Havana protests flare for second night as Cuba scrambles to turn on lights

HAVANA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Crews restored power to more neighborhoods across Havana on Saturday after a second day of protests over ongoing blackouts in Cuba’s capital, including some of the largest demonstrations since widespread anti-government rallies in July 2021. At least one of the protests Friday night in the western seaside borough of Playa … Read more

Germany says it will supply Ukraine with air defense system in days

BERLIN, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Germany will deliver the first of four advanced IRIS-T air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming days to help ward off drone attacks, its defense minister Christine Lambrecht said during an unannounced visit to Odessa on Saturday. As air raid sirens sounded in the port city above, Lambrecht held … Read more

Protesters rally across Iran in third week of unrest over Amini’s death

Protests sparked by death in custody enter 3rd week Reports of student arrests in Tehran, tear gas in Isfahan Four members of security forces confirmed killed in southeast Strikes reported across Kurdish regions DUBAI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Protesters rallied across Iran and strikes were reported throughout the country’s Kurdish region on Saturday as demonstrations … Read more

Russian patrol detains head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

KYIV, Oct 1 (Reuters) – A Russian patrol has detained the director general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday, and the UN nuclear watchdog said Russia had confirmed the move. Ihor Murashov was detained on his way from the nuclear plant, Europe’s largest, … Read more

Meta board approves personal security to outgoing executive Sheryl Sandberg

Sept 30 (Reuters) – Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) said on Friday its board had approved providing personal security services to train Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, citing “continuing threats to her safety”. The company, however, did not elaborate on the threats that Sandberg, one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley, faces. It expects … Read more

Russia vetoes US-led resolution on Moscow’s proclaimed annexations, China abstains

WASHINGTON, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Russia on Friday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution introduced by the United State and Albania condemning Moscow’s proclaimed annexation of parts of Ukraine, and China chose to abstain from the vote. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin proclaimed Russian rule over four regions that make up 15% of Ukraine’s territory … Read more

Hurricane Ian looms off Carolinas after 21 deaths reported in Florida

FORT MYERS, Fla., Sept 30 (Reuters) – A resurgent Hurricane Ian barreled toward South Carolina on Friday, a day after carving a path of destruction across the Florida peninsula, washing away houses, causing a causeway to collapse and stranding thousands along the state’s Gulf Coast. The hurricane led to at least 21 confirmed or unconfirmed … Read more

Liberal Justice Jackson joins a rightward-moving US Supreme Court

Jackson joins Sotomayor and Kagan in court’s liberal bloc Major race cases loom for first Black woman US justice Sept 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s liberal appointee Ketanji Brown Jackson, set to hear arguments for the first time on Monday as a US Supreme Court justice, joins the nation’s top judicial body at a … Read more

Nord Stream gas ‘sabotage’: who’s being blamed and why?

WARSAW, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Major leaks that suddenly erupted in the Nord Stream gas pipelines that run from Russia to Europe under the Baltic Sea have generated plenty of theories but few clear answers about who or what caused the damage. Here is what we know and what has been said so far: WHO … Read more

US charges Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska with violating sanctions

NEW YORK, Sept 29 (Reuters) – US prosecutors on Thursday unveiled criminal charges accusing Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska of violating sanctions imposed after Russia invaded Ukraine. Deripaska, the 54-year-old founder of aluminum giant Rusal (RUAL.MM), , was among two dozen Russian oligarchs and government officials blacklisted by Washington in 2018 in reaction to Russia’s alleged … Read more