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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine marks two-year anniversary

In the two years since its registration, Sputnik V has proven to be “one of the most effective and safe tools” against Covid-19 both in Russia and abroad, the head of the fund which financed the vaccine’s development and oversees its distribution said on Wednesday. On August 11, 2020, Sputnik …

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Britons struggling to pay energy bills – Bloomberg

British households already owe a record £1.3 billion ($1.5 billion) to their energy suppliers ahead of winter, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing price-comparison service Uswitch. Data showed that, as of July, the energy debts were more than double September’s level. Some 6.5 million households owe an average of £206 ($252) …

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US ‘concerned’ about politicized law enforcement

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that detaining an opposition politician might be a “possible setback” in establishing “the right environment” for elections in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Blinken met with government officials and activists in Kinshasa as part of his trip to Africa. “We …

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France’s largest wildfire might be ‘act of arson’

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Wednesday he strongly suspected the forest fire that flared up in the department of Gironde may have been restarted by arsonists. More than 6,200 hectares have burned down so far this week, the major highway leading to Bordeaux has been shut down, and …

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US wants prolonged Ukraine conflict – China

Washington is seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible in order to weaken Moscow, China’s ambassador to Russia has suggested.   In an interview with Russia’s TASS news agency published on Wednesday, Zhang Hanhui said, among other things, that it was the US that had initiated …

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Iranian charged with plot to assassinate former US official

The US Department of Justice on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against an Iranian national it accuses of commissioning a hit on former national security adviser John Bolton. Rumors of the plot first appeared in the media in March, along with insinuations that the Biden administration did not want to move …

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On-air protest Russian journalist charged

Russian authorities have charged journalist Marina Ovsyannikova over spreading “disinformation” about the Russian military. Ovsyannikova became known to global audiences in March, when she unfurled a placard critical of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine during a live evening-news broadcast. The journalist has since staged several more protests decrying Russia’s use …

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G7 issues nuclear demand to Moscow

Russia must cede the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant it seized in early March back to officials in Kiev, the Group of Seven (G7) has declared.   “We demand that Russia immediately hand back full control to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine, of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” says a statement released …

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Amnesty Sweden co-founder resigns over Ukraine report

Per Wastberg, who co-founded the Swedish branch of Amnesty International, resigned from the organization on Wednesday. The Swedish activist said his departure was due to Amnesty’s report about the conflict in Ukraine, and that the organization has gone beyond its original mandate to advocate for political prisoners. “I have been …

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