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Hurricane Ian: A tree is uprooted by strong winds as Hurricane Ian churns to the south in Sarasota, Florida.

Hurricane Ian weakens to tropical storm; millions without electricity in Florida

Ian was downgraded to a tropical storm as it continued to move northeastward across central Florida, with a massive and deadly surge of water and catastrophic winds that are poised to make it one of the costliest storms in US history. The former Category 4 hurricane made landfall west of Fort Myers near Cayo Costa shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday local time. More than 2 million people have been ordered or urged to flee.

The hottest property in the job market right now is the CFO.

This post is the hottest property in the job market right now

It's not just truck drivers and nurses. Assignments for CFO appointments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa are up almost a third on this time last year, according to executive-search firm Spencer Stuart. Now that businesses are looking to upgrade, there's been a series of job swaps. No longer dull number-crunchers, CFOs now occupy the hottest seat in the boardroom. Nestle SA's Francois-Xavier Roger's job is to “stay calm” and take a long-term view.

Donald Trump allowed back on Facebook, Instagram after two-year suspension

Donald Trump allowed back on Facebook after two-year suspension

Facebook parent Meta reinstates former President Donald Trump after two-year suspension following Jan. 6 insurrection.

A US Abrams tank is seen at a multinational military exercise in Nowogrod, Poland. (AFP/FILE)

In major shift, US and Germany agree to send battle tanks to Ukraine

Washington: Marking a critical shift in the nature of western military support to Ukraine, the US and Germany have decided to provide battle tanks to Kyiv to both mount a more effective resistance against an anticipated new round of Russian aggression and change the dynamic on the ground in eastern Ukraine. President Joe Biden said armoured capability had been critical in the war effort. “Germany has really stepped up”.

Islamabad is waiting for the 9th review of a loan arrangement that the previous government signed with the IMF.

Pakistan mulls 10% cut in govt employees' salaries to battle economic crisis

Pakistan is considering different proposals, including slashing the salaries of government employees by 10 per cent across the board, according to a media report on Wednesday, amidst the looming economic crisis in the cash-strapped country. The National Austerity Committee — constituted by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif — is considering different measures, including cutting down the salaries of government employees by 10 per cent across the board, Geo News reported.

Paramedics work on Jarid Haddock in the back of an ambulance near the intersection of Staff Sgt. Pendleton Way and 11th Street, Tuesday, January 24, 2023, in Yakima, Washington. (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

3 dead after shooting at Washington state store, suspect kills self after telephoning mother

Police in Yakima say a man they earlier named as 21-year-old local Jarid Haddock shot people in and around a convenience store overnight, before fleeing. Officers launched an extensive manhunt throughout the city of 100,000 people, which sits 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Seattle, warning that the wanted man was armed and dangerous. "It appears to be a random situation," Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray said early Tuesday.

No arrests have been made in the case so far. (File image/Representative)

23-year-old Indian student, shot in the chest during armed robbery in US, dies

Devsish Nandepu and another 22-year-old were near a parking lot about 6.55 pm Sunday when a dark-coloured vehicle approached them. Two occupants from the vehicle held them at gunpoint and demanded valuables from them. Nandepu and his friend complied and were shot, officials said.

Bagshaw was a scientific researcher in genetics but had volunteered as an aid worker in Ukraine since last April, the family said.

In Ukraine, two UK men working as volunteers killed: Families

Finland promises $400 million euros additional military aid to Ukraine "Andrew selflessly took many personal risks and saved many lives; we love him and are very proud indeed of what he did," they said. Bagshaw's remains will be returned to New Zealand where he and his family lived. Parry's family praised his work in Ukraine in a separate statement released by Britain's Foreign Office.

London mayor issued ‘very high’ air-pollution alert.

London mayor issues ‘very high’ air-pollution alert

London is grappling with 'high' air-pollution with city mayor Sadiq Khan issuing an alert to the citizens. He has asked the Londoners to be careful over the next few days and avoid unnecessary car journeys, PTI reported. According to a BBC report, London experienced moderate air pollution since Saturday due to cold and foggy conditions. The mayor's office also planned to display pollution alert messages across the Transport for London (TfL) network.

Trump walks away from another suit challenging NY fraud case.

Trump walks away from another lawsuit challenging New York fraud case

Former President Donald Trump abandoned his effort to revive a federal lawsuit in New York challenging the state's civil investigation into potentially fraudulent asset valuations at his real estate company, just days after dropping a related complaint in Florida. Neither Trump attorney Alina Habba nor New York Attorney General Letitia James office immediately returned messages seeking comment. In both cases, Trump claimed the legal action against him was politically motivated.

"We have to assess the situation, whether something has happened that in the longer term would prevent Sweden from going ahead," Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said. (File)

Finland may consider sole NATO membership bid as Turkey presses Sweden: Minister

Finland may need to reconsider whether to move jointly with Sweden toward membership in NATO after fresh objections to Sweden from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, according to Finland's Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. It's the first time a Finnish policy maker signals decoupling the bids after the Nordic nations applied to join NATO in May. Turkey has objected to their entry, but allowed the process to move forward at a NATO summit in June.

The United States and Britain also issued new sanctions against Iran, reflecting a deterioration in the West's already dire relations with Tehran. (File)

Iran threatens retaliation after new sanctions imposed by EU, Britain

Iran on Tuesday strongly condemned new sanctions imposed by the European Union and Britain and said it would retaliate, after the West stepped up pressure on Iran over its crackdown on protests. "The Islamic Republic will soon announce the list of new sanctions against the human rights violators of EU and England," Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said in a statement.

A dark street in a commercial area in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Millions of people across Pakistans major cities were plunged into a blackout prompted by a power grid failure, dealing another blow to the nation already reeling from surging energy costs. Photographer: Betsy Joles/Bloomberg

'Worst in months’: Pakistan's energy minister on huge power cuts in major cities

Pakistan's energy ministry said on Tuesday it had restored its national power grid nearly 24 hours after a breakdown triggered the worst outage in months, highlighting the frailty of the aid-dependant nation's infrastructure. All 1,112 grid stations were back online, a senior government official told Reuters, adding that electricity would be fully restored across the country once power generation units were back up. \ Read 'Darkness & hopelessness': Major Pakistani cities sans power.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses the media in Ratana, New Zealand, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. Ardern made her final public appearance as New Zealand's prime. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

During her last appearance as New Zealand PM, Jacinda Ardern gave this advice to successor Hipkins

Jacinda Ardern, who shocked the world by announcing her resignation, had cited not having anything more left “on the tank” as her reason for the same. She elaborated how the pressure of leading New Zealand through Covid-19 pandemic and the country's worst terrorist attack exhausted her, saying human beings can give so much until “it's time”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PIB Photo)

US stays clear of BBC controversy on PM Modi; leaves India-Pak talks to bilateral track

At the routine press briefing on Monday, when a journalist from a Pakistani publication cited the BBC documentary on the 2002 Gujarat riots and said he “regretted” that no US official had criticised Modi yet, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said he was not aware of the documentary.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Jeff Bezos to sell Washington Post to buy NFL team Commanders: Reports

The Washington Post is believed to be up for sale by one logical suitor, who intends to submit a proposal, according to a source with firsthand knowledge of the matter. The source declined to identify the suitor. A second newspaper buyer and seller claimed to have heard rumours that the publication might be for sale.

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