News of the day: in South Korea there are already 39 victims of the monsoon rains. The Chinese economy is growing, but at a very slow pace, and may not meet the minimum target set by the Party. Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan escalate in Nagorno-Karabakh. In the Yemeni waters of the Red Sea, the United Nations ship has begun the operation to recover crude oil from an oil tanker.
Iranian authorities have announced a new campaign to force women to wear the hijab, the Islamic headscarf, and the moral police return to the streets 10 months after the death of Mahsa Amini, the young woman who died in custody for not wearing her veil correctly. Saeid Montazeralmahdi, a spokesman for Iranian law enforcement, confirmed on Sunday that police patrols were now operating on foot and in various vehicles to arrest people whose headscarves were misplaced or whose behavior was deemed inappropriate in the Islamic Republic.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said the authorities’ response to the flooding in recent days had been a failure. He balance rises to 9 missing and 39 dead, including a dozen people who were trapped in an underpass in the city of Cheongju on Sunday when a protection collapsed over the river bank. The government has been accused of failing to ban access to the underpass when flooding was widely expected. Climate change has caused the heaviest rainfall in the last 115 years.
A United Nations ship arrived in Yemeni waters on Sunday to transfer cargo from a supertanker anchored off the coast for several years to its warehouses. The objective is prevent it from being dumped into the Red Sea. After intense diplomatic negotiations and the collection of tens of millions of dollars, the Nautica ship, acquired by the United Nations in March, left the coast of Djibouti on the other side of the Red Sea this Saturday. But the possibility of a natural catastrophe has not been overcome, because temperatures hovering around 45 degrees and the presence of sea mines off the port city of Hodeida still threaten the operation.
The Chinese economy grew very slowly in the second quarter of 2023 due to falling demand, both internal and external. Post-COVID-19 momentum is fading rapidly and pressure is mounting on policymakers to provide more stimulus to sustain activity. Is about a slowdown, not a setback: GDP grew, but only by 0.8% between April and June, compared to 2.2% in the previous quarter. Beijing is targeting 5% economic growth in 2023, but some analysts believe the target may not be reached.
The Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh top the rankings in terms of licensed gun owners and number of weapons licenses issued in the country. In 2016, the States that had the highest number of inhabitants with a license to carry firearms were also Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, followed, as today, by Punjab, despite the fact that a ban had been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in 2018 to issue firearms licenses that was only lifted this year. The total number of people who can carry firearms in Uttar Pradesh now stands at 5 million. According to the latest available survey, in 2016 there were more than 3.5 million.
RUSSIA – POLAND
Russia closed the Polish consulate in Smolensk in response to “unfriendly and anti-Russian actions” by the Warsaw government, the Moscow Foreign Ministry said. After the closure of the consulates of Finland in St. Petersburg and Italy in Moscow, the most active along with the Polish, it will be increasingly difficult for Russians to get Schengen visas.
ARMENIA – AZERBAIJAN
The Armenian Secretary of State for Nagorno Karabakh, Gurgen Nersisyan, declared that “the time has come to start an uprising of all the people of Artsakh”, which will begin with a mass rally in Stepanakert’s Risorgimento square, “with the hope of obtaining this time the necessary support from Mother Armenia and the Diaspora”, because “our resources are not unlimited, and no matter how much we try to save them, we are headed for a catastrophe”.
In the last hours they registered two new dolphin attacks to bathers in the Japanese prefecture of Fukui. This year other similar cases have occurred in the country that have baffled local authorities and scholars. Since the summer season began in the Sea of Japan, police said they have received at least six reports of dolphin attacks on humans, and authorities have warned local citizens and tourists to avoid entering the water when spotting the presence. of these mammals. Similar incidents also occurred in the same area last year.