The world in brief – Sunday, October 2, 2022

In Vatican City, Pope Francis makes appeal to President Vladimir Putin to end fighting in Ukraine: Pope Francis has for the first time directly appealed to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to stop the “spiral of violence and death” in Ukraine, saying he is haunted by “rivers of blood and tears”. The head of the CatholicContinue reading “The world in brief – Sunday, October 2, 2022”

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 centralContinue reading “The world in brief – Saturday, October 1, 2022”

The world in brief – Thursday, September 29, 2022

In Spain, wealthy residents face new asset tax: Spain’s Socialist-led coalition government has said that residents whose wealth exceeds 3 million euros ($2.9m) will be subject to a new asset tax in 2023 and 2024. Finance Minister María Jesús Montero on Thursday described the temporary wealth tax, which she said will affect 23,000 people, orContinue reading “The world in brief – Thursday, September 29, 2022”

The world in brief – Tuesday, September 27, 2022

In Cuba, Hurricane Ian strikes western coast: Hurricane Ian tore into western Cuba on Tuesday as a major hurricane, with nothing to stop it from intensifying into a catastrophic Category 4 storm before it hits Florida on Wednesday. Ian made landfall at 4:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday in Cuba’s Pinar del Rio province, where officials set upContinue reading “The world in brief – Tuesday, September 27, 2022”

The world in brief – Sunday, September 25, 2022

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 bordersContinue reading “The world in brief – Sunday, September 25, 2022”