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FEATURED UKRAINE V RUSSIA WAR: Latest update reports from AP & Interfax

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#AceBreakingNews – Twenty-three killed, 28 wounded amid shelling of column of civilians at Zaporizhia exit – region’s head

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Twenty-three killed, 28 wounded amid shelling of column of civilians at Zaporizhia exit – region’s head

According to preliminary information, 23 civilians were killed and 28 wounded as a result of shelling of a humanitarian convoy at the exit of Zaporizhia, said head of the Regional Military Administration Oleksandr Starukh.

“At present, it is known about 23 killed and 28 wounded. All civilians, our fellow countrymen. Burn in hell, damn ruscists!” he wrote on the Telegram channel.

KIYV, Ukraine (AP) — KYIV — Ukrainian officials say a Russian missile strike on the city of Zaporozhzhia has killed at least 23 people and wounded 28.

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Zaporizhzhia Regional Governor Oleksandr Starukh said in an online statement Friday that Russian forces targeted a humanitarian convoy heading to Russian-occupied territory. Online video purportedly of the site of the attack shows bodies lying motionless next to a cars with their windows blown out.

Starukh said those in the convoy planned to travel into Russian-occupied territory to pick up their relatives and then take them to safety. He said rescuers were at the site of the attack.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office said four of 16 S-300 missiles that Russia launched struck a car market as well as an area where civilians had gathered leaving to pick up relatives.

Russia did not immediately acknowledge the strike that comes as Moscow prepares to annex four regions into Russia following an internationally condemned, Kremlin-orchestrated “referendum” vote.

Zaporozhzhia, the capital city of the Zaporozhzhia region, remains in Ukrainian hands. THe region’s Russian-occupied areas were included in the sham vote.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS:

— Russian strike kills 23 as Kremlin to annex Ukraine regions

— Russia opens more border draft offices amid call-up exodus

— Hundreds of kids from east Ukraine stranded in Russian camps

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS:

KYIV — Ukrainian officials in the Zaporizhzhia region have declared Oct 1 as a day of mourning for the 23 civilians who were killed following a Russia missile strike on the outskirts of Zaporizhzhia.

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KYIV —: A Ukrainian official says there were no military facilities or equipment situated in the Zaporizhzhia area where Russia’s missile strikes killed 23 people and wounded 28.

Ukraine’s Parliamentary Commissioner for Human Rights Dmytro Lubinets said in an online statement there were “just cars and peaceful civilians” with women and children among them.

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KYIV — Russian state media are accusing Ukraine of carrying out the Zaporizhzhia attack on its own citizens, without providing any evidence to support the claim.

Russian forces have repeatedly targeted Ukrainian civilians in the fighting since the war began in February.

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KYIV — Russian-installed officials in the southern Kherson region said Thursday that a Ukrainian missile strike on the city of Kherson killed a deputy head of the region’s pro-Kremlin administration. A report in Russian state news agency RIA Novosti offered no details as to when the alleged strike took place, saying only that it hit the center of Kherson. Officials in Kyiv have not commented on the alleged attack.

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KYIV — Russian and Western analysts say Ukrainian forces have likely encircled the Russian-occupied city of Lyman as Kyiv pushes on in an eastern offensive.

Lyman, a city some 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, had been a key node for ground communications and Russian military operations in the region.

Analysts said Friday it appears Russia faces a last stand with reservists and some tank units as Ukraine has cut off all routes out of the city.

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U.K FACT CHECKED ENERGY REPORT: PM Liz Truss Fact Checked After Interviews on BBC Radio

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#AceNewsDesk – Prime Minister Liz Truss was repeatedly questioned about problems facing the economy, during a series of interviews with BBC local radio stations.

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Truss is wrong to say energy bills capped at £2,500

It follows turmoil on the financial markets prompted by the government’s mini-budget. She spoke at length about government help with energy bills.

We’ve looked at some of her claims.

‘Through the energy price guarantee the maximum [energy bill] will be £2,500’

The prime minister incorrectly told more than one station that there would be a maximum energy bill of £2,500 after the energy price cap is lifted on 1 October.

That is not right – the energy price cap is the maximum amount that can be charged per unit of energy. 

The bill will be higher or lower depending on the amount of energy used.

The £2,500 is the maximum charge for the energy use of a typical household. Ms. Truss did tell some (but not all) of the radio stations that it was the maximum for a “typical bill”.

But a high energy user could end up spending considerably more.

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BREAKING AFGHANISTAN: At least 19 including female students sitting exams have been killed in suicide bombing today

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#AceBreakingNews – A suicide attack at a tuition centre in the Afghan capital Kabul has killed at least 19 people, most of them female students, police and witnesses say.

Relatives and medical staff shift a wounded girl from an ambulance outside a hospital in Kabul on September 30, 2022
Relatives and medical staff shift a wounded girl from an ambulance outside a hospital in Kabul

Nearly 30 others were wounded at the Kaaj education center in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in the west of the city.

Students had been sitting a practice university exam when the bomber struck. No group has yet claimed the attack.

Many of those in the area are minority Hazaras, who have often been targeted by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Footage on local TV and shared on social media appeared to show scenes from a nearby hospital, where rows of covered bodies were laid out on the floor. Other media reportedly from the site of the private college showed rubble and upturned tables in the damaged classrooms.

“We didn’t find her here,” a woman who was looking for her sister at one of the hospitals told AFP news agency. “She was 19 years old.” 

Eyewitnesses told the BBC that most of the victims were girls. A student who was wounded told AFP that there were around 600 people in the room when the attack happened. 

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Friends and relatives have been looking for their loved ones in hospitals in the capital

The Kaaj tuition centre is a private college which teaches both male and female students. Most girls’ schools in the country have been closed since the Taliban returned to power in August last year, but some private schools are open.

The Hazaras are Afghanistan’s third largest ethnic group:

Hazaras, most of whom are Shia Muslims, have long faced persecution from IS and the Taliban, which both adhere to Sunni Islam.

On Friday the Taliban’s interior ministry spokesman said security teams were at the site and condemned the attack.

Abdul Nafy Takor said attacking civilian targets “proves the enemy’s inhuman cruelty and lack of moral standards”. 

The attack was also strongly condemned by the United Nations and the US. 

” Targeting a room full of students taking exams is shameful; all students should be able to pursue an education in peace and without fear,” said Karen Decker, charge d’affaires at the US mission to Afghanistan, in a tweet.

The security situation in Afghanistan, which had improved after the end of fighting following the Taliban takeover, has been deteriorating in recent months, with a number of attacks on civilians but also Taliban supporters. Some have been claimed by IS, which is a bitter rival of the Taliban.

Schools and hospitals have been targeted in the Dasht-e-Barchi area in a series of attacks, most of which are thought to have been the work of IS.

Last year – before the Taliban returned to power – a bomb attack on a girls school in Dasht-e-Barchi killed at least 85 people, mainly students, and wounded hundreds more.

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BREAKING U.K NEWS REPORT: UXB WW2 Bomb has been found in East Renfrewshire, prompting the closure of a railway line.

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#AceBreakingNews – Railway closed after WW2 bomb found at Barrhead building site

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Police set up a cordon at Springfauld Way near Springfield Road

Police were called to a Taylor Wimpey construction site on Springfield Road, Barrhead – where new houses are being built – at about 10:00.

The railway line between Neilston and Muirend, near the site, was closed until 18:00, Network Rail said.

Police Scotland said the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had been contacted and the road had been closed.

The BBC understands the bomb had been dropped from a plane during World War Two and is around the size of a fire extinguisher.

The line between Neilston and Muirend was closed until 18:00

The large construction site has a number of unoccupied houses, but properties at one end of the site which are occupied have not been evacuated.

Taylor Wimpey said the bomb was found by groundworkers at the construction site.

A spokesperson said:

” The Ministry of Defence were called to carry out a controlled explosion to safely remove the ordnance from the site.

“Our first priority is the safety of our employees and subcontractors, as well as the general public in the surrounding area. 

“Following advice from the police, MOD and a specialist consultant, appropriate safety measures were put in place to allow them to deal with the unexploded ordnance safely and work has been cleared to resume on site.”

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WATCH BREAKING: Russians Flee Country After Call-Up Papers Issued By Putin As Moscow Tries to Draft Fleeing Men

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#AceBreakingNews – Moscow tries to draft fleeing Russian men at the borders

LARSI, Georgia (AP) — Long lines of Russians trying to escape being called up to fight in Ukraine continued to clog highways out of the country on Wednesday, and Moscow reportedly set up draft offices at borders to intercept some of them.

North Ossetia, a Russian region that borders Georgia, declared a state of “high alert” and said that food, water, warming stations and other aid should be brought in for those who have spent days in queues. Volunteers on the Georgian side of the border also have brought water, blankets and other assistance.

North Ossetia restricted many passenger cars from entering its territory, and set up a draft office at the Verkhy Lars border crossing, Russian news agencies said. Some media outlets released photos at the crossing showing a black van with “military enlistment office” written on it.

Another such draft checkpoint was set up in Russia along the Finnish border, according to the independent Russian news outlet Meduza.

Tens of thousands of Russian men have fled in the week since President Vladimir Putin announced a mobilization to bolster struggling Russian forces in Ukraine. Although Putin said the callup was “partial,” aimed at calling up about 300,000 men with past military service, many Russians fear it will be much broader and more arbitrary than that. There are numerous reports of men with no military training and of all ages receiving draft notices.

Aleksandr Kamisentsev, who left his home in Saratov for Georgia, described the scene on the Russian side of the border.

“It’s all very scary — tears, screams, a huge number of people. There is a feeling that the government does not know how to organize it. It seems that they want to close the border, but at the same time they are afraid that protests may follow, and they let people leave,” he told the AP.

He said he decided at the last moment to leave “because I am not going to kill my Ukrainian brothers or go to prison.”

Protesters carrying Georgian and Ukrainian flags and signs like “Russia Kills” greeted Russians at the border Wednesday. Giga Lemonjava of the political party Droa, which organized the protest, said the evacuees threaten Georgia’s security and economy.

One protester, Helen Khoshtaria, tweeted: “We organized a protest at the border today so that the incoming Russians know how we feel about their `Russian world.’”

Russians have been crossing by car, bicycle, scooter and on foot.

There also are long lines at the border with Kazakhstan, which has taken in more than 98,000 Russians in the past week.

Russia has land borders with 14 countries:

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FEATURED: Gates Foundation boosts funding for Digital ID projects

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#AceNewsDesk – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has increased its investment in digital ID projects through part of a $1.27 billion package to support “global health and development projects.” Part of the funding, $200 million, will go to digital public infrastructure, including civil registry databases and digital ID.

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The announcement followed the annual “Goalkeepers Report,” an annual assessment report on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (UN SGD).

To achieve that goal, digital identity programs are supposedly needed.
The 2019 Goalkeepers Report touted biometrics as one of the technologies needed for the equitable redistribution of resources in developing nations.

The UN set a goal (goal 16.9) for a global legal identity by 2030, and the report said that the world will not make that deadline. A podcast is available on the plans here.

The $200 million will also support data sharing systems and interoperable payments systems.

The Gates Foundation supports several digital ID-related programs, including the MOSIP, an open-source digital ID platform.

Related: The EU is running a digital ID pilot

Related: Denmark’s new digital ID system risks locking some people out of society

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BREAKING U.K NEWS REPORT: Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Cause Of Death Revealed on Death Certificate Reveals

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#AceBreakingNews – Queen Elizabeth II died of old age, her death certificate has revealed: An extract from the National Records of Scotland released today revealed the 96-year-old monarch died at 3.10pm on September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland according to Deadline News by

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The certificate was issued on September 16 and no other factors were listed in her death.

The Queen’s passing led to an official period of mourning in the UK that ended on September 19, the day of her state funeral at Westminster Abbey, which was one of the biggest broadcasting events in history and attended by the likes of Joe Biden, Killing Eve‘s Sandra Oh and Emmanuel Macron. A period of Royal mourning followed the funeral, ending this week.

The Queen ruled as monarch for 70 years, making her the longest-serving monarch in history.

King Charles succeeded her as monarch and has this week had his royal cypher (emblem) revealed, as the 73-year-old beds into his new role as the UK’s figurehead.

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HISTORY TODAY: INAH REPORT: Archaeologists identify obsidian mines exploited by the people of Teōtīhuacān

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#AceNewsDesk – For thousands of years, people living in the Sierra de las Navajas have exploited the rare deposits of obsidian, a type of volcanic glass that is formed when lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth according to Published: 27, 2022

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Obsidian is produced from felsic lava, rich in the lighter elements such as silicon, oxygen, aluminium, sodium, and potassium. Due to the hard and brittle nature of the stone, it fractures to form extremely sharp edges, often used as cutting and piercing tools, instruments for worship, or for weapons manufacturing by the pre-hispanic groups living in the Americas.

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The deposits are located only 31 miles from the ancient city of Teōtīhuacān, for which researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have located more than 500 mine shafts in the Sierra de las Navajas, a mountain range located in the south-southeast of the state of Hidalgo in central Mexico.

Teōtīhuacān, named by the nahuatl-speaking aztecs, and loosely translated as “birthplace of the gods” is an ancient mesoamerican city located in the Teōtīhuacān valley. During phase II from AD 100 to 350, the city population rapidly grew into a large metropolis, partly due to the economic pull and opportunities a thriving urban settlement presented, but also based on environmental factors suggested by the eruption of the Xitle volcano, forcing the migration from other settlements out of the central valley.Teōtīhuacān – Image Credit : Shutterstock (Copyright)

It was during this phase that many of the most notable monuments within Teōtīhuacān were constructed, including: the Pyramid of the Sun (the third largest ancient pyramid after the Great Pyramid of Cholula and the Great Pyramid of Giza), the Pyramid of the Moon, the Avenue of the Dead, and the Ciudadela with the Temple of the Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl.

Among the mines discovered, identifying shafts that date from the Teōtīhuacān era presented challenges to the researchers, as many were reused or sealed during the Toltec exploitation of the region between AD 950 to AD 1150, and then during the period of the Triple Alliance by the three Nahua city-states: Mexico-Tenochtitlan, Tetzcoco, and Tlacopan during the 16th century AD.

By conducting an analysis of mined obsidian, as well as the discovery of ceramic pieces and architecture containing obsidian pieces that coincides with the Teōtīhuacān temporality, the researchers have been able to gain new insights into the daily operation of obsidian mining during the Teōtīhuacān era which were transported and refined in workshops.

“The main production in the deposits of the sierra were the preforms, and considering that Teōtīhuacān carving is very special, to the extent that a single wrong blow can ruin the raw material, it should have been more efficient to make the preforms in the deposit and finish the spikes in Teōtīhuacān”, said Alejandro Pastrana Cruz from the Directorate of Archaeological Studies of the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

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BREAKING SOCIAL MEDIA: Apple removes Russian app VK and others from App Store after UK sanctions

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#AceBreakingNews – Apple removed all apps owned by VK, a Russian tech company that owns Russia’s Facebook-like social network VKontakte, Mail.ru, Youla classifieds, and VK Music according to to Reclaim News 4

Apple confirmed that the apps were removed from the App Store to comply with new sanctions.

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” These apps are being distributed by developers majority-owned or majority-controlled by one or more parties sanctioned by the UK government,” a spokesperson for Apple said:

” In order to comply with these sanctions, Apple terminated the developer accounts associated with these apps, and the apps cannot be downloaded from any App Store, regardless of location. Users who have already downloaded these apps may continue to use them.”

Earlier this week, the UK government enforced new sanctions on Russian oligarchs because of the recent referendums the Russian government held in some parts of Ukraine. The sanctions affect executives at Gazprombank, which is affiliated with VK. The company’s CEO, Vladimir Kiriyenko, was sanctioned by the US back in February for being Putin’s ally.

Google is yet to remove VK apps from the Play Store.

VK is the second-largest internet company in Russia, after Yandex, the country’s version of Google.

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FEATURED: Disabling of Nord Streams will allow US to increase LNG supplies to EU — Russian MFA Report

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#AceNewsDesk – Four Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks have been uncovered, with the most recent one being pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard

MOSCOW, September 29. /TASS/. Putting the Nord Stream and Nord – 2 gas pipelines out of operation is beneficial to the United States, as it will allow Washington to increase supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a briefing on Thursday.

“There was a clear winner here – that is Washington. The shutdown of gas pipelines, to briefly summarize what has been said by US officials over the past few years, will allow the US to increase LNG supplies to the EU,” she said.

Zakharova pointed at “slogans, appeals and talking points that have been spread by both parties – by both the Republicans and the Democrats,”and also “implemented by American officials over the past years.”

After all, Mr. Blinken (US Secretary of State Antony Blinken – TASS), you never concealed that the main goal is to cut Europe off from Russian energy resources, and now you don’t know who could profit from it. This is what you are after,” she added.

Four Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks have been uncovered, with the most recent one being pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard. Earlier, the Nord Stream AG company reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage on Monday. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow was “deeply concerned about the news” and did not rule out that the pipelines’ operation could have been disrupted by an act of sabotage. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on Monday. Head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, branded the incident as “sabotage,” stressing that this sort of “deliberate disruption would result in the strongest possible response.”.

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What do the Nord Stream pipeline gas leaks mean for Europe?

The suspected sabotage of the two Nord Stream pipelines is likely to be releasing five times the amount of methane into the atmosphere as the largest greenhouse gas release in US history. 

The leaks are pumping huge volumes of methane into the Baltic Sea and atmosphere, likely the largest such release on record, and far greater than the Aliso Canyon disaster.

It is also the equivalent of one third of Denmark’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions, according to a Danish official.

The dual pipes run from Russia to Germany, supplying much needed gas for heating and industry. However, they have been decommissioned by Russia for several weeks.

Explosions registered in Denmark, Norway and Finland shortly before the leaks were discovered. 

The Kremlin has been accused of causing the leaks, which will push up energy prices. 

“Whoever ordered this should be prosecuted for war crimes and go to jail,” Stanford University climate scientist Rob Jackson said.

Two scientists looked at the official, worst-case scenario estimates provided by the Danish government — 778 million cubic meters of gas — for The Associated Press.

Professor Jackson and retired chemical oceanographer David Hastings from Gainesville, Florida, each calculated that would be an equivalent of roughly half a million metric tons of methane.

The Aliso Canyon disaster in October 2015 released up to 100,000 metric tons of natural gas into the atmosphere. (The largest component of natural gas is methane.)

Nord Stream pipe leak ‘catastrophic for the climate’

Andrew Baxter — a chemical engineer who formerly worked in the offshore oil and gas industry and is now at the environmental group EDF — thought the Danish estimate was likely too high.

He had a more conservative estimate, but it was still more than double the Aliso Canyon disaster.

“That’s one thing that is consistent with these estimates. It’s catastrophic for the climate,” he said.The suspected sabotage highlights the vulernability of Europe’s energy infrastructure.(Reuters: Hannibal Hanschke)none

Danish Energy Agency head Kristoffer Böttzauw said emissions from the three leaks on the underwater Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines were equivalent to about 32 per cent of annual Danish carbon dioxide emissions.

Danish emissions in 2020 were about 45 million tonnes of CO2.

Methane seen bubbling at the ocean surface was an indication of “a strong upward flow”, according to Imperial College London’s Paul Balcombe, a member of the engineering faculty in the department of chemical engineering.

The loss of pressure in the pipes likely meant a large amount of gas had already been lost, he said.

Dr Balcombe said the effects were likely to be significant. 

“It would have a very large environmental and climate impact indeed, even if it released a fraction of this,” he said.

Methane is a major contributor to climate change and responsible for much of the current climate disruption.

It is 82.5 times more potent than carbon dioxide at absorbing the sun’s heat and warming the Earth.

On Sunday, Mr Böttzauw said that the agency believed half the gas had now leaked from one of the two pipes. 

“We are talking about a huge spill of several million cubic meters of gas,” he said.

“As long as there is gas, it dangerous to be there,” Mr Böttzauw said.

He did not say when experts would be able to go down below the surface and see the pipes, which lie on the sea bed between 70 and 90 metres deep.

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