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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the process of annexing parts of Ukraine by saying he would sign laws to absorb them despite international condemnation and protect the newly incorporated regions using “all available means.”

Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency has broken into double digits as prices for electricity and natural gas soar. EU statistics agency Eurostat reported Friday that consumer …

The British government’s economic stimulus plan is designed to help people and businesses by cutting taxes and growing the economy. But it's had the opposite effect as the promise of huge unfunded …

HAVANA (AP) — Ivette Garrido hurried last week to get the 6 kilograms (13 pounds) of subsidized chicken allotted to her family by Cuba’s government and put it in the freezer, happy to have meat to get through Hurricane Ian.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that he won't hesitate to use nuclear weapons to ward off Ukraine's attempt to reclaim control of Moscow-occupied areas that the Kremlin is about to annex.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired two ballistic missiles toward its eastern waters. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff say the missiles were launched Wednesday from its capital region. They are the second round of missile tests by North Korea this week. The launch comes as U.S. and South Korean navy ships are conducting drills off the Korean Peninsula’s east coast.

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc suspects that damage to two underwater natural gas pipelines was sabotage and is warning of retaliation for any attack on Europe’s energy networks. Energy companies are beefing up security. Josep Borell said Wednesday that “all available information indicates those leaks are the result of a deliberate act.”

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia is poised to formally annex areas of Ukraine where it has military control after Kremlin-orchestrated referendums there reportedly endorsed living under Moscow’s rule. But the ballots were widely discredited and earned the Kremlin no relief Wednesday from international pressure over its war in Ukraine. Moscow-installed administrations of four occupied regions of southern and eastern Ukraine said their residents voted to join Russia in five days of balloting.

HAVANA (AP) — Hurricane Ian knocked out power across all of Cuba and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it slammed into the island’s western tip as a major hurricane. Cuba’s Electric Union says work is underway to gradually restore service to the country’s 11 million people overnight. Ian hit a Cuba that has been struggling with an economic crisis and has faced frequent power outages in recent months.

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Over 194,000 Russian nationals have entered Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Finland in the week since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of reservists to fight in Ukraine. Thousands fled to neighboring countries, most often by car, bicycle or on foot. The mass exodus of men — alone or with their families or friends — began Sept. 21, shortly after Putin’s address to the nation, and has continued this week.

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