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European leaders celebrate Ukraine’s E.U. candids
A celebration of E.U. decision on Ukraine, in photos
Biden administration approves delivery of additional artillery, patrol boats to Ukraine
Ukraine files symbolic European Court of Human Rights case against Russia
The E.U. has approved candidate status for Ukraine. Here’s what that means.
European Union leaders back ‘candidate status’ for Ukraine
G-7 could discuss fate of gas pipeline turbine stuck in Canada
U.S.-donated HIMARS have arrived, Ukraine’s defense minister says
Putin at summit says BRICS’ influence is growing, cooperation is deepening
Cisco, Nike to fully exit Russia in latest corporate withdrawals
Rights groups urge Biden to negotiate with Russia to free WNBA star
Britain imposes further sanctions on Russia
First trial of Russian soldier on rape charge to begin Thursday
Germany raises alert level on gas supplies after cuts
Lithuania says Russia’s characterization of E.U. transit ban as blockade is a ‘lie’
European leaders celebrate Ukraine’s E.U. candidate status
A celebration of E.U. decision on Ukraine, in photos
Biden administration approves delivery of additional artillery, patrol boats to Ukraine
Ukraine files symbolic European Court of Human Rights case against Russia
The E.U. has approved candidate status for Ukraine. Here’s what that means.
European Union leaders back ‘candidate status’ for Ukraine
G-7 could discuss fate of gas pipeline turbine stuck in Canada
U.S.-donated HIMARS have arrived, Ukraine’s defense minister says
Putin at summit says BRICS’ influence is growing, cooperation is deepening
Cisco, Nike to fully exit Russia in latest corporate withdrawals
Rights groups urge Biden to negotiate with Russia to free WNBA star
Britain imposes further sanctions on Russia
First trial of Russian soldier on rape charge to begin Thursday
Germany raises alert level on gas supplies after cuts
Lithuania says Russia’s characterization of E.U. transit ban as blockade is a ‘lie’
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders meeting on Thursday approved Ukraine’s to become a formal candidate for E.U. membership status, giving the war-torn country and its leader, Volodymyr Zelensky, a much-needed morale boost. The European Parliament also backed the move in a Thursday vote.
Candidate status is just a first step in a bid for full membership, which could take years or decades. But the decision is a major step for Europe, and sends a signal to Russia.
European leaders are celebrating Ukraine’s European Union candidacy status, a stinging rebuke of the Kremlin, who has long held the nation as “Little Russia.”
President Zelensky called the decision “a unique and historic moment in Ukraine-European Union relations.”
As leaders of the European Union discussed — and ultimately granted — candidate status to Ukraine for their 27-member bloc, demonstrators, including Ukrainians, gathered in support of the nation’s inclusion.
Outside the European Union building on Thursday, one protester held up a sign with the words “nothing can stop the idea when its time has arrived,” spray-painted in blue. Other signs read: “Ukraine must be in the EU” and “Freedom for Ukraine.”
The United States will send an additional $450 million in weapons and ammunition to Ukraine as it fends off a Russian invasion, the Biden administration said Thursday, including additional multiple-launch rocket systems and patrol boats to defend its shores.
White House spokesman John Kirby said the United States will send more M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS; additional rounds for artillery already provided to Ukraine; and the vessels. It marks the 13th weapons package that President Biden has approved for delivery to Ukraine in the wake of Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion, with a total of $6.1 billion in security assistance, Kirby said.
Ukraine filed a court case in the European Court of Human Rights against Russia for what it says are human rights violations during the war, Ukraine’s Justice Ministry announced Thursday.
“In due course, the Court will be invited to find that Russia has been guilty of the most flagrant, serious and sustained violations of the [European Convention on Human Rights] ever placed before the Court, and to award just satisfaction on an equally unprecedented scale,” the ministry wrote.
BRUSSELS — European leaders meeting Thursday formally backed European Union candidate status for Ukraine, a historic moment for the bloc and a major morale boost for Kyiv amid the war with Russia. The European Parliament also backed the move in a vote Thursday.
Ukraine’s push has revived the enlargement debate more broadly.
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders on Thursday agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for membership in the bloc, a symbolic win for Kyiv amid its war with Russia and another sign of how the conflict is reshaping the world.
Candidate status does not confer membership, which could still be decades away. But the decision is a historic step for Europe — and sends a signal to Russia.
The future of a turbine at the center of a geopolitical standoff between Russia and the West is likely to be discussed at a Group of Seven summit this week, a Canadian minister told Reuters.
The turbine, used in a key Russia-to-Europe gas pipeline operated by Russian state energy firm Gazprom, is stuck in Canada, where it had been undergoing maintenance.
Ukraine has received a batch of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, commonly known as HIMARS, from the United States, Ukraine’s defense minister said Thursday.
“HIMARS have arrived to Ukraine,” Oleksii Reznikov tweeted, thanking his U.S. counterpart, Lloyd Austin, for the “powerful tools.”
The “BRICS” virtual summit — a meeting of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — continues into its second day Thursday, with Russian President Vladimir Putin making an appearance.
The Russian leader said at the summit that the five-nation bloc is “deepening cooperation” and that “every year the authority of the BRICS and its influence on the global stage is steadily increasing,” Russian state media Tass reported.
The sports apparel giant Nike plans to fully withdraw from Russia in the latest corporate move to isolate Moscow from the global economy.
Nike had already suspended its operations in the country after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But a host of high-profile Western brands have since announced plans to completely exit the Russian market as the war escalates into a deadlier phase and as world leaders enact aggressive international sanctions to punish President Vladimir Putin and his financial allies.
Nearly four dozen civil and human rights groups have urged the Biden administration to “make a deal” with the Kremlin to secure the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner, who has been detained in Russia since February.
In a letter sent Wednesday to President Biden and Vice President Harris, the groups said the U.S. government had already acknowledged that Griner was a political pawn caught in the crosshairs of deteriorating U.S.-Russian relations and expressed thanks to the administration for classifying her as wrongfully detained.
LONDON — Britain has imposed a new tranche of economic sanctions on Russia amid its ongoing war in Ukraine.
The sanctions will prohibit the export, supply and delivery of goods and technology relating to chemical and biological weapons, marine goods, jet fuel, and technical assistance for financial services, among other areas, the department for international trade said in a statement. The sanctions will relate to Russia and nongovernment- controlled parts of Ukraine, the international trade agency said.
A preliminary hearing is expected Thursday in Ukraine’s first trial of a Russian soldier accused of raping a Ukrainian woman.
The suspect, Mikhail Romanov, is accused of killing an unarmed civilian and, with an accomplice, repeatedly raping the man’s wife and threatening to shoot her and her child, according to court files. The incident is said to have happened near the capital, Kyiv, in March.
Germany on Thursday raised the country’s alert level under its emergency gas plan amid concerns about long-term supply as Russia squeezes deliveries to Europe.
“We have a disruption in the gas supply in Germany,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said in a news conference on Thursday. “From now on, gas is a scarce commodity in Germany.”
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The latest: U.K. intelligence believes Russia’s momentum could slow in the coming months as the Kremlin exhausts its resources. Meanwhile, the cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk remain the sites of “hellish battles” against Russia.
The fight: A slowly regenerating Russian army is making incremental gains in eastern Ukraine against valiant but underequipped Ukrainian forces. The United States and its allies are racing to deliver the enormous quantities of weaponry the Ukrainians urgently need if they are to hold the Russians at bay.
The weapons: Ukraine is making use of weapons such as Javelin antitank missiles and Switchblade “kamikaze” drones, provided by the United States and other allies. Russia has used an array of weapons against Ukraine, some of which have drawn the attention and concern of analysts.
Photos: Post photographers have been on the ground from the very beginning of the war — here’s some of their most powerful work.

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US women’s basketball dominates on international stage – KRQE News 13

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by: DOUG FEINBERG, Associated Press
Posted: Oct 1, 2022 / 12:54 PM MDT
Updated: Oct 1, 2022 / 01:04 PM MDT
by: DOUG FEINBERG, Associated Press
Posted: Oct 1, 2022 / 12:54 PM MDT
Updated: Oct 1, 2022 / 01:04 PM MDT
SYDNEY (AP) — A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart are keenly aware of the legacy of success they are part of with the U.S. women’s basketball team.
They don’t plan on letting the incredible run end any time soon.
“I don’t think we’re showing signs of stopping, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “We have a lot of people are entering their prime or are in their prime.”
Wilson and Stewart helped the U.S. to a fourth consecutive World Cup championship Saturday with an 83-61 win over China, setting a record margin for a gold-medal game.
“Everyone knows that when you come here, when you wear USA across your chest the (pressure) that comes with it,” Stewart said. “It’s just embracing that. All the legends before us and what they’ve done, how they’ve won. Each team is different and we need to make our imprint on history.”
This team left its mark on the World Cup as one of the most dominant teams in the Americans’ storied history, winning four straight gold medals and 30 games in a row in the tournament. Next up for this group is the 2024 Olympics in Paris. The Americans will be trying for an eighth consecutive gold medal there.
“This is something that’s special to us. It’s not lost on us what’s been done since 1996. I hear about it all the time,” U.S. coach Cheryl Reeve said. “What I wanted to do is make sure this journey was fun. Because I think there’s some times when you have pressure to win or the perceived pressure, it takes the enjoyment out of it.”
What started with Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi has now been passed down to Wilson and Stewart. With Alyssa Thomas the oldest player at 30, the domination could continue for years to come.
“It’s been an incredible journey just to continue to lay that foundation down like so many of the greats in front of us have,” Wilson said. “Now it’s our turn to step up and be in that situation.”
The U.S. (8-0) finished the World Cup averaging 98.8 points — just short of the mark held by the 1994 team that averaged 99.1. They won by an average of 40.8 points, topping the amount by the 2010 team.
“Maybe around the world they kind of looked at it and said, ‘Hey now’s the time to get the USA,’” Reeve said. “I think what we showed is that our league, the WNBA and professional basketball players in the United States are really, really good.”
As they’ve done all tournament, the Americans did it on both ends of the court, playing stellar defense as well as using a high-powered offense.
The game was a sellout with nearly 16,000 fans — the biggest crowd to attend a women’s World Cup game since the inaugural tournament in 1953 in Chile.
“You can’t say people don’t support women’s basketball,” Stewart said of the crowd. “If you look at all these people in this arena tonight. There was a lot of people cheering for us and against us, but they’re here watching women’s basketball.”
While the U.S. will be the heavy favorite to win the gold in Paris, there are new teams emerging. China won its first medal since the 1994 World Cup, and Canada reached the medal round for the first-time since 1986.
“I think every team will learn from this experience. You gain a lot of knowledge in the World Cup,” Reeve said.
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New York Liberty, WNBA players populate World Cup rosters – The Associated Press – en Español

SYDNEY (AP) — New York has long been known as a melting pot, a city of diversity.
That moniker also works for the city’s WNBA franchise, the New York Liberty, which has seven players competing in the women’s World Cup for five different countries.
Overall, there are 27 players in Sydney who competed this season in the WNBA, plus a few others like Lauren Jackson, who either played in the past or were drafted but haven’t competed in the league yet.
Before the U.S.-China game, Betnijah Laney and Han Xu exchanged a hug. The two Liberty players are on opposite teams a few weeks after their WNBA season ended with a playoff loss to Chicago in the opening round.
“That’s one of my favorite parts about the New York team, we are so international and we’ve got such great talent from all over the world,” Australian Sami Whitcomb said. “I think that represents our fan base as well. It’s really amazing to come here and still get to see your teammates.”
Laney and Sabrina Ionescu are with the U.S. Han is playing for China. Bec Allen and Whitcomb are with Australia along with New York coach Sandy Brondello and her husband Olaf Lange, who lead the host nation. Draftee Sika Kone is on Mali and fellow draftee Marine Fauthoux plays for France.
“It’s really cool to have teammates here and compete against each other. It’s a great experience for all of us,” Laney said. “It’s definitely something that’s pretty cool to have the diversity and to come together. It does extend to our fan base.”
Whitcomb said that the Liberty players talked about the potential of them all coming to Sydney for the World Cup.
“How fun it would be to have so many of us over here and we were all going to see each other,” she said. “We didn’t know how many people would make the teams, so it’s amazing.”
All the teams are staying in the same hotel near the arena. Whitcomb said the Liberty teammates have been getting coffee with each other in between games.
“It just goes to show we’re very international that’s for sure,” Brondello said. “To get two players on the USA team that’s always hard to break into but I’m proud of those two. They’ve worked so hard to get there and you know the Aussies go without saying but Han is doing a great job as well.”
There’d be an eighth Liberty player in the tournament, but Marine Johannes got hurt right before it began.
New York isn’t the only WNBA team well represented in Sydney: Seattle has five active players as well as Jackson. The Storm’s coach, Noelle Quinn, is an assistant with Canada. The Chicago Sky and Las Vegas Aces have four players each.
The players all also share a common dining room for meals, giving them chances to interact off the court.
“I’m happy to see my teammates playing in the World Cup,” Han said. “Before I only had two teammates but now I have a lot of them on different teams and it’s nice to see them around.”
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More AP women’s basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/womens-basketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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Zelenskyy calls Russia a state sponsor of terrorism; Biden calls on U.N. to stand with Ukraine – CNBC

Zelenskyy calls Russia a state sponsor of terrorism; Biden calls on U.N. to stand with Ukraine  CNBC
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