Tuesday morning news: September 20, 2022


For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

Fiona update » Hurricane Fiona is targeting another chain of islands this morning after wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Jamie Rhome with the National Hurricane Center:

RHOME: It’s beginning to make a more northerly turn toward the Turks and Caicos, which are now under a hurricane warning.

In Puerto Rico, Rhome said Fiona may have dropped as much as two and a half feet of rain in some areas.

The governor of the US territory called the damage “catastrophic”. The storm powered up the entire island.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday…

SCHUMER: The federal response should be rapid, robust, and last as long as the island needs.

Fiona is expected to continue to strengthen and could become a Category 3 hurricane as it approaches Bermuda, likely later in the week.

Taliban Prisoner Exchange » An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years is now a free man.

The Taliban freed Mark Frerichs in a prisoner exchange with the United States. The US government agreed to release a convicted Taliban drug lord in return.

His father, Art Frerichs, said Monday…

FRERICHS: I want to thank all the people who had him in their prayers.

Mark Frerichs was kidnapped in 2020 and has since been reported to have been held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Biden: US would defend Taiwan » Beijing is angered after President Biden again suggested the US military would intervene if China invaded Taiwan.

In an interview, 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley on CBS asked if US forces would defend the island.

BIDEN: Yes, if there actually was an unprecedented attack.
PELLEY: Unlike Ukraine, to be clear sir, would US men and women defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?
BIDEN: Yes.

Soon after, the President’s staff contradicted his statements, stating that the White House would not officially say whether the US would defend Taiwan.

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Biden has made similar remarks in the past.

Both the president and his staff said America’s “one China” policy has not changed

Ukraine update » Ukraine has accused Moscow of nuclear terrorism following recent Russian battlefield losses. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has more.

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: A Russian missile carved a huge crater near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Monday.

The missile struck just a few hundred meters from the reactors of the power plant near the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk.

It blasted a 6-foot hole and damaged nearby equipment, but failed to hit the plant’s three reactors.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has released a video showing two large fireballs erupting one after the other in the dark.

Following recent battlefield setbacks, Vladimir Putin last week threatened to step up Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure.

For WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.

Military intelligence chief: Putin can’t reach Ukraine target »
Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s intelligence chief says Russia’s recent battlefield losses have shown its forces’ inability to achieve Vladimir Putin’s original goals.

Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier is the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He said, quote: “We’re getting to a point where I think Putin needs to revise his goals.”

Berrier added – his words – “The Russians were planning an occupation, not necessarily an invasion, and that set them back.”

Queen’s Funeral » Royal Guardsmen carried Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to a hearse for his final journey Monday to Windsor Castle, where her remains were buried.

This was followed by a morning funeral service attended by hundreds of world leaders…

AUDIO: [Bagpipe]

… and later in the day a private funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. This service was not televised. Royal officials said it was a “deeply personal family occasion”.

I’m Kent Covington. Visit wng.org for more news, features and analysis.

For WORLD Radio, I’m Kent Covington.

Fiona update » Hurricane Fiona is targeting another chain of islands this morning after wreaking havoc in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

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Jamie Rhome with the National Hurricane Center:

RHOME: It’s beginning to make a more northerly turn toward the Turks and Caicos, which are now under a hurricane warning.

In Puerto Rico, Rhome said Fiona may have dropped as much as two and a half feet of rain in some areas.

The governor of the US territory called the damage “catastrophic”. The storm powered up the entire island.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday…

SCHUMER: The federal response should be rapid, robust, and last as long as the island needs.

Fiona is expected to continue to strengthen and could become a Category 3 hurricane as it approaches Bermuda, likely later in the week.

Taliban Prisoner Exchange » An American contractor held hostage in Afghanistan for more than two years is now a free man.

The Taliban freed Mark Frerichs in a prisoner exchange with the United States. The US government agreed to release a convicted Taliban drug lord in return.

His father, Art Frerichs, said Monday…

FRERICHS: I want to thank all the people who had him in their prayers.

Mark Frerichs was kidnapped in 2020 and has since been reported to have been held by the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network.

Biden: US would defend Taiwan » Beijing is angered after President Biden again suggested the US military would intervene if China invaded Taiwan.

In an interview, 60 Minutes host Scott Pelley on CBS asked if US forces would defend the island.

BIDEN: Yes, if there actually was an unprecedented attack.
PELLEY: Unlike Ukraine, to be clear sir, would US men and women defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion?
BIDEN: Yes.

Soon after, the President’s staff contradicted his statements, stating that the White House would not officially say whether the US would defend Taiwan.

Biden has made similar remarks in the past.

Both the president and his staff said America’s “one China” policy has not changed

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Ukraine update » Ukraine has accused Moscow of nuclear terrorism following recent Russian battlefield losses. WORLD’s Kristen Flavin has more.

KRISTEN FLAVIN, REPORTER: A Russian missile carved a huge crater near a nuclear power plant in southern Ukraine on Monday.

The missile struck just a few hundred meters from the reactors of the power plant near the city of Yuzhnoukrainsk.

It blasted a 6-foot hole and damaged nearby equipment, but failed to hit the plant’s three reactors.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has released a video showing two large fireballs erupting one after the other in the dark.

Following recent battlefield setbacks, Vladimir Putin last week threatened to step up Russian attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure.

For WORLD, I’m Kristen Flavin.

Military intelligence chief: Putin can’t reach Ukraine target »
Meanwhile, the Pentagon’s intelligence chief says Russia’s recent battlefield losses have shown its forces’ inability to achieve Vladimir Putin’s original goals.

Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier is the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

He said, quote: “We’re getting to a point where I think Putin needs to revise his goals.”

Berrier added – his words – “The Russians were planning an occupation, not necessarily an invasion, and that set them back.”

Queen’s Funeral » Royal Guardsmen carried Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin to a hearse for his final journey Monday to Windsor Castle, where her remains were buried.

This was followed by a morning funeral service attended by hundreds of world leaders…

AUDIO: [Bagpipe]

… and later in the day a private funeral service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. This service was not televised. Royal officials said it was a “deeply personal family occasion”.

I’m Kent Covington. Visit wng.org for more news, features and analysis.


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