‘Missing’ Xi Jinping finally seen on state TV after days-long disappearance sparks coup rumours

China’s president Xi Jinping made his first public appearance in days on state television on Tuesday, putting to rest rumours of a “coup” sparked after his absence from media since his trip to central Asia. The president appeared on CCTV during his visit to an exhibition in Beijing on the theme of “Forging Ahead into … Read more

Nord Stream gas leaks may be biggest ever, with warning of ‘large climate risk’ | Nord Stream 1 pipeline

Scientists fear methane erupting from the burst Nord Stream pipelines into the Baltic Sea could be one of the worst natural gas leaks ever and pose significant climate risks. Neither of the two breached Nord Stream pipelines, which run between Russia and Germany, was operational, but both contained natural gas. This mostly consists of methane … Read more

Ukraine charges Russian soldiers alleged to have shot at civilian cars | Ukraine

Ukrainian authorities say they have identified five Russian soldiers who allegedly shot at civilian cars in the Kyiv region during the first days of the war. CCTV footage gathered by Ukrainian investigators shows Russian units shooting at civilian cars along roads just outside Hostomel, a town north-west of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. In one of the … Read more

Dicing with death: Desperate selfie-takers gamble against 60mph winds as Hurricane Ian hits

Selfie-takers desperate to get the shot have been dicing with death as they wade up to crashing waves whipped up by Hurricane Ian along Florida’s Key West pier. Video shows people – including children – braving choppy waters armed with camera phones and selfie sticks as 60mph gusts of wind buffeted the keys.  The reckless … Read more

Chelsea Clinton says her family is ‘the reason Fox News was created’ | US News

The Clintons were “the reason Fox News was created”, Chelsea Clinton has said, as she criticised its “destructive impact” particularly around climate change. Speaking alongside her mother Hillary Clinton in an interview with Variety, the pair discussed working together on their documentary series Gutsy, and whether a woman will ever be president of the United … Read more

Kremlin says military campaign in Ukraine to continue at least until capture of all of Donetsk region

MOSCOW, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday its “special military operation” in Ukraine must continue at least until the capture of all of east Ukraine’s Donetsk region. In a call with reporters, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the self-styled Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) – a breakaway Russian-backed entity that has been … Read more

Ukrainians flee from Russian annexation – while they still can

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine, Sept 28 (Reuters) – “It’s funny. Nobody voted, yet the results are in,” laughed Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province as he waited on Wednesday outside a United Nations aid office with his family at a refugee reception centre. As Russia prepares to annex a swathe of … Read more

Putin’s grip on power ‘may be weakened by colossal error in Ukraine’ as estimated 250,000 flee to avoid draft

R ussian President Vladimir Putin is beginning to understand the “colossal mistake” he has made in invading Ukraine, western officials believe, amid signs his grip on power may have been weakened. The Kremlin is expected to move swiftly to annex four territories occupied by his forces in the east of the country after conducting a … Read more

Iran footballers show solidarity with protests over Mahsa Amini’s death | Iran

Iran’s players covered up their national symbols by wearing jackets before the friendly with Senegal on Tuesday evening, showing solidarity with protests against the repression of women in their home country. The past 11 days have seen significant unrest in Iran after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, who had been arrested on 13 … Read more