The world in brief – Saturday, October 1, 2022

In Iraq, thousands gather to mark anniversary of corruption protests:

Dozens of Iraqis were injured after violence erupted when thousands of Iraqis gathered in Baghdad to mark the third anniversary of nationwide protests against corruption. Protesters waved the Iraqi flag and chanted “we want to overthrow the regime” as they met on Saturday in Baghdad’s central Tahrir Square. Many brandished portraits of those killed, and hailed as “martyrs”, in the wave of rallies three years ago – when at least 600 people were killed and tens of thousands more wounded. Security personnel were deployed across the city and closed off bridges and squares near the fortified Green Zone that houses government headquarters and foreign embassies.

In Ukraine, Russian troops withdraw from Donbass city:

Russian troops and the Donbass militias have had to withdraw from their defensive positions in the city of Krasny Liman as Ukrainian forces mounted a large-scale offensive targeting the area, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed in a statement on Saturday. Earlier, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Denis Pushilin, called the situation in the city “alarming,”  saying the city had been “half-encircled” by Ukrainian troops. “Due to the emerging threat of encirclement, the allied troops have withdrawn from the settlement of Krasny Liman and deployed to more advantageous positions,” the ministry said in a statement. The Ukrainian forces lost more than 200 soldiers as well as five tanks and five infantry fighting vehicles during the attack on Krasny Liman, the military added. Despite the losses, the Ukrainian command sent in reserves and reached “considerable superiority in men and material” in the direction of the attack, the Russian ministry said.

In India, study shows current government responsible for majority of registered UAPA cases:

A study of the cases handled by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) showed that of the total 357 cases registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act between 2009 to 2022, 80 per cent of all the UAPA cases were registered and investigated during the present BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while the remaining UAPA cases were registered and investigated during the Manmohan Singh government. The average number of UAPA cases registered per year by the NIA during the UPA regime (2009 – May 2014) is 13. In contrast, during the NDA regime (May 2014 onwards) the average number of cases registered per year is 34. Of these 357 cases, only 41, that is 12 per cent of the cases, were registered suo moto by the organisation, while the remaining 316, or 88 per cent of the cases, were transferred to the NIA from various state police departments. The Central government has total and absolute power in determining whether any investigation should be taken over by NIA, irrespective of whether the state government consents to it or not.

In China, leaders attend reception to celebrate 73rd anniversary of country’s founding:

China’s State Council on Friday held a reception at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. China’s National Day falls on Oct. 1. The reception was attended by the Communist Party of China (CPC) and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan, as well as nearly 500 guests from home and abroad. Addressing the reception, Premier Li Keqiang said that the CPC will convene its 20th National Congress this year, and stressed the vital significance of the event.

In U.S.A., 30 confirmed dead in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian:

Rescuers searched for survivors among the ruins of Florida’s flooded homes from Hurricane Ian while authorities in South Carolina began assessing damage from its strike there as the remnants of one of the strongest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the U.S. continued to push north. The powerful storm terrorized millions of people for most of the week, battering western Cuba before raking across Florida from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean, where it mustered enough strength for a final assault on South Carolina. Now weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, Ian was expected to move across central North Carolina on Saturday morning then move into Virginia and New York. At least 30 people were confirmed dead, including 27 people in Florida mostly from drowning but others from the storm’s tragic aftereffects. An elderly couple died after their oxygen machines shut off when they lost power, authorities said. Meanwhile, distraught residents waded through knee-high water Friday, salvaging what possessions they could from their flooded homes and loading them onto rafts and canoes.

In Cuba, country still working to recover electrical infrastructure:

Cuba is progressing in recovering its electrical infrastructure, severly affected by the passage of the intense hurricane Ian through the western part of the island, said the Electrical Union company (UNE). According to the entity, the incorporation this Friday of generation unit eight of the Mariel Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTE), and six of the Renté unit, reduced to 688,639 the number of customers who remain without this vital service, mainly due to damages in the distribution networks. UNE’s technical director, Lázaro Guerra, informed Cuban television that there is still a deficit in generation capacity due to the departure of several units, which should be incorporated in the next few days to cover the demand while work is being carried out to re-establish the networks in the western provinces. He recalled that before the climatic event, the country suffered a deficit of generation capacity, which increased with the departure of several units from the west after the impact of Ian.

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