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Axed Russian F1 star confirms next racing move

Russian driver Nikita Mazepin has confirmed that he will race in the Silk Way Rally as he returns to action following a contentious exit from Formula One team Haas. Mazepin was dropped by Haas in March ahead of what was set to be his second season with the US team. …

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Man who shot Reagan granted freedom

John Hinckley Jr. – the man who attempted to assassinate the 40th US President Ronald Reagan in 1981 – has been freed from court oversight, after decades of supervision by legal and mental health professionals. Hinckley, 67, won release from the final restrictions stemming from his sentencing in September last …

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Another EU buyer says Russia reduced gas supply

France’s multinational utility corporation Engie said on Thursday that Russia has reduced gas shipments, Bloomberg reports, citing a company statement. Similar announcements have been issued by several European utilities, including Germany’s Uniper, Italy’s Eni and Austria’s OMV. The reduction of supplies to Europe to less than half of the usual …

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Germany takes contradictory positions on Ukraine

The German chancellor has condemned what he called the “unimaginable cruelty” of the conflict in Ukraine, during a visit to the Kiev suburb of Irpin on Thursday. Olaf Scholz was joined in Kiev by French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. “The brutal …

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West fails to label Russian gems as ‘blood diamonds’ – media

Russia, the world’s biggest producer of diamonds, has managed to foil a Western-backed attempt to prevent the country’s gems from being sold on the global market, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing newly published letters. The proposal, which was supported by Ukraine, the EU, Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States, …

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EU citizens favor peace over punishing Russia – poll

The unifying European drive to support Ukraine against Russia and punish Moscow for attacking its neighbor is at risk of losing momentum, the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) warned on Wednesday. An increasing number of people want to see the conflict end, even if it means getting Kiev to …

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Ukraine outlaws two more opposition parties

Two more political parties, the Left Opposition bloc and Shariy’s Party, have been banned by a Ukrainian court. Both featured on the list of the 11 parties and political movements suspended in March by Ukraine’s national Security Council. Thursday’s announcement brings the total of outlawed parties to nine. According to …

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