AP News Brief at 1:28 pm EDT | National

AP News Brief at 1:28 pm EDT |  National

South Korea in shock and grief over the death of 153 people in the increase in the Halloween crowd

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Concerned relatives rushed to hospitals searching for their loved ones Sunday as South Korea mourned the deaths of at least 153 people, most in their 20s and 30s. They were trapped and crushed after a large Halloween party crowd burst into a narrow alley in a nightlife district in Seoul. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have gathered in Itaewon on Saturday night for the festivities. Witnesses say the streets were so densely packed with people and slow-moving vehicles that it was virtually impossible for emergency workers and ambulances to reach the alley near the Hamilton Hotel, as the situation quickly escalated into one of the worst disasters in the country. dwarves.

Witness recalls harrowing moment of surge of crowds in Seoul

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ken Fallas watched a dozen or more unconscious partygoers being dragged out of a narrow alley filled with young people dressed as movie characters. Overwhelmed, he couldn’t process what was happening. Fallas is a Costa Rican architect who has worked in Seoul for the last eight years. He said Saturday’s Halloween festivities in the city’s nightlife district of Itaewon were a long-awaited occasion to hang out with fellow expats after years of COVID-19 restrictions. Instead, the 32-year-old became a front-row witness to one of the most horrific disasters South Korea has ever seen. Smartphone video Fallas took shows groups of Halloween revelers pulling their unconscious companions, one after another, from an alley near the Hamilton Hotel.

Abortion access could hinge on state election results

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Access to abortion in several states could depend on the outcome of November elections for legislators, governors, supreme court justices and attorneys general. In the first national elections since the US Supreme Court gave states control of abortion rights decisions, abortion rights advocates and Democrats are sounding the alarm that putting Republicans in the charge could lead to new bans and restrictions. Republican candidates talk mostly about other issues. And when the issue of abortion is brought up, several of them say they would not change the status quo or would make exceptions if they impose new restrictions. The issue looms large, especially in states where elections are expected to be close.

AP Source: Pelosi’s attacker wore bridles, echoed Jan. 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at his San Francisco home was wearing zip ties when he broke in. That word comes from a person briefed on the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press. . It’s the latest parallel to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riots. Police say the suspect confronted 82-year-old Paul Pelosi early Friday and, according to AP reports, demanded to know: “Where is he? Nancy? Rioters who invaded the Capitol trying to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory over Donald Trump roamed the halls, shouting loudly demanding “Where’s Nancy?” Some at the siege were seen inside the Capitol wearing bridles.

Concerns Mount as Russia Resumes Ukraine Grain Blockade

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia has resumed its blockade of Ukrainian ports, cutting off urgently needed grain exports to hungry parts of the world. US President Joe Biden called the move a “really outrageous” act and warned that world hunger could increase. Russia has suspended a UN-brokered deal to allow safe passage for ships carrying grain from Ukraine, one of the world’s breadbaskets. Russia took the step because it alleged Ukraine carried out a drone attack on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet off the coast of occupied Crimea. Ukraine has denied the attack. A Ukrainian official says a ship carrying 40,000 tons of grain for Ethiopia was unable to leave Ukraine on Sunday as a result of Russia’s “grain corridor blockade.”

Brazil’s polarizing contest between Bolsonaro and Lula goes to voters

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilians have begun voting in a polarized runoff election pitting far-right President Jair Bolsonaro against his political nemesis, leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Both are familiar and divisive figures who arouse both passion and hatred. The incumbent promises to safeguard conservative Christian values, while the challenger promises to return the country to a more prosperous past. More than 120 million Brazilians are expected to vote. Because voting takes place electronically, the final result is usually available hours after the polls close.

Biden faces an ‘unpredictable’ era with Xi empowered from China

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s administration is taking stock of a newly empowered Xi Jinping as the Chinese president begins a norm-breaking third term as leader of the Communist Party. Xi’s consolidation of power comes as the United States has redesigned its defense and national security strategies to reflect China as America’s most powerful military and economic adversary. Biden prides himself on having built a good relationship with Xi since he first met him more than a decade ago. But now Biden is facing a counterpart driven by a greater measure of power and determined to cement China’s superpower status. Biden and Xi are expected to hold talks on the sidelines of next month’s Group of 20 summit in Indonesia.

At least 60 dead and many injured after bridge collapse in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 60 people were killed and many feared injured after a cable-stayed bridge collapsed into a river in the western Indian state of Gujarat on Sunday night, according to reports. local media. State Minister Brijesh Merja said 60 people have died so far and 17 people have been admitted to hospitals. Local media reports said more than a hundred people plunged into the Machchu River when the bridge in the state’s Morbi district collapsed. It was not immediately clear how many people were on the bridge. The 19th-century colonial-era bridge was reopened days ago after a renovation. Authorities said the bridge gave way because it couldn’t handle the number of people on it.

Black church tradition survives Georgia voting changes

ATLANTA (AP) — Black church leaders in Georgia are holding rallies in a bid to get their churchgoers to vote, part of a longstanding tradition known as “souls to the polls.” The effort is taking on even greater significance this year after state lawmakers nearly scrapped Sunday’s vote. Scheduled “souls to the polls” events this Sunday include a caravan organized by church leaders and civil rights groups to take parishioners from Rainbow Park Baptist Church in the Atlanta area to a shopping center where they can vote. early. Although Sunday voting remains intact, lawmakers last year approved other voting restrictions that created new obstacles to casting your ballot in this year’s midterm elections.

Thousands commemorate Italian fascist dictator Mussolini

PREDAPPIO, Italy (AP) — Several thousand black-clad fascist supporters chanted and sang in praise of Benito Mussolini as they marched to the slain Italian dictator’s crypt Sunday, 100 years after Mussolini entered Rome and completed a coup. bloodless war that gave rise to two decades of fascist rule. The crowd of some 2,000 to 4,000 protesters was larger than in the recent past, as fascist nostalgics celebrated the centenary of the March on Rome when thousands of fascists poured into the Italian capital. The crowd in Predappio, Mussolini’s birthplace and final resting place, was also apparently emboldened by the fact that a party with neo-fascist roots is heading an Italian government for the first time since World War II.

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