Right here is the state of affairs because it stands on Thursday, December 8:
Russian shelling has killed at the least six individuals and set buildings on hearth within the japanese Ukrainian city of Kurakhove, based on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says the combating in Ukraine might final for a very long time however there is no such thing as a have to mobilise extra troopers.
Russian forces killed at the least 441 civilians within the early days of the invasion, based on the United Nations human rights workplace.
Belarus plans to maneuver navy tools and forces in a “counterterrorism” train amid fears that Russia might assault Ukraine from Belarus.
Russian forces have fired greater than 1,000 rockets and missiles at Ukraine’s energy grid, which continues to be working regardless of taking appreciable injury, Interfax Ukraine information company cited a senior official as saying.
Uzbekistan’s vitality minister says they won’t comply with political circumstances that will jeopardise its nationwide pursuits after a Russian proposal for a “gasoline union” included the Central Asian nation.
Putin says the chance of a nuclear warfare is rising however insists Russia has not “gone mad” and sees its personal nuclear arsenal as a purely defensive deterrent.
America has denounced Putin’s feedback as “free speak” on nuclear weapons however says Moscow wouldn’t assault first.
Political consultations between Turkey and Russia can be held in Istanbul on Thursday and Friday to debate regional points, the Turkish overseas ministry has stated.
The European Fee has proposed a ninth package deal of sanctions on Russia, together with including almost 200 extra people and entities to the sanctions record.
Western nations have slammed the environmental destruction led to by Russia’s invasion at a high-stakes UN summit on biodiversity in Montreal.
4 video games are scheduled for day 11 — Wednesday, November 30 — of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
Australia vs Denmark (Group D): 6pm (15:00 GMT), Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
Tunisia vs France (Group D): 6PM (15:00 GMT), Training Metropolis Stadium, Al Rayyan
Poland vs Argentina (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Stadium 974, Ras Abu Aboud
Saudi Arabia vs Mexico (Group C): 10pm (19:00 GMT), Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail
After shedding their opening sport 4-1 to France, Australia striker Mitchell Duke’s purpose in opposition to Tunisia on Saturday has put the Socceroos proper again in rivalry for a spot within the ultimate 16.
Australia now sits second within the desk on three factors, three behind France, however nonetheless two forward of each Denmark and Tunisia.
That’s why Denmark should win their third sport of the event on Wednesday in opposition to Australia to face an opportunity for a spot within the group of 16.
In a coaching session on Sunday, the Australians have been in excessive spirits but additionally conscious that they want at the very least a draw in opposition to the Danes to have any probability of qualifying for the knockout levels.
Australia’s star participant Ajdin Hrustic mentioned that the Socceroos should not be transfixed by Dutch footballing legend Christian Eriksen after they play Denmark. Hrustic mentioned a collective staff effort can be wanted if the Australians are to triumph.
Count on an thrilling sport as each groups battle it out to make it via to the subsequent stage of the event.
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The Danes will look to Christian Eriksen to ship his brilliance and beat Australia.
Socceroos hero Duke is simply the eighth Australian participant to have scored a purpose on the World Cup. The Australian striker, who performs his membership soccer in Japan’s second division, devoted his purpose in opposition to Tunisia to his younger son who was watching from the stands.
Duke will do every thing potential to offer his son one other reminiscence for all times, and likewise get his staff via to the subsequent spherical.
Australian defender Harry Souttar may even remember to entertain following a video of his earth-shaking sort out on Tunisian Yassine Khenissi going viral. Souttar appeared virtually out of nowhere to slip in with a thunderous sort out that might have had hard-nut defenders of yesteryear nodding their approval. Souttar’s defending abilities have been extensively praised by pundits with many predicting he will likely be a goal for a Premier League membership in January.
Tunisia are confronted with the massive activity of upsetting World Cup title-holders France on Wednesday if they’re to face an opportunity of advancing to the knockouts. A goalless draw between Australia and Denmark may see Tunisia go second in the event that they beat France – it’s an enormous ask however the courageous Eagles of Carthage may nonetheless soar.
Don’t neglect that Tunisia have been the primary African nation to win a sport on the World Cup finals after they beat Mexico 3-1 in Argentina in 1978. Ten of Tunisia’s 26-man squad have been born in France and so they have three gamers based mostly at French golf equipment.
However, France have been the primary staff to safe qualification via to the spherical of 16 at his World Cup event with wins over Australia and Denmark, and with a sport to spare.
France seem to have shaken off the curse of the defending champions by turning into the primary World Cup champs to make it out of the group stage since 2006 – the 12 months defending champs Brazil emerged. Italy, Spain and Germany all have been eradicated early 4 years after successful their World Cup titles.
The staff’s pre-tournament damage blues are additionally fading, and Les Bleus are feeling upbeat once more and searching like one of many event favourites.
France will look to strike the precise steadiness between resting gamers and holding their World Cup momentum up in opposition to Tunisia, the place even a draw with the Tunisians will assure them prime spot of their grouping.
Ought to the French end first, they are going to face the staff who finally ends up second in Group C, which options Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.
Coach Didier Deschamps is about to relaxation a few of his key males and provides fringe gamers minutes within the sport.
Kylian Mbappe is perhaps held again in reserve however France’s talismanic ahead is chasing data in Qatar and Deschamps may give him some enjoying time to assist him add to his seven World Cup objectives – three of which have been scored in Qatar.
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France’s Antoine Griezmann has returned to his finest type and is more likely to play deep and likewise near lone strikers on the entrance.
Griezmann has performed as an attacking midfielder quite than a pure ahead, brilliantly making the hyperlink between midfielders Aurelien Tchouameni and Adrien Rabiot and France’s attacking trio of Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.
“I in all probability ask various things from him, however there isn’t a sacrifice on his half,” Deschamps not too long ago mentioned of Griezmann.
“I may have performed him on the precise flank of the assault as a substitute of Ousmane (Dembele) however that’s not the place he can be probably the most helpful to the staff,” he mentioned.
Two of probably the most proficient and lethal strikers in world soccer, Argentina’s 35-year-old Lionel Messi and Poland’s 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski, line up in opposition to one another on Wednesday with a final 16 place at stake within the World Cup.
Messi has scored twice in Argentina’s extraordinary begin to the marketing campaign in Doha, and likewise suffered one of many largest upsets within the event’s historical past by shedding to Saudi Arabia earlier than masterminding a euphoric victory over Mexico.
Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico was the most-watched Spanish-language World Cup group stage broadcast in US historical past, drawing 8.9 million viewers on Telemundo tv and the streaming providers of Telemundo and Peacock.
The good Argentinian, whose staff are one of many event favourites, is enjoying his fifth and ultimate marketing campaign, which means it’s his final probability to match Diego Maradona and elevate the trophy for his longing homeland.
With Argentina second in Group C on three factors, one behind the Poles, the Argentinians should win on Wednesday to make certain of progressing and holding alive their dream of a 3rd World Cup title.
A draw can be sufficient for the South Individuals, too, if Mexico and Saudi Arabia additionally finish degree.
Like Messi, Poland’s Lewandowski can be his nation’s all-time prime scorer and can be on probably his final mission at a World Cup. He has been in scorching type for Barcelona (Messi’s previous membership) and has additionally had an eventful begin in Qatar.
Lewandowski uncharacteristically missed a penalty in Poland’s opening draw with Mexico earlier than scoring his first-ever World Cup purpose of their 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
Poland, who haven’t reached the World Cup knockout stage since 1986, may undergo with a win or draw in opposition to Argentina.
That is the third time Poland and Argentina will meet on the World Cup. Poland received 3-2 in 1974 and Argentina received 2-0 4 years later. Argentina have received six of their 11 conferences total, with Poland successful three. The groups final performed a world pleasant in June 2011, which Poland received 2-1.
Gamers to observe:
Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
Argentina, Mexico and Poland might all have been fancied to progress from Group C on the World Cup forward of Saudi Arabia, however after their beautiful win over the Argentinians, the Saudis are firmly within the combine forward of their Wednesday sport in opposition to Mexico.
Of their 5 earlier World Cup outings, Saudi Arabia have certified for the spherical of 16 solely as soon as, on their debut on the event in 1994.
At this stage in Qatar, Poland lead Group C on 4 factors, one forward of Argentina and Saudi Arabia, whereas Mexico are on one level.
If Saudi Arabia need to progress they must beat Mexico on Wednesday, whatever the final result of the match between Poland and Argentina. A draw would imply they want Poland to beat Argentina, whereas a defeat would make the permutations extra difficult, as they would want to lose by just one purpose whereas hoping that Poland win their match by a much bigger margin.
And the Saudi gamers can do it.
Saudi Arabia surprised the soccer world after they defeated Argentina 2-1 of their opening group sport, solely to then lose 2-0 to Poland of their second match.
“Nobody around the globe thought that we may play with this degree. Sure, in Saudi Arabia we all know the gamers nicely, however they’re unknown to the followers around the globe,” Saudi coach Herve Renard informed a information convention after the Poland sport.
“We’re nonetheless alive,” he mentioned. The 54-year-old Renard indicated his staff will play the subsequent match in Lusail in opposition to Mexico with the identical vitality and want, and he rallied Saudi supporters.
“We’d like the followers to make historical past. I desire a inexperienced stadium once more, possibly we’ll play within the white jersey, however that isn’t vital, we wish the assist from the followers,” he mentioned.
Issues is not going to be simple for Saudi Arabia. Mexico even have an opportunity of reaching the final 16, and for them, it will likely be their eighth time in a row. Mexico must beat Saudi Arabia by at the very least a three-goal margin, with Poland not shedding to Argentina. If Argentina beat the Poles, it’ll rely on the ultimate consequence.
Mexico will likely be reminding themselves that they’ve by no means misplaced to Saudi Arabia in 5 earlier matches, and received twice with 5-0 and 5-1 leads to the FIFA Confederations Cup. However the Mexicans are struggling offensively and the staff didn’t rating a purpose within the first two matches in opposition to Poland and Argentina.
Mexico will likely be determined for Wednesday’s sport to not be the primary time they fail to attain at a World Cup event (they’ve now failed to attain of their final 4 World Cup appearances).
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Mexico’s hopes appear to relaxation on the shoulders of star striker Raul Jimenez.
Saudi Arabia’s Saleh al-Shehri and Salem al-Dawsari scored a purpose every in opposition to Argentina. Can the pair ship objectives in opposition to Mexico?
I obtained right into a taxi one afternoon in November 2007 — a type of black cabs London is known for. I used to be all dressed up, a flower in my hair, and was carrying two yellow roses tinged with crimson that I had taken from a flower association.
“You look pretty,” the driving force mentioned to me, glancing in his rear-view mirror. “You going someplace particular?”
“Really, I simply got here from someplace — I met the queen,” I mentioned. He checked out me, longer this time, and instructed me how fortunate I used to be.
“Some individuals dwell to be 100 and by no means meet the Queen.”
That’s when the magnitude of the day actually hit me; Queen Elizabeth II, then aged 81, had already been on the throne for 55 years. She had steered the UK from post-WWII poverty and devastation, by way of the transformation from an Empire to a Commonwealth, by way of the top of the twentieth century and into the twenty first.
The Queen was the patron of the London faculty I had attended the earlier yr and was coming to go to, and I used to be one of many fortunate alumni invited.
We had been instructed to reach early for a protocol briefing.
We had been positioned in small, pre-determined teams organized by the school with the format communicated to Buckingham Palace employees, as was the norm for such occasions.
The school secretary went by way of the record of dos and don’ts:
Don’t contact Her Majesty until she presents her hand
Don’t converse until spoken to
Name her ‘Your Majesty’ the primary time, then ma’am as in rhymes with jam
Don’t flip your again on the Queen
Don’t ask private questions
Don’t discuss politics or information (there was an inquiry into the demise of Princess Diana underway)
After every level, the secretary would look sharply at me, as if I’d be the one to embarrass the school within the presence of the Queen.
“One factor Her Majesty doesn’t take pleasure in,” he instructed the 100 or so of us gathered, “is to have a room go silent when she enters.” He instructed us to please preserve speaking to one another in well mannered tones when she arrived.
I wasn’t involved we might go silent. This room was skilled — diplomats, army officers, senior authorities officers, all well-practiced within the artwork of small speak.
Prince Philip had accompanied the Queen and got here to talk with our group first whereas she was in one other room. I don’t bear in mind a lot of what was mentioned, besides that it was well mannered, perfunctory, and he was very tall.
Quickly after, the imposing wood doorways main into the room swung open and there she was — Queen Elizabeth II.
The gentleman I had been talking with a second earlier than went silent, so did the remainder of our group.
“No, no,” I mentioned in a soothing tone. “Maintain speaking — it doesn’t matter about what — speak to one another about what you had for breakfast, however preserve speaking.”
The school commandant, a knighted former admiral, accompanied Her Majesty and commenced to introduce our group. When he got here to a Romanian diplomat, the Queen mentioned, “Ah sure, didn’t we meet earlier than?” and talked about a earlier operate whose particulars I now overlook. The Romanian diplomat was delighted, breaking right into a smile as she mentioned “Sure Ma’am” (as in jam).
I don’t know whether or not the Queen had been well-briefed or really remembered the assembly, however I recall marvelling at how rapidly she had put everybody comfy. Tens of 1000’s of instances she had been on the centre of occasions like this and he or she appeared curious and comfortable, targeted simply on us.
She was carrying a tan and cream skirt swimsuit, and somebody got here and positioned a glass of cranberry juice into her gloved palms — cream-coloured gloves. The glass was VERY full, and as she chatted with others in our group, I feared it might spill — nobody had instructed me the etiquette for that.
Might I point out it? Dare I? That might be talking earlier than spoken to AND interrupting. What if she spilled and I hadn’t mentioned something? The commandant saved the day, gently eradicating the juice and changing it with a less-full glass.
As I contemplated the protocol points, the Queen turned to me.
“And I perceive you’re the solely journalist to ever have attended right here,” she mentioned, earlier than asking me why. “Who wouldn’t wish to come right here Your Majesty?” I mentioned, gesturing to these standing in our semi-circle. “You’ve got an Indonesian army officer subsequent to a Turkish diplomat, subsequent to a Romanian one,” I mentioned, going by way of our complete group, saying there wasn’t one other course on the earth that might have supplied me this.
She requested me who paid my tuition, as others had been sponsored by their international locations or organisations. “I did,” I mentioned.
After which she moved on.
I felt as if I had hit a diplomatic residence run — in entrance of the Queen no much less. I had remembered everybody’s particulars, obtained to incorporate the entire group in our chat — no gaffes, no embarrassment.
Later, we watched as she and Prince Philip descended the grand onyx staircase and took their go away.
Nonetheless feeling fairly pleased with myself, I went to the eating room for lunch. As I used to be nearly to select up a sandwich, the commandant got here in and mentioned, “What did you say to Her Majesty?” within the booming authoritative tone of a former army commander.
“Me? I didn’t say something about something,” I stammered, wracking my mind about how I might have tousled. “As I used to be escorting her out, Her Majesty requested about why you paid your approach to come right here,” the commandant mentioned.
I instructed him she had requested me the preliminary query and I had answered.
“Does that imply I’ll get a refund?”
“No,” he answered emphatically.
The Queen had spoken to at the least 100 individuals after our temporary encounter — I used to be astonished that she remembered that element.
There are photographs of that day, however none of me talking with the Queen. Possibly it’s higher that manner.
For just a few moments, I used to be within the presence of a lady who had seen greater than most of us would see in 100 lifetimes. I appeared into her curious and smiling eyes, watched as she laughed together with a few of my colleagues, and I felt her real sense of obligation and obligation.
A day after Joe Biden wraps his first Center East tour as president, Iran accuses the US of inciting regional tensions.
Tehran, Iran – Iran has accused the US of making an attempt to incite tensions throughout the Center East by “Iranophobia”, the cost coming a day after Joe Biden ended his first tour of the area because the US president.
“The US is as soon as extra making an attempt to create tensions and crises throughout the area by counting on the failed coverage of Iranophobia,” the Iranian overseas ministry spokesman, Nasser Kanani, mentioned in a press release on Sunday.
The assertion mentioned the US was “the primary nation to deploy a nuclear bomb, that it continually interferes with different international locations’ affairs, has launched armed conflicts, and has bought huge quantities of arms throughout the area”.
Referring to Washington’s continued assist for Iran’s archenemy Israel, Kanani mentioned the US was “the principle accent to continued occupation in Palestinian lands, each day crimes of the regime in opposition to Palestinians, and apartheid”.
The feedback from the Iranian authorities got here after Biden visited Israel and rival Saudi Arabia, his first journey as US president aimed toward countering the Iranian affect within the Center East area.
At a summit in Jeddah that introduced collectively six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in addition to Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, Biden promised the Arab leaders that Washington shouldn’t be withdrawing from the area.
“We won’t stroll away and depart a vacuum to be stuffed by China, Russia, or Iran,” he mentioned.
Earlier this week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi promised a “harsh and regrettable response” if the US and its allies had been to make a “mistake” regarding Iran.
In joint statements launched throughout Biden’s Israel go to in addition to in Jeddah, there was an emphasis on the US-led efforts to stop Iran from reaching a nuclear weapon.
In its assertion, the Iranian overseas ministry renewed Tehran’s promise to not search nuclear arms and rejected the “false accusations” made by the US because it “turns a blind eye” to Israel’s nuclear programme for many years.
Israel is extensively believed to be the one energy within the Center East to own dozens of nuclear weapons, however it refuses to declare them or enable worldwide inspection.
The joint assertion signed in Jeddah additionally targeted on “the rising menace” posed by unmanned aerial automobiles developed by Iran.
On Friday, Iran unveiled ships and submarines able to carrying armed drones.
Washington has accused Tehran of making an attempt to promote armed drones to Russia for use within the battle in Ukraine. Iran denies the declare, saying it won’t do something to exacerbate the battle.