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Canada reveals Huawei decision

The authorities in Canada will not allow Chinese companies Huawei or ZTE to use the country’s growing 5G telecommunications networks, citing “serious” national security and privacy concerns. The long-delayed decision was announced on Thursday by Ottawa’s Office of Innovation, Science and Industry, which stated the two firms would be barred …

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US buys millions of vaccine doses for new virus

The US health authorities have signed a deal for $119 million in vaccine doses against the monkeypox virus, after a Massachusetts man was diagnosed with the rare but potentially serious illness earlier this week.  The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) – a government agency devoted to combating pandemics …

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Police respond to ‘ongoing violent incident’ in Norway

Police in Norway are responding to a stabbing incident in the Numedal district 85km West of Oslo, they said on Twitter on Friday. The attack left three people injured, including one in critical condition, the report said. Norwegian authorities labeled the incident “PLIVO”, which stands for “ongoing life-threatening violence” in police …

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Thousands take to streets in Armenian capital

Anti-government protests in Armenia’s capital city of Yerevan continued on Thursday, while the authorities have claimed that outside help is not needed to deal with the unrest. A campaign to oust Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has been ongoing since April 25. The dissatisfaction was prompted by remarks by Pashinyan that …

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Oscar-winning ‘Blade Runner’ composer dies

Vangelis, the iconic Greek composer of electronic soundtracks whose work spanned decades, passed away earlier this week at the age of 79, his representatives announced on Thursday. He had been undergoing treatment for Covid-19 at a hospital in France. Born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou in Thessaly in 1943, he became known …

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George Bush’s Iraq slip when slamming Putin is perfect irony

Former US President George W. Bush made an embarrassing gaffe, perhaps a Freudian slip, when speaking on the importance of democracy and threats to democracy from abroad, and taking aim specifically at Russia.  “Russian elections are rigged,” he said. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the …

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Сhinese elites given directive on foreign assets – WSJ

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP), seeking to insulate the country’s top brass from Western sanctions like those imposed on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, has allegedly issued a directive discouraging senior officials from buying assets abroad. The new policy will block promotions for CCP elites who have significant overseas holdings, the …

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Global famine likely this year – Putin aide

The attempt by the US to take over Ukraine’s grain reserves may spark a humanitarian crisis in the country and lead to grain shortages globally, Maksim Oreshkin, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, said on Thursday. According to the official, a global famine could break out by this coming fall. …

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