is the first flight in NASA's 21st-century moon-exploration program, named Artemis after Apollo's mythological twin sister.
Pakistanis wade through neck-deep floods Villagers waded through neck-deep floodwater in Pakistan's Baluchistan province on Sunday, as the country struggled to cope with a deadly monsoon season that has killed nearly 1,000 people. Flash floods triggered by heavy rains across much of Pakistan have injured and displaced thousands more since mid-June. "There's nobody from the government, nobody to help, nobody to even ask about us," said Nahal Khan, a displaced person, who had carried his belongings to the city of Dera Allah Yar. Rescuers have struggled to evacuate thousands of marooned people from flood-hit areas. The crisis has forced the government to declare a state of emergency.
Displaced Pakistanis left distraught by floods Exhausted villagers in southern Pakistan stood amist their flooded homes on Sunday, seeing most of their belongings and sources of income being washed away by the floods. 37-year-old Nabi Dad and his wife take turns in carrying their child and saving what is left of their belongings as their house in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali is submerged in waist-high water following torrential rains. Every evening, he retrieves his wooden bed and perches it at a vantage point while waiting for help under the open sky. "My children are hungry and sick, I am in pain, what should I do? I regret now, why (that) this house was built," he told The Associated Press on Sunday. Flash flooding from the heavy rains has washed away villages and crops as soldiers and rescue workers distributed tents and provided food to thousands of displaced Pakistanis. Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority reported the death toll since the monsoon season began earlier than normal this year — in mid- June — reached 1,033 people after new fatalities were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and southern Sindh provinces. The unprecedented monsoon season has affected all four of the country's provinces. Nearly 300,000 homes have been destroyed, numerous roads rendered impassable and electricity outages have been widespread, affecting millions of people.
Title:Ukraine War Chechen Fighters Chechen volunteers join Ukrainians on battlefield
Pakistan PM drops relief over flood-ravaged area Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday delivered relief supplies to those affected in the flood-hit Sindh province. Sharif was seen dropping relief packages from a helicopter to people below. Earlier on Saturday, the PM surveyed had inspected the damage around the province and met with displaced people at a relief camp. Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains across much of Pakistan have killed nearly 1,000 people and injured and displaced thousands more since mid-June, officials said Saturday. The new death toll came a day after Sharif asked for international help in battling deadly flood damage in the impoverished Islamic nation. The monsoon season, which began in June, has lashed Pakistan with particularly heavy rains this year and rescuers have struggled to evacuate thousands of people from flood-hit areas. The crisis has forced the government to declare a state of emergency. Some 6,500 Pakistani troops are taking part in the search and rescue operations and have so far evacuated more than 40,000 people. The United Nations on Thursday said it has allocated $3 million for U.N. aid agencies and their partners in Pakistan to respond to the floods.
Title:Ukraine War Chaplyne Train Wreckage of train after Russian attack in Chaplyne
Title:Italy Drought Tiber Roman ruins surface from Tiber amid drought As Italy faces its worst drought in seventy years, the lack of rainfall in Rome has brought ancient ruins to the surface of the Tiber River. These moss-covered rocks near the Vittorio Emanuele bridge are the remains of a Roman pier that once held up what is known as "Nero's Bridge", named after the famous Roman emperor. The ruins emerged this summer as the water level of the Tiber River steadily dropped. According to historian Anthony Majanlahti, the bridge was likely built in the first century AD for Emperor Nero to access his pleasure gardens across the river. For the moment, the usual Roman car traffic rushes past above and tourists flock to Rome's well-known monuments leaving this piece of ancient history to the seagulls. The drought has also caused more algae on the Tiber, and low water levels also reveal rubbish that has been dumped in the river. The Italian government has declared a state of emergency in several regions because of the prolonged drought and accompanying heat wave. Authorities managing the northern Po river have put the country’s longest waterway on the highest level of drought severity alert. The parched conditions have already caused billions of euros in losses to farmers who rely on it to irrigate fields and rice paddies. AP Video shot by Gianfranco Stara Produced by Sabrina Sergi
Title:Bulgaria Teen Pilot UK pilot sets record for solo flight around world A 17-year-old pilot became the youngest person to fly solo around the world in a small aircraft after he landed on Wednesday in Bulgaria, where his journey kicked off five months ago. Mack Rutherford, a Belgian-British dual national, landed on an airstrip west of Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, to complete his task and to claim two Guinness World Records. Along with becoming the youngest person to fly around the world by himself, Rutherford is the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe in a microlight plane. On Wednesday, a huge crowd of people had arrived at the airport to welcome Rutherford and to celebrate his achievements. Rutherford said he hoped his achievement would inspire young people to pursue their dreams. His sister, Zara, who finished her own trip global flight in January at age 19, previously held the ultralight record. Mack Rutherford took the age record from Travis Ludlow of Britain, who was 18 when he made a solo flight around the world last year. The journey, which began March 23, took Rutherford through 52 countries over five continents. He turned 17 during the trip. To set a mark recognized by the Guinness World Records, he crossed the equator twice.
Title:Belgium Teen Pilot Teen pilot in Belgium, near end of global odyssey
Title:Latvia Soviet Statue Latvia begins work dismantling Soviet statue Latvia has begun work dismantling a Soviet-era monument that commemorates the Red Army's victory over Nazi Germany, coming a week after Estonia removed a similar landmark. Police erected a yellow fence to cordon off the area near the monument, which stands like a high-rise in downtown Riga's Victory Park. It has an 80-meter (260-foot) concrete spire with a Soviet star on top, with two groups of statues beside the edge of a pond. The monument, built in 1985 while Latvia was still part of the Soviet Union, was being felled using machinery on Tuesday. "This is a question of values," Janis Lange, the Latvian capital's executive director told the Associated Press. "For Latvians, this monument symbolizes Latvia's occupation after the Second World War. And after Russia's invasion of Ukraine we can't tolerate it anymore." It wasn't immediately clear what would happen to the monument after it's taken down. The concrete obelisk is part of a complex that includes two groups of statues â€” a band of three Red Army soldiers and on the other side a woman representing the "Motherland" with her arms held high. The whole complex will be taken down. Latvia, which shares a 214-kilometer (133-mile) border with Russia, has a large group of ethnic Russians living in the country. On Russia's annual Victory Day holiday on May 9, they gather in front of the monument to lay flowers with concerts also organized. The event has caused controversy among people in Latvia, which since regaining independence in 1991 has become a member of NATO and the European Union. On Monday evening, around 50 people gathered to protest the dismantling of the statue which lead to several arrests. "I feel sad, because both my grandfathers, my grandmothers and my great grandfather were soldiers of the second world war, were fighting for freedom against Nazis, my great grandfather was killed in action in Lithuania in 1944. So for me, it's also a monument in the glory of what we did, of their fighting," said Dmitry Prokopenko, from a group protesting the dismantling of the monument. In May, Latvia's parliament voted to pave the way for the demolition of the monument in the capital and the Riga City Council followed suit. The Baltic countries have removed many monuments glorifying the Soviet Union or communist leaders. In 2007, the relocation of a World War II monument of a Red Army soldier in Estonia's capital, Tallinn, sparked days of rioting. Last week, Estonia removed a Soviet-era monument with a tank on top outside the town of Narva in the Baltic country's Russian-speaking east, and moved the tank replica to a war museum north of Tallinn. Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania have taken a hard-line stance against Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Title:Ukraine War Nuclear Plant Shelling in Nikopol, near nuclear plant, stokes fears Residents across the river from Ukraine's main atomic plant spoke of their fears as the city continues to be hit by shelling. Russian shelling wounded four people in Nikopol on Monday, an official said, only hours after the latest international pleas to spare the area from attacks to prevent a nuclear disaster. The city, which is about 10 kilometers (six miles) downstream from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, came under fire three times overnight from rockets and mortar shells, hitting houses, a kindergarten, the bus station and stores. Mayor Oleksandr Saiuk said four people were wounded, including two who were hospitalized. "It's scary," Nikopol resident Dmytro Shengyr told The Associated Press. "There are shellings every night." The city has faced relentless pounding since July 12 that has damaged some 850 buildings and sent about half its population of 100,000 fleeing. U.S. President Joe Biden and the leaders of Britain, France and Germany had pleaded Sunday for Russia to end any military operation so close to to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. There are widespread fears that continued shelling and fighting in the area could lead to a nuclear catastrophe. "All will die, not only us, in Ukraine, the whole Earth will die because this is very serious," Nikopol resident, Olena Sidoryakina warned. "He (husband) got this apartment. He was happy because he wanted to leave something for our children. He died and left nothing for his children," said 74-year-old Liudmyla Shyshkina, standing on the edge of her destroyed fourth-floor apartment in Nikopol that no longer has walls. She is still injured from the Aug. 10 blast that killed her 81-year-old husband, Anatoliy, on the spot. Russia has asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday to discuss the situation around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Vladimir Rogov, an official with the Russia-installed administration of the Zaporizhzhia region, said Monday that because of the shelling, staffing at the nuclear plant has been cut, with only skeletal personnel remaining to maintain its operation.
Title:Germany Ukraine War Bucha Exhibition Bullet-riddled Bucha vehicle on display in Berlin Two Ukrainians have set up an exhibition in the centre of Berlin, showcasing a burnt out, bullet-riddled car from a town outside the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv where hundreds of civilians were found dead after Russia withdrew from the area in late March. The car was brought to Berlin from Bucha by two soldiers from Ukraine's Territorial Defence Force. "It was not problem for me to visit Bucha's car cemetery and just to take some car with a tragic story," said one of the project initiators, Andriy Radnyuk. Ukraine's ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, was at the inauguration of the exhibition, and said the installation was "a legacy, a testament that this war has not diminished in its brutality". The civilian killings at Bucha have become a symbol of the brutality of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Municipal authorities say 458 bodies have been found in the Bucha area after the 33-day Russian occupation. They include 12 bodies of children, in most cases killed with their parents. Estonia, Finland and other EU countries bordering Russia have now been pushing for an EU-wide ban on Russian tourists. But some leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, have dismissed the idea as counterproductive. AP video shot by: Pietro De Cristofaro
Title:Pakistan Floods Flood-hit southern Punjab village evacuated Hundreds of villagers in Fazalpur, in southern Punjab, had to flee their houses as heavy rain caused floodwaters to rise unto unprecedented levels. Rescue workers helped stranded villagers evacuate buildings alongside their household items and set up temporary tents for shelter. Numan Ali, a rescue worker at the scene said that between 8 to 10 boats were deployed during the rescue operation and that teams of his colleagues were working on bringing people to a safe location. One of the villagers, Mohammad Buksh, said that a local authority was providing food and drink for survivors. He also claimed that water levels reached up to 10 feet. Since mid-June, the sever floods in the south have swollen rivers and damaged highways and bridges, disrupting traffic. More than 9,000 homes have been fully destroyed or partially damaged. Particularly hard-hit has been the south western Baluchistan province and southern Sindh province where more than 100 people have died in rain-related incidents and subsequent flooding. The north has also been hard hit this year as flooding triggered by monsoon rains killed at least 36 people, including 11 dead in areas bordering Afghanistan. Every year, much of Pakistan struggles with the annual monsoons, drawing criticism about poor government planning. The season runs from July through September. Rains are essential for irrigating crops and replenishing dams and other water reservoirs in Pakistan.
Title:Ukraine War Russian Tanks Burnt Russian tanks on display in Kyiv
Title:North Korea Kim Doctor Kim praises soldiers, medics for anti-COVID effort North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a ceremony to praise army medics who had been mobilised for anti-coronavirus efforts, following the country's much-disputed claim of beating COVID-19 last week, state media said Friday. Thousands of medics gathered at a theatre in the country's capital Pyongyang on Thursday where Kim delivered a speech praising their "bravery and self-sacrificing spirit" in fighting a "fierce war to exterminate the malignant virus." Kim later shook hands and posed during a photo session with the medics, according to the state media reports. Kim deployed army medics to support the delivery of medicines to pharmacies in Pyongyang after the country first acknowledged an omicron outbreak in May. More than a million other public workers were mobilised to identify suspected patients while authorities also tightly restricted movement between towns and regions. Health authorities had claimed a slowing outbreak for weeks before Kim declared victory over COVID-19 and ordered the easing of preventive measures last week, claiming the country's alleged success would be recognised as a global health miracle.
Title:Ukraine War Kharkiv Aftermath 3 Several dead in Russian strike on Kharkiv dorm
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UKRAINE WAR KHARKIV AFTERMATH 3 A Russian strike on a dormitory in Kharkiv late Wednesday killed at least seven people and injured 16, Kharkiv's governor said. Oleh Synyehubov, the head of the Kharkiv region, said Russian forces hit a residential neighborhood in Ukraine's second-largest city with an Iskander short-range ballistic missile. "It hurts when you hear about Kharkiv's Saltivka district. Pain for all of Ukraine. Pain for Kharkiv," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a social media post. "This is a mean act and cynical attack on civilians that has no justification and demonstrates the powerlessness of the aggressor," Zelenskyy's post added.
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Title:Afghanistan Taliban Anniversary Afghanistan marks 1 year since Taliban takeover
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Title:North Korea Virus Meeting Kim's sister blames NKorea COVID outbreak on SKo North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo Jong has blamed the latest COVID-19 outbreak on the South and promised retaliation at a meeting in Pyongyang. Activists for years have flown balloons across the border to distribute hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets critical of Kim, and North Korea has often expressed fury at the activists and at South Korea's leadership for not stopping them. During the meeting, Kim Yo Jong reiterated those claims, saying the country's virus crisis was a plan from South Korea to escalate confrontation. "(South Korean) puppets are still thrusting leaflets and dirty objects into our territory. We must counter it toughly," she said. "We have already considered various counteraction plans, but our countermeasure must be a deadly retaliatory one." North Korean state TV showed some members of an audience of thousands crying as she spoke about her brother's supposed fever — a reference that wasn't further explained. While Kim Yo Jong has made many speeches and statements in recent years as one of the most powerful members of her brother's leadership circle, Thursday marked the first time North Korean media broadcast video and audio of her delivering an entire speech, South Korea's Unification Ministry said. The highlighting of her speech in state media reflects her rising status and could be aimed at punctuating the threat communicated to the South. North Korea's claim about how the outbreak started contradicts outside experts who believe the omicron variant spread when the country briefly reopened its border with China to freight traffic in January and surged further following a military parade and other large-scale events in Pyongyang in April. In May, Kim Jong Un prohibited travel between cities and counties to slow the spread of the virus. But he also stressed that his economic goals should be met, which meant huge groups continued to gather at agricultural, industrial and construction sites. At the virus meeting, Kim called for the easing of preventive measures and for the nation to maintain vigilance and effective border controls, citing the global spread of new coronavirus variants and monkeypox.
人物：金 正恩, 金 与正
Title:Ukraine War Bucha Funeral 11 unidentified bodies buried in Bucha, Kyiv region Under grey skies 11 unidentified bodies were buried in Bucha, near Kyiv, on Thursday afternoon. With just cemetery workers and a priest present, the bodies - 2 women and 9 men - were laid to rest in a row of graves. Ten bodies were discovered in a mass grave near Bucha's Andrew the Apostle's Church after Russian troops retreated on 31st March. The 11th body belonged to a person who was shot and found in Chervone village 17 km from Bucha. The bodies arrived in a refrigerator truck - each packed in a plastic bags and numbered. This number was then attached to a crucifix at each graveside. It is the second massive funeral of unrecognised bodies in Bucha. The first one took place on 9th of August when 15 people were buried. According to the City Council, 458 bodies were found in Bucha community after 33 days of Russian occupation. Among them were 12 bodies of children, in most cases killed during the evacuation with their parents. 116 bodies were found in the massive grave near the Andrew the Apostle's Church. The process of identification of these bodies began in April and the bodies were distributed amongst different morgues in Kyiv region. According to the procedure, the bodies must be buried one month after the autopsy. And if the relatives haven't come to take the body, then it falls into the category of unidentified. But there is hope that in time all the bodies will be identified due to DNA samples being taken from each one. Video by Mstyslav Chernov
Title:Italy Drought River Drought drains water from Italy's longest river Italy's longest river would normally be teeming with people at this time of year as tourists and locals try and cool off from summer temperatures or dine one one of the restaurant boats. But this year due to a severe drought that has seen the water dry up, people can literally walk in the River Po, but not swim or sail. Boats lie on the dry riverbed and the water level reaches barely half a metre near a tourist dock in Ficarolo. "There are usually so many boats," said Stefano Marca, who has a houseboat on the river, that they are "parked in multiple rows like cars in Milan," he said. Marca, who has lived here for 10 years, says he had never seen it like this before. The Po runs 652 kilometers (405 miles) from the northwestern city of Turin to Venice. It has dozens of tributary rivers, mostly originating in the Alps. But Northern Italy hasn't seen rainfall for months and this year's snowfall was down by 70%. Higher than usual temperature did the rest, leaving the Po basin without its summer water reservoirs, with repercussions on its surrounding economy, tourism, and agriculture. Marca fears it will get worse. "It will be worse, because it will be more and more like this, more and more." The drying up of the Po is also jeopardising drinking water in Italy's densely populated and highly industrialised districts, and threatening irrigation in the most intensively farmed part of the country, known as the Italian food valley. Antonio Cestari, a 35 year old local farmer, has several hectares of land near the river where he grows corn, wheat and soy. He said he can barely get half of the crops he is used to, because there is little water in the wells around the river. Other farmers can get nothing from their fields, he says. "I am young and I do not remember anything like this, but even the elderly of my village or the other villages around here have never seen something like this, never ever," Cestari said.
Title:Archive Kim Yo Jong South Korea North Korea dismisses Seoul's aid-for-disarmament offer The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says her country will never accept South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol’s “foolish” offer of economic benefits in exchange for denuclearization steps, accusing Seoul of recycling past proposals Pyongyang already rejected. In a commentary published on Friday’s edition of North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun newspaper, Kim Yo Jong stressed that her country has no intentions to give away its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles program for economic cooperation, saying “no one barters its destiny for corn cake.” She questioned the sincerity of South Korea’s calls for improved bilateral relations while it continues its combined military exercises with the United States and fails to stop civilian activists from flying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets and other “dirty waste” across their border. She also ridiculed South Korea’s military capabilities, saying that the South misread the launch site of the North's latest missile tests on Wednesday, which came hours before Yoon used a news conference to urge Pyongyang to return to diplomacy. Kim Yo Jong’s newspaper column came after she threatened “deadly” retaliation against the South last week over a COVID-19 outbreak in the North, which it dubiously claims was caused by leaflets and other objects dropped from balloons launched by southern activists.
人物：金 正恩, 金 与正
Title:North Korea Virus Kim North Korea's Kim claims disputed victory over virus North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared "victory" over COVID-19 and ordered preventive measures eased just three months after acknowledging an outbreak, claiming the country's widely disputed success would be recognized as a global health miracle. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency also reported on Thursday that Kim’s sister said her brother had suffered a fever and blamed the North Korean outbreak on leaflets flown from across the border from South Korea, while warning of deadly retaliation. Some experts believe North Korea has manipulated the scale of the outbreak to help Kim maintain absolute control of the country amid mounting economic difficulties. They believe the victory statement signals Kim's aim to move to other priorities but are concerned his sister's remarks portend a provocation. South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs, issued a statement expressing strong regret over North Korea’s “extremely disrespectful and threatening comments” that were based on “ridiculous claims” about the source of its infections. Since North Korea admitted to an omicron outbreak of the virus in May, it has reported about 4.8 million “fever cases” in its population of 26 million but only identified a fraction of them as COVID-19. It has claimed the outbreak has been slowing for weeks and just 74 people have died. North Korea first suggested in July that its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with objects carried by balloons flown from South Korea - a questionable and unscientific claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible. Activists for years have flown balloons across the border to distribute hundreds of thousands of propaganda leaflets critical of Kim, and North Korea has often expressed fury at the activists and at South Korea’s leadership for not stopping them.
Title:NORCOREA VIRUS El líder norcoreano Kim Jong Un declara la "victoria" sobre el COVID-19
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Title:ARCHIVE North Korea Virus NKorea says no new fever cases amid COVID data doubts North Korea on Saturday reported no new cases for the first time since it abruptly admitted to its first domestic COVID-19 outbreak and placed its 26 million people under more draconian restrictions in May. There have been widespread outside doubts about the accuracy of North Korean statistics as its reported fatalities sit low and daily cases of the virus have been plummeting fast. Some experts say North Korea has likely manipulated the scale of illness and deaths to help leader Kim Jong Un maintain absolute control amid mounting economic difficulties. The North’s state emergency anti-epidemic center said via state media it had found zero fever patients in the latest 24-hour period. It said its total caseload was about 4.8 million and that about 99.99% of them have fully recovered. The country’s death count remains at 74, a mortality rate of 0.0016% that would be the world’s lowest if true. Despite the claimed zero cases, it is unclear whether and how soon North Korea would formally declare victory over COVID-19 and lift pandemic-related curbs because experts say it could face a viral resurgence later this year like many other countries. Recently, North Korea's state media has repeatedly said it’s intensifying and upgrading its anti-epidemic systems to guard against coronavirus subvariants and other diseases like monkeypox that are occurring in other countries. North Korea’s claimed zero cases could still have symbolic significance in its efforts to establish Kim's image as a leader who has controlled the outbreak much faster than other countries.
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