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Poland Missile Strike Was Accident, Trump’s Back, NASA’s Moon Shot

People hold their phones to record the successful launch of Artemis by the NASA as the rocket leaves a trail of smoke behind
Renate Mattar, Bertrand Hauger and Anne-Sophie Goninet

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Welcome to Wednesday, where Poland says it has no indication the deadly missile near Ukraine's border was sent intentionally, Donald Trump announces he’s running in 2024, and NASA makes one not-so-small step toward returning to the Moon. In Buenos Aires-based daily Clarin, Mara Resio also looks at the recent legal landmark for the country’s multi-parental families, and what it means for parents and children.

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• Missile that killed two in Poland was not intentional attack: Polish officials say that the missile that killed two in Poland near the Ukrainian border was probably an air defense missile that originated in Ukraine. Early reports of the strike had set off fears that it could lead to an escalation of the war, forcing NATO to respond. Also the G20 in Bali concluded with a declaration calling for an end to the war in Ukraine, but not all countries blamed Russia.

• Trump announces 2024 run: Former U.S. President Donald Trump announced entry in the next race for the White House. Talking to a crowd of supporters, just a week after disappointing midterm results for Republicans, Trump said he wants to make “America great and glorious again.”

• Hunger strike ends in Egypt: Jailed Egyptian activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah confirmed that he has ended his weeks-long hunger strike. El-Fattah, who has been behind bars for almost a decade over his role in the Arab Spring uprising, had started his hunger strike ahead of world leaders gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, for the COP27 climate summit.

• Amazon mass layoffs: E-retail giant Amazon is planning to lay off some 10,000 workers (3%) of its workforce, the largest job cuts in its history. This follows recent announcements from Meta and Twitter of massive layoffs or hiring suspensions.

• NASA shoots for Moon return: NASA successfully launched its unmanned Artemis spacecraft from Florida, after a series of technical and weather-related setbacks had delayed the launch. The mission is meant to pave the way for astronauts to return to the Moon.

• Kevin Spacey to face more sexual assault charges: British authorities are set to charge American actor Kevin Spacey with a further seven sexual offenses in the UK, allegedly committed against one man, between 2001 and 2004. The U.S. actor now faces a total of 12 charges in the UK, having been charged in May for similar offenses on three men between 2005 and 2013. In October, a New York jury found Spacey not guilty of battery, ending a civil case brought by actor Anthony Rapp.

• Lonely Planet’s top destinations: Famed travel guide Lonely Planet just unveiled its 18th annual “Best Travel” list. In short: If you’re looking for good food, go to Lima (Peru) or Montevideo (Uruguay) — and if you’re in the mood for meeting nice people, Boise (Idaho) and Accra, (Ghana) are where it’s at!


The New York Daily News devotes its front page to the announcement made by Donald Trump that he would run again for a third bid for the White House, while featuring past covers of the former president’s controversial moments. “I will ensure Joe Biden does not receive four more years,” he said to a crowd at his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, Florida. The move comes as Trump is facing some criticism from fellow Republicans who blame him for the party’s underwhelming results in last week’s midterms.



After receiving nine Grammy nominations this year, Beyoncé has become the most-nominated artist ever, tying with her husband Jay-Z at 88 total. She has now overtaken musical greats like Sir Paul McCartney and Quincy Jones, and if she wins another four awards next February, she will also beat conductor Sir George Solti's all-time record of 31 Grammys.


Three-parent families emerging from legal limbo in Argentina

Multi-parent families or triple parenting are not yet enshrined in the law in Argentina, a continental pioneer of innovative social rights, but so far and in spite of legal challenges, court rulings have recognized the reality of children with "three parents," reports Mara Resio in Buenos Aires-based daily Clarín.

👪 A woman writes to her children before dying, unwilling to keep a painful secret any longer. On reading her letter, the children realize that the father who had raised them, wasn't their biological father. Before such situations, Argentina's judiciary usually determines a state of “triple filiation,” meaning that a person can have two mothers and a father or two fathers and a mother. There are 25 such multi-parent families, found in and around Buenos Aires, as well as several provinces including Santa Fe, Tucumán and Córdoba. Each one is quite different.

🤝 The main principle for recognizing that three people can legally share maternal and paternal bonds is socio-affective or emotional in nature. This consists of “an affective tie that is strong, solid and sustained, between an adult that wants to be considered a parent and a minor who would be his or her child, without displacing the existing parents,” the jurist and Buenos Aires University lecturer Marisa Herrera told Clarín. Another jurist and expert in family law, Andrés Gil Dominguez, says three-way parenthood is “one more way of building a family and is not about breaking the binary system.”

⚖️ The juridical path is not simple, as advocates and prosecutors have repeatedly obstructed multi-parenting initiatives. Gil says “they have to defend legality but they also oppose the full exercise of rights. They thus refuse to recognize the constitution and international treaties, giving priority to their own ideology.” Legislative proposals have been made by one senator, to modify articles 558 and 578 of the Civil Code and regulate triple-parenting.

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Brazil is back on the world stage.

— Two weeks after his tight victory in the Brazilian elections, President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was in Sharm-El-Sheikh to attend the COP27 climate summit, and propose a location in the Amazon forest for a future COP.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

How Russia's Wartime Manipulation Of Energy Prices Could Doom Its Economy

A complex compensation mechanism for fuel companies, currency devaluation, increased demand due to the war, logistics disruptions, and stuttering production growth have combined to trigger price rises and deepening shortages in the Russian energy market.

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Russia, Murmansk Region - July 21, 2023: A view of Novatek's gravity-based structure platform for production of liquefied natural gas.

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In Russia, reports of gasoline and diesel shortages have been making headlines in the country for several months, raising concerns about energy supply. The situation escalated in September when a major diesel shortage hit annexed Crimea. Even before that, farmers in the southern regions of Russia had raised concerns regarding fuel shortages for their combines.

“We’ll have to stop the harvest! It will be a total catastrophe!” agriculture minister Dmitry Patrushev had warned at the time. “We should temporarily halt the export of petroleum products now until we have stabilized the situation on the domestic market.”

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As the crisis deepens, experts are highlighting the unintended consequences of government intervention in fuel pricing and distribution.

The Russian government has long sought to control the prices of essential commodities, including gasoline and diesel. These commodities are considered "signalling products", according to Sergei Vakulenko, an oil and gas expert and fellow at the Carnegie Endowment. Entrepreneurs often interpret rising gasoline prices as a signal to adjust their pricing strategies, reasoning that if even gasoline, a staple, is becoming more expensive, they too should raise their prices.

The specter of the 2018 fuel crisis, where gasoline prices in Russia surged at twice the rate of other commodities, haunts the authorities. As a result, they implemented a mechanism to control these prices and ensure a steady supply. Known as the "fuel damper," this mechanism seeks to balance the profitability of selling fuel in both domestic and foreign markets.

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