Daily News Brief-logo

Daily News Brief

News & Politics Podcasts

A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.

A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.




A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.






October 5, 2022

*) US boosts arms aid as Ukraine expands battle gains The United States has announced more weapons for Ukraine's army, which claims sweeping gains along two major battlefronts this week. The US will ship four more Himars precision rocket launchers, 32 artillery pieces, 75,000 artillery rounds and 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition to Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his forces have retaken "dozens" of villages in the east and south. The Russian military, too,...

October 4, 2022

*) North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan North Korea has fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan, prompting Tokyo to activate the country's missile alert system and order people to take shelter. South Korea's military said it detected the launch of the missile, which flew around 4,500 kilometres at an altitude of about 970 kilometres and a speed of around Mach 17. Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the launch was "an act of violence following recent repeated...

October 3, 2022

*) Ukraine says key eastern town 'cleared' of Russian troops Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said that Lyman, a key town located in one of four Ukrainian regions annexed by Russia, has been "cleared" of Moscow's troops. The recapture of Lyman marks the first Ukrainian military victory in a territory the Kremlin has claimed as its own and vowed to defend by all possible means. Ukraine's army said it had entered Lyman, a strategic railway hub in the eastern Donetsk region, on...

September 30, 2022

*) Putin to annex four Ukraine territories with 'major speech' as West fumes Russia is set to formally annex four occupied regions of Ukraine at a ceremony that the Kremlin says will feature a major speech by President Vladimir Putin. In a presidential decree, Putin has already recognised the independence of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson. He made a similar move in connection with Donetsk and Luhansk in February. Kiev and its Western allies have denounced the annexation, describing the...


September 29, 2022

*) Kremlin proxies in Ukraine plead to Putin for annexation Kremlin-backed officials in Ukraine have appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to annex regions under their control, after the territories held votes that Kiev and its allies denounce as a "sham". Ukraine has called on the EU to hit Russia with more sanctions and NATO to send more weapons to the frontline, with the Moscow-backed separatist votes significantly raising the stakes. Russia is looking to annex Kherson and...


September 28, 2022

*) Russia paves way to annex parts of Ukraine after 'sham' referendums Kremlin-supported authorities in four Ukrainian regions under Russian control have claimed victory in annexation votes, drawing global outrage. Ukraine and its allies have denounced the so-called referendums as a "sham". Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said the votes mean Kiev will not negotiate with Moscow. Moscow hopes to annex Luhansk and Donetsk in the east and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south,...


September 27, 2022

*) Kremlin admits call-up 'errors' but no decision to close border The Kremlin has admitted errors during the mobilisation of reservists for the military action in Ukraine and said no decision has been taken to close Russia's borders. It has also admitted that there have been cases when the mobilisation decree was violated, but added that the instances of non-compliance were decreasing. President Vladimir Putin last week announced the call-up of thousands of reservists for the conflict in...

September 26, 2022

*) Giorgia Meloni's far-right triumphs in Italy vote Giorgia Meloni looks set to become Italy's first woman prime minister at the head of its most right-wing government since World War Two. Near-final results show the rightist bloc should have a solid majority in both houses of parliament. Meloni has said she is ready to govern for "all Italians". Her success in the general elections represents a seismic change in Italy — a founding member of the European Union — and for the EU, just weeks...


September 23, 2022

*) Five-day annexation polls open in Ukraine's Russian-held territories Russia-held regions of Ukraine have begun voting on whether to become part of Russia, in referendums that Kiev and the West slam as an unlawful land grab. The five-day votes in four regions controlled entirely or in part by Russian troops will end on September 27. The ballot covers around 15 percent of Ukraine's territory. The regions where the voting is being held are the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions — which are...

September 22, 2022

*) Pressure on Putin as reservists called up for Ukraine campaign President Vladimir Putin's decision to send reservists to Ukraine has triggered protests and arrests at home, while Western leaders have lashed out at the Russian leader at the United Nations. Addressing the General Assembly, US President Joe Biden has accused Putin of "shamelessly" violating the UN Charter with an offensive aimed at "extinguishing Ukraine's right to exist as a state." Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy...

September 9, 2022

*) Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's longest-serving monarch, dies at 96 Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, has died. She was 96. Buckingham Palace announced her death in a short statement, triggering 10 days of national mourning and an outpouring of tributes to her long life and reign. Britain's King Charles III will address a nation in mourning on Friday. *) Türkiye nabs senior Daesh...


September 8, 2022

*) Moscow denies forcibly relocating Ukrainians Russia's UN envoy has denied accusations of Moscow relocating Ukrainians to Moscow-controlled areas or Russia at a UN Security Council meeting. Defining the accusations as a "new milestone in a disinformation campaign," Russia's UN envoy said the US and allies were creating confusion with the terminology of “so-called filtration”. ​He said: “We don't really understand what is being talked about here because the return filtration doesn't have a...


September 7, 2022

*) China clears roads to earthquake epicentre, death toll rises to 74 The death toll from Monday’s 6.6 magnitude earthquake in China’s Sichuan province has risen to 74, with 26 people still missing as of Tuesday night. State media reported that the government has reopened roads leading to the epicentre of the quake and that traffic has resumed. The strongest earthquake to hit the province since 2017 also injured 259 people. It destroyed numerous buildings and caused severe damage to utility...


September 6, 2022

*) Liz Truss vows to deliver 'bold plan' after winning vote to become UK PM UK Foreign Minister Liz Truss has won a Conservative Party contest to become the new prime minister of the country. Truss on Monday vowed to press ahead with promised tax cuts and action to tackle a deepening energy and cost of living crisis. Truss takes over as the country faces a crunch on household finances, industrial unrest, a recession and war in Europe, where Britain has been backing Ukraine. *) Rescuers scour...


September 5, 2022

*) Ukraine retakes 'certain heights' from Russia Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says that his forces have marked progress in a counteroffensive against Russia that began last week. He thanked his forces for retaking two settlements in the south, a third in the eastern Donetsk region, as well as additional territory – what he called “certain heights” – in the Lysychansk-Siversk region, also in the east. He did not say precisely where the territories were and provided no timeline...


September 2, 2022

*) UN experts to stay at Ukraine nuclear plant to 'continue with assessment’ UN inspectors will be "staying" at a Russian-held nuclear plant in southern Ukraine — at least till the weekend. The Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency described their first visit to the facility as productive. Today we were able, in these few hours, to gather a lot of information," IAEA director general Rafael Grossi told reporters outside the plant after the inspection. *) Hundreds of flights...


September 1, 2022

*) IMF in preliminary agreement with Sri Lanka for $2.9 bln loan Crisis-hit Sri Lanka has reached a preliminary agreement with the International Monetary Fund for a loan of about $2.9 billion. "The objectives of Sri Lanka's new Fund-supported programme are to restore macroeconomic stability and debt sustainability," an IMF statement said. Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in recent memory with acute shortages of essentials like fuel, medicines and food because of serious foreign...


August 31, 2022

*) Russia halts gas supplies in new jitters for Europe Russian energy giant Gazprom has cut off its gas supplies to Germany via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline for maintenance work, further raising tensions on an already taut electricity market. The three-day works at a compressor station are "necessary", Gazprom has said, adding that they had to be carried out after "every 1,000 hours of operation". But Germany's Federal Network Agency chief called it a "technically incomprehensible" decision,...


August 29, 2022

*) IAEA mission to visit Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant this week The head of the International atomic energy agency says a team of inspectors will visit the besieged Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine later this week. Reports of shelling around the facility have fuelled fears of a radiation disaster. Both Russia and Ukraine have traded blame for the recent shelling near the plant. Zaporizhzhia, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, was captured by Russian troops in March, and has been...


August 26, 2022

*) US warns Moscow not to divert power from Ukraine nuclear plant The United States has warned Russia against diverting energy from Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, which Kiev says was cut off from its grid. Ukraine’s state energy operator said the nuclear plant held by Moscow's troops was disconnected from the national power supply. Kiev said the electricity produced at the plant belongs to Ukraine, and any attempt to redirect the plant to occupied areas is unacceptable. *) Türkiye,...