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Man who stabbed Salman Rushdie identified



British writer Salman Rushdie’s attacker is a 24-year-old man named Hadi Matar, who is still in custody, New York State Police said Friday.

At a press conference at 17:00 local time (22:00 continental Portugal) to present the details of the attack, the police said they still had no information about the cause of the aggression.

The assailant is a young resident of Fairview in neighboring New Jersey, said a police spokesman who testified in Jamestown, the New York city where Hadi Matar is being held.

A police spokesman added that Hadi Matar stabbed Rushdie at least once in the neck and another in the stomach, and that the writer is “still in the operating room” at a hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, but his condition is unknown.

The writer’s injuries may have been serious, judging by the hours he’s spent in the operating room since he was airlifted from Chautauqua.

A police spokesman also said that Rushdie was initially treated by a doctor who attended the conference. A medical officer also treated another speaker, Henry Reese, who was also attacked and suffered facial injuries but has since been discharged.

Rushdie was attacked as he began a lecture in Chautauqua, New York, “at about 11:00 am. [locais, 16 horas Portugal continental]”, – said the police, specifying that the suspect was detained.

“The suspect came onto the stage and attacked Rushdie and the presenter. Rushdie received an apparent stab wound to the neck and was flown by helicopter to a local hospital. His condition [de saúde] not yet known,” the NYPD posted on its website shortly after the attack.

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Salman Rushdie is the author of The Satanic Verses, a work for which he was sentenced to death by Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa (Islamic law decree) against the Booker Prize-winning writer.

The writer came to live in an unknown direction, under guard.

Iran then offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed Rushdie.

The Iranian government has long distanced itself from Khomeini’s decree, but anti-Rushdie sentiment persists.

In 2012, the Iranian Religious Foundation increased the bounty for Rushdie’s assassination to $3.3 million.

At the time, Rushdie downplayed the threat, saying there was “no evidence” that anyone was interested in the reward.

In the same year, the writer published a memoir “Joseph Anton – Recollection” about the “fatwa”.

Author of nearly two dozen books, Rushdie won the Booker Prize in 1981 for Midnight’s Children, also awarded the Booker Prize in 1993, and in 2008 for The Best of Booker.

“O Último Suspiro do Mouro” earned him the Withbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union Literary Prize in 1996.

Salman Rushdie settled in New York about 20 years ago, and today he planned to work at the Chautauqua Institution, a cultural center located in western New York State.

Salman Rushdie is published in Portugal by Dom Quixote.

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22 children among 34 killed in Thailand kindergarten attack | Thailand



At least 34 people, including 22 children, were killed this Thursday in an attack on a kindergarten in the Thai village of Uthai Sawan in Nongbua Lamphu province in the northeast of the country, which also injured more than a dozen people. Among the dead were two-year-old children and a teacher eight months pregnant.

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30 km advance in Kherson and “significant victory” in Donbass. How did the last victories of the Ukrainian counter-offensive turn out?



Follow all the news of the war live on the Observer.

The announcement of Russian partial mobilization, the formalization of the annexation of four Ukrainian territories and the threat of the Poseidon nuclear submarine. All these events of recent days show a stronger reaction from Russia and escalation of tension wars in Ukraine. However, almost nothing has changed on the ground since the beginning of September, and Moscow has failed to break Kyiv’s winning streak. Ukrainian troops keep reaching important successes in the counter-offensive in the south of the country and near Lugansk in the east.

It is increasingly likely that Kherson, one of the first cities captured by Russia at the start of the invasion, will soon be back under Ukrainian control. Moscow should not responsiveness strike back soon as the measures recently announced by Vladimir Putin are not yet in effect take a few months until they bring practical effect. For example, with regard to partial mobilization. Soldiers must be trained before they go to the front lines.

Ukraine wants to take advantage of this fact. To that end, he is following the same communications strategy as last month to catch Russian forces in error. The representative of the Ukrainian military from the southern region, Vladislav Nazaro, called for “silence”. “Don’t even report positive news about the actions of our units. Endurance and strength are the secret of our constant movement to victory”, these person in charge, quoted by El País. Paradoxically, Russia revealed the situation on the ground, namely the withdrawal of its troops and the advance of Ukrainian forces.

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The war in Ukraine has entered a dangerous phase of a terrible scenario at the nuclear level – Obozrevatel



European Union (EU) diplomacy chief Josep Borrell said on Wednesday that the war in Ukraine caused by the Russian invasion is now “in a dangerous phase” due to a “terrible scenario” regarding Russian nuclear weapons.

The war continues, and the news from the battlefields is favorable for Ukraine. Ukraine is back on the offensive [mas] The war has entered a new phase, a phase that is undoubtedly dangerous because we are facing a frightening scenario that we must not turn a blind eye to,” said the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Speaking in a debate at the plenary session of the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg, Josep Borrell spoke of “a scenario of conventional war involving a nuclear power, a nuclear power that is now retreating from the usual scenario and that threatens to use nuclear weapons.”

“This is certainly a worrying scenario in which we must show that our support for Ukraine is unwavering,” he stressed.


Despite emphasizing that “Ukraine is advancing on three fronts, in the Donbass, […]in the southern center of Zaporizhia, advancing on Mariupol, and finally on Kherson,” the head of public diplomacy pointed out that Russia “still has a superiority in numbers, superiority in firepower,” so caution is needed.

Earlier today, EU member states reached a political agreement on new sanctions against Russia for invading Ukraine, the eighth package, due to come into effect on Thursday as a “strong response” to the annexation of Ukrainian territories.

Proposed by the European Commission last Wednesday, amid Russia’s “new escalation” with “fraudulent referendums”, partial mobilizations and the threat of nuclear weapons, a new package of EU sanctions includes a ceiling on Russian oil prices, new trade restrictions, depriving Russia of about 7 billion euros revenues, a ban on the export of more products to deprive the Kremlin of key technologies for the Russian military machine, and an update to the list of individuals and entities subject to restrictive measures. .

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In particular, the EU added pro-Russian officials in the Russian-occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions to the list of individual sanctions.

In recent days, there have even been Russian attacks on the area of ​​the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine, the largest in Europe, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of 300,000 Russian reservists.

“The position of the Russian army is very bad. Including because the Russian soldiers do not know what the war is for, and those 300,000 who will be taken from their native places to the front will understand even less, so the war can be won on the battlefield, but it must be won. in the realm of ideas. In addition to the war itself, there is another war – the war for the supremacy of values, ”said Josep Borrell.

And at a time when there are fears of interruptions in Russian gas supplies to the EU, the head of EU diplomacy stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin “waits for cold weather, interruptions in gas supplies, high prices and low temperatures in order to undermine the European will and will continue to support Ukraine”.

“Here we need to ask the Europeans to understand what is at stake, because our support for Ukraine is not just a matter of generosity, our support for Ukraine must be unwavering, because the security of Ukraine is inextricably linked to our own security,” he added.

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