President Vladimir Putin has completed the formal annexation of more than 15 per cent of Ukraine as Russian forces battle to halt a Ukrainian counter-offensive across swathes of the territories.In the biggest expansion of Russian territory in at least half a century, Putin signed laws admitting the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the Luhansk People's Republic (LNR), Kherson region and Zaporizhzhia region into Russia.
Nuclear powers have criticised an effort led by the Marshall Islands and backed by Australia at the United Nations to seek help on dealing with the consequences of nuclear testing.The issue is before the UN's Human Rights Council and involves the United States, Britain, Russia, India and China, all of them nuclear-armed.
New Zealand's finance minister has lauded the state of his government's books, saying the country's fiscal accounts "are among the strongest in the world".On Wednesday, Treasury reported a $NZ9.
Asian stocks rose on Wednesday as investors grew hopeful future global interest rate rises might become less aggressive amid early signs previous policy tightening was working to temper price pressures in some major world economies.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has diverged from the Australian course, lifting the official cash rate by 50 basis points to 3.5 per cent at its October meeting.
South Korea and the US military have conducted missile drills in response to North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan, as the United Nations Security Council prepares to meet over Pyongyang's longest-range test.Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) farther than ever before on Tuesday, sending it soaring over Japan for the first time in five years and prompting a warning for residents there to take cover.
The death toll from a bloody fight among inmates at a prison in central Ecuador has risen to 16.Authorities said one of the dead was an alleged drug gang boss who had evaded charges in Peru by faking his death during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former president Donald Trump has asked the US Supreme Court to intervene in his fight with the Justice Department over classified documents seized from his Florida home as part of a criminal investigation into his handling of government records.Trump filed an emergency request on Tuesday asking the justices to block part of a lower court's ruling that prevented an independent arbiter requested by Trump, known as a special master, from vetting more than 100 documents marked as classified that we
The asteroid that was struck by a NASA spacecraft is now being trailed by thousands of kilometres of debris from the impact.Astronomers captured the scene millions of kilometres away with a telescope in Chile.
The Solomon Islands agreed to sign an accord between the United States and more than a dozen Pacific countries only after indirect references to China were removed, the Solomon Islands foreign minister says."There were some references that put us in a position where we'll have to choose sides, and we did not want to be placed in a position where we have to choose sides," Jeremiah Manele told reporters in Wellington.
The World Bank says countries in eastern Europe and central Asia will return to weak growth in 2023 but warns that a cut-off of Russian energy to the European Union would tip them into recession next year.In updated economic forecasts, the World Bank said collective GDP in its Europe and Central Asia region was now expected to contract 0.
Billionaire Elon Musk is proposing to go ahead with his original offer of $US44 billion ($A68 billion) to take Twitter Inc private, a securities filing shows, signalling an end to a legal battle that could have forced Musk to pay up.An agreement would put the world's richest person in charge of one of the most influential media platforms and end months of turbulent litigation.
Loretta Lynn, the coal miner's daughter and moonshiner's wife who became one of American country music's biggest stars and a leading feminist in the genre, has died at 90, her family says.Lynn died at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, the family said in a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says his country's military has made major, rapid advances against Russian forces and freed dozens of towns in the south and east over the past week."This week alone, since the Russian pseudo-referendum, dozens of population centres have been liberated.
Large swathes of Bangladesh have been left without electricity after a partial grid failure, a government official says, adding that authorities are working to gradually restore power supply in the country of 168 million people.The country's power grid malfunctioned at 2pm on Tuesday, leading to blackouts across 75-80 per cent of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Power Development Board official Shameem Hasan told Reuters.
Pakistan cannot afford to spend more on recovering from devastating floods blamed on climate change, its climate change minister said, as she called for faster international help at the launch of a new UN appeal for aid.The UN revised up its humanitarian appeal for Pakistan five-fold, to $US816 million ($A1.
Scientists Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics for their advances in quantum mechanics on the behaviour of subatomic particles, opening the door to work on super computers and encrypted communication.The awards were given for "experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science", the award-giving body said on Tuesday.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has signed a decree formally declaring the prospect of any Ukrainian talks with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin as "impossible", but leaving the door open to talks with Russia.The decree formalised comments made by Zelenskiy on Friday after the Russian president proclaimed four occupied regions of Ukraine to be a part of Russia, in what Kyiv and the West said was an illegitimate farce.
US President Joe Biden will flag new guidelines and grants to protect reproductive rights and describe how abortion rights have been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned the right to terminate pregnancies.He will be speaking at a meeting of the reproductive rights task force on Tuesday, also to be attended by Vice President Kamala Harris, that is being held 100 days after the landmark Roe v.
The upper house of Russia's parliament has voted to approve the incorporation of four Ukrainian regions into Russia, as Moscow sets about formally annexing territory it sized from Kyiv during its seven-month conflict.In a session on Tuesday, the Federation Council unanimously ratified legislation to annex the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions of Ukraine, following a similar vote in the State Duma, Russia's lower house, yesterday.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss has refused to rule out cutting benefit payments by less than soaring inflation to help fund her tax-cutting growth plan in what is likely to spark the next political rebellion over her economic plans.Truss and her finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng are racing to set out how they will pay for more than STG40 billion ($A70 billion) of tax cuts announced last month, sparking turmoil in financial markets as they did not say how they would pay for them.
British interior minister Suella Braverman will set out plans for new powers which would ban migrants who cross the English Channel from claiming asylum, a government source says.Braverman's team said she would use a speech on Tuesday to the governing Conservative Party's annual conference to commit to looking at new legislative powers so the government can deport those who come to Britain illegally.
Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east, seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops' supply lines.Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began, Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday, Ukrainian officials and a Russian-installed leader in the area said.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss had hoped her governing Conservative Party's annual conference would be her crowning glory, but instead she was forced into a humiliating U-turn that has left her, and her team, fighting for credibility.After less than a month in the job, Truss's reversal on Monday of a decision to scrap Britain's highest rate of income tax has left her open to criticism that she is not only poorly advised but was also badly advertised as a woman who stood by her word.
New Zealand's biggest pop star, Lorde, has made a late intervention into the Auckland mayoral race, but has fallen foul of election law in doing so.On Tuesday, the 25-year-old posted an endorsement of Labour candidate Efeso Collins to her 9.