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The Reuters Daily Briefing

Thursday, September 29, 2022

by Linda Noakes

Hello

Here’s what you need to know.

Trump objects to verifying a list of property seized from Mar-a-Lago, Porsche races higher after a landmark listing, and why Europe is bracing for mobile network blackouts

Construction for a stage near St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square in Moscow, September 28, 2022. Banners read: ‘Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – Russia!’ REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

  • President Vladimir Putin will sign formal documents tomorrow proclaiming Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions, as Moscow rushes to lock in territorial claims that the Ukrainian army is threatening to reverse on the battlefield.
  • Ukrainians are fleeing from the Russian annexation – while they still can. We look at what happens now.
  • The United States will in coming days impose economic costs on Moscow as Biden administration officials look to the finance and energy sectors for future sanctions action.
  • EU leaders will discuss next week what the bloc has denounced as sabotage on the subsea Nord Stream gas pipelines, an EU official said, adding that the incident had changed the nature of the conflict in Ukraine fundamentally.
  • Russian IT professionals are moving abroad en masse to avoid military mobilization, industry leaders have warned, despite official assurances that key technology workers will not be called up to fight in Ukraine.
  • A flooded street is seen in Fort Myers as Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

    Hurricane Ian, one of the mightiest to hit the U.S. mainland in recent years, flooded communities and left more than two million homes and businesses without power as it battered Florida’s Gulf Coast with howling winds, torrential rains and raging surf.

    Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are resisting a federal judge’s instruction to submit a sworn declaration on whether they believe the government’s list of property taken from Trump’s Florida estate is accurate.

    The Senate edged toward passage of a temporary government funding bill to avert a partial government shutdown, with leaders of both parties signaling support for the measure and lawmakers eager to return to the campaign trail.

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Republican celebrity physician Mehmet Oz in a high-stakes race for a Senate seat in Pennsylvania, lauding what it called his “commitment to free enterprise and pro-growth policies.”

    An election worker in a western Michigan town has been charged with two felonies after allegedly inserting a flash drive into a computer containing confidential voter registration data during an election in August, local officials said.

    WORLD

    U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris said North Korea is a country with a “brutal dictatorship”, an illegal arms program and rampant human rights violations, issuing unusually strong criticism during a visit to the inter-Korean border.

    China signaled no let-up in its combative approach to foreign policy in a third term for Xi Jinping as leader despite criticism from many Western diplomats that the so-called Wolf Warrior stance has been counterproductive.

    A court in military-ruled Myanmar jailed deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her former economic adviser, Australian Sean Turnell, for three years for violating a secrets law, a source familiar with the proceedings said.

    India’s top court upheld the right of a woman to an abortion up to 24 weeks into pregnancy regardless of marital status, a decision widely hailed by women’s rights activists.

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro once said only God could remove him from power. On Sunday, polls suggest, he may need a miracle to keep him there.

    A man walks past the Bank of England in London, September 28, 2022. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

    British Prime Minister Liz Truss broke her silence following nearly a week of chaos in financial markets triggered by her plans for tax cuts, saying she was willing to take “controversial” decisions to reignite growth. We look at what’s likely to happen next in the crisis and explain why Britain’s pension schemes are dumping gilts.

    China’s central bank has asked major state-owned banks to be prepared to sell dollars for the local currency in offshore markets as it steps up efforts to stem the yuan’s descent, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.

    Porsche shares made a strong start after Volkswagen defied volatile markets to list the sports car brand at a valuation of $72 billion in Germany’s second-biggest market debut ever.

    Once unthinkable, mobile phones could go dark around Europe this winter if power cuts or energy rationing knock out parts of the mobile networks across the region. Currently there are not enough back-up systems in many European countries to handle widespread power cuts, four telecoms executives said.

    Some major advertisers including Dyson, Mazda, Forbes and PBS Kids have suspended their marketing campaigns or removed their ads from parts of Twitter because their promotions appeared alongside tweets soliciting child pornography, the companies told Reuters.

    H&M, the world’s No.2 fashion retailer, launched a $177 million cost savings drive after reporting weaker-than-expected profits due to soaring input costs, slowing consumer spending and its exit from Russia.

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The Mission Is Clear, We Will Fight! – NevisPages.com

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Kraigg Brathwaite is very clear what the team’s goal for West Indies on Sunday’s final day of the opening Test against Australia. He reiterated what he said at the start of the journey – the need for a measured approach and to fight to the very end.

Brathwaite, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Wednesday, will resume on an unbeaten 101 – his 11th Test hundred top follow-up a top score of 64 in the first innings. He added 116 for the first wicket with debutant Tagenarine Chanderpaul making a solid 45, to follow up his 51 in the first innings.

West indies have played unbeaten all year – with three wins and two draws in their five previous Tests and will look to maintain that good record when they resume Sunday on 192-3 – after being set a target of 498.

“The first hour is crucial – we don’t want to think too far ahead. We will go hour by hour and obviously, we assess. As I said, the first hour and first session are very crucial. Australia are going to come hard so it’s obviously important we start extremely well,” Brathwaite said.

“We’re not thinking too far ahead. We just want to take it each hour and fight each hour and that’s very crucial for us. “The pitch is still a good pitch. There are some areas obviously … where one or two are keeping a little low so it’s always important to keep as straight a bat as possible. “But [there’s] a bit of spin as well so possibly tomorrow some cracks will open up a little bit more so it won’t be easy tomorrow. But as I said from the beginning, we’ve got to show that fight and it starts from ball one tomorrow and I believe once we do that, we’ll have a good day.”
Brathwaite has so far faced 168 balls in a shade over 4-½ hours and counted 11 fours – mainly crisp drives down the ground. During the knock, he reached the milestone of 5,000 runs in Tests – the 13th West Indies player to achieve the landmark – and also edged ahead of the legendary George Headley on the list of century-makers. The hundred was also Brathwaite’s first against Australia and second in six Tests this year, following his epic match-saving 160 against England at Kensington Oval in March.

“Australia was going to be a tough place for batting and to do it (score a hundred), it really meant a lot. Obviously, Australia is number one so this is obviously up there and meant a lot to me,” he said. “For me as the leader, I just want to lead from the front and obviously as an opening batsman, it’s always good to build that foundation. So I know once I do that, it makes it easier for the batsmen to come, so that’s always my focus – spend as much time out there as possible so it makes it easier for the guys to come, and that’s all I focus on.”



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LIMA, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Peru’s Congress approved on Thursday a motion initiated by opposition lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Castillo, the third formal attempt to oust the leftist leader since he took office last year.

With 73 votes in favor, 32 against and six abstentions, Congress approved the process and summoned Castillo to respond to accusations of constitutional breaches on Dec. 7.

Earlier on Thursday, a high-level mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) recommended a “political truce” between Peru’s executive and legislative branches, as it delivered its preliminary report on a visit to the Andean country in late November.

To oust the president, the votes of 87 of the 130 members of Congress are needed, a number Peru’s right-wing opposition parties hope to reach.

Before the vote, Prime Minister Betssy Chavez said Castillo should serve his term until 2026 and the truce and dialogue requested by the OAS “is vital when we have somewhat tense spirits between both branches of government.”

The South American country lives is plagued by political confrontation between the two braches, and has, including Castillo, had five acting presidents since 2016, due to dismissals and resignations.

Castillo, accused of using the presidency to the benefit of himself, his family and close allies, is also facing a constitutional complaint from the attorney general in Congress linked to corruption investigations.

The president says the complaint is an attempted “coup d’etat” orchestrated by the prosecutor’s office and Congress.

Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Valentine Hilaire; Editing by Sarah Morland

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SOURCE: The Financial TIMES — Prime Minister Mia Mottley has been featured among the Financial Times’ 25 most influential women of 2022.

The list also includes Ketanji Brown Jackson, US Supreme Court Justice; Francia Elena Márquez Mina, Vice-President of Colombia; Sherry Rehman, Climate Minister in Pakistan; Serena Williams, Tennis player; and Tsitsi Dangarembga, author and activist.

The magazine says its Women of the Year issue reaffirms every December that influence comes in many forms, by exploring achievement across cultures, industries and artistries.
“For 2022, we again commissioned entries by some of the world’s most powerful women. But we also sought contributors who could speak to their subject’s influence in diverse, even unexpected dimensions,” the magazine said.
In January, after Mottley won a landslide re-election victory, she told the Financial Times that she believed in “moral strategic leadership”.

That is apparent in everything she does, making her one of the most formidable leaders of her generation.
A lawyer who trained at the London School of Economics, Mottley won her first political seat at the age of 28.
At COP26 she made clear that the failure of industrialised states to meaningfully invest to halt climate change was catastrophic for the planet. Her speech was as inspiring as it was humbling, and citizens globally were gripped.
This year her “Bridgetown Agenda” to reform the international financial system offers real, practical solutions. Her ability to speak truth to power is also apparent at home, where she oversaw the birth of Barbados as a republic, leaving its colonial past behind.

Mottley expects this term as premier to be her last; whatever she does next, the world is lucky to have her.



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