Russia bombs Ukrainian cities amid Kremlin-organized votes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes were held in occupied areas to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow, while hundreds of people were arrested in Russia for trying to protest a mobilization order that commits more troops to the fight in Ukraine. … Read more

Iran responds to diplomatic demotion of Ukraine over Russian drones | Russo-Ukrainian War

The Foreign Ministry did not explicitly reject allegations of drone sales, but said Tehran maintained a policy of “active neutrality” during the war. Tehran, Iran – Iran says it will “respond appropriately” to Ukraine’s revocation of its ambassador’s accreditation over alleged drone sales to Russia, without directly denying that it sold the plane. In a … Read more

Russians hit Ukraine as Kremlin-organized votes continue

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities on Saturday as Kremlin-orchestrated votes continued in occupied parts of Ukraine to pave the way for their annexation by Moscow. Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh said the Russians targeted infrastructure in the Dnieper River city and one of the missiles hit a building, killing … Read more

The conditions are perfect for a populist resurgence in Europe

His political platform will be familiar to those who have followed far-right rhetoric in recent years: it openly challenges LGBTQ+ and abortion rights, aims to curb immigration, and seems obsessed with the idea that values ​​and fashions traditional ways of life are under attack because of everything from globalization to same-sex marriage. It should come … Read more

Russian men join exodus, fearful of being called up to fight in Ukraine

ISTANBUL (AP) — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves on Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid arrest to fight in Ukraine after the Kremlin partially mobilized military. Queues stretching 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, a … Read more

Occupied Ukraine holds Kremlin-organized vote on joining Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A Kremlin-orchestrated referendum began Friday in occupied parts of Ukraine that sought to integrate them into Russia, with some officials carrying ballots into buildings accompanied by armed police. Kyiv and the West condemned it as a rigged election whose outcome was predetermined by Moscow. In a dark reminder of the brutality … Read more

UK’s mini budget cuts taxes and borrows heavily as recession hits

London CNN Business — A huge bet by the British government aimed at saving recession economy and drive long-term growth sent the pound plunges Friday. Announcing the biggest tax cuts in 50 years while ramping up spending, Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng said the government needed a “new approach for a new era, one focused on … Read more

Pre-market inventories: the curious case of falling gold prices

A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business’ Before the Bell newsletter. Not a subscriber ? You can register here. You can listen to an audio version of the newsletter by clicking on the same link. London CNN Business — This should be the perfect time to own gold. The yellow metal has … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘mock’ referendums

CNN — Four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine began voting in referendums to join Russia, according to their separatist leaders, in a move that raises the stakes of invading Moscow seven months after the fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law and considered “a sham” by Western and Kyiv governments, could pave the … Read more

Regions of Ukraine held by Moscow in ‘fictitious’ vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday in Ukrainian regions held by Moscow on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials said. The referendums orchestrated by the Kremlinwhich have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as impostures without any legal force, are seen as a step towards the annexation of the territories … Read more