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Explosion at Ukraine Embassy in Madrid Injures One Employee
"To the latest in the war between Ukraine and Russia, Ukraine's embassies all around the world were on heightened alert. This morning after a small explosion this week at the offices in Madrid, so was it connected to the war with Russia or not? National security correspondent JJ green with more. A letter bomb delivered to the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid exploded slightly injuring an employee who was inspecting it. Ukraine's foreign minister, Dmitry kuleba, has ordered all of Kyiv's embassies around the world to strengthen security after this attack. The embassies manager was checking an envelope that came in the mail when it exploded in his hands. That according to a spokesman for Ukraine's foreign ministry on telegram, the Spanish national police said they're investigating this and the episode and that no suspects have been identified at this point. There are a lot of questions about who did it and why it's happened. It's something that may take a while to get to the bottom of, but at this moment there is high suspicion that it's connected to the war in Russia. The outstanding question is, how might it be connected? JJ, there was another suspicious package that was also found in Spain to investigators think those are linked. Interestingly enough, this may be the link. Hours after this initial explosion, a weapons factory in zaragoza in northeastern Spain received a similar package. The local media they reported this
Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer and keyboardist, dies at 79
"Members, singer songwriter Christine McGee, has died this week at the age of 79 born in England in 1943, Christine perfect was a session keyboardist in vocalist on Fleetwood Mac's second album before marrying bass player John mcvie and joining the band in 1970. In 1975, their self titled tenth album went global thanks to the addition of guitarist Lindsey Buckingham and then girlfriend Stevie Nicks, the breakout rockstar who wrote and sang landslide and Rhiannon. Both couples chronicled their breakups on their next album rumors as Lindsey wrote go your own way, Stevie wrote dreams and Christine wrote you make loving fun and don't stop. No don't stop it's me Christine went on to write hits like everywhere and little lies.
Fed Chair Powell says smaller interest rate hikes could start in December
"Reports have been made since Tuesday afternoon. Smaller interest rate hikes may be on the way. So despite some promising developments, we have a long way to go in restoring price stability. That's according to Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, who spoke to the brookings institution. The fed has been steadily raising interest rates this year in a bid to fight soaring inflation. The Los Angeles Police department is looking into the source of the leaked audio recording of three LA city council members at Matson has more. The LA times reports warrants were served for a number of social media accounts, including Reddit, which is where the audio was posted. It's still unclear who recorded and posted the file an authorities are also looking into whether it was made legally. State law prohibits unauthorized recordings of a conversation. It was made last year and contained racist remarks in a discussion between council members Mary Martinez, Gil sadil, and Kevin de Leon. Martinez has since resigned, but sidi and de Leon have refused to step down. President Biden is set to greet the prince and Princess of Wales this week on Wednesday The White House announced they'll cross paths during a fundraiser in Boston on Friday. The royal couple is visiting to promote their climate change initiative known as the earthshot prize. I'm Brian shook
Tokyo same-sex marriage ruling ‘a step forward’, say campaigners - The Guardian
"The respect for marriage act do to gay marriage or same sex marriage? That the Supreme Court did not do in 2015 when obergefell, the obergefell decision came down, which legalized same sex marriage. What does it do? The answer, nothing. The answer is it does absolutely nothing. Same sex marriage wasn't going anywhere if this bill didn't pass. Same sex marriage was still the law of the land by way of the Supreme Court. This didn't need to happen. So what's the purpose of the bill? It's not about protecting gay marriage, and by the way, let me also throw in the other obvious. This is the kind of the elephant in the room. Just another example of the chicanery and the, you know, just the evil nature, honestly, of the left when they try to do these things. They included interracial marriage in the Bill. They said this protects same sex marriage and interracial marriage. As if interracial marriage was under any threat, whatsoever in any state or by the federal government. In a racial marriage has absolutely nothing to do with this, but what does it do? If you put the respect for marriage act together and you just say same sex marriage, it might get one response, but when you put in interracial marriage, that terrifies anybody
Ukraine's Kuleba: NATO membership delay 'strategic mistake'
"Ukraine's foreign minister, the mature kule, calls out delays to his nation's NATO membership bid. In our U.S. strategic mistake was made by delaying Ukraine's membership to NATO at the NATO summit in Bucharest. Says he believes that mistakes in Bucharest in 2008 can be corrected in Vilnius in 2023. He adds his government believes for discussion on Ukraine's application to NATO should begin separately kuleba underscored that his country's biggest needs now are electrical gear and more advanced air defense systems adding Ukraine would take German patriot surface to air missiles if those Berlin has offered to Poland can be spared, such a system would help the war torn country defend itself from Russian aerial attack. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Inflation eases in Europe, but still in double digits
"Inflation in Europe has eased for the first time in more than a year, as energy prices drift down from painful highs. Despite a modest easing, the double digit rate still hovers near a record that's robbed consumers of their spending power and led economists to predict a recession and EU agency says the consumer price index in the 19 countries that use the Euro currency hit 10% in November from a year earlier that was a drop from 10.6% in October, the first decrease since June 2021 out of control inflation is being fed by a high energy prices caused by Russia largely cutting off natural gas over the war in Ukraine as well as bottlenecks in supplies of raw materials and parts and rebounding demand after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ended. Charles De Ledesma, London
Team USA beats Iran to progress to World Cup knock-out round
", I heard the screaming. The chance of USA USA United States moving on to the World Cup one zero win over Iran former U.S. men's national team captain John args. They seem to be a team that learns on the go. So being at that level, being on that platform and the exposure being at the world's game is helping them grow quicker and fight through it. And speaking of fight through it, Christopher pulisic injured on the goal says he'll be ready to play Saturday against the Netherlands. Last night in Vancouver, the most road goals at National Hockey League history.
Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles
"Secretary of State Antony Blinken has pledged to continue NATO support for Ukraine at a meeting with Ukrainian foreign minister, the macho caliber. What is very clear to me from having spent the last two days with all of our colleagues is that that support remains strong, resolute determined. Supplying Ukraine with arms and equipment to rebuild its battered electricity grid to survive winter under Russian bombardment has been a top issue at the meeting. This support to Ukraine will continue as long as necessary. Ukraine's democracy and NATO diplomats have given him a number of new commitments on arming his nation, but declined to say whether that included promises of badly wanted patriot surface to air missile batteries. I'm Charles De Ledesma
Former President Jiang Zemin, who guided China’s rise, dies
"Is WTO P news. 6 24 now, former Chinese president Zhang Jimin, who paved the way for the country's emergence as a global superpower, has died. The former chief of the ruling Communist Party there and state president died of leukemia in Shanghai, Zhang is often credited for successfully integrating China into the international community after that nation was shunned by the west following the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. He was 96 years old. Meantime, Zhang's death comes as China's ruling Communist Party has vowed to crack down on what it calls infiltration and sabotage activities by hostile forces. The statement released yesterday after the largest street demonstrations in decades were staged by citizens
China places six astronauts in orbit on its space station for first time
"By a twister that tore homes apart. Three Chinese astronauts are making history after arriving at China's new space station. Train Thomas has more. The three astronauts arrived early Wednesday at only the second inhabit its space station orbiting the earth, marking the first in orbit crew rotation in Chinese space history. Chinese state television says the crew was greeted with hugs from the first crew of the space station, who were returned to earth next week. I'm Trey Thomas. And consumer confidence in the U.S. is at a four month low as inflation sores, a survey from the conference board showed Americans are currently less likely to buy big ticket items, especially as housing costs rise. However,
Australian Parliament censures former prime minister
"An armed rebellion to stop the transfer of power from Donald Trump to mister Biden. Former Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has become the first leader in the country to be censured by parliament for giving himself secret powers while in office. He secretly appointed himself to 5 ministries in 2020 and 2021, a move he attributed to the uncertainties of the pandemic, most ministers were unaware they were sharing portfolios with mister Morrison and three Chinese astronauts have arrived at China's space station to conduct the first in orbit crew rotation in China's space history. The shenzhou 14 crew who arrived in early June will return to earth after a weeklong handover that will demonstrate the station's ability to temporarily accommodate 6 astronauts, which is another record for China's space program. This is the globalist stay tuned. Well, it's 8 28 in Paris and two 28 in Washington, D.C., where president Macron has arrived on a state visit to celebrate 250 years of the two countries alliance. Scott Lucas is an adjunct professor at the Clinton institute at the university at university college Dublin. Scott, thank you for joining us. Firstly, how significant is this first state visit of President Biden's administration 22 months in? Well,
Singapore repeals gay sex ban but limits prospect of legalizing same-sex marriage - CNN
"Same sex and interracial marriages. Here CBS Michael George Senate lawmakers voted to approve the respect for marriage act, ensuring same sex and interracial marriages are recognized in every state. The respect for marriage act would also prevent same sex couples from being excluded from social security survivor benefits, as well as the ability to sponsor a spouse for citizenship. The Senate passed bill now goes to the house for passage before going to The White House for President Biden's signature. A jury's convicted the head of a far right group of plotting the January 6th attack on the capitol. CBS Scott McFarland was at the courthouse. It was far and away the highest profile capital riot trial so far, the jury here at the Washington D.C. federal courthouse deliberated three days, then found Stuart Rhodes, founder of the far right oath keepers guilty of seditious conspiracy, of plotting to block the peaceful transfer of power in America January 6th, and found one of his co defendants Kelly Meg's guilty on that charge too. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has found that an experimental drug slightly slowed the worsening of Alzheimer's disease. BBC News medical editor Fergus Walsh. It is not a perfect drug, but in a very modest way, it can
Bodies-in-suitcases suspect appears in New Zealand court
"A body's in suitcases suspect has appeared in a New Zealand court. I'm Lisa dwyer. A woman who was extradited from South Korea this week after the bodies of her two children were found in abandoned suitcases has made her first quarter parents in New Zealand, the 42 year old woman has been charged with two counts of murder, she faces mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, the case horrified many people in New Zealand after the children's bodies were discovered in August when an Auckland family bought abandoned goods, including two suitcases from a storage unit in an online auction. Authorities say the children were between 5 and ten years old and had been dead for years. A judge imposed a temporary order that keeps many details of the case secret including
The Long Odds Facing China’s Protesters
"Been seeing going on in China. This zero COVID policy is draconian, it violates people's liberties, and it is completely unscientific. And the people of China are right to be able to speak out and protest against what the Chinese Communist Party is doing. This CCP has a maniacal desire to exert total control over its population. Zero COVID is really just the pretext for them to do what they want to do anyways. And that is not a model that can work over the long term. The people in China are finally speaking out against it. And I just think we need these draconian COVID policies to go to the ash heap of history where they belong. Absolutely crucially stated and compelling. He just said more in two minutes. As the governor of Florida than Joe Biden has said at all, about the situation in China. In fact, Joe Biden is party
World Cup bracket and knockout round schedule - The Washington Post
"Netherlands at 10 a.m. also advancing to the knockout stage today. England and Senegal. Sean, you know, I've done this thing called the super awesome bracket cup much to the delight of a few and much of the dismay of my mother. We are doing a super awesome World Cup cup where we track the tournament, tweeting at DAV presto and at WTO P. All right. NHL capitals continue their road trip this evening in Vancouver, 10 p.m. face off on 1500 a.m. men's college basketball, ACC Big Ten challenge, 22nd ranked Maryland visits Louisville, the cardinals are winless on the season, 7 p.m. tip off at the KFC yum center. And yes, that's yum with an exclamation point. Third ranked Virginia meets Michigan at 9 30 of the district,
Elon Musk may be luring Apple into a fight with Republicans
"Bloomberg tech reporter Mark gurman. So Mark, Elon Musk has launched a tweet storm aimed at Apple, saying the company cut its advertising on Twitter, threatened to drop the app from its store without saying, why? And he also questioned whether Apple hated free speech and criticize its App Store fee. So Mark, what is the goal in doing all this? It feels a little petulant. So the goal here is to really not pay those fees, right? So Elon Musk ultimately probably wants to bypass paying those 15% to 30% fees. And he's trying to make it a moderation or a censorship or a public speech issue. Because that would make it a lot easier for Congress and others to get behind him rather than trying to inspire people to agree with him against paying his fees. Now the squabble is lighting up the Twitter sphere because everybody has an opinion on it. How much attention do you think that Apple and their CEO Tim Cook is paying to this? Yeah, there's certainly watching it, right? Certainly Apple does not want to be in the middle of another war or another lawsuit or another opinion in front of Congress, right? But
NATO renews membership vow to Ukraine, pledges arms and aid
"As NATO renews its commitment to one day welcome Ukraine as a member, Kyiv is doubling down on what it calls a more urgent request. Ukrainian foreign minister de maitre kuleba says the last time he met with NATO ministers, he had a three word request. Weapons weapons and weapons. Today in Bucharest, three other words. Faster, faster, and faster. Colaba says Ukraine appreciates what the U.S. and others have given. But the war goes on, and as Russian air strikes keep taking out Ukraine's energy infrastructure, he's asking for Transformers and more advanced air defenses, specifically patriot missile systems. Right now we have no plans to provide patriot batteries to Ukraine, but Brigadier general pat rider at The Pentagon says the U.S. will keep talking with allies about other weapons on top of what's already been sent to Ukraine. Sagar Meghani, Washington.
Qatar acknowledges over 400 workers died preparing for World Cup
"Think so. I mean, when you, when FIFA puts the World Cup, the men's World Cup in Qatar, that happened 12 years ago. With all of its issues, human rights, migrant workers being killed LGBTQ rights. And then of course you have Iran and their own players, as you'll recall, did not sing their national anthem before the first match in a sign of protest. The U.S. is doing what I think it should be doing in pointing out that it also is standing in solidarity with the protesters and with the women of Iran. And I think absolutely this is the stage for that kind of support and protest and display. And while it's been controversial, I think the U.S. and the soccer federation and the U.S. men's national team deserves a lot of credit for bringing these issues to the fore at this important time, not only for the world and this world wide stage, but also in their young lives, the men's soccer team young lives and this important athletic event they also realize the magnitude and there's so many much more than just the sports part of it. Now followers of sports history will certainly remember the 1980 Olympic hockey matchup between the U.S. and Russia at a time of extreme international attention. Is there a fair comparison from that event to today's match?
Russia’s Wagner Group Mercenaries May Be Labeled Terrorists by the US - Bloomberg
"The Biden administration is weighing whether to label Russia's Wagner group as a foreign terrorist organization, all of this is part of efforts to handicap the privately owned military companies involvement in Ukraine and its growing presence in Africa, those sources say the administration has made no final decision on the designation again that headline right now from the Bloomberg professional service U.S. weighing terrorism label for Russia's Wagner group mercenaries. The Dow, the S&P and NASDAQ all retreating today a move lower for the S&P, we have got the S&P down now by 5 tenths of 1% falling 19 points
Proud, Scared and Conflicted. What the China Protesters Told Me.
"Let's get to China where security has stepped up and anti COVID lockdown protests to have disappeared following an unprecedented weekend of anger. Eunice, you and joins us right now. She's got the latest from Beijing. Hi yunus. Hi, Becky. Well, as you said, China has stepped up its security in many different cities, including here in Beijing. They've also started searching for protesters who had been demonstrating against the COVID restrictions. In addition to that, more and more students are starting to indicate that they are receiving notices to
Biden, Macron ready to talk Ukraine, trade in state visit
"France's president is heading to Washington for the first state visit of Joe Biden's presidency. The relationship between the two presidents had a choppy start last year, French president Emmanuel Macron briefly recalled his ambassador to the United States due to a spat over a submarine steel. However, the relationship has since turned around with Macron emerging as one of Biden's most forward facing European allies in regards to the war in Ukraine. The leaders have a lot to discuss during Macron's visit, including Iran's nuclear program and China's assertiveness in the indo Pacific. I'm Karen Chammas
Australia argues against ‘endangered’ status for Great Barrier Reef
"Australia's environment minister has said she will fight against a UNESCO decision to add the Great Barrier Reef to a list of endangered World Heritage Sites, Australian environment minister tanja tilby sex said the criticisms of her government's inaction on climate change were not justified. If the Great Barrier Reef is in danger, then every coral reef in the world is in danger. If this World Heritage Site is in danger, then most World Heritage Sites around the world are in danger from climate change. Kill the sec insisted the Australian government were doing all they could to save the reef. There is no need to single out the Great Barrier Reef in Australia because there is no government taking the risks to coral reefs more seriously than the Australian government. Scientist Jody rummer disagreed. We can not claim to be doing all we can for the reef at this point we aren't. We need to be setting that message
Torture allegations mount in aftermath of Kherson occupation
"After 8 months of occupation, the city of Herzog is finally back in Ukrainian hands. However, reports are arising of allegations of torture in the region. The Associated Press spoke to 5 people who alleged torture took place by Russians in the key Ukrainian city, 5 alleged torture rooms have been found in the city along with at least four more in the wider house on region. It is there that people allege they were confined beaten shocked interrogated and threatened with death according to police. They alleged they were forced to give information about relatives or acquaintances with ties to the Ukrainian army, including names and locations disclosed in handwritten notes, human rights experts warned that the accusations made so far are likely only the beginning. I am Karen Chammas
NATO ‘will not back down’ in its support for Ukraine, its secretary general says.
"Push to address the power grid nightmare in Ukraine after relentless Russian attacks on key infrastructure. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his counterparts from around the world are meeting in Bucharest discussing deliveries of electrical equipment to the war zone needed for repairs. Also at the meeting, NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg. President Putin is trying to use winter as a weapon of war, NATO's yen Stoltenberg says if we let Putin win all of us will pay a much higher price for many years to come. Congress is expected to stop a looming national railroad strike as President Biden urged lawmakers to act. President Biden says while he is pro labor, the economic impact of a shutdown
Iran acknowledges more than 300 are dead from unrest from nationwide protests
"At WTO P dot com. An Iranian general says more than 300 people have been killed in nationwide protests there. It was the first official word on casualties since the demonstrations began two months ago, but the estimate is considerably lower than the total reported by the human rights activists in Iran. That's a U.S. based group that has been closely tracking the protests since they erupted in mid September. They say more than 450 protesters and 60 security forces have died since the start of the unrest. And that more than 18,000 have been detained. The protests were sparked by the death of a young woman who was arrested by Iran's morality police. But it has escalated into calls for the overthrow of Iran's ruling clerics. Money