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Japan sounds alarm over Ukraine and Taiwan

Japan sees an increasing amount of global and regional security risks tied to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as well as the tension around Taiwan, according to the country’s new defense white paper. Tokyo is also concerned about the relationship developing between Moscow and Beijing, the document says. …

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Ukraine grain deal signed: Why it matters

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Russia slashes key interest rate

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) cut its key interest rate on Friday from 9.5% to 8.0%, citing further slowdown in annual inflation and subdued consumer demand. The cut was bigger than predicted by any of the Bloomberg-surveyed economists. According to the bank’s statement, the decline in business activity has proven …

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Moscow extends hostile nations list

Russia extended its list of hostile states on Friday to include Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Croatia and Slovakia. “The government has updated the list of foreign states engaged in unfriendly actions against Russian diplomatic and consular missions abroad,” the statement reads. The decree imposes restrictions (up to a complete ban) on …

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Ukraine should ‘confiscate’ Russian gas – politician

Ukraine should “confiscate” Russian gas from transit pipelines, Dmitry Razumkov, the former speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, the country’s parliament, has argued. Russia transports some of its gas to Western Europe using a route, created during the Soviet-era, through Ukraine. Razumkov, who was Rada speaker between 2019 and 2021, said …

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China fines Didi for breaching data security laws

China has fined ride-hailing giant Didi Global 8.026 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) following a year-long probe into the company’s data-collecting practices, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced on Thursday. According to the CAC statement published on its official website, the regulator concluded that Didi had violated Chinese laws governing …

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Russia taking ‘all measures’ to deliver food to Africa

Russia will deliver the contractually promised food, fertilizer, energy and other commodities to its African friends, despite the difficulties created by Western sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov assured the continent in an op-ed published across major African outlets on Friday. Western and Ukrainian propaganda accusing Moscow of trying to starve …

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YouTube announces abortion censorship

The Google-owned video service YouTube announced on Thursday it has added abortion to the list of health and medical topics subject to its “misinformation” policy, after vaccines and baby formula. Videos that contain false information about abortion methods declared safe by authorities, as well as those promoting “alternative” methods, will …

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Syria claims casualties in ‘Israeli strike’

Syrian air defenses were activated shortly after midnight on Friday in response to an act of “Israeli aggression” in the vicinity of the capital Damascus, according to a military source cited by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA). “At exactly 12:32am today, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression …

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Russia tells Jewish agency to leave

Israel will send a delegation to Moscow “to ensure the continuation” of the Jewish Agency’s activity in Russia, the prime minister’s office announced on Thursday.  Moscow’s Basmanny District Court said earlier that it had received a request from the Justice Ministry to liquidate the Russian branch of the agency. The …

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