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Ukraine Cities Targeted, Xi v. Trudeau, Lego Eiffel

Passersby look at a residential building that was damaged following a massive Russian strike on Kyiv as well as other Ukrainian cities in the biggest wave of missile attacks on the country’s cities in more than a month

Passersby look at a residential building that was damaged following a massive Russian strike on Kyiv as well as other Ukrainian cities in the biggest wave of missile attacks on the country’s cities in more than a month.

Renate Mattar, Emma Albright, Sophia Constantino and Anne-Sophie Goninet

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Welcome to Thursday, where Russia continues major airstrikes of Ukrainian cities, the Republicans win control of the U.S. House of Representatives with a slim majority, and Lego releases its tallest set ever. Meanwhile, Global Press Journal zooms in on an unlikely leading candidate ahead of next year’s presidential election in Zimbabwe.

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• Black Sea grain deal extended, Ukrainian cities under attack: After Russia had threatened to pull out, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres confirmed Thursday that all parties had agreed to extend the Black Sea Grain deal for another 120 days. The deal, which was signed in July and has helped limit a growing global food crisis, had been due to expire on Saturday. Meanwhile, Russia continued for a second straight day to launch multiple air strikes against infrastructure targets in major Ukrainian cities.

• Republicans clinch House majority: The Republican Party has now secured the majority in the House of Representatives, winning its 218th seat as votes continue to be counted in several districts. House Republicans will now take over control of committees from Democrats, which will likely limit the approval of legislation proposed by the administration of President Joe Biden, and possibly lead to investigations of the White House.

• Israel accuses Iran of drone attack:Israel has blamed Iran for launching a self-destructing drone into an Israeli-affiliated tanker off the coast of Oman There was no major damage; yet an Israeli official described the attack as “an Iranian provocation in the Gulf” destined to interfere with World-Cup-related events.

• Myanmar to grant amnesty: Myanmar is reportedly set to release some 6,000 political prisoners, including Vicky Bowman, a former British ambassador held prisoner since August. Myanmar’s ruling military junta has arrested thousands of protesters since 2021, and was widely criticized at a recent South Asian summit.

• Musk gives employees deadline: Twitter employees have been told to decide by today if they want to stay or leave the company. Musk explicitly asked workers who don’t share his vision to quit, while he warned those who are staying that they will be “working long hours at high intensity.”

• Brendan Fraser boycotts the Golden Globes: Brendan Fraser said that he won’t attend the upcoming Golden Globes ceremony, even if he’s nominated for his performance in The Whale. Fraser had publicly accused the former president of the Globes, Philip Berk, of sexually assaulting him in 2018 and said that he had “history” with the institution.

• 10,001 pieces Lego set: Lego announced that next week it will release the tallest set ever produced: a 10,001 piece and 1.49 meters (4.8 ft) high representation of the Eiffel Tower.


German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Thursday featured a closing analysis of this year’s G20 Summit hosted in Bali, accompanied by a photo of the leaders hammering out a final joint declaration that the West had hoped in vain would be unanimous in the condemnation of Russia for its invasion Ukraine.


$275 million

Singapore has become the latest victim of crypto exchange FTX. In a statement on Thursday, state-owned investment company Temasek said it had invested $275 million in the crypto exchange, which was once considered one of the biggest and most reputable players in the market for digital assets. FTX is now under criminal investigation in the Bahamas.


Nelson Chamisa, the outsider shaking up Zimbabwe’s presidential race

Backers of the opposition's presidential candidate see hope in upstart victories in Malawi and Zambia. But in Zimbabwe, a single party has been in power for more than four decades, reports Evidence Chenjerai Global Press Journal.

🇿🇼 Zimbabwe’s leading opposition presidential candidate, 44-year-old Nelson Chamisa, bounds onto a stage. “Do you embrace the new?” he asks. “Yes!” the crowd shouts. This event marks the formal introduction of his new political party, Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), in eastern Zimbabwe ahead of next year’s presidential election. Dinha, 32, believes Chamisa’s relative youth and outsider perspective can help resuscitate Zimbabwe’s listless economy, with high levels of unemployment, inflation and food insecurity.

💥 Chamisa stumbled into the political spotlight. A former student activist and member of Parliament, he found ways to sidestep government-controlled media outlets and drum up support. He electrified crowds around the country with rallies that enhanced his name recognition and built community among his backers, and wooed voters directly on social media. Nevertheless, Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election ended in turmoil, with vote-rigging allegations and protests where security forces fired into crowds and several people died.

🗳️ This March, Zimbabwe held elections for various parliamentary and council seats. They did not bode well for Chamisa’s party. Chamisa often promises electoral reforms in his speeches, but his allies don’t have the numbers in Parliament to make changes before the next election. “We are likely to have history repeating itself when it comes to violence,” political analyst Alexander Rusero says. “I also don’t see the elections bringing the much-needed change, instead worsening the situation and deepening the divide that exists among Zimbabweans.”

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Everything we’ve discussed has been leaked to the papers and that is not appropriate.

— During the G20 summit in Indonesia, Chinese leader Xi Jinping was filmed chiding his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. The Chinese leader didn’t approve of a previous conversation between him and Trudeau being “leaked to the papers” and warned the Canadian prime minister of “unpredictable consequences.”

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The Unsustainable Future Of Fish Farming — On Vivid Display In Turkish Waters

Currently, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming, compared to just 10% two decades ago. The short-sightedness of this shift risks eliminating fishing output from both the farms and the open seas along Turkey's 5,200 miles of coastline.

Photograph of two fishermen throwing a net into the Tigris river in Turkey.

Traditional fishermen on the Tigris river, Turkey.

Dûrzan Cîrano/Wikimeidia
İrfan Donat

ISTANBUL — Turkey's annual fish production includes 515,000 tons from cultivation and 335,000 tons came from fishing in open waters. In other words, 60% of Turkey's fish currently comes from cultivation, also known as fish farming.

It's a radical shift from just 20 years ago when some 600,000 tons, or 90% of the total output, came from fishing. Now, researchers are warning the current system dominated by fish farming is ultimately unsustainable in the country with 8,333 kilometers (5,177 miles) long.

Professor Mustafa Sarı from the Maritime Studies Faculty of Bandırma 17 Eylül University believes urgent action is needed: “Why were we getting 600,000 tons of fish from the seas in the 2000’s and only 300,000 now? Where did the other 300,000 tons of fish go?”

Professor Sarı is challenging the argument from certain sectors of the industry that cultivation is the more sustainable approach. “Now we are feeding the fish that we cultivate at the farms with the fish that we catch from nature," he explained. "The fish types that we cultivate at the farms are sea bass, sea bram, trout and salmon, which are fed with artificial feed produced at fish-feed factories. All of these fish-feeds must have a significant amount of fish flour and fish oil in them.”

That fish flour and fish oil inevitably must come from the sea. "We have to get them from natural sources. We need to catch 5.7 kilogram of fish from the seas in order to cultivate a sea bream of 1 kg," Sarı said. "Therefore, we are feeding the fish to the fish. We cannot cultivate fish at the farms if the fish in nature becomes extinct. The natural fish need to be protected. The consequences would be severe if the current policy is continued.”

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