The Ukraine war has triggered fears across Europe, and these are especially felt in countries like Poland and Romania. Following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s threats to carry out a tactical nuclear attack, “Everyone is worried,” she said. Bomb shelters were a key element in the former Yugoslavia’s preparedness doctrine against a nuclear attack. Just days after the Russian invasion began, Czechs bought potassium iodide pills as a precaution of sorts against a nuclear attack. Experts have said these might help in a nuclear plant disaster but not against a nuclear weapon.
The first Boeing Max 737 crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189, and another crashed in Ethiopia killing 157. A United States federal court judge has ruled relatives of the 346 people killed in the crashes of two Boeing 737 Max planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia are representatives of crime victims under federal law and should have been told about private negotiations over a settlement that spared Boeing from criminal prosecution. The first Boeing Max 737 crashed in Indonesia in October 2018, killing 189, and another crashed five months later in Ethiopia, killing 157. All Boeing 737 Max jets were grounded worldwide for nearly two years. They were cleared to fly again after Boeing overhauled an automated flight-control system that activated erroneously in both crashes.1 month ago Al Jazeera
US officials scrambling to clear debris and rebuild in the aftermath of the deadly storm are handing out massive contracts. In response to the wide hurricane damage, county officials expanded the contract’s scope on October 2 to include waterways and private property. Officials estimate Lee County has 1.4 million cubic metres (1.8 million cubic yards) of storm debris. “We are bumping up against some very important timelines,” Lee County Commissioner Ray Sandelli said at a recent meeting. “In light of Hurricane Ian, it’s an enormous addition to the contract’s scope, potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars,” Sanabria said.29 days ago Al Jazeera
The United Nations has found that only a swift system-wide transformation of the energy sector can stave off the most devastating effects of climate change, as projections show current pledges offer “no credible pathway” to limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). According to UNEP, avoiding building new fossil fuel infrastructure that locks in fossil fuel dependency and greenhouse gas emissions for decades is necessary, “in particular for coal and gas”. “All governments need to plan for fossil fuel phase-out well ahead and in a socially just manner,” the report said, which includes removing fossil fuel subsidies as well as bureaucratic hurdles to grid access for renewable energy. As IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2022 offered a glimmer of hope, a new report from UN Climate Change this week stressed the urgent need for the 193 countries that subscribed to the Paris Agreement to revise their climate pledges. “Government decisions and actions must reflect the level of urgency, the gravity of the threats we are facing, and the shortness of the time we have remaining to avoid the devastating consequences of runaway climate change,” Simon Stiell, executive secretary of UN Climate Change, said on Wednesday.29 days ago Al Jazeera
Former PM Imran Khan plans to lead a caravan of vehicles from Lahore to Islamabad with his supporters. Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan has gathered hundreds of supporters in the eastern city of Lahore to join a caravan of cars and trucks heading for the capital, Islamabad, in an attempt to pressure the government to call snap polls. Khan plans to lead the motorised caravan slowly northwards up the Grand Trunk Road to Islamabad, drawing more support along the way before entering the capital next week. TacticsAs Khan’s supporters assembled in Lahore, large numbers of police were deployed along the 260km (160 miles) route to Islamabad. The federal government, which runs Islamabad, has indicated that any deviation from approved protest plans will be met with force from the city’s police.29 days ago Al Jazeera
Russia says it has finished calling up hundreds of thousands of reservists to fight in Ukraine with more than one-quarter already deployed to the battlefield. “No further measures are planned.”He said 82,000 soldiers had been sent to the combat zone and the rest were in training. One of the war’s most consequential battles is now looming in the south as Ukrainian forces have advanced this month towards Kherson, the biggest city Russia has captured intact since the invasion in February. Ukrainian forces are now slowly pushing their way east into the Luhansk region and aim to seize the Russian-occupied towns of Svatove and Kreminna, they said. “The road from Svatove to Kreminna is practically under the control of the armed forces of Ukraine,” Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said on national television.28 days ago Al Jazeera
From Haaland to Salah and Pogba, this year’s World Cup will be without some of the biggest names in football. Mohamed Salah – Egypt“I might be in Qatar during the World Cup,” Egypt’s Mohamed Salah told a television channel back in August. At 30, it remains to be seen if Salah can make an attempt to play another World Cup. Italy’s failure to qualify for yet another World Cup means that Donnarumma will have to wait at least another four years before making his World Cup debut. Ivory Coast’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup was on the line until their last match against Cameroon.24 days ago Al Jazeera
Death toll is likely to rise as rescue efforts continue after Monday’s 5.6 magnitude earthquake in west of Java island. Rescue workers in Indonesia are racing to reach people still trapped in rubble after an earthquake devastated a West Java town on Monday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds as buildings collapsed. The epicentre of the shallow 5.6-magnitude quake was close to the town of Cianjur in a mountainous area of West Java, Indonesia’s most densely-populated province. At SMP Junior High School 5, one of the schools with which Save the Children works in West Java, teacher Mia Saharosa said everyone was forced to evacuate during class. In September 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck in shallow waters off the city of Palu in Sulawesi, triggering a tsunami, liquefaction and landslides that devastated the city and killed more than 4,000 people.4 days ago Al Jazeera