Iran slams France interference
Iran summons France’s chargé d'affaires in Tehran over Paris’s stance on the recent riots in the Islamic Republic following the death of a young Iranian woman. The Foreign Ministry said the action was taken in response to the "interventionist statement" of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the participation of three French officials in protests in Paris. The ministry said it will not tolerate France’s intervention in any circumstances. It said the Islamic Republic carefully watches the actions and positions of other countries with regards to the riots. Mahsa Amini collapsed at a police station two weeks ago and later died at a hospital. Her death sparked protests across Iran, which in several cities led to deadly riots.
EU energy crisis
And businesses warn a deepening energy crisis poses an imminent threat to thousands of firms in the European Union and could lead to their closure. The Confederation of European Business has urged Brussels to act quickly to soften the blow of high gas and electricity prices. Europe has been grappling with soaring energy prices amid tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine. Fears are growing over a possible recession in the Eurozone with inflation already climbing to an all-time high of 9.1 percent in August. The rate is predicted to be double-digit by the year end. Meanwhile, Britain is already experiencing a full-year recession according to S&P Global Rating. That despite the government’s tax-cutting budget as part of efforts to quell a market meltdown. The former governor of the Bank of England has accused Liz Truss’s government of working at cross-purposes with Threadneedle Street.
Russia to annex Ukraine's regions
Russia says it will formally begin annexing four Ukrainian regions it occupied during the war with Ukraine. The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin, along with leaders of the four regions, will attend the ceremony on Friday. A formal treaty is set to be signed during the ceremony. It then has to be ratified by the Russian parliament before Moscow considers the areas as part of Russian territory. This after people in Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson declared that they had chosen to join the Russian Federation, following a referendum.