Following is a summary of current world news briefs.
Iran’s atomic energy organization says e-mail was hacked
Iran’s atomic energy organization said that an e-mail server belonging to one of its subsidiaries had been hacked from a foreign country and information published online, state media reported on Sunday. An Iranian hacking group, Black Reward, said in a statement published on Twitter that it had released hacked information relating to Iranian nuclear activities, declaring the action an act of support for protesters in Iran.
Uganda says two more Ebola cases confirmed in Kampala hospital
Two more people in an isolation unit of Uganda’s main hospital have tested positive for Ebola, bringing total cases recorded in the facility to five, the health minister said on Sunday. The five confirmed cases in Kampala are the first known transmission of the virus in the city, coming days after the information ministry said the country’s Ebola outbreak was coming under control and was expected to be over by the end of the year.
Russian strikes cause blackouts in much of Ukraine, more flee Kherson
Russian missiles pounded Ukrainian energy and other facilities on Saturday, causing blackouts in various regions, Kyiv said, while Russian occupation authorities in the southern city of Kherson urged civilians to evacuate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the Russian attacks had struck on a “very wide” scale. He pledged his military would improve on an already good record of downing missiles with help from its partners.
Li Xi gets graft-busting role on China’s new Standing Committee
Li Xi, the Communist Party chief of the economic powerhouse Guangdong province, assumed two new titles on Sunday when he was elevated to the elite Politburo Standing Committee and put in charge of the party’s influential graft-busting body.
While Li, 66, is not known to have worked directly with Xi Jinping during his career – unlike the other three new members named on Sunday to the Standing Committee – he is nonetheless viewed by analysts as having gained Xi’s trust to secure such a sensitive role.
Brazil’s top footballers lean toward Bolsonaro in polarized race
A few days before Brazil’s first round of voting in this month’s general election, a 13-second TikTok video electrified supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro: soccer star Neymar coming out in favor of his re-election bid. The video posted on Sep. 29 showed Neymar dancing to a campaign jingle highlighting Bolsonaro’s position on the ballot, and the president was quick to share it on social media.
China’s next premier Li: A Xi loyalist who oversaw the Shanghai lockdown
Li Qiang, who oversaw Shanghai’s grinding two-month COVID-19 lockdown this year as party boss of China’s commercial hub, is on track to become China’s next premier after President Xi Jinping unveiled a new governing body packed with loyalists.
Li, a close ally of the newly re-appointed Chinese leader, was elevated to the No.2 position on the seven-man Standing Committee on Sunday, putting him on track to take over the economic management role.
Somalia car bomb, shooting hits Kismayu hotel, 3 dead – police
A car bomb and shooting attack on a hotel in Somalia’s Kismayo city killed at least three people on Sunday, police said. Gunfire erupted after an explosives-laden vehicle rammed into the gate of the port city’s Tawakal Hotel. The al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab militant group said it had carried out the attack.
China’s Xi clinches third term, packs leadership with loyalists
China’s Xi Jinping secured a precedent-breaking third leadership term on Sunday and introduced a top governing body stacked with loyalists, cementing his place as the country’s most powerful ruler since Mao Zedong. Shanghai Communist Party chief Li Qiang followed Xi onto the stage at the Great Hall of the People as the new Politburo Standing Committee was introduced, putting him in line to become premier when Li Keqiang retires in March.
Boris Johnson battling to win support for UK PM comeback bid, Sunak enters race
Boris Johnson was fighting on Sunday to get enough support to make a shock return as Britain’s prime minister after prominent figures on the right wing of the Conservative Party coalesced around the man once accused of betraying him, Rishi Sunak. Sun, the country’s 42-year-old former finance minister, confirmed on Sunday he would enter the competition to replace Liz Truss, vowing to tackle the country’s “profound economic crisis” with “integrity, professionalism and accountability”.
Rishi Sunak: I am standing to be the British prime minister
Britain’s former finance minister Rishi Sunak confirmed on Sunday he was standing to replace Liz Truss as prime minister. “The United Kingdom is a great country but we face a profound economic crisis,” he said on Twitter.
(With inputs from agencies.)