Complaints about Russia’s chaotic mobilization grow

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The stridently pro-Kremlin editor of Russia’s state-run RT news channel expressed anger on Saturday that enlistment officers were sending call-up papers to the wrong men, as frustration about a military mobilization grew across Russia. Wednesday’s announcement of Russia’s first public mobilization since World War Two, to shore up its faltering … Read more

Storm Fiona hammers Canada’s east coast, forcing evacuations

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Powerful storm Fiona slammed into eastern Canada on Saturday with hurricane-force winds, forcing evacuations, blowing over trees and powerlines, and leaving hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without electricity. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said the center of the storm, downgraded to Post-Tropical Cyclone Fiona, was … Read more

In poor, rural Buryatia, Russia’s partial mobilization hits hard

LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – (This Sep. 23 story has been updated to correct the name and age of the student quoted in the final three paragraphs to Nastya, 21, not Aryuna, 19.) A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to boost the armies fighting in Ukraine, officials arrived at Alexander … Read more

Blinken tells China’s Wang peace in Taiwan Strait is vital

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart on Friday that the maintenance of peace and stability over Taiwan was vitally important, as the two met with tensions high over the Chinese-claimed island. Taiwan was the focus of … Read more

Britain bets all on historic tax cuts and borrowing, investors take fright

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Kwarteng cuts top rate of income tax in dash for growth Huge increase in UK government debt issuance planned Gilts suffer biggest slump in decades Pound falls to new 37-year low against dollar LONDON, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Britain’s new finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng unleashed historic … Read more

Italy election set to crown Meloni head of most right-wing govt since WW2

Italy votes for new, slimmed-down parliament on Sept. 25 Nationalist Giorgia Meloni predicted to top the polls Pollsters say last-minute surprise not impossible Economic, diplomatic problems await next prime minister ROME, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s parliamentary election on Sunday could make history, giving the country its first female prime minister at the head of … Read more

Russian draft triggers exodus by some men as air fares jump

Air tickets from Moscow sell out Heavier traffic at Russia’s land borders ‘Panic demand’ for air tickets – source TBILISI/VAALIMAA, Finland, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Some Russian men headed swiftly to the borders on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization, with traffic at border crossings with Finland and Georgia surging and prices … Read more

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issue warning as protests over woman’s death spread

Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Revolutionary Guards issue warning over unrest Reports of security forces coming under attack Kurdish woman did after detention by morality police Iranian government has pledged inquiry into her death DUBAI, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards called on the Islamic Republic’s judiciary on Thursday … Read more

On the run, Lebanese woman who stole own savings says she’s not the criminal

Sali Hafiz who held up Beirut bank decrees ‘country of mafias’ Hafiz on the run after taking savings for cancer treatment Growing number of depositors hold up Lebanese banks BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON Sept 21 (Reuters) – On the run from authorities after forcing a bank to release her family savings at gunpoint to treat her … Read more

Hurricane Fiona seen intensifying after slamming Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/Santo Domingo, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona was churning north on Monday evening after bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to the Dominican Republic and triggering a total power outage in neighboring Puerto Rico, where at least two people died The Category 2 hurricane will likely become a Category 3 as … Read more