Here is a summary of current global news briefs.
Hu’s dramatic Chinese Congress exit fuels speculation and official silence
In a country where events are planned to the finest detail and politics are shrouded in secrecy, former President Hu Jintao’s spectacular escorted exit after the Communist Party Congress closed has sparked speculation among world watchers. China. According to tradition, Hu, 79, had been seated on Saturday to the left of his successor, Xi Jinping, who was in the process of securing a third term in the leadership which was confirmed on Sunday.
Factbox-What is Rishi Sunak’s solution to Britain’s problems?
Since entering the contest to become British Prime Minister, frontrunner Rishi Sunak has said little publicly about how he intends to lead the country and how he would deal with the multiple economic and political crises. Sunak ran unsuccessfully for prime minister earlier this year, establishing a comprehensive political platform. Although some of the challenges have changed since then, what does this campaign tell us about how he would govern?
Pakistani journalist killed in police shooting in Kenya
Well-known Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif was shot dead in Nairobi when police chasing car thieves opened fire on the vehicle he was traveling in as he drove through their roadblock without stopping, according to a police report Kenyan on Monday. A Kenyan police watchdog said it was investigating the incident, which happened at 10 p.m. (1900 GMT) on the outskirts of the capital on Sunday.
Western countries say Russia could be preparing a ‘dirty bomb’ pretext
Western countries on Monday accused Russia of plotting to use the threat of a bomb containing nuclear material as a pretext for an escalation in Ukraine, as Moscow evacuated civilians from a southern city ahead of a battle major. As Ukrainian forces advanced into the Russian-occupied province of Kherson, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu phoned his Western counterparts on Sunday to tell them that Moscow suspected Kyiv of planning the use of a “bomb dirty”.
Russian TV presenter apologizes but faces investigation for calling for Ukrainian children to be drowned
A Russian TV presenter apologized on Monday for calling for the drowning of Ukrainian children, as Russia’s state investigative committee said it was investigating his remarks. In a broadcast last week on state broadcaster RT, presenter Anton Krasovsky said Ukrainian children who viewed Russians as occupiers under the Soviet Union should have been “thrown straight into a fast-flowing river” and drowned.
Two Koreas exchange warning shots near maritime border amid tensions
North and South Korea exchanged warning shots off the west coast on Monday, accusing each other of violating their maritime borders amid heightened military tension. The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in the South said they issued warnings and fired warning shots to see a North Korean merchant ship crossing the Northern Limit Line (NLL), the de facto maritime boundary, towards 3:40 a.m. (6:40 p.m. GMT). Sunday).
Myanmar concert airstrike kills at least 30 – media, opposition
At least 30 people were killed in an airstrike during a concert organized by an ethnic minority group in conflict with the ruling army, opposition groups, residents and media said on Monday. Sunday night’s airstrike in northern Kachin state, which the army has yet to confirm took place, killed civilians, prominent local singers and military officers. Kachin Independence Army (KIA), media reported, citing witnesses who said the attack was carried out by three jets.
Macron meets Pope, talks expected to focus on Ukraine
French President Emmanuel Macron and Pope Francis held nearly an hour of private talks on Monday, with the crisis in Ukraine and the prospects for peace there expected to have been their main topic of discussion. Macron, accompanied by his wife Brigitte, arrived at the Vatican and was greeted by a Swiss Guard honor guard in the courtyard of San Damaso before taking an elevator to the official papal study in the Apostolic Palace.
Rishi Sunak looks set to become Britain’s next prime minister after Johnson quits the race
Rishi Sunak looked set to become Britain’s next prime minister after his rival Boris Johnson quit the race, admitting he could no longer unite their party after one of the most turbulent periods in British political history. Sunak, the 42-year-old former finance minister, could become Britain’s third prime minister in less than two months on Monday, tasked with restoring stability to a country reeling from years of political and economic turmoil.
UK says Russia continues to use Iranian drones against Ukraine
Russia continues to use Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against targets across Ukraine, Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday. Russia is likely using Iranian Shahed-136 drones to infiltrate Ukrainian air defenses and as a substitute for increasingly scarce Russian-made long-range precision weapons, the ministry said in its Twitter update.
(With agency contributions.)