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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

👋 Ello!*

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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No Male Doctors For Women Patients — Iran Doubles Down On Gender Segregation

Recovering from the shock of Iran's 2022 mass protests, the clerical regime has vigorously resumed its campaign to enforce Islamic hijab rules. But it is also pushing for gender segregation in big buildings like hospitals.

A veiled women walks by a red wall painted with dark blue bats in the center

A woman in a black chador walks past a mural painting along the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran

Rouzbeh Fouladi / ZUMA

Iran's deputy-chief prosecutor, Ghulam Abbas Turki, has instructed the country's health ministry to prevent male physicians from treating female patients, saying this is a violation of morals and the law.

Turki wrote in a letter published on Sept. 14 that men working in a technical and non-technical capacity in "certain clinics" were creating "problems and difficulties for respectable ladies and their families" and even causing them "emotional and psychological problems."

Article 290 of the country's criminal code is designed to address this, he wrote. A shortage of women's clinics like birthing centers, especially in provincial districts, is forcing women into hospitals with male staff, Turki wrote — therefore, the ministry must reorganize to ensure it had the necessary female staff, from specialists to GPs, technicians, anaesthetists and nurses, across the country.

Gender segregation was on the Islamic Republic's agenda almost as soon as it took power early in 1979, and it has since sought to implement it where it could. Most recently, following mass rioting in 2022 that was in part a revolt against the Iranian regime's forceful moralizing, the state has resumed efforts to enforce its hijab or public modesty and dress norms.

Last month, Armita Geravand, an Iranian teenage girl died after reports that she was accosted by officials on Tehran's Metro while not wearing a headscarf. Geravand's death comes after her being in a coma for weeks in Tehran and after the one-year anniversary of the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini which sparked nationwide protests at the time.

Beyond the hijab crackdown, the regime is also now taking a step further with gender segregation.This was evident in a flurry of communiqués and instructions issued in past months to public bodies, including hospitals. More importantly, the parliamentary legal affairs committee has approved a 70-article Hijab and Modesty Bill (Layehe-ye hejab va efaf) the judiciary proposed to parliament in the spring of 2023.

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