174 die as fans stampede out of Indonesian football match
MALANG, Indonesia (AP) — Panic has killed at least 174 people, most of them trampled or suffocated, after police fired tear gas to disperse rioting fans at an Indonesian football match, the deadliest in the world one of the sporting events. Attention was immediately focused on police officers using tear gas, which FIFA has banned from football stadiums. President Joko Widodo expressed shock at the tragedy and ordered an investigation into security procedures. Riots erupted after the game on Saturday night, with hosts Arema FC in Malang City, East Java, losing 3-2 to Persebaya in Surabaya. Disappointed by the team’s loss, thousands of Arema supporters flooded the football pitch. Police responded by firing tear gas, causing panic and a deadly squeeze.
Ukraine pressures counterattack after Russia setback
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Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine advanced an embarrassing Kremlin counteroffensive as Russia attacked the hometown of Ukraine’s president with a suicide drone on Sunday. Ukraine has regained control of the strategic eastern city of Lehman, which has been used as a transport and logistics hub. It’s a new blow for the Kremlin as it seeks to escalate the war by illegally annexing four regions of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said more Ukrainian flags were flying in the territory recently occupied by Russia. His hometown was among the targets of suicide drones during the most recent Sunday fight.
Allies take aim at risky Russian oil price cap as winter looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials celebrated in early September when top allies agreed to back a bold, never-before-seen plan to curb Vladimir Putin’s cash-hungry opportunities. These countries will only pay cut prices for Russian oil. This would deprive Putin of the funds to continue waging a war in Ukraine, but would also ensure a constant flow of oil out of Russia and keep global prices low. But nearly a month later, the Group of Seven, a group of some of the world’s leading economies, is still figuring out how to execute their plans and convene participants.
Florida death toll rises to 47 as it struggles to recover from Ian
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Rescuers have evacuated shocked survivors from Hurricane Ian on Florida’s largest barrier island, as the state’s death toll has risen sharply in recovery efforts. Days after Ian’s rampage from Florida to the Carolinas, hundreds of thousands of people in the state are still sweltering without electricity. Florida now has 47 confirmed deaths. When the Category 4 monster made landfall midweek, Ian was one of the strongest hurricanes on record in the United States. Many storm victims were isolated, with limited cell phone service and a lack of basic amenities such as water and electricity. As of Saturday night, nearly 1 million customers in Florida had not had power restored.
Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong settles U.S. rape charges
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — JD.com founder Liu Qiangdong has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former University of Minnesota student who allegedly ate dinner and drinks one night in 2018 raped her. Lawyers for Liu Qiangdong and the woman, Liu Jingyao, released a joint statement Saturday evening saying the case was closed. They did not disclose the settlement amount but said the incident was caused by a misunderstanding and they agreed to resolve their differences. Liu Qiangdong was arrested in August 2018 on suspicion of felony rape. Prosecutors never filed charges, saying there were “serious evidentiary problems” in the case. He stepped down as chief executive of JD.com this year amid increased government scrutiny of China’s tech industry.
Pine Island resident recounts Ian’s fears and fears as he was depressed
Pine Island, Fla. (AP) — Emergency crews are seeking to evacuate residents from the largest barrier island on Florida’s Gulf Coast, where survivors speak of the horrors of surviving Hurricane Ian amid flooded homes and high winds. On Saturday, a volunteer group called the Medic Corps flew residents off Pine Island by helicopter. The bridge to Songdo was badly damaged by the hurricane and can only be reached by boat or plane. Some residents said they had not seen anyone from outside the island for days, saying they were trapped in flooded homes as ships and other debris crashed around their homes during storm surge. Some fear they will not succeed.
Insurgent violence in eastern Congo causes hunger to soar
NIRAGONGO, Congo (AP) — Hunger is now soaring in eastern Congo after months of fighting between M23 rebels and the army, humanitarian workers say. Nearly 260,000 people face extreme food insecurity in the Nyiragongo and Rutshuru regions, according to a draft internal assessment by aid groups seen by The Associated Press. But only 10 percent of those targeted by aid groups this year received the full recommended food aid. This is due to lack of funding and security concerns limiting access to certain areas. The number of severely malnourished children nearly tripled between April and July, health officials at a hospital said.
South Korean activists clash with police over anti-gold balloons
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean activists say they clashed with police as they launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda across the North Korean border. Seoul had previously pleaded with activists to stop such activities after North Korea threatened to respond with “lethal” retaliation. Park Sang-hak, a defector-turned-activist, said his team launched about eight balloons Saturday night from an area in the South Korean border town of Paju. Police arrived on the scene and prevented them from delivering the remaining 12 balloons. Police confiscated some of their materials and detained him and three other members of his group for a minor scuffle with police before releasing them after questioning, Park said.
Brazil holds historic election, Lula against Bolsonaro
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — More than 120 million Brazilians will vote Sunday in a highly polarized election that could decide whether the country puts the left back at the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or the far-right incumbent. Continue to govern for four years. The match pits far-right President Jair Bolsonaro against his political opponent, former left-wing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Recent polls put Da Silva in the lead, suggesting he could win outright in the first round without a runoff. Da Silva must get more than 50 percent of the vote on Sunday, more than Bolsonaro and nine other candidates combined.
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