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Hurricane Ian was seen moving over south western Cuba from the International Space Station on Sept. 26, causing a complete blackout on the island

Chloé Touchard, Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Sophia Constantino and Anne-Sophie Goninet

👋 Guuten takh!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where a potential sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines is under investigation, Hurricane Ian knocks out power across Cuba and heads towards Florida and two British cities are battling to host the 2023 Eurovision competition. Meanwhile, Ukrainian media Livy Bereg’s journalist Sergiy Gromenko looks at Vladimir Putin’s past, to show that the Russian president hasn’t in fact “turned” evil but has always been the sinister figure revealed by the Ukraine invasion.

[*Cimbrian, northeastern Italy]

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