Ukraine ‘making progress’ on the battlefield thanks to soldiers’ skill and strategic use of supplied weapons, defense minister says

CNN — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he believes Ukraine is “making progress” in the Kherson region of the country as they continue to counter Russia’s invasion, adding that there has been a “kind of change in the dynamics of the battlefield.” Austin attributed the change to the skill of Ukrainian soldiers and their strategic … Read more

Liz Truss admits mistakes in controversial tax cuts plan, but doubles down on it anyway

London CNN — British Prime Minister Liz Truss admitted mistakes were made with her government’s controversial “mini-budget” announced last week – which sent the pound to historic lows and sparked market chaos – but stood by her policy. Speaking to the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday morning, Truss said: “I accept that we should have … Read more

NFL: London is the stage for the milestone 100th international game

CNN — The NFL returns to London on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings (2-1) and New Orleans Saints (1-2) compete for the first of five international games scheduled this season. With Justin Jefferson and the Vikings taking on Alvin Kamara and the Saints at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Sunday’s game will mark the 100th game played … Read more

Pope asks Putin to end ‘spiral of violence and death’, fears nuclear war

The Pope says the annexation risked nuclear escalation Says he has been haunted by “rivers of blood and tears” Most direct appeal to Putin since the February invasion The Vatican official compares it to the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis VATICAN CITY, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Pope Francis asked Russian President Vladimir Putin directly … Read more

Lyman: Russian forces withdraw from the strategic city of Donetsk, a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Russian forces withdrew from Lyman, a strategic town for its operations in the east, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Saturday, just a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region, which has been declared illegal by the West. “In connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement, allied troops were … Read more

UK’s Truss is trying to reassure on the financial front

Defends the economic plan and says it is right Also trying to calm down Says Kwarteng decision made on high tax rate BIRMINGHAM, England, Oct 2 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss sought to reassure her party and the public on Sunday by saying she should have done more to “lay the groundwork” for … Read more

Latvia remains Russia’s critic as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins’ centre-right New Unity party won Saturday’s election, according to preliminary results, with 19% of the vote, enabling him to lead a second coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice alongside its Baltic neighbors Lithuania … Read more

Putin has his back against the wall with the clock ticking ever higher

CNN — Time is running out for Russian President Vladmir Putin, and he knows it. Meanwhile, his bombast continues: When Putin announced the annexation of Ukrainian territories on Friday, Putin declared that Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson will remain part of Russia “forever.” He rushes to claim victory and cement slim gains and sue for … Read more

Stroll, riot at Indonesia soccer match kills 174, league suspended

The stadium disaster in East Java is apparently the worst since 1964 Around 180 were injured during the stampede Indonesia’s Football Association suspends the league to investigate the matter Police say they fired tear gas to control the crowd MALANG, Indonesia, Oct 2 (Reuters) – At least 174 people were killed and 180 injured in … Read more

Fewer Russians cross border to flee despite military call-up

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) – Fewer Russians have crossed into neighboring countries in recent days, according to local authorities, despite lingering anxiety over the partial mobilization the Kremlin launched less than two weeks ago to bolster its forces fighting in Ukraine. The mass exodus of Russian men – alone or with their families or friends – … Read more