Six In The Morning Friday 8 September 2023


Elon Musk ‘committed evil’ with Starlink order, says Ukrainian official

Ukrainian presidential adviser says deaths of civilians ‘the price of a cocktail of ignorance and big ego’

A senior Ukrainian official has accused Elon Musk of “committing evil” after a new biography revealed details about how the business magnate ordered his Starlink satellite communications network to be turned off near the Crimean coast last year to hobble a Ukrainian drone attack on Russian warships.

In a statement on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, which Musk owns, the Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak wrote that Musk’s interference led to the deaths of civilians, calling them “the price of a cocktail of ignorance and big ego”.

Spain prosecutors file Rubiales complaint for sexual assault

Football player Jenni Hermoso has accused Rubiales of sexual assault after he kissed her at the Women’s World Cup final. Spain’s High Court will now decide whether to lay formal charges against him.

Spanish public prosecutors on Friday filed a complaint against suspended football chief Luis Rubiales over his allegedly unsolicited kiss on the lips of player Jenni Hermoso after the Women’s World Cup final last month.

Prosecutor Marta Durantez Gil accused Rubiales of sexual assault and possible coercion. The complaint was filed with the High Court, which will then decide whether to press formal charges against the football federation president.

If found guilty of a sexual assault charge, Rubiales could be sentenced to prison for a term between one and four years.

World ‘not on track’ to meet goals set by the Paris climate deal, UN says

The world is perilously off course in meeting the Paris climate deal’s goals for slashing carbon pollution and boosting finance for the developing world, according to the UN’s first progress report on the accord.

The 2015 Paris treaty has successfully driven climate action, but “much more is needed now on all fronts,” said the report, which will underpin a crucial climate summit in Dubai at the end of the year.

“The world is not on track to meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement,” including capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius since pre-industrial times, the report said.

Global greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025 and drop sharply thereafter to keep the 1.5C target in view, the stocktake said, drawing from a major scientific assessment by the UN‘s IPCC science advisory panel.

Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – another Paris goal – will also require phasing out the burning of all fossil fuels whose emissions cannot be captured, it said.

Arundhati Roy on the G20 summit: ‘Don’t turn a blind eye to India’s chaos’

From her New Delhi home, the acclaimed Indian writer and activist talks about the G20 summit and the state of India’s minorities.

India is preparing to host world leaders at a Group of 20 (G20) summit this weekend in what is being described as a crucial moment for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to cement his place as a global leader.

New Delhi has gone under a massive – and controversial – “beautification drive” for the event, with many slums bulldozed and their occupants displaced.

Newly-painted lotus flower murals – the election symbol of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – have appeared and billboards with Modi’s face line the reworked roads.

Mali hit by waves of attacks that have left more than 60 dead amid spiraling insecurity

Updated 10:57 AM EDT, Fri September 8, 2023

Mali has been hit by a wave of attacks over a 24-hour period, sparking fears of spiraling insecurity in the aftermath of two coups in the volatile Sahel country.
On Friday, Mali’s armed forces reported a “complex” suicide attack on the airport area of the military base in the northern Gao region, according to a post on its official Facebook page.
It said the situation was still being assessed and gave no further details.

Grand jury wanted charges against Graham, Loeffler and others

A close call for Lindsey Graham and others

Anthony Zurcher

BBC North America correspondent

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, as well as former Georgia Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, may have narrowly avoided being indicted by Atlanta District Attorney Fani Willis.

In one of the most noteworthy revelations in a court document released in Georgia today, the grand jury that investigated efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election voted to recommend indictments for the three senators.

When Willis unveiled her sprawling racketeering charges against 19 individuals including former President Donald Trump, however, the three senators were not included.

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