October 10, 2022


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UKRAINE | Today is day 229 of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are your updates:

  • Increased levels of Russian missile strikes on cities across Ukraine were reported overnight, including in Kyiv, which had not been targeted since June, and where at least eight people were killed and 24 injured in just one of the missile strikes that hit the city. [more]
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday called a Saturday attack on the Kerch Bridge, which connects Russia to the annexed territory of Crimea and is a key supply route for Russian forces in Ukraine, a "terrorist act." Putin blamed the attack on Ukrainian special forces. [more]
  • German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said today that Germany will deliver the first of four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems to Ukraine within days. [more]

HAITI | Reports say U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres submitted a letter to the Security Council yesterday calling for the immediate activation of a rapid action force to assist police in Haiti in dealing with threats posed by armed gangs and to protect critical infrastructure, supplies, and services. [more]

IRAQ | Kurdish rights group Hengaw Organization for Human Rights says that gunfire and explosions occurred today amidst ongoing anti-government protests in the city of Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan province. Protests across Iran are entering their fourth week in response to the death of a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for violating the country's strict dress regulations for women. [more]

DATA PRIVACY | U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order aimed at easing European privacy concerns about U.S. intelligence data collection. The order calls for safeguards against data collection abuses and creates a framework for related legal challenges. [Fact Sheet] [more]

NORTH KOREA | Amidst significantly increased levels of North Korean missile tests recently, North Korean state media cited the countries leaders today as saying the missile launches are tests of Pyongyang's potential ability to deliver tactical nuclear weapons in strikes against South Korean and U.S. targets. [more]

HURRICANE JULIA | The remnants of Hurricane Julia are expected to move along the coasts of El Salvador and Guatemala today after coming ashore yesterday as a Category 1 storm in Nicaragua. The U.S. National Hurricane Center has warned that the storm could cause flash flooding and mudslides across Central America and southern Mexico through Tuesday. [more]

VENEZUELA | At least 25 people were killed yesterday, and more than 50 others remain missing, following a landslide in Venezuela's Santos Michelena municipality caused by days of heavy rainfall. [more]

AUSTRIA | Alexander Van der Bellen was reelected as Austria's president yesterday, avoiding a runoff election by securing an absolute majority of more than 50% of votes. [more]

ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE | At a Friday meeting in Montreal, representatives of nearly 200 countries to the U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Organization adopted an "aspirational goal" of achieving net-zero carbon emissions from global air travel by 2050. [more]

PARIS | The manslaughter trial of manufacturer Airbus and airline Air France begins today in Paris in connection with the 2009 crash of Air France's Rio-Paris Flight 447, which killed all 228 people aboard the flight. [more]

WEINSTEIN | The California trial of former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein on rape and sexual assault charges begins today in Los Angeles. Weinstein is already serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted on similar charges in New York in 2020. [more]

SOCCER | Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 700th club goal of his career yesterday in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton. Ronaldo is the first player to ever reach 700 career club goals. [more]

GOLF | Tom Kim, of South Korea, shot a final round 5-under-par 67 yesterday in Las Vegas to win the Shriners Children’s Open, becoming only the second player since Tiger Woods to win two PGA Tour events before turning 21. Also yesterday, England's Jodi Ewart Shadoff won the Mediheal Championship -- her first LPGA victory. [more]

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE | "Smile" topped the North America box office over the weekend with an estimated $17.6 million in receipts, followed by "Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile," and "Amsterdam." [more]

NOBEL PRIZES | Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and U.S. professors Douglas W. Diamond and Philip H. Dybvig were named the winners of the 2022 Nobel Prize in Economics today for their work that "significantly improved our understanding of the role of banks in the economy, particularly during financial crises." [more]

TODAY IN HISTORY | On this date in 1911, a group of revolutionaries launched an uprising in Wuchang, China, which many regard as the formal beginning of the Chinese Revolution, a nationalist democratic revolt that overthrew the Qing dynasty. [more history]

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