AP News Summary at 5:36 a.m. EDT | Nation and World
Putin sets partial military call-up, won’t ‘bluff’ on nukes
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial mobilization of reservists in Russia. The measure appeared to be an admission that Moscow’s war against Ukraine is not going as planned after nearly seven months of fighting and amid recent battlefield casualties for Kremlin forces. The Russian leader also warned the West that he was not bluffing by using every means at his disposal to protect Russian territory, in what was apparently a veiled reference to Russia’s nuclear capability. Putin has previously warned the West not to support Russia against the wall. Officials said the number of reservists to be called up was around 300,000.
Biden at UN to call Russian war an affront to body’s charter
NEW YORK (AP) — President Joe Biden is ready to argue in the United Nations General Assembly that Russia’s “naked aggression” in Ukraine is an affront to the heart of what the international body stands for. In his speech on Wednesday morning, the American president seeks to rally allies to continue to support the Ukrainian resistance. Biden also plans to meet on the sidelines of the General Assembly with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss and announce a global food security initiative. But White House officials say the bulk of Biden’s visit to the UN this year will be an outright condemnation of Russia as its brutal war nears seven months.
The United States and Iran will speak at the UN; Zelenskyy will appear from Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi are among those in the spotlight on the second day of the world body’s first all-in-person meeting since the coronavirus pandemic began. But perhaps one of the biggest draws on Wednesday will be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskky, who will be heard but not seen in the flesh. The 193-member assembly voted last week to allow Zelenskky to deliver a pre-recorded speech because of his need to deal with Russia’s invasion, making an exception to his requirement that all leaders speak in person. Unsurprisingly, Ukraine has been the center of attention in the United Nations Assembly, with world leaders after world leaders condemning Russia for attacking a sovereign nation.
Man sets himself on fire in protest at Abe’s funeral
TOKYO (AP) — A man set himself on fire near the Japanese prime minister’s office in Tokyo, apparently to protest the state funeral of former leader Shinzo Abe. The Kyodo news agency reported the man was burned but told police he set himself on fire and a note found with him proclaimed his opposition to Abe’s state funeral. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. The planned state funeral for Abe has grown increasingly unpopular among Japanese people as more details emerge about the ruling party’s and Abe’s ties to the Unification Church, which has built strong ties with ruling party lawmakers over their shared interests in conservative causes.
EXPLANATOR: What kept the protests in Iran going after the first spark?
Protests have erupted across Iran in recent days after a 22-year-old woman died while in the custody of morality police for breaking the country’s strictly enforced Islamic dress code. The young woman had been arrested by the Iranian morality police for her allegedly loose headscarf, or hijab. Many Iranians, especially young people, have come to view her death as part of the Islamic Republic’s brutal crackdown on dissent and the increasingly violent treatment of young women by the morality police. This led to bold displays of defiance, in the face of beatings and eventual arrest. During street protests, some women ripped off their obligatory headscarf, demonstratively twirling it in the air, or burned it.
Fiona threatens to become a Category 4 storm heading towards Bermuda
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Fiona threatens to upgrade to a Category 4 storm as it hits the Turks and Caicos Islands and is expected to pass Bermuda later this week. The storm has been blamed for causing at least four direct deaths as it marched through the Caribbean, where it unleashed torrential rains in Puerto Rico, leaving a majority without power or water as hundreds of thousands of people scraped mud from their homes as a result of what authorities have described. as “historic” floods. Power company officials initially said it would take a few days for power to be fully restored, but then appeared to backtrack late on Tuesday evening.
House to vote on election law overhaul in response to Jan. 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is preparing to vote on an overhaul of a centuries-old election law in an effort to prevent future presidential hopefuls from trying to subvert the popular will. The legislation being considered on Wednesday is a direct response to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurgency and former President Donald Trump’s efforts to find a way around the Voter Count Act. This obscure 19th century law governs, along with the US Constitution, how states and Congress certify voters and declare the winners of presidential elections. Trump and a group of his aides and lawyers tried to exploit loopholes in the law to reverse his defeat.
At the UN, hope pierces through gloom despite a global quagmire
UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Hope can be hard to find anywhere these days. This is doubly true for people who walk the floors of the United Nations, where shouldering the weight of the world is central to the job description. And when world leaders attempt to solve some of humanity’s thorniest problems, it’s easy to lose sight of hope. And yet, at the United Nations General Assembly this year, while there is much misery and pessimism, there are also signs of clarity pointing like cloverleaves in the cracks of the pavements. The UN secretary-general says hope is an increasingly scarce commodity, but he also says it persists.
Some 230 whales stranded in Tasmania; ongoing rescue efforts
HOBART, Australia (AP) — About 230 whales are stranded on the west coast of Tasmania, just two days after 14 sperm whales were found stranded on a nearby island. The pod washed up on Ocean Beach appears to be pilot whales. Tasmania’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Wednesday that at least half of them are believed to be still alive. He says a team is assembling whale rescue equipment and heading to the area. Two years ago, around 470 long-finned pilot whales were found stranded on the west coast of Tasmania in the largest mass stranding on record in Australia. The pilot whale is known to strand itself in large numbers, for reasons that are not fully understood.
Muscogees have a say in Georgia National Park Plan
MACON, Ga. (AP) — Hundreds of Native Americans returned to their historic capital in Macon, Ga., this weekend for the 30th annual Ocmulgee Native Celebration. Nearly 200 years after the last Creek Indians were forcibly removed to Oklahoma to make way for slave labor in the Deep South, citizens of the Muscogee Creek Nation are celebrating their survival. They also support an initiative to make the National Park Service responsible for protecting the heart of Confederation Creek. A federal review is nearing completion, which means Interior Secretary Deb Haaland could soon ask Congress to create Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve.
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