A series of missiles hit cities across Ukraine
In Russia’s biggest air assault since the early days of the war, Missiles fell on at least 11 cities across Ukraine, including Kyiv. Russian President Vladimir Putin said it was retaliation for an explosion that destroyed sections of the bridge connecting Russia with the Crimean Peninsula.
More than 80 cruise missiles and 24 self-destructing drones have exploded in cities in nearly every corner of the country, killing at least 14 people and injuring nearly 100 others. The attacks have changed little or nothing on the battlefield, where Russia has been losing ground for weeks. But the attack left residential areas across Ukraine devastated and bloodied, and without electricity and water. In Kyiv, the smell of gas and fire floating in the air.
Russia’s targeting of civilian areas has drawn condemnation from leaders across the West, including Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, and President Biden, who has vowed to kill with the Ukrainian people. Even countries that normally avoid criticizing the Kremlin, such as China and India, spoke out against the strikes.
In other news from the war:
Russian state media flaunt pictures of damage in Ukraine after months of insisting that the army only attack military targets there.
Attacks are expected to put more pressure on the Biden administration to send more sophisticated air defense systems to Ukraine more quickly.
In southern Ukraine, Russian soldiers dug in more courageous, although there are signs of mental decline.
Young England suffers from inflation
Many young Britons had hoped that after two years of the pandemic, they could finally start enjoying their lives. Instead, many are moving home and staying – this time for financial reasons, like they face rising costs and a slowing economy. Affordable housing in major centers is limited, socialization is expensive, and energy bills rise.
The Conservative government’s vow to revive the economy after a proposed tax cut rocked UK financial markets, sent the pound plunging and forced the Bank of England to intervene. For young people, who are less resilient to financial shocks and weak wage growth, the situation is precarious, economists say.
With six in 10 young Britons working in low-paid work, young people have been hit harder by inflation than most. Local youth centers, some of which have begun offering free hot meals during the pandemic, are experiencing a dramatic surge in interest in their services, as well. as they face higher costs due to the energy crisis.
Related: The British government said that its next fiscal policy announcement will be released on October 31 and it will provide an independent assessment of the policies’ impact on the nation’s economy and public finances.
Intelligence concerns about China
Jeremy Fleming, head of Britain’s electronic and cyber intelligence collection agency GCHQ, has warning of an urgent threat to the West from China’s expanding use of technology to control dissent, as well as its growing ability to attack satellite systems, control digital currencies, and track individuals. core.
GCHQ plays an increasingly central role in spying on Russian communications and prepares for the day when China’s advances in quantum computing can defeat the encryption used to secure it. protect government and corporate communications. The United States and its allies may soon discover that they cannot maintain a military or technological advantage over Beijing, says Fleming.
China’s technological prowess – especially central bank digital currencies – could allow it to evade sanctions being imposed on Russia because of the war in Ukraine, Fleming speak. In the event of military action against Taiwan, those digital currencies could limit the international community’s ability to isolate China economically.
Text definition: Last week, the Biden administration announced the expansion of new limits on sales of semiconductor technology to China, hoping to cripple Beijing’s access to critical technologies needed for superpowers. computers, advanced weapons and artificial intelligence applications.
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One studies of black holes over the past decade have mind-weakening effects, including the possibility that our three-dimensional universe – and ourselves – could be holographic, like the ghostly anti-counterfeiting images that appear on some cards credit and driver’s license.
In this version of the universe, there is no difference between here and there, cause and effect, inner and outer or perhaps even then and now.
SPORTS NEWS FROM ATHLETIC
Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol and the ‘I’m gay’ tweet cover no one in glory: The joke went wrong? Hack Twitter? Either way, the fury surrounding the ‘coming out’ Casillas serves as a reminder that football has a long way to go.
Why Liverpool’s Premier League hopes are gone: Jurgen Klopp’s team have become their own worst enemy. A quarter of the way through the Premier League season, his side sit in 10th place, and hopes of a title are gone.
A fight for equal pay: The Times reported that the success of the US women’s soccer team on the field and on the negotiating table has become a model for players elsewhere. Now, in countries like Britain and Spain, those battles are heating up.
ARTS AND IDEAS
‘Sensation’ at the age of 25
25 years ago, an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London alerted the world to an entirely new art form being created by young working-class graduates like Angus Fairhurst , Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Jake and Dinos Chapman. It attracted 300,000 visitors and caused a media storm.
Today, the artists shown at “Sensation” are all middle-aged. Most are no longer the innovators they once were. Hirst is now an almost industrial-art brand, and the Chapman brothers have parted ways creatively. Emin, who is founding a liberal arts school, is said to be the only person still at the forefront of British contemporary art.
Britain has also changed. It has had four Conservative prime ministers in 12 years, leaving the EU and giving up free education at universities and art colleges for those who can’t afford it. And the pervasive optimism since 1997 has been replaced by fading pessimism among many Britons.
Norman Rosenthal, co-manager of the “Sensation” program, said of the artists: “They reflected the concerns of young people at the time. “They are an art movement. Now it breaks down: They are different; time change. “
Read more about an epoch-defining exhibit.