Vladimir Putin announces ‘partial mobilisation’ in escalation of Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin has announced a “partial mobilisation” of Russia’s army reserves in a dramatic escalation of the war in Ukraine. Speaking in an address to the Russian people on Wednesday morning, the president warned the West that Russia would use all the means at its disposal to protect its territory, saying: “It’s not a bluff.” Defence minister Sergei Shoigu said later that 300,000 reservists would be called up to fight against Ukraine, from the 25 million available. Speaking to those in “leading NATO states” who he claimed had talked of “the possibility of using nuclear weapons of mass destruction against … Continue reading Vladimir Putin announces ‘partial mobilisation’ in escalation of Ukraine war

UK considers joining new European nations club

The UK is weighing up whether to attend a new European political “club of nations” next month. The first meeting of the “European Political Community” is due to be held in Prague in early October. Downing Street wants to see more detail on the summit before Prime Minister Liz Truss commits to attending it and no final decision has been made. The European Political Community is an idea championed by the French President Emmanuel Macron. He proposed it, in May, as a “new space” for co-operation. Mr Macron suggested the group could discuss security, energy and transport as well as … Continue reading UK considers joining new European nations club

Palestinian raid sparks gunfights and protests

There have been fierce gun battles in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, after Palestinian security forces arrested militants wanted by Israel. A 53-year-old man was killed and there have been violent street protests. It marks a further deterioration of security in the West Bank and is a sign of growing dissatisfaction among Palestinians with their leadership, after months of Israeli incursions. An official warned of the risk of “civil war” if calm was not restored. Meanwhile, the militant group Hamas accused its rivals in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs parts of the West Bank, … Continue reading Palestinian raid sparks gunfights and protests

Extremism: Far-right party sacks candidate for Hitler praise

The far-right Italian party Brothers of Italy, tipped to win Sunday’s election, has suspended one of its candidates for praising Adolf Hitler on social media. In a 2014 Facebook post, Calogero Pisano, a party co-ordinator in Agrigento in Sicily, compared party leader Giorgia Meloni to “a great statesman of 70 years ago”. He added that he was referring to a “German” and not Benito Mussolini. The party said Mr Pisano no longer represented it at any level. Ms Meloni has been trying to distance the Brothers of Italy from its neo-fascist roots. The party leads the polls ahead of Sunday’s … Continue reading Extremism: Far-right party sacks candidate for Hitler praise

Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava dies aged 58

Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava has died aged 58, his family has confirmed. Srivastava was being treated at a hospital in the capital, Delhi, following a heart attack on 10 August. The comedian had been taken to hospital and put on life-support after experiencing chest pain and collapsing while working out at the gym. Last week, his family had said that Srivastav was recovering slowly but remained on ventilator. Srivastava joined the entertainment industry in the 1980s as an actor in Hindi films. He shot to fame in 2005 after participating in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, a reality show … Continue reading Popular Indian comedian Raju Srivastava dies aged 58

US charges dozens with $250m pandemic relief fraud

US prosecutors have charged 47 people in the largest Covid-19 relief fraud scheme alleged to date. The suspects are accused of stealing $250m (£220m) from a government aid programme that was supposed to feed children in need during the pandemic. They allegedly spent the spoils on properties, cars and luxury goods. A Minnesota non-profit organisation, Feeding Our Future, is accused of orchestrating the plot. Founder Aimee Bock denies any wrongdoing. A lawyer for Ms Bock said “We have maintained our innocence from the first day.” He said the indictment was “merely the beginning of the criminal process” and represented a … Continue reading US charges dozens with $250m pandemic relief fraud

Australian football club rocked by racism and bullying claims

The Australian Football League is investigating claims Aboriginal players at one of its most successful clubs were bullied by senior coaching staff. Players were isolated from family, told to break up with their partners, and in one case, ordered to end a pregnancy, according to an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) report. Hawthorn Football Club has promised to investigate the “disturbing” claims. They were uncovered by a review of the team’s treatment of Indigenous people. The ABC, which appears to be familiar with the contents of the report, interviewed three unnamed players who were at the Melbourne club also known as the … Continue reading Australian football club rocked by racism and bullying claims

Update: Iranian women burn headscarves in anti-hijab protests

Female protesters have been at the forefront of escalating protests in Iran and have been burning headscarves, after the death in custody of a woman detained for breaking hijab laws. Demonstrations have continued for five successive nights, and reached several towns and cities. Mahsa Amini died in hospital on Friday after spending three days in a coma. In Sari, north of Tehran, large crowds cheered as women set their hijabs alight in defiant acts of protest. Ms Amini was arrested in the capital last week by Iran’s morality police, accused of breaking the law requiring women to cover their hair … Continue reading Update: Iranian women burn headscarves in anti-hijab protests

Golden Globes returning to TV in 2023 after diversity row

The Golden Globes – dropped by its US broadcaster last year amid allegations of racism, sexism and conflicts of interest – will return to TV next year. The annual Hollywood awards show was dumped by NBC following reports of a lack of diversity among its voters. NBC said at the time it wanted to see “meaningful reform” from the organisers of the ceremony. This year’s programme was held privately, the first time since 2008 that the ceremony was not televised. The Golden Globes are second only to the Oscars in terms of profile and NBC had aired the event since … Continue reading Golden Globes returning to TV in 2023 after diversity row

Japan man sets himself on fire in apparent protest of Abe funeral

A Japanese man has set himself alight reportedly to protest a state funeral for ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries are expected to attend the funeral on 27 September. On Wednesday, witnesses called police after spotting a man on fire near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo. Officers put out the blaze, and took the still-conscious man to hospital, local media reported. The extent of his injuries and his current condition is unknown. Japanese media reports say the man is believed to be in his 70s. The government is yet to comment on … Continue reading Japan man sets himself on fire in apparent protest of Abe funeral

India man flies to Dubai to buy Apple gadget

A man from the southern Indian state of Kerala travelled thousands of miles to Dubai to buy the latest iPhone, hours before it went on sale in India. Dheeraj Palliyil flew abroad to buy the iPhone 14 Pro last week in a bid to become one of the first few in the world to own the new phone. He spent 40,000 rupees ($500; £439) on his tickets, and another 129,000 rupees to buy the new model. The iPhone is arguably one of the most coveted smartphones in the world. First launched by Apple in 2007, the phone has revolutionized mobile technology, … Continue reading India man flies to Dubai to buy Apple gadget

#ClosetMeatLover: Beyond Meat executive accused of biting man’s nose

Vegan food giant Beyond Meat’s chief operating officer has been arrested for reportedly biting a man’s nose during a row in the US. Douglas Ramsey, 53, faces charges of “terroristic threatening” and third-degree battery, court records show. He was released after posting a $11,085 (£9,711) bond on Sunday. The incident occurred on Saturday night as he left a parking garage in Fayetteville, Arkansas after a football game, a local TV channel said. He became involved in a dispute with another driver and bit the man “ripping the flesh on the tip of the nose,” according to KNWA/KFTA, a US television station … Continue reading #ClosetMeatLover: Beyond Meat executive accused of biting man’s nose