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Trump’s legal woes mount without presidential protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s latest legal troubles — sweeping allegations of fraud by the New York attorney general and a brutal repudiation by the federal judges he has appointed — have laid bare the challenges now piling up that the former president operates without the protections offered by the White House. The bluster and bravado that served him well in the political arena are less useful in a legal field dominated by verifiable evidence, where judges this week have looked askance at his positions. Just this week, he was sued in New York and a federal appeals court flatly rejected his legal team’s arguments over documents seized from his Florida home.

US urges world to tell Russia to stop nuclear threats

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The United States is urging other nations to tell Russia to stop making nuclear threats and end the “horror” of its war in Ukraine. Top diplomats from the three countries spoke at a high-profile meeting of the UN Security Council. But they didn’t quite meet. Held alongside the annual meeting of world leaders of the United Nations General Assembly, the session followed a stark development of the war this week. Russia has called up some of its reserves for the first time since World War II. At the same time, President Vladimir Putin said his nuclear-armed country would “use all means at its disposal” to defend itself if its territory were threatened.

Tears and hugs for Russians called up to fight in Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is stepping up its military and political campaign to gain control of Ukrainian territory. Russian army reservists have been rounded up to fight as pro-Moscow authorities prepare for voter referendums starting Friday that could lead to the annexation of four Russian-held regions of Ukraine. A day after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to bolster his troops in Ukraine, dramatic scenes of tearful families bidding farewell to men leaving military mobilization centers in Russia emerged on social media on Thursday. The German Interior Minister has offered concrete support to potential deserters. She said anyone who “bravely opposes Putin’s regime and therefore puts themselves in the greatest danger” can apply for asylum.

Officials: Fugitive in Navy corruption case tried to visit Russia

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Officials say a fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” at the center of a Navy corruption scandal was trying to get to Russia before Venezuelan authorities captured him. Interpol Venezuela Director General Carlos Garate Rondon said in an Instagram post Wednesday that Leonard Glenn Francis would be handed over to Venezuelan officials to begin extradition proceedings. US officials said Francis was under house arrest in San Diego when he cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and escaped on September 4, prompting an international manhunt. Francis was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in 2015 to bribing naval officers to help his ship maintenance company and then overcharging the military by at least $35 million.

‘Knocking at the door of famine’: UN food chief wants to act now

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – The UN’s food chief warns that the world faces “one more perfect storm” when it comes to hunger. David Beasley is urging donors to donate a few days of profit to tackle a crisis with fertilizer supplies at the moment and avert widespread food shortages next year. Beasley says when he took over as head of the WFP 5½ years ago, only 80 million people worldwide were headed for starvation. But climate problems increased that figure to 135. The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, doubled it. Finally, Russia invaded Ukraine in February, triggering a crisis that pushed the number to 345 million.

Biden swears US won’t walk away from storm-hit Puerto Rico

SAN SALVADOR, Puerto Rico (AP) — President Joe Biden said the full force of the federal government stands ready to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fiona. Speaking in New York on Thursday, he said hundreds of FEMA and other federal officials are already on the ground with more help on the way. He said his message to the people of Puerto Rico is: “We are with you. We’re not going away. Meanwhile, Bermuda and Atlantic Canada are bracing for a major outburst from the Category 4 storm. It is expected to spend the night near Bermuda, where officials are opening shelters.

Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for 2022-23 season

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics have suspended coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season. The move takes effect immediately and without any guarantee it will be back with the deductible. The Celtics said Thursday night that Udoka had been suspended for “violations of team policies.” Earlier Thursday, two people with knowledge of the matter said Udoka was being disciplined for having an inappropriate relationship with a member of the organization. These people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this detail publicly.

US aircraft carrier arrives in South Korea for joint exercises

BUSAN, South Korea (AP) — The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan arrived in South Korea’s port of Busan ahead of the two countries’ joint military exercise that aims to show strength against North Korean threats growing. The joint drills will be the first involving a U.S. aircraft carrier in the region since 2017. Allies have restarted large-scale military drills this year, in response to North Korea’s resumption of major weapons testing and threats growing nuclear conflicts with Seoul and Washington. The South Korean navy said the training was aimed at boosting allies’ military readiness and showing the “firm resolve” of the South Korea-U.S. alliance for peace on the Korean peninsula.

At least 9 dead as Iran protests against the spread of a woman’s death

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Clashes between Iranian security forces and protesters have killed at least nine people since violence erupted over the weekend. That’s according to a tally published by the Associated Press on Thursday, based on statements from Iran’s state and semi-official media. Protests in Iran began with an outpouring of anger following the death last week of a young woman detained by the country’s vice police for allegedly violating its strictly enforced dress code. The government has largely shut down internet access in an attempt to curb protests, in which many have called for the overthrow of Iran’s ruling clerics.

Millennials, united: at the UN, young leaders are rising up

Millennial leaders rise at the United Nations General Assembly. Shaped by the borderless internet, growing economic inequality and a deepening climate crisis, the cohort of millennial presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers and other “excellences” are making their mark at the biggest gathering of world leaders. This week at the UN offers a glimpse into the latest generation of leaders in power, as a critical mass of them – born typically between 1981 and 1996 – now represent and lead countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

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