October 4 Breakfast Press Review


In DRC, Tshisekedi change officers at the head of the army amid security crisis, North Korean ballistic missile flies over Japan, the very first visit of the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the results of the 1st round of elections in Brazil and other news

Lieutenant General Tshiwewe Songesha Christian, has been appointed as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The related presidential order was read on national television on Monday 3 October 2022.

Before his appointment, he was head of the Republican Guard, a special unit for the security of the Head of State.

“It should be noted that his appointment comes in a delicate context where the country is facing the activism of local and foreign armed groups. Beyond that, part of the country is still occupied by the M23 rebels already more than 100 days” reports Actualites CD.

North Korean ballistic missile flies over Japan

Pyongyang fired a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday night for the first time since 2017

Warning system activated and population urged to take cover. “A ballistic missile probably passed over our country before falling into the Pacific Ocean,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters.

The first of this year’s Nobel Prize goes to Swedish genetic historian Svante Paabo

 The latter sequenced the genome of the Neanderthal and discovered Denisova, a previously unknown precursor of Homo sapiens. The Nobel Medicine Prize was awarded on this Monday, October 3rd. Svante Paabo is a paleogeneticist, someone who studies the distant past through the examination of preserved genetic material. Says the Rfi.

Left-wing leader Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva tops the first round, but far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro outperforms pollsters’ predictions. Writes Al Jazeera.

The first round of voting in Brazil’s presidential election has failed to yield an outright winner, leading to a runoff on October 30.

Leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, went into election day on Sunday as the projected frontrunner, with recent opinion polls giving him a commanding lead over far-right President Jair Bolsonaro – and even a first-round victory.

Lula, a former president credited with building an extensive social welfare programme during his eight-year tenure starting in 2003, obtained 48.4 percent of valid votes, falling short of the overall majority he needed to avoid a run-off. For his part, Bolsonaro got 43.2 percent.

Europe faces “unprecedented risks” to its natural gas supplies amid Russia Crisis this winter

This happens after Russia cut off most pipeline shipments and could wind up competing with Asia for already scarce and expensive liquid gas that comes by ship, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said. Given the situation, the IEA said in its quarterly Gas Market Report released Monday that European Union countries would need to reduce use by 13 percent over the winter in case of a complete Russian cutoff amid the war in Ukraine. Do we read this morning in Rfi columns.

 Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba started this Monday a nine-days-trip in Africa

This trip is the first in the history of Ukrainian diplomacy. Kuleba started his tour with a visit to Senegal. “The key topic of the negotiations will be the consolidation of political support for Ukraine from the countries of the global south against the background of Russian aggression, in particular the latest attempt to annex Ukrainian territories” Kuleba said.

Other priorities of the negotiations will be strengthening Ukraine’s role as a guarantor of global food security, deepening cooperation in the field of education, promoting Ukrainian IT products, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 has sparked a battle of narratives over who is to blame for rising food prices, which are hitting low-income countries especially hard. Russia continues to blame Western sanctions, while European leaders say Russian President Vladimir Putin is using hunger as a weapon, targeting Ukraine’s agricultural infrastructure, and hindering access to Black Sea ports.

In July, ambassadors from EU countries in Addis Ababa, the capital of the African Union, wrote a candid, confidential report, in which they noted that many African states “do not identify an interest in taking sides in what they perceive as an ‘East-West’ conflict” in Ukraine.



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