Russian state TV pundit admits ‘things aren’t going well’ SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Vladimir Putin has appointed a notorious Russian gangster to head up a Wagner military unit, as he desperately attempts to turn his fortunes around in Ukraine. The Russian President has seen his army take an absolute battering on the battlefield, suffering a quick succession of humiliating defeats over the last month. Ukraine's army stunned the Kremlin with its devastating counterattack on the Kharkiv front, forcing the Russians to retreat in disarray. Related articles Oleksandr Usyk 'joins soldiers on the frontlines' in Ukraine Putin facing army civil war after Chechens accused of raping soldiers Kyiv's … [Read more...] about Putin turns to mass murdering gangster to lead Wagner unit after top commander killed
Two sick killers shot and killed 17 people as well as injured 10 more as they travelled the United States in a blue Chevrolet. John Allen Muhammad, 41 at the time, and Lee Boyd Malvo, 17 at the time, took to their blue sedan and travelled across the country in a crime spree that ended with a series of sniper attacks. Muhammad, who was placed on Death Row and executed in 2009, was joined by Malvo, who received six consecutive life sentences for his part in the crimes. READ MORE: Brit EuroMillions winner blew £40m jackpot before his death in £100k-a-week spree A total of 17 people were killed in the mass shootings, with preliminary attacks dated sporadically throughout February to September 2002, and then a sniper attack in October 2002. Those same sniper attacks were allegedly carried out because Muhammad was intending to kill his ex-wife, but Malvo claimed that the point of the shootings was to "shut things down" across the United States. He also made the … [Read more...] about Sniper attacks saw 10 injured and 17 shot dead by sick killers travelling in Chevrolet
Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed that the government will not proceed with plans to cut the 45p rate of tax for higher earners -- but insists he won't resign -- in what has been coined as a humiliating U-turn for the UK government. Described as a tax cut for the rich, it was set out in his so-called mini-budget on 23 September, and prompted turmoil in the markets. But, in a statement on Monday, Kwarteng said, "We get it, and we have listened" -- in response to fierce opposition from the markets, rival parties and some Conservative MPs. The Chancellor is set to speak on the second day of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, where protesters have been voicing their concern about government plans to make around €50 billion worth of tax cuts with the aim of stimulating economic growth. The mini-budget announcement caused the sterling to slump to record lows and forced the Bank of England to launch an emergency intervention to stabilise the … [Read more...] about UK announces U-turn on plans to abolish top rate of income tax for the highest earners
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is preparing for a world in which the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty no longer exists, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned on Tuesday. "Russia has a last opportunity to take the responsible path. To return to compliance and save the INF Treaty. We urge Russia to take this opportunity. At the same time, we are planning for a world without the INF Treaty," Stoltenberg said in an interview with NBC News ahead of a meeting of defense ministers in Brussels. "We are planning in many different domains, including of course in the military domain…. Our military commanders are looking into different options: how we need to respond to the fact that Russia are deploying more nuclear-capable missiles in Europe. But we will take our time before we make decisions," Stoltenberg added. The U.S. said it decided to abandon the INF treaty , which was signed by the Soviet Union and the U.S. in 1987, because Russia was … [Read more...] about NATO is preparing for a world where Russia deploys more nuclear-capable missiles in Europe, secretary general says
This is an edition of Up for Debate, a newsletter by Conor Friedersdorf. On Wednesdays, he rounds up timely conversations and solicits reader responses to one thought-provoking question. Later, he publishes some thoughtful replies. Sign up for the newsletter here. Last week I asked, “If you could change one thing about the culture of your country by adopting a practice or attitude or folkway from another country, what would you change and why?” Meg recommends “the Japanese practice of bowing, not only to each other as a way of greeting or farewell, but also to the rooms one enters and exits.” Here’s her pitch for wider adoption: This moment of mindful respect for the people and spaces we encounter strikes me as a way to affect all of our interactions in ways that foster a deeper connection and a pathway to peace. On the giving or receiving end of this simple gesture, I feel blessed and honored. Simone wants people in the United States to eat like the French: If … [Read more...] about 12 Readers on What the Rest of the World Does Better Than the U.S.
Steve Baker has apologised to the European Union for ”not always behaving” during Brexit negotiations . The new Northern Ireland minister was a staunch supporter of the Leave campaign and is a former chairman of the European Research Group, made up of backbench Conservative MPs. He was one of 28 “Spartan” Tories who voted against Theresa May’s Brexit deal on all three occasions, and resigned as Brexit minister in 2018 over his fears she had accepted compromises that effectively kept Britain in the EU. However, he struck a more conciliatory tone in the main hall of the Conservative Party conference on Sunday, saying that relations between Britain and Ireland were not “where they should be”. Repairing relations with Brussels and Dublin Mr Baker said: “The thing I want to add, as one of the people who perhaps acted with the most ferocious determination to get the UK out of the EU: I think we have to bring some humility to this situation. “It is with humility that I want … [Read more...] about Steve Baker apologises to EU for ‘not always behaving’ during Brexit
Sign up for the View from Westminster email for expert analysis straight to your inbox Get our free View from Westminster email How would you react if someone beat you up because they thought you were gay? Hopefully, you’ve no idea. Personally, it made me think: “Maybe I am”. Not because I was but because if you’re told something enough, you start to believe it. That was primary school for me. Accusations, daily beatings and constant bullying. Why? Because I was different. Actually, I wasn’t different. My dad was... and, as it later turned out, so was my mum. When I was a one-year-old my sister was two, and our parents were divorced. Obviously I don’t remember it but from what they’ve since told me things weren’t right between them, nor would they ever be. They remained friends but it was over. Then my dad met someone new: a man. Having previously admitted to being bisexual – albeit not always openly – he fell into a loving, same-sex relationship … [Read more...] about I was bullied for having a gay dad and a lesbian mum – but I wouldn’t change a thing
For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails Sign up to our free breaking news emails U.S. federal prosecutors have filed motions saying they are sure that Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández took bribes from drug traffickers and had the country's armed forces protect a cocaine laboratory and shipments to the United States. The documents quote Hernández as saying he wanted to “'shove the drugs right up the noses of the gringos' by flooding the United States with cocaine." The motions filed Friday with the U.S. Southern District of New York do not specifically name the president, referring to him as “CC-4,” or co-conspirator No. 4, but clearly identify him by naming his brother and his own post as president. The president, who has not been charged, has repeatedly denied any connection to traffickers despite the 2019 conviction of one of his brothers, Juan Antonio Hernandez. During that … [Read more...] about US motions expand drug claims against Honduras president