The world in brief – Wednesday, October 5, 2022

In Ukraine, counteroffensive takes back more territory: Russia’s mobilisation of 200,000 conscripts seems to have had no impact during the 32nd week of the war, as Ukrainian forces recapture more territory in the east and south of the country. On September 30, Ukrainian forces advancing from Izyum surrounded Lyman in the eastern Donetsk region and recapturedContinue reading “The world in brief – Wednesday, October 5, 2022”

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 – Friday, September 30, 2022

In India, central bank hikes interest rate: The Reserve Bank of India raises its benchmark repo rate by 50 basis points on Friday, the fourth straight increase, as policymakers extend their battle to tame stubbornly high inflation and analysts say further tightening is on the cards. The monetary policy committee (MPC), comprising three members fromContinue reading “The world in brief – Friday, September 30, 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 – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In the USA, Hurricane Ian nears Florida coast: Hurricane Ian rapidly intensified as it neared landfall along Florida’s southwest coast Wednesday morning, gaining top winds of 155 mph (250 kph), just shy of the most dangerous Category 5 status. Damaging winds and rain lashed the state, and forecasters said the heavily populated Fort Myers area couldContinue reading “The world in brief – Wednesday, September 28, 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”