Jubilation as Ukrainian troops re-enter Kherson
Ukrainian troops have been greeted by joyous residents, wrapped in Ukrainian flags, in the centre of Kherson after reclaiming dozens of towns and settlements in the southern region after the withdrawal of 30,000 Russian troops from the west bank of the Dnipro River. As Ukrainian forces surged forward during one of the most rapid and humiliating Russian retreats of the war, villagers came out of hiding to describe how Russian troops had killed residents and looted homes. President Zelenskyy said as many as 41 towns and settlements had been “liberated”. Russian forces also appeare to have destroyed the Antonovsky Bridge – the primary route from Kherson to the east bank of the Dnipro. Asked by reporters if it the retreat was humiliating for Putin, spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied with an emphatic “No!”;
Ukraine-Russia ‘negotiations depend on the US, EU countries’
“Negotiations between Moscow and Kiev will certainly take place, but the timing of their development depends on the position of Ukraine’s partners”, Senator Sergei Tsekov, a member of the International Affairs Committee of the Council of the Russian Federation, told TASS, referring to the United States and European countries. “The negotiations will eventually take place,” he said, but they will be very difficult, very complicated. If they continue to fuel the conflict, there will be no negotiations.”
Eurozone heading for recession
The eurozone and most EU countries will head to an economic recession in the last quarter of 2022, according to the European Commission’s autumn economic forecast. “The economic situation has deteriorated markedly and we are heading into two quarters of contraction,” said EU economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni at a media conference. The EU’s executive revised up its inflation forecast from July, predicting that prices would peak at year-end and remain high in 2023. Inflation will average 9.3% in the EU and 8.5% in the eurozone for 2022, Brussels said. “The EU is among the most exposed advanced economies (to high prices), due to its geographical proximity to the war and heavy reliance on gas imports from Russia,” the European Commission said in a statement. “The energy crisis is eroding households’ purchasing power and weighing on production.”
Brussels tries to end the Italy–France dispute over migrants
Brussels officials are drafting an emergency plan to resolve growing tension between EU countries over how to deal with the handling of asylum seekers rescued at sea, European Commission vice president Margaritis Schinas, told ‘Politico’. The Commission has called for an extraordinary meeting of Home Affairs Ministers to discuss the crisis and consider the next steps in the action plan, Schinas said. “We cannot allow two Member States to fight each other in public and create another political mega crisis on migration,” said Schinas. The Commission is therefore “taking the initiative” to ask for “a ministerial meeting before the Justice and Home Affairs Council scheduled for December,” Schinas said. The extraordinary meeting should address the dispute between Paris and Rome over the disembarkation of migrants from NGO ships.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni appears ready to push the dispute to the top of the European agenda. “I was struck by the aggressive reaction from the French government which from my point of view is incomprehensible and unjustified,” Meloni told a news conference.
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said nine European nations had committed to hosting two-thirds of the migrants with the remaining third staying in France. Germany will take “more than 80”, while Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland will also contribute in the name of “European solidarity”, he added.
CO2 pollution to hit all-time high this year
Fresh data released Friday at the COP27 climate summit shows that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels are expected to rise 1% in 2022 to reach an all-time record. According to the Global Carbon Project, this level corresponds to 37.5 billion tons – a new record. If the trend continues, humanity could pump enough CO2 into the atmosphere to warm Earth to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures – the limit set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement – in just nine years. The aviation industry is recovering and is on its way to pre-Covid levels, causing emissions from oil to rise more than 2% compared with last year. Emissions from coal, projected by some analysts to have peaked in 2014, project to have a record year in 2022. The report’s findings were described by some scientists as “bleak” and “deeply depressing”.
California sues chemical companies
California Attorney General Rob Bonta is suing several companies for spreading toxic pollutants that cause cancer and other diseases. These companies, after years of investigation, are accused of marketing products containing dangerous substances. Bonta explained that the lawsuit could ultimately lead to a claim of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Vatican opens abuse investigation into French cardinal
The Vatican announced on Friday it was launching a preliminary investigation into French Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, after he admitted to a “reprehensible” act on a 14-year-old. France’s Catholic church on Monday revealed that 11 former or serving French bishops have been accused of sexual violence or failing to report abuse cases, including Cardinal Ricard, who confessed to assaulting a girl decades ago. French prosecutors have also launched an inquiry into Ricard, a long-standing bishop of Bordeaux who was made a cardinal by pope Benedict in 2006.
Parity in the US Senate with two seats still to be filled
Head to head in the US Senate between the Republicans and the Democrats when there are still only two seats left to be filled (one will be assigned by the December 6 ballot in Georgia). Republicans and Democrats can count on 49 seats each out of the 51 needed for control. In Arizona, Democrat Mark Kelly wins by beating Republican Blake Masters, supported by Donald Trump. In Nevada Republican Joe Lombardo was elected governor. The Clark County Sheriff, who made headlines after the Las Vegas shooting, beat Democrat Steve Sisolak, who was aiming for a second term.
Trump attacks Republican party nomination rivals
Donald Trump has launched scathing attacks on his rivals for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination in an attempt to stop them standing. Many Republicans blame him for the party’s lacklustre performance in the US mid-term elections this week, and Ron DeSantis’s emphatic re-election as governor of Florida has positioned him to take on the former president. Trump called DeSantis an “average governor” who lacked “class and loyalty”. He also lashed out at Glenn Youngkin, the governor of Virginia who is another potential opponent, saying his name “sounds Chinese”.
Woman smears Bijol’s Porsche parked on zebra crossing
Udinese and Slovenian national team’s 23-year-old defender Jaka Bijol had his Porsche smeared with liptick by a woman as a form of protest after he parked it on a pedestrian crossing in the centre of Udine and left for Naples. Awaiting the arrival of the police, the angry woman drew English writings on the body and glass of the Porsche, warning the owner against abandoning it on the stripes and in the vicinity of a dangerous intersection. The police, who arrived shortly after, imposed a fine of almost €100 euros on the player for the illegal parking. The
100-year old donates organs
For the first time in the world, an organ was donated by a person over 100 years old for transplant purposes. The sample, which has no documented precedent in scientific literature, was carried out at the San Giovanni di Dio Hospital in Florence on a woman who died at 100 years, 10 months and 1 day. Her liver was judged suitable and successfully transplanted into a person on the waiting list at the University hospital of Pisa. The liver transplant “was successful and the patient is in good condition.