Six In The Morning Sunday 17 September 2023

Halliburton equipment worth $7.1m exported to Russia in past year, customs records show

Exclusive: US oil multinationals face questions over trade with Russia amid pressure to cease operations

US oil and gas multinationals are facing fresh questions over their trade with Russia after customs records revealed that more than $7.1m (£5.7m) worth of equipment manufactured by Halliburton has been exported into the country since it announced the end of its Russian operations.

Last September Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products and services for oil and gas exploration, sold its Russian office to local management amid pressure on all US companies to cease their trade after the invasion of Ukraine.

Russian customs records seen by the Guardian show that despite this move to sell up on 8 September, Halliburton subsidiaries exported equipment of a value of $5,729,600 to its former operation in Russia in the six weeks that followed the sale.

Preparing for a Changing ClimateCopenhagen’s Far-Reaching Transformation into a “Sponge City”

As the climate warms, Copenhagen is likely to see more torrential rain storms like the one that inundated the city in 2011. Since then, the Danish capital has taken action, redesigning parks and streets to quickly drain away vast amounts of water.
By Jan Petter and Charlotte de la Fuente (Photos) in Copenhagen

It’s shortly after 1 p.m. on a gray, Wednesday afternoon as Ditte Juul Sørensen, standing in a park in southern Copenhagen, talks about how she intends to flood the dog park should it become necessary. The green area used to consist merely of a sodden meadow, a decrepit playground and a couple of dirt paths. But over the last seven years, the 46-year-old landscape architect has completely transformed it.

Today, it marks the end of an invisible river that winds its way through Copenhagen, designed to save the city in the event of torrential rainfall.

Dire hygiene spells new threat for Morocco quake survivors

 In her earthquake-hit Moroccan town, Zina Mechghazzi has improvised a sink by placing a pink bucket and a bar of soap on the dusty ground amid the ruins.

“I haven’t taken a shower in seven days,” said the woman from Amizmiz at the foot of the High Atlas range, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) southwest of Marrakech.

“I’ve only washed my armpits and changed my clothes.”

Over a week since a 6.8-magnitude quake devastated parts of central Morocco, many worry that the dire living conditions and poor hygiene spell new threats for the survivors.

The disaster killed nearly 3,000 people and injured thousands more when it hit in Al-Haouz province, south of the tourist hub Marrakesh, on September 8.

Thousands of Australians rally for Indigenous rights vote

The Voice to Parliament would be a constitutionally-enshrined advisory body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The proposal is slumping in opinion polls ahead of a referendum.

Thousands of people rallied across Australia on Sunday to show support for a Indigenous rights reform that is bleeding support in the polls ahead of a referendum next month.

The proposal would enshrine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution and would establish an advisory body that would consult the government on policies that affect them, known as the Voice to Parliament.

Rally organizers said around 20,000 people marched in Brisbane, Australia’s third-biggest city, while police estimate some 15,000 marched in Sydney and 10,000 in Melbourne.

Other rallies were held in Canberra, Perth, Darwin, Hobart, and the outback hub of Alice Springs.

Is one of Russia’s oldest allies slipping from the Kremlin’s orbit?

Published 12:07 AM EDT, Sun September 17, 2023

The arrival of US soldiers for a peacekeeper training exercise in Armenia has rankled the Russian government, which has for decades acted as the sole security guarantor for the former Soviet republic. The 10-day “Eagle Partner” exercise, which began Monday, involves 85 US and 175 Armenian soldiers and aims to prepare the Armenians to take part in international peacekeeping missions.

The exercise, while small in scale, is the latest in a series of what Russia’s foreign ministry has deemed “unfriendly actions” taken by its traditional ally.

Armenia recently sent humanitarian aid to Ukraine for the first time, and its parliament is set to ratify the International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute – meaning it would be obliged to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin if he were to set foot in the country, which Russia has long viewed as its own backyard.

Sudan conflict: Landmark skyscraper in Khartoum engulfed in flames

By Fiona Nimoni
BBC News

Buildings have caught fire in Sudan’s capital after heavy fighting between the army and rival forces.

Videos posted online on Sunday showed the iconic Greater Nile Petroleum Oil Company Tower engulfed in flames.

“This is truly painful,” said Tagreed Abdin, an architect of the building, in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Air strikes and ground battles have continued in Khartoum and other towns and cities since fighting broke out in April.

Over one million people have been forced to flee the country, the UN has said.

Located near the River Nile, the 18-storey oil firm skyscraper is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Khartoum.

Ms Abdin said it defined the skyline of the city, and lamented “such senseless destruction”.