. REUTERS (CANADA)
Eastern Ukraine braces for fresh Russian offensive
Ukrainian forces are preparing for new Russian attacks in the east of the country as Moscow deploys more troops there after suffering setbacks near the capital Kyiv
.AL JAZEERA (QATAR)
Tunisia’s president dissolves parliament, extending power grab
Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has announced on state TV that he is dissolving the country’s parliament, eight months after suspending it in a July power grab.
. NIKKEI ASIA (JAPAN)
Ex-South Korean presidential contender won’t take PM post
Ahn Cheol-soo, a former rival turned ally who now leads the transition team for South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol, said Wednesday that he will not serve as prime minister for the incoming administration.
. THE GUARDIAN (UK)
Solomon Islands pushes ahead on new security deal with China
In breaking news, the government of Solomon Islands has signalled that it is pushing ahead with plans for a new security agreement with China. That comes despite concerns raised by Australia, New Zealand and the US.
Liz Truss’s India visit made awkward by presence of Russian counterpart
Liz Truss, Britain’s foreign secretary, is due to land in India on Thursday to urge Narendra Modi’s government to reduce its strategic dependency on Russia. But her arrival in New Delhi coincides with that of her sparring partner Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, who also arrives in India for his first visit since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
. ABC NET (AUSTRALIA)
‘Good news’ for Lismore as waters recede, but flood warnings remain for parts of northern NSW
Around 20 flood evacuation orders are still in place for communities in the state’s Northern Rivers and mid North Coast regions.
. BAHA (AUSTRIA)
Russia wants talks with Ukraine to be ‘substantive’
Russian Foreign Ministry stated on Thursday that it was informed Turkey is attempting to organize another meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. The two previously met in Antalya earlier this month.
. ARAB NEWS (SAUDI ARABIA)
Jordan’s King Abdullah says Palestinian inclusion a must for regional peace and prosperity during talks with Israeli president
Jordan’s King Abdullah has stressed the need for Palestinian inclusion for regional peace and prosperity during talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
. THE RIO TIMES (BRAZIL)
Ecuador’s foreign minister is traveling to the United States to promote his candidacy for the UN Security Council
Juan Carlos Holguín, Ecuador’s minister of foreign affairs and human mobility, will travel to the United States on Thursday to promote Quito’s candidacy to the United Nations Security Council, according to the institution
. BBC (UK)
‘Most Russian troops’ leaving Chernobyl, Ukraine says
Many of the Russian troops occupying the former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl have left, Ukraine’s state nuclear company says.