Just 27% of adults in the United Kingdom approve of new Prime Minister Liz Truss, who came to power not through a general election but a polling of a small number of Tory members who amount to less than 1% of the population. That puts her approval rating third from the bottom of Morning Consult’s Global Leader Approval Tracker, ahead of only German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at 26% and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at 20%.
Today’s Top News
At least 1,252 protesters across Russia have been arrested for demonstrating against the widespread war mobilization ordered by President Vladimir Putin yesterday, which will force at least 300,000 reservists into active service. (The New York Times) Russia agreed to exchange 215 Ukrainian prisoners, including commanders captured at Mariupol, in exchange for oligarch Viktor Medvechuk and 54 other people held by Ukraine, in a major public relations coup for Kyiv. (The New York Times)
The foreign ministers representing E.U. member states agreed to respond to Russia’s new mobilization and nuclear threats with new sanctions and more weapons for Ukraine after conferring with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. Josep Borell, the E.U. foreign policy chief, said Putin’s threats were a sign of desperation and that he “is trying to destroy Ukraine.” (Reuters)
At least 9 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Iran as demonstrations against the abuses of religious police spread to at least 13 cities following the lethal bludgeoning of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini over her headscarf. Whatsapp and Telegram have been widely unavailable as the government appears to be disrupting internet access in an effort to control the demonstrations. (The Associated Press)
The U.S. Senate voted to ratify the Kigali amendment to the 1987 Montreal Protocol treaty, which will reduce the production and use of hydrofluorocarbons that are used in household appliances like air conditioners and contribute to global warming when they enter the atmosphere. The ratification, which represents a major victory for climate activists, was made possible by the addition of a GOP amendment that compels the State Department to propose removing China’s U.N. status as a developing nation. (The Wall Street Journal)
Happening today at U.N. General Assembly (all times local):
12 p.m. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks amid tensions with Iran and Western partners over the stalled international nuclear deal and crucial upcoming elections in Israel.
4:45 p.m. Armenian President Nikol Pashinyan speaks following renewed clashes with Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh.
Former Chinese Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua, who had led several high-profile investigations into corruption, has been jailed for lifefor accepting bribes, state media said on Thursday, as a purge of officials intensified ahead of a key Communist Party congress.
The leaders of South Korea and Japan agreed to accelerate efforts to mend ties frayed over Japan’s past colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula as they held their countries’ first summit talks in nearly three years on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, both governments announced Thursday.
Russia has agents in Ukraine’s defence sector who pass information to Moscow and allow Russia to anticipate Ukrainian moves on the battlefield, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s representative to the Ukrainian parliament said on Thursday.
Large numbers of Russians rushed to book one-way tickets out of the country while they still could Wednesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of military reservists for the war in Ukraine.
A blast hit a crowded market in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Melitopol on Thursday, Ukrainian and Russian-installed officials said, on the eve of referendums that could see four regions effectively annexed by Russia.
Nicolas Garriga and Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press
President Emmanuel Macron was set to unveil a plan on Thursday to boost renewable energy in France, including offshore wind farms and solar power, as the country is lagging behind most of its European neighbors.
A Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who orchestrated one of the largest bribery scandals in U.S. military history has been arrested in Venezuela after fleeing before his sentencing, authorities said Wednesday.
Sovereign debt default is “a real possibility” for Ghana, and any kind of domestic debt restructuring could severely threaten the local banking sector, a senior director from the ratings agency Fitch said on Wednesday.
Iran’s president insisted Wednesday that his country is serious about reviving a deal meant to prevent it from acquiring a nuclear bomb but questioned whether Tehran could trust America’s commitment to any eventual accord.
Xi Jinping is unlikely to abandon his “old friend” Vladimir Putin, even as the Russian leader’s decision to send thousands more troops to Ukraine and his nuclear threats strain Beijing’s “no limits” partnership with Moscow, experts said.
For many years, the focus of anti-corruption efforts has been on kleptocratic leaders, their inner circles, and the finely honed craft of state theft. While these targets must continue to be investigated, it is clear that no kleptocratic regime works alone.