STORY: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday for the first time acknowledged publicly that his military mobilization had not gone smoothly.In an address, Putin said mistakes had been made in a call-up to reinforce Russia's flagging military operations in Ukraine, and said they should be corrected."Many questions arise during this mobilization. Mistakes need to be corrected and they cannot be made in the future. (This is about) those citizens who qualify for deferment. For example, fathers who have many children or people, suffering from chronic diseases, or those who can't be drafted because of their senior age. It is necessary to investigate each case like this separately. If the mistake has been made, I repeat that it should be corrected and return home those who had been drafted unreasonably."Russia's announcement on Sept. 21 of its first partial mobilization since World War Two prompted thousands of men to flee the country to avoid the draft, and provoked widespread public expressions of discontent, including complaints about enlistment officers sending call-up papers to clearly ineligible men.Some 2,000 people have also been arrested at unsanctioned anti-war protests in over 30 towns and cities.Putin said that those who had military experience and training in required specialities should be called up first.He notably refrained from assigning blame for the errors.
Recovery efforts began on Thursday, September 29, after Hurricane Ian slammed Florida, according to local officials.President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration in Florida for the areas affected by Hurricane Ian.Officials reported more than two million power outages as a result of storm damage.Videos posted by Sara Richard on Thursday show destruction caused by Hurricane Ian passing through Naples. The footage shows siding ripped from houses, downed trees, boats left in odd positions, and flooding.The hurricane was downgraded to Tropical Storm Ian, but is expected to intensify before making landfall in South Carolina on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Credit: Sara Richard via Storyful
STORY: Speaking to Pacific island leaders, Biden denounced referendums that pro-Russian forces conducted in areas of Ukraine as an "absolute sham," saying the results were "manufactured in Moscow."“The United States, I want to be very clear about this, the United States will never, never, never recognize Russia's claims on Ukraine's sovereign territory," Biden said. “Russia's assault on Ukraine in pursuit of Putin's imperial ambitions is a flagrant, a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, and the basic principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity," he added.
Heavy, persistent rain from storm Ian caused flooding in parts of Orlando on Thursday, September 29.The storm was dropping “torrential” rain on the area as it moved east, local reports said. Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon on Florida’s southwest side.President Biden announced a major disaster declaration in response to the damage suffered across Florida.Aaron Simmons said he filmed this footage in his neighborhood on Thursday. He had lost power at 2 am and measured about 19 inches of water on the road, but said his home had not suffered any flooding. Credit: Aaron Simmons via Storyful
STORY: A report from the Commerce Department released earlier this month showed permits for future homebuilding plunged to levels last seen during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. Homebuilding is also being hobbled by persistent supply chain bottlenecks, which are raising prices for materials.
STORY: What are the 'investment worthy' toys for this Christmas?UK toy giant Hamleys has unveiled its list(Jo Tomb, Senior buyer at Hamleys)“We've got some new technologies going. We've got a fantastic Buzz Lightyear. And what's different about him is that there is vaporiser steam that comes out of his jetpack. // We also have a new remote control car that does different kind of speeds. It jumps, it flips, it jumps higher than any other toy that we've had before. // We've also got some iconic things. We've got the Play-Doh car, which is absolutely fantastic. So you can make your own ice cream.”“So the toys are all kind of investment worthy pieces, and we really want to kind of focus on that. And these are just our recommendations for top ten toys that we think children want to see on the tree. And we wanted children to and parents invest in products that they can see their children playing with, you know, kind of going forward.”(Mai Leung, 6-year-old)“I like the teddy one because it’s soft and it’s a panda.”
Police in Bradenton headed south to help Sarasota County residents affected by the powerful Hurricane Ian, which made landfall September 28 with sustained 150 mph winds.Video posted to Twitter by the Bradenton Police on Thursday shows officers delivering “non-perishable food, water, and other supplies” to the North Port Police Department “to help get them through the next few days of very hard work.” Credit: Bradenton Police via Storyful
STORY: Location: Tunis, TunisiaThis tattoo artist is reviving traditional Amazigh designs for a new generation(Manel Mahdouani, Tattoo artist)“I initially did usual tattoos, then I said why not specialise in something that makes a difference in the way I work, and I found that Amazigh tattoos are not so much common in Tunisia, and it is part of our heritage."Often called Berber by outsiders, the Amazigh aredescendants of groups indigenous to North AfricaLocation: Bouhajla, Kairouan, TunisiaMAHDOUANI: “When you got your tattoos, did all the women get tattooed?”ISSAOUI REPLYING: “Yes, everyone was tattooed. They were tattooed on their legs, arms, and chests as well."The body markings had fallen out of stylein Tunisia, signifying an impoverished pastOutward signs of Amazigh cultural identity wererelegated to handicrafts mass-produced for tourists"I wanted to change this idea. Just as there are Maori and other tribal tattoos known all around the world and people are proud about their traditions, we should take pride too in a tattoo tradition going back 6,000 years in Tunisia. It is not new."Now, younger people are becominginterested in their Amazigh roots(Loula, Mahdouani’s client)“The symbols on the women's faces or hands were also the symbol of the tribe to which they belonged, her father's house, her husband's house, whether she is married or not, and all this information is inked on her... I find that all these things are like an identification card. It means a woman's history is written on her and this is what I am doing. It’s like a Facebook wall and this is my wall. Every symbol and tattoo has a meaning."
STORY: The wife of a U.S. diplomat charged over a fatal car crash in England appeared by videolink in a London court on Thursday (September 29).19 year-old Harry Dunn died in August 2019 after his motorcycle was in a collision with a car driven by Anne Sacoolas near RAF Croughton.It's an air force base in the English county of Northamptonshire that is used by the U.S. military.Sacoolas left Britain shortly after the accident, claiming diplomatic immunity from criminal prosecution. The United States has refused to extradite her.The case has since caused diplomatic friction between Britain and the U.S..Dunn's family have been pressing for years for Sacoolas to face charges and be prosecuted in Britain. Here's their spokesman, Radd Seiger."We absolutely respect the criminal justice system and the parents will not be making any public comments at this time - until the conclusion of criminal proceedings. But I just want to say on their behalf a massive thank you firstly to you all for all your support over the last three years and to millions of people around the world who have supported this heroic family through this amazing campaign."The case was sent to London's Old Bailey Court for a hearing on October 27.
Labour has surged to record leads in multiple polls following the economic turmoil after the government's mini-budget.
STORY: Speaking from the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea, U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday dealt unusually strong criticism to the North… after which it fired two ballistic missiles, allegedly in the direction of her flight back to Washington. "In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability."Soon after Harris wrapped up her trip to Asia, North Korea – for the third time in five days – launched missiles into the sea off its east coast. South Korea’s military said it happened about two hours after Harris’ flight took-off. Harris got a look at the heavily armed Korean border, Thursday, amid tension over China’s actions in the Taiwan Strait and amid fears that North Korea is about to conduct a nuclear test. That would mark the first such test since 2017.The Vice President pledged U.S. support to South Korea: “Our shared goal, the United States and the Republic of Korea, is a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula." (flash) "Nearly 70 years since the Korean armistice, the threat of conflict remains, and we are reminded that the alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea stands ready to address any contingency. The commitment of the United States to the defense of the Republic of Korea, I will report, is iron clad." Aides said Harris' DMZ visit, the first by a Biden administration official, was intended to show unwavering U.S. security commitment to South Korea.Harris also held talks with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol during her visit.And, according to Yoon’s office, they agreed to immediately implement (quote) ‘jointly prepared countermeasures’ if the North pushed ahead with serious provocations.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said it is developing nuclear weapons and missiles to defend against U.S. threats.
President Joe Biden said Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest hurricane in Florida’s history during a speech at the FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on Thursday, September 29.Biden said the numbers are still unclear but made reference to early reports of “substantial loss of life” and urged people in Ian’s path to “obey” directions and warnings from officials.Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, September 28, and the Orlando Sentinel reported at least six people died in the storm.Biden also reinstated the government’s commitment to supporting recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, where Hurricane Ian made landfall before hitting Florida.On September 29, Biden approved a disaster declaration in response to the storm and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by storm Ian.“My message to the people of Florida and to the country: At times like this, America comes together. We’re going to pull together as one team, as one America,” Biden said.The president said he would visit Florida to meet with and thank first responders “when the conditions allow.”The deadliest known Florida storm to date was 1928’s Okeechobee hurricane, in which an estimated 2,500 state residents were killed. Credit: The White House via Storyful
President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for Florida on Thursday, September 29, amid recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ian.Emergency responders worked to support recovery efforts after the storm passed through western Florida, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.Officials reported that more than two million power outages were caused by the storm.Video posted by @nhlcatie on Thursday shows a washed-out roadway in Plant City.The National Weather Service said at 11 am that Tropical Storm Ian had moved into the western Atlantic Ocean. Credit: @nhlcatie via Storyful
STORY: Hurricane Ian plowed into Florida's Gulf Coast with catastrophic force on Wednesday (September 28), unleashing howling winds, torrential rains and a treacherous surge of ocean surf that made it one of the most powerful U.S. storms in recent years.
Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves says the government is doing “very little” to reassure markets or ordinary families, following the fallout from last week’s mini-budget announcement.
STORY: The Swedish Coast Guard on Thursday said it discovered a fourth unexplained gas leak in the undersea Nord Stream pipelines linking Russia to Europe.And as gas rose to the surface, allegations of sabotage flew between Brussels, Moscow and Washington.The European Union is investigating the cause of the leaks in the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines under the Baltic Sea and has said it suspects sabotage, to which it promised a "robust and united response." But it has not said who is to blame.From Brussels, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned "any deliberate attack against Allies’ critical infrastructure would be met with a united and determined response."And an EU official drew a direct link between the Nord Stream leaks and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, saying about the possible sabotage of pipelines, "this fundamentally changes the nature of the conflict as we have seen it so far."It's unclear why any nation, either supplying energy or consuming it, might seek to sabotage key energy infrastructure."I would be very doubtful that it's going to be any European state, why would any European state do this? And, again, I doubt it can be the U.S. also. So this is why I think the most logical - even if it's not the logical element - points to Russia."Thierry Bros is a European gas expert at Sciences Po university in Paris. He told Reuters it's far from certain that Russia might seek to sabotage its own multi-billion-dollar energy infrastructure.But he said that of all the possible perpetrators, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be the most likely, as part of a wider campaign by the Kremlin to highlight the fragility of Europe’s energy supply."Vladimir Putin is in fact making two wars: one, military one against Ukraine, that he might lose, but one he started quite a long time ago against the EU, against EU values. He is using loads of tools to do this, disinformation and weaponization of gas."Russia and European partners spent billions building the pipelines, which are operated by Russian energy firm Gazprom.Moscow - conducting its own investigation - has said it suspects what it called "state-sponsored terrorism," and a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson on Thursday said Washington had the most to gain from the damaged pipelines.The Kremlin has also said allegations of Russian responsibility were "stupid."Moscow had halted deliveries via Nord Stream 1, saying Western sanctions had hampered operations. Nord Stream 2 had not started commercial operations. Although neither was in use at the time of the leaks, both still contained large volumes of gas.
Millions of Floridians were left without power after Hurricane Ian made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, September 28; at least six people died in the storm, according to the Orlando Sentinel.Video posted by Sheriff Carmine Marceno shows the extent of the flooding damage in Lee County, as seen on Thursday morning. The Sanibel Causeway can be seen partially wiped out.“We are devastated,” Marceno wrote on Twitter. “Our hearts go out to every resident who is impacted. The Lee County Sheriffs Office is mobile and will stop at nothing to help our residents.”Hurricane Ian had become a tropical storm crossing through Florida, moving on to threaten South Carolina’s coast with hurricane conditions, on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center said.The National Weather Service reported that the storm was expected to intensify into a hurricane again by Thursday evening. Credit: Sheriff Carmine Marceno via Storyful
STORY: Germany has a new “defensive shield” for its economy. That’s the term for a package of measures set out Thursday (September 29) totalling around €200 billion, or about $194 billion. Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the plan: “On a different occasion I once said the measures we were taking are a bang. Here you could say it’s a double bang. It’s meant as a contribution for energy prices to come down quickly so that everyone notices it and that no one needs to worry when they think about autumn and winter, about Christmas, about next year and about the bills.”Europe’s biggest economy is preparing for a winter of possible energy shortages. Among the measures is an emergency brake for gas and electricity prices. Berlin will also scrap a previously planned gas levy on consumers. To help keep the lights on, two nuclear power stations that were due to close will be allowed to keep operating until the spring. Germany will finance the package with new borrowing, and has set aside previous limits on new debt. Scholz says the country is well prepared: “We have a powerful economy, we have stable public finances, also thanks to the very careful politics in recent years and the approach we are planning for coming years.”The cost of gas has soared in Europe since Russia throttled supplies to the region. That has already claimed corporate casualties, with Germany forced to nationalize gas importer Uniper.
Search and rescue efforts continued after Hurricane Ian hit Florida, causing destruction in the southwestern area of the state, on Thursday, September 29, according to officials.President Joe Biden approved a disaster declaration for Florida in response to the destruction caused by the storm.Lee County issued a curfew, saying it is “critical to shelter in place.”Fort Myers officials urged residents to stay at home explaining that vehicles out were impeding continuing rescue efforts.Video posted by Joel Franco on Thursday shows storm damage in Fort Myers.Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm early on Thursday and expected to intensify into a hurricane again as it moved toward South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service. Credit: Joel Franco via Storyful
Rain from storm Ian caused Lake Eola to overflow and flood downtown Orlando on Thursday, September 29, reports said.The storm was dropping “torrential” rain on the area as it moved east, local reports said. Ian made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Wednesday afternoon on Florida’s southwest side.President Biden announced a major disaster declaration in response to the damage suffered across Florida.Casey Almstead said she took this footage in downtown Orlando on Thursday morning. Credit: Casey Almstead via Storyful
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