In Russia, those fleeing draft can’t find refuge:
The partial mobilization of Russian reservists to fight in Ukraine has triggered an exodus of men from Russia seeking to avoid the draft — and sharp differences of opinion in Europe in recent days about how to deal with them. Lithuania, a European Union member-country that borders Kaliningrad, a Russian Baltic Sea exclave, said it won’t grant them asylum. “Russians should stay and fight. Against Putin,” Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis tweeted. His counterpart in Latvia, also an EU member and bordering Russia, said the exodus poses “considerable security risks” for the 27-nation bloc and that those fleeing can’t be considered conscientious objectors against the invasion.
In China, CPC Party Congress begins:
The countdown for next month’s key congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) began as the ruling party on Sunday announced that all delegates totalling nearly 2,300 were elected for the once-in-a-five year meeting in which President Xi Jinping is widely expected to get endorsed for a record third term.
Internationally, Chinese Foreign Minister meets with UN General Secretary:
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly. Secretary-General Guterres has called for strengthening international cooperation as the world today is full of changes and chaos, which the Chinese side deeply appreciates, said Wang.
In Italy, snap Parliamentary election underway:
Italians are going to the polls to cast their ballots for members of parliament in a snap election on Sunday, with conservative parties favored to make the biggest gains. The election was called when Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned in July after three right-wing parties – the League, Five Star Movement (M5S), and Forza Italia (Forward Italy) – withdrew their support for his unity government. The coalition, which was formed in February 2021, broke down due to disagreements over Covid-19 recovery plans and programs to tackle inflation and rising energy prices.
On Sunday, 8.5 million Cubans are called to attend 24,000 polling stations to cast their vote in a referendum on the new Family Code. This law regulates matters such as same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples and the so-called “solidarity gestation.” The referendum will be held from 07:00 to 18:00 local time. Its final result will be published five days later and will be binding. The National Electoral Commission (CEN), however, is expected to advance preliminary results on Monday. The approval or rejection of the new Family Code will require more than 50 percent of the votes.