World events 19.
Diplomatic efforts continued to avert a wider Middle East conflagration, with US President Joe Biden and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussing the Israel-Hamas war and more European leaders visiting the region.To see important ads, turn off your ad blocker! Article continued below:
At the same time, the head of the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia Hezbollah met with senior members of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Lebanon and focused on “what the resistance axis must do at this sensitive stage.”
Ukraine’s military has formed a battalion of soldiers composed entirely of Russian citizens who want to fight against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
As Daryna Krasnolutska reports, the 60-strong Sibir (Siberia) battalion includes Russians and people from ethnic minorities including Yakuts and Buryats in eastern Siberia who said they wanted independence from Moscow and viewed a Ukrainian victory as a step toward that goal.
World events 19, Donald Trump’s.
The newest candidate to be speaker of the US House is one of former President Donald Trump’s most outspoken allies in his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
Republicans plan a vote today on Mike Johnson of Louisiana, whose nomination marked the latest twist in a three-week saga that has prevented action on emergency aid to Israel and Ukraine, and on heading off a mid-November government shutdown.
Poland’s Donald Tusk will meet European Union leaders in Brussels this week as the likely new prime minister moves to rebuild the nation’s frayed relationship with the bloc and unlock more than €35 billion ($37 billion) in financial aid.
While it may be weeks until Tusk forms a government, the former European Council chief will meet European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen today before EU leaders gather for a summit.
World events 19, Joko Widodo’s.
President Joko Widodo’s son was named as a running mate by one of three frontrunners vying to become Indonesia’s next leader in Feb. 14 elections. The winner will need to manage the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation’s resources, balance competing US and Chinese interests and decide whether to continue with the construction of a new capital in Borneo.
Biden’s reelection fundraising operation has gotten a powerful assist from Democratic governors, who have helped him amass a record $91 million war chest a year ahead of the presidential vote.
The EU is the only region where rule of law standards have held more or less steady amid a continued erosion over the past year, according to a major index tracking the issue globally.
World events 19, Japan.
Japan’s Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot require transgender people to undergo surgery in order to change their legal gender, a decision that brings the country in line with many other advanced democracies.
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