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On Saturday, US President Joe Biden referred to Cambodia as Colombia, which is hosting an international summit led by Asean Southeast Asian leaders.

“Now that we’re back together here in Cambodia, I’m looking forward to making even stronger progress than we’ve already made, and I’d like to thank the Prime Minister of Colombia for his leadership as ASEAN chair and for hosting all of us,” Biden said during a meeting with his ASEAN counterparts in Phnom Penh.

He was referring to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who currently chairs the 10-member regional bloc.

On a whirlwind trip that includes stops at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, ASEAN in Phnom Penh, and the G20 summit in Indonesia, the president made a similar gaffe recently while speaking to reporters at the White House.

The US president, who turns 80 on November 20, announced this week that he will run for re-election in 2024, with a final decision expected early next year.

Republican critics have pointed to Biden’s occasional verbal stumbles and tendency to veer off script during live appearances as evidence that he is too old for the job. Supporters argue that the president overcame a childhood stutter and improvised in public speeches for decades.

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Biden and Xi centre stage at G20

On Monday, Biden and leaders from the world’s 20 largest economies will convene on the Indonesian island of Bali for a post-pandemic reunion tempered by Sino-US rivalry and overshadowed by a superpower meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping.

With people around the world feeling the pinch of skyrocketing food and fuel prices, Ukraine embroiled in conflict, and the threat of nuclear war looming, G20 presidents and prime ministers will see what, if anything, they can agree on.

It is the largest gathering of leaders since the pandemic began. But this isn’t a happy reunion.

The rivalry between China and the United States has heightened sharply in the last three years, as Beijing has grown more powerful and assertive about replacing the US-led order that has prevailed since World War II.

The meeting between Biden and Xi on the fringes of the G20 on Monday has the air of the icy Cold War conclaves between American and Soviet leaders at Potsdam, Vienna, or Yalta that decided the fate of millions.

Biden has spoken of the meeting as establishing each country’s “red lines,” hoping that competition does not lead to confrontation and conflict.

According to US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Biden will be “completely straightforward and direct” with Xi and expect the same in return.

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Officials say he will also pressure China to rein in ally North Korea after a record-breaking series of missile tests raised fears that Pyongyang will soon conduct its seventh nuclear test.

Xi may be unwilling to assist. He comes into the meeting on the heels of securing a historic third term in office, cementing him as China’s most powerful leader in generations.

Meanwhile, Biden has been buoyed by the news that his Democratic Party retained control of the US Senate after outperforming expectations in the midterm elections, even though his domestic politics remain volatile.

One notable absence from the table will be Russian President Vladimir Putin.

His botched nine-month invasion of Ukraine has made the trip to Bali both logistically and politically difficult.

With members of his inner circle publicly feuding and his once-ironclad domestic authority tarnished, Putin chose to send veteran foreign minister Sergei Lavrov instead.

Officially, neither the Ukrainian conflict nor Putin’s dark threats to use nuclear weapons are on the summit’s agenda.

While the ex-KGB man will not be present at the summit, his war will undoubtedly be on the menu.

Soaring energy and food prices have impacted both rich and poor G20 members, and the conflict directly influences both.

When the current agreement expires on November 19, there will certainly be pressure on Russia to extend a deal allowing Ukrainian grain and fertilizer shipments through the Black Sea.

At the very least, Biden and his allies want the G20 to make it clear to Putin that nuclear war is not an option.

Even that previously uncontroversial position is likely to be stymied by a combination of the Russian opposition and Chinese reluctance to break ranks with its ally in Moscow or hand Washington a victory.

Xi recently told German Chancellor Olaf Scholz that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought.

Ryan Hass, a former China director at the US National Security Council, said Xi “will likely not be as magnanimous in his meeting with Biden.”

“He will not want to be seen as fulfilling a Biden request, whether on Ukraine, nuclear use, North Korea, or any other issue,” Hass told AFP.

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The G20, a disparate and unwieldy grouping formed in 1999 after the Asian financial crisis, has always preferred to talk about finance and economics rather than security.

Moscow wants it to stay that way.

“We categorically reject the politicization of the G20,” the Russian foreign ministry said on Sunday, hinting at what leaders might hear from Lavrov, who is known for his tough stance.

“We are convinced that the G20 is intended to address specifically socioeconomic issues.”

Host Indonesia, wary of favouring China or the United States, is skeptical that the leaders will be able to break the impasse.

In the run-up to the summit, a series of G20 ministerial meetings failed to agree on a final joint communique – a procedural-sounding tradition that can be important in driving cooperation.

On the eve of the summit, Indonesian government minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said, “Honestly, I think the global situation has never been this complex.”

“It’s fine if (G20) leaders don’t produce a communique at some point.”

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Ukrainian And Western Leaders Laud US Aid Package While The Kremlin Warns Of ‘Further Ruin’

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AP - VOR News ImageKyiv, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials praised a badly needed aid package voted by the US House of Representatives, while the Kremlin warned that the bill would "further ruin" Ukraine and result in more deaths. In a rare Saturday session, the House quickly passed $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies, as Democrats and Republicans came together after months of hard-right opposition to increased American help for opposing Russia's incursion. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who had warned that his country would lose the conflict without US funding, expressed gratitude for the decision of US senators. "We appreciate every sign of support for our country and its independence, people and way of life, which Russia is attempting to bury under the rubble," he wrote on X.com, a social media site. "America has proved its leadership since the beginning of this war. This type of leadership is necessary to keep a rules-based international order and predictability for all states," he stated. The Ukrainian president stated that his country's "warriors on the front lines" will profit from the aid package. One such "warrior" is infantry soldier Oleksandr, who is battling around Avdiivka, a city in Ukraine's Donetsk region that Russia seized in February after months of fierce battle. "For us, it's critical to have this support from the US and our partners," Oleksandr told The Associated Press. He did not provide his complete name for security reasons. "With this, we can stop them and cut our losses. It is the first step toward the possibility of liberating our territory. Ammunition shortages caused by the assistance holdup over the last six months have forced Ukrainian military commanders to ration shells, a disadvantage that Russia exploited this year, capturing the city of Avdiivka and now advancing on the village of Chasiv Yar, also in the Donetsk region. "The Russians attack us in waves, leaving us weary and forced to leave our positions. "This has happened several times," Oleksandr stated. "Not having enough ammunition means we can't cover the area that is our responsibility to hold when they are assaulting us." In Kyiv, residents expressed their opinions on the US aid plan. "I heard our president openly state that we will lose the battle without this assistance. "Thank you very much, and yesterday was a fantastic event," said Kateryna Ruda, 43. Tatyana Ryavchenuk, the wife of a Ukrainian soldier, expressed the need for more weapons, stressing that soldiers "have nothing to protect us." "They require guns, equipment, and other necessities. We always need assistance. Because without assistance, our enemies can move further and reach the middle of our city," the 26-year-old stated. Other Western officials applauded the aid deal. "Ukraine is destroying Russian combat capabilities with weapons provided by NATO Allies." "This makes us all safer, in Europe and North America," NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrote on X. President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stated that "Ukraine deserves all the support it can get against Russia." German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed her statement, describing it as "a strong signal in these times." "We stand with the Ukrainians fighting for their free, democratic and independent country," Scholz said in a post on X. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk congratulated House Speaker Mike Johnson for his efforts but also acknowledged the congressional gridlock. "It's better to be late than too late. And I hope it is not too late for Ukraine," he posted on X. In Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the acceptance of aid to Ukraine as "expected and predictable." The decision "will make the United States of America richer, further ruin Ukraine, and result in the deaths of even more Ukrainians, the fault of the Kyiv regime," Peskov said, according to Russian news agency Ria Novosti. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also resorted to social media to criticize the aid package. "The allocation of military assistance by the United States to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan will aggravate the global crisis: military assistance to the Kyiv regime is direct sponsorship of terrorist activities," she stated in an email. "The new aid package will not save, but, on the contrary, will kill thousands and thousands more people, prolong the conflict, and bring even more grief and devastation," Leonid Slutsky, head of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, wrote on Telegram. The entire aid plan will be sent to the United States Senate, which might pass it as early as Tuesday. President Joe Biden has pledged to sign it immediately. In its most recent assessment, a Washington-based research tank stated that the complexities of bringing US support to the front lines would most likely mean that its impact would be delayed for several weeks. "Ukrainian forces may suffer additional setbacks in the coming weeks while waiting for U.S. security assistance that will allow Ukraine to stabilize the front," the Institute for the Study of War stated. "But they will likely be able to blunt the current Russian offensive assuming the resumed U.S. assistance arrives promptly." On the ground, Russia's Defense Ministry announced Sunday that its troops had seized control of the settlement of Bohdanivka in the Donetsk area. Ukrainian officials have yet to react to the claim. According to the prosecutor's office in Ukraine's partially seized Donetsk area, Russian shelling killed one person and injured four others.

Kyiv, Ukraine — Ukrainian and Western officials praised a badly needed aid package voted by the US House of Representatives, while the Kremlin warned that the bill would “further ruin” Ukraine and result in more deaths.

In a rare Saturday session, the House quickly passed $95 billion in foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel, and other US allies, as Democrats and Republicans came together after months of hard-right opposition to increased American help for opposing Russia’s incursion.

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Ukrainian And Western Leaders Laud US Aid Package While The Kremlin Warns Of ‘Further Ruin’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who had warned that his country would lose the conflict without US funding, expressed gratitude for the decision of US senators.

“We appreciate every sign of support for our country and its independence, people and way of life, which Russia is attempting to bury under the rubble,” he wrote on X.com, a social media site.

“America has proved its leadership since the beginning of this war. This type of leadership is necessary to keep a rules-based international order and predictability for all states,” he stated.

The Ukrainian president stated that his country’s “warriors on the front lines” will profit from the aid package.

One such “warrior” is infantry soldier Oleksandr, who is battling around Avdiivka, a city in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that Russia seized in February after months of fierce battle.

“For us, it’s critical to have this support from the US and our partners,” Oleksandr told The Associated Press. He did not provide his complete name for security reasons.

“With this, we can stop them and cut our losses. It is the first step toward the possibility of liberating our territory.

Ammunition shortages caused by the assistance holdup over the last six months have forced Ukrainian military commanders to ration shells, a disadvantage that Russia exploited this year, capturing the city of Avdiivka and now advancing on the village of Chasiv Yar, also in the Donetsk region.

“The Russians attack us in waves, leaving us weary and forced to leave our positions. “This has happened several times,” Oleksandr stated. “Not having enough ammunition means we can’t cover the area that is our responsibility to hold when they are assaulting us.”

In Kyiv, residents expressed their opinions on the US aid plan.

“I heard our president openly state that we will lose the battle without this assistance. “Thank you very much, and yesterday was a fantastic event,” said Kateryna Ruda, 43.

Tatyana Ryavchenuk, the wife of a Ukrainian soldier, expressed the need for more weapons, stressing that soldiers “have nothing to protect us.”

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Ukrainian And Western Leaders Laud US Aid Package While The Kremlin Warns Of ‘Further Ruin’

“They require guns, equipment, and other necessities. We always need assistance. Because without assistance, our enemies can move further and reach the middle of our city,” the 26-year-old stated.

Other Western officials applauded the aid deal.

“Ukraine is destroying Russian combat capabilities with weapons provided by NATO Allies.” “This makes us all safer, in Europe and North America,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg wrote on X.

President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, stated that “Ukraine deserves all the support it can get against Russia.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed her statement, describing it as “a strong signal in these times.”

“We stand with the Ukrainians fighting for their free, democratic and independent country,” Scholz said in a post on X.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk congratulated House Speaker Mike Johnson for his efforts but also acknowledged the congressional gridlock. “It’s better to be late than too late. And I hope it is not too late for Ukraine,” he posted on X.

In Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the acceptance of aid to Ukraine as “expected and predictable.”

The decision “will make the United States of America richer, further ruin Ukraine, and result in the deaths of even more Ukrainians, the fault of the Kyiv regime,” Peskov said, according to Russian news agency Ria Novosti.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova also resorted to social media to criticize the aid package.

“The allocation of military assistance by the United States to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan will aggravate the global crisis: military assistance to the Kyiv regime is direct sponsorship of terrorist activities,” she stated in an email.

“The new aid package will not save, but, on the contrary, will kill thousands and thousands more people, prolong the conflict, and bring even more grief and devastation,” Leonid Slutsky, head of the Russian State Duma Committee on International Affairs, wrote on Telegram.

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Ukrainian And Western Leaders Laud US Aid Package While The Kremlin Warns Of ‘Further Ruin’

The entire aid plan will be sent to the United States Senate, which might pass it as early as Tuesday. President Joe Biden has pledged to sign it immediately.

In its most recent assessment, a Washington-based research tank stated that the complexities of bringing US support to the front lines would most likely mean that its impact would be delayed for several weeks.

“Ukrainian forces may suffer additional setbacks in the coming weeks while waiting for U.S. security assistance that will allow Ukraine to stabilize the front,” the Institute for the Study of War stated.

“But they will likely be able to blunt the current Russian offensive assuming the resumed U.S. assistance arrives promptly.”

On the ground, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced Sunday that its troops had seized control of the settlement of Bohdanivka in the Donetsk area. Ukrainian officials have yet to react to the claim.

According to the prosecutor’s office in Ukraine’s partially seized Donetsk area, Russian shelling killed one person and injured four others.

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Biden Administration Bans Drilling In Nearly Half Of Alaska Petroleum Reserve In Sweeping Win For Climate Advocates

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In a big victory for climate and environmental groups, the Biden administration completed a rule on Friday that prohibits fossil fuel drilling on nearly half of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, among other substantial conservation measures.

The Interior Department will prohibit oil drilling on more than 13 million acres in the Western Arctic, including approximately 40% of the NPR-A, a remote area home to protected wildlife species such as polar bears and caribou.

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Biden Administration Bans Drilling In Nearly Half Of Alaska Petroleum Reserve In Sweeping Win For Climate Advocates

The reserve consists of more than 23 million acres of public land and an underground emergency oil supply for the United States Navy, which was established in the early 1920s. It has lately been the site of the Willow project, which is owned by ConocoPhillips and is a contentious Arctic oil drilling operation.

When the Biden administration approved Willow in March 2023, it generated a social media reaction from young people, as well as environmental and climate activists. Friday’s measure could boost President Joe Biden’s support among young voters.

“These natural wonders demand our protection,” Biden said in a statement. Biden said he was “proud” of his administration’s decision to protect more than 13 million acres in the Western Arctic, but added that “as the climate crisis threatens communities across the country, more must be done.”

Some Alaska Natives are critical of the drilling restriction covering such a large area of the NPR-A. It has sparked debate among Alaska’s bipartisan congressional delegation, as well as Alaska Native groups, who claim they rely on oil drilling tax money to pay schools and basic services.

The final rule “does not reflect our communities’ wishes,” said Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat President Nagruk Harcharek. The move “will hurt the very residents the federal government purports to help by rolling back years of progress, impoverishing our communities, and imperiling our Iñupiaq culture.”

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Biden Administration Bans Drilling In Nearly Half Of Alaska Petroleum Reserve In Sweeping Win For Climate Advocates

The restriction will also expose the president to Republican criticism for failing to prioritize American energy independence and driving up fuel prices. However, during Biden’s presidency, the United States has produced more oil than any other country in history, according to CNN Business, and petrol prices have dropped $1.35 since their all-time high in June 2022.

In addition to conserving a large portion of the NPR-A on Friday, the Biden administration tried to stop the Trump administration-approved Ambler road in the Alaskan wilderness. If developed, the road would provide access to a proposed copper mine. The government indicated that it intended to take “no action” on the mine, essentially limiting the road’s access to federal territory.

Ambler Metals, the business seeking to mine copper in the region, said it was “deeply disappointed” by Interior’s decision. According to Ambler’s managing director, Kaleb Froehlich, the move would deprive local communities of jobs and tax income, as well as prevent the United States from building a domestic supply of minerals important to renewable energy technologies and national security.

The Alaska announcements cap off a busy week for Biden’s Interior Department. On Thursday, the agency unveiled a new regulation that elevates conservation to the same level as other public land uses such as grazing, mining, and energy production. The new conservation law applies to 245 million acres, the most of which are in the Western United States, or roughly one-tenth of the country’s territory.

According to CNN, Biden plans to enlarge two national monuments in California next week, adding to the ones he has already named during his presidency.

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland stated that the administration’s Alaska conservation announcements “underscore our commitment to ensure that places too special to develop remain intact for the communities and species that rely on them.”

In a statement, Haaland stated that the move would be a significant step toward preserving “the way of life for the Indigenous people who have called this special place home since time immemorial.”

Environmentalists and several indigenous groups praised Biden’s statements on Alaska conservation as a “important step.”

“It’s no secret that the Reserve–a vast region of tundra and wetlands teeming with wildlife–has frequently landed in the crosshairs of the insatiable fossil fuel industry,” said Earthjustice attorney Jeremy Lieb in a statement. “We applaud this move and call for even bolder action to keep the fossil fuel industry out of the Arctic, for the sake of the climate and future generations.”

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In a statement, Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, the former mayor of the North Slope village of Nuiqsut and a staunch opponent of Willow, called on the Biden administration to build on the protections, saying it would help Alaska Natives “continue to sustain and pass along the traditions and activities of our elders for years to come.”

In a recent interview with CNN, Ahtuangaruak stated that building of infrastructure, as well as ice and gravel roads for the Willow project, is well advanced. Ahtuangaruak is concerned that the project is already having an impact on the annual caribou migration, which is a major source of food for people.

“The animals have already begun their migration; we also have animals that get impeded and get stuck on the ice road areas,” Ahtuangaruak, a reporter for CNN, said “It’s really tough to work through all these issues.”

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Man Set Himself Afire in New York Leaves Shocking Manifesto

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In an online manifesto, the man set himself on fire outside a New York courthouse where former President Donald Trump was on trial, citing political motivations. The individual, Max Azzarello, is alive but badly injured. Police observed him dousing himself with fluids before lighting.

Responders on the scene contributed to the fire’s extinguishment. Azzarello’s pamphlets and social media posts suggest conspiracy ideas, but officials do not believe he targeted anyone specifically.

According to accounts, a recently released manifesto ascribed to the man who set himself on fire outside the lower Manhattan courthouse where Trump’s hush money trial is taking place appears to be motivated only by political reasons.

Identified as Max Azzarello, he supposedly runs a Substack page called “The Ponzi Papers,” with his most recent entry headlined “I have set myself on fire outside the Trump Trial.”

In the first lines, Azzarello reveals his extreme act to highlight a critical revelation: “My name is Max Azzarello, and I am an investigative researcher who has set himself on fire outside of the Trump trial in Manhattan. The purpose of this severe protest is to call attention to an urgent and significant finding.”

He went on to say, “We are victims of a totalitarian con, and our government (along with many of their allies) is about to hit us with an apocalyptic fascist world coup.”

The manifesto references a complicated conspiracy involving cryptocurrencies and government collaboration, reflecting themes from Azzarello’s recent social media activities.

Authorities in New York have confirmed that Azzarello is alive but in critical condition.

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During an afternoon press briefing following the incident, New York Police Department Chief Jeffrey Maddrey explained: “At 1.30 this afternoon, we observed a male walk into the center of the park, he starts shuffling around his clothes, he opens up a book bag, takes numerous pieces of paper, he throws the pamphlets throughout the park, and then he pulls out a canister and puts some kind of liquid on himself, and he lights himself on fire.”

“New York citizens, court officers, and representatives of the police department rush into the park and try to put him out with their coats and fire extinguishers. Eventually, New York firefighters were able to extinguish the fire,” Maddrey said.

The New York Fire Department eventually extinguished the fire, and Azzarello was reported to be “alive and intubated” at Cornell Medical Center’s burn center.

“I hope you understand how powerful you are. “I wish you much more than luck,” he said at the end of his lengthy manifesto.

The altercation occurred just as Judge Juan Merchan was about to adjourn for lunch on the third day of Trump’s fraud trial. It occurred in a portion of the plaza where small groups of protestors had been gathered every day since Monday, except Wednesday.

Azzarello was seen kneeling on the ground, his arms gesturing madly as flames devoured him. Television commentators described the harrowing scenario as many police officers and a civilian raced towards him.

Amidst the confusion, one person tried smattering the flames with a coat or blanket, while another used a fire extinguisher. Azzarello remained motionless after the fire was extinguished and was later treated by paramedics.

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A spectator who witnessed the incident expressed disbelief, saying, “He made a noise and flung all those brochures. It is shocking. A few folks are crying in the park. “There is nothing you can do.”

The NYPD’s chief of detectives, Joseph Kenny, stated that Azzarello’s pamphlets and social media posts indicated that the trial acted as a backdrop rather than a direct reason for his conduct.

Kenny viewed the pamphlet as propaganda-driven, stating: “The pamphlet appears to be propaganda-based, almost like a conspiracy-theory-type of pamphlet, with some information about Ponzi schemes and the fact that some of our local educational institutes are a front for the mob.”

Kenny discovered that Azzarello, from St. Augustine, Florida, has no criminal history in New York and was unknown to officials.

The NYPD’s deputy commissioner, Tarik Sheppard, stated that detectives did not perceive Azzarello’s conduct as targeting any single people or group, including Trump or his supporters.

“We just right now labeled him as a sort of conspiracy theorist, and we’ll go from there, but the investigation will continue,” he said.

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