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Humanitarian crisis at U.S. southern border

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Southern states along America’s border inundated with influx of illegal migrants and declare, ‘humanitarian crisis’

Since Vice President Kamala Harris won’t visit the border—Texas Gov. Gregg Abbot brought the border to her.

On Thursday morning, two busses carrying dozens of migrants arrived near the vice president’s residence in Washington, D.C.

Many journalists and media outlets followed the busses and caught up with some of the migrants.

One man who entered illegally said about America’s southern border, “it’s open not closed. The border is open. Everybody [illegal migrants] believe that it’s open. It’s open because we enter, we come in free.”

Gov. Abbot, a Republican has been busing migrants to “sanctuary cities” like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. in an effort to lighten the load that border-towns have been dealing with—calling the influx a true modern-day humanitarian crisis.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has also joined the Texas governor. He chartered two flights and sent migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. DeSantis said, “we are not a sanctuary state and it’s better to be able to go to the sanctuary jurisdiction—and yes, we will help facilitate that transport for you to be able to go to greener pastures.”

Gov. DeSantis went on to say, “all those people in D.C. and New York were beating their chest when Trump was president saying they were so proud to be sanctuary jurisdiction saying how bad it was to have a secure border.”

He added, “the minute even a small fraction of what those border towns deal with every day is brought to their front door—they all of a sudden go berserk and they’re so upset that this is happening, and it just shows you, you know, they’re virtue signaling is a fraud.”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre weighed in on the tense situation saying, “they [illegal migrants] deserve better than being left on the streets of D.C. or being left in Martha’s Vineyard they deserve a lot better than that.”

Many non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) are aiding in providing shelter, food and additional resources for the migrants.

Veronica Dudo is the U.S. Correspondent for Ticker News covering America’s biggest headlines. As an Emmy® Award nominated global journalist, Veronica has traveled across the country and around the world reporting on historical events that connect all citizens. Lauded as an award-winning international journalist, Veronica has executed stellar news coverage for NBC News, CBS News, The Hill, ME-TV Network and AOL. Her stories have highlighted a plethora of topics ranging from breaking news and politics to economic affairs across the USA, European Union, and Asia; cultural affairs; globalization; governance; education; and sustainability.

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Hurricane Ian makes landfall in southwestern Florida as Category 4 storm

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Officials say it’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S.

Hurricane Ian has made landfall in southwest Florida with winds of 155 mph. Hitting the mainland U.S. as a Category 4 storm— officials say it’s one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the nation.

Moving at a crawling pace— Hurricane Ian is prompting major concerns about flooding and delayed rescues for those who decided to ride out the storm.

Forecasters say the storm’s relatively slow surge could lead to even greater rainfall than expected.

After slamming Florida’s southwest coast with Category 4 force Wednesday afternoon, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told residents that Ian brought powerful conditions including relentless rainfall and life-threatening winds that are “incredibly dangerous.”

He said, “there will be debris in the air and flooding powerful enough to move cars around so please do not be outside during the storm. If you’re in those Southwest Florida counties that you need to be sheltering in place. Don’t forget that Ian will produce hurricane strength winds and massive flooding—not just where it makes the initial landfall—but throughout the state of Florida so central Northeast Florida will also feel impacts.”

The entire Sunshine state is under a state of emergency.

Several airports in Florida are closed with thousands of flights cancelled.

More than 50 of the state’s 76 school districts have already canceled classes, with many public schools be turned into evacuation shelters.

Meanwhile, FEMA has already deployed 700 personnel to Florida and the governor has activated 5,000 state national guard with another 2,000-guard coming in from other states.

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Nord Stream pipe attack “acts of sabotage”

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The US State Department has described recent leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines as “apparent acts of sabotage”

U.S State Department spokesperson Ned Price says they have more questions than answers at this point.

Adding Secretary of State Antony Blinken will begin discussing the issue with European counterparts as soon as Wednesday.

Price confirmed the leak “impacts Europe’s broader energy security and energy resilience”.

When was pressed on whether sabotage would rise to the level of a breach of NATO Article 5, he declined to speculate.

But noted the investigation could take some time.

It comes as European countries ramp up their military presence at oil and gas facilities, following the Nord Stream incident.

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Russia is about to annex Ukraine, so what happens next?

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Moscow is about to annex a swath of Ukraine, releasing what it called vote tallies showing support in four partially occupied provinces to join Russia.

It looks like Russia is poised to annex a large chunk of Ukraine.

This comes after so-called referendums were held in four occupied provinces, which showed overwhelming support for joining Russia.

Of course, these referendums were anything but legitimate. They were held at gunpoint and were widely denounced by Kyiv and the West as sham votes.

“They can announce anything they want. Nobody voted in the referendum except a few people who switched sides. They went from house to house but nobody came out,” said Lyubomir Boyko, 43, from Golo Pristan, a village in Russian-occupied Kherson province.

People attend a rally and a concert in support of annexation referendums in Russian-held regions of Ukraine, in Saint Petersburg on September 23, 2022. 

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Nevertheless, it looks like Moscow is moving ahead with its plans to absorb these Ukrainian regions. A tribune has been set up on Red Square, with giant video screens proclaiming “Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson – Russia!”

The Russian-installed administrations of the four Ukrainian provinces on Wednesday formally asked Putin to incorporate them into Russia, which Russian officials have suggested is a formality.

“The results are clear. Welcome home, to Russia!,” Dmitry Medvedev, a former president who serves as deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, said on Telegram.

It’s expected that President Vladimir Putin will give a speech within days confirming the annexation. This would mean that, in just over a week, Putin has gone from endorsing the sham referendums to formalizing the annexation of Ukrainian territory.

This latest development is sure to increase tensions between Russia and the West. It also further diminishes the chances of a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Ukraine.

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