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Poll shows Brazilian Lula retains solid lead in presidential race
Brazilian left-wing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva holds a solid lead over incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro for the October elections, according to a Genial/Quaest poll released on Wednesday. Lula has 46% voter support in a first-round vote, a 16 percentage point lead over his far-right rival, with Bolsonaro two points short of his best showing in April.
Russian army base scrambles for Ukrainian war supplies, some locals and soldiers say
The town of Valuyki in western Russia has become a crucial stopover in the latest phase of Russia’s war on the neighboring border in Ukraine. Throughout the past month, helicopters buzzed overhead, military vehicles blocked roads, and soldiers prepared for battle at a huge military base there. It is also a place where soldiers’ relatives and private citizens work to provide supplies and equipment to troops based near the city to deal with shortages, including drones, radios and rifle sights. heat-sensing, according to six volunteers and three soldiers Reuters spoke to, as well as a review of the social media channels the volunteers use to coordinate their efforts.
Greek court overturns ruling on US seizure of Iranian oil shipment – sources
A Greek court on Wednesday overturned an earlier court order allowing the United States to confiscate part of a shipment of Iranian oil from an Iranian-flagged tanker off the coast of Greece, three sources familiar with the matter said. The incident had prompted an angry reaction from Iran, with Iranian forces last month seizing two Greek oil tankers in the Gulf after Tehran warned it would take “punitive action” against Athens.
An explosive drone explodes in Erbil, northern Iraq
A drone exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil on Wednesday, injuring three people and damaging several cars, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Counterterrorism Service. The explosive drone was detonated on Pirmam Road in the outskirts of Erbil at 9:35 p.m. Iraqi time, the statement said.
US unveils new economic plan for Latin America at dissent-ridden restart summit
The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new proposal for a U.S. economic partnership with Latin America as regional leaders gathered for a summit in Los Angeles whose agenda was undermined by divisiveness over the guest list. Seeking to counter China’s growing influence in the region, a senior administration official said President Joe Biden is offering southern neighbors an alternative that calls for increased US engagement, including more investments, strengthening supply lines and consolidating existing trade agreements.
Shaken authority Boris Johnson lays out new plan for UK economy
Shaken by a major revolt against his leadership this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise on Thursday to rejuvenate a sagging economy and make it easier for young people to buy homes. Johnson will pledge “fiscal firepower” to help ease the deepening cost-of-living crisis for households, in his first policy speech since Monday’s confidence vote in which 41% of his own lawmakers voted voted against him. Former Conservative prime ministers who fared better in those votes were subsequently ousted.
Iran Expands Nuclear Activities, Turns Off Cameras Despite IAEA Censorship
Iran has begun further expanding its underground uranium enrichment and said on Wednesday it would turn off two of the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras, as the watchdog’s 35-nation board of directors said adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution criticizing Tehran. Only Russia and China opposed the resolution submitted by the United States, Germany, France and Britain, saying the Board of Governors “expresses its deep concern” that traces of uranium found at three undeclared sites remain unexplained due to insufficient cooperation from Iran. He also calls on Tehran to dialogue with the watchdog “without delay”.
Nicaraguan political prisoners held in ‘horrendous conditions’, lawyer says
Two former presidential candidates are among more than 180 Nicaraguan political prisoners who are suffering “the worst types of human rights abuses”, their lawyer said on Wednesday. A year after Juan Sebastian Chamorro and Felix Maradiaga were arrested ahead of Nicaragua’s disputed 2021 elections, neither has spoken to his family and both are being held in ‘horrible conditions’, the report said. international lawyer for the men at a press conference Wednesday, on the anniversary of their arrests.
Turkey struggles to push Russia and Ukraine towards grain deal to avert food crisis
Turkish efforts to ease a global food crisis by negotiating safe passage for grain stranded at Black Sea ports have met resistance as Ukraine says Russia is imposing unreasonable conditions and the Kremlin says free shipping depended on end of sanctions. The war between Russia and Ukraine, the world’s third and fourth largest grain exporters respectively, has increased food price inflation and jeopardized the world’s food supply.
Russia pushes Ukrainian forces to outskirts of key eastern city
Ukrainian forces withdrew to the outskirts of the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk on Wednesday in the face of a fierce Russian assault, the regional governor said, another big change of momentum in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Russia has concentrated its troops and firepower on the small industrial town in recent weeks to secure the surrounding province on behalf of separatist proxies. Ukraine has pledged to fight there for as long as possible, saying the battle could help shape the course of the war.
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