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Zelensky changes stance on talks with Russia

President Vladimir Zelensky has indicated that a return to Ukraine’s 1991 borders is no longer a precondition for holding peace talks with Moscow, even as he continues to push forward with his so-called peace formula, which has been dismissed by the Kremlin as absurd. Zelensky banned all negotiations with the …

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Putin predicts ‘revolutionary’ changes

A new epoch of world history is approaching and only “truly sovereign” states will be able to succeed in the changed environment, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.  Speaking at a business forum, Putin claimed that “truly revolutionary,” “enormous” changes would lead to the creation of a new, “harmonious, …

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FIFA preparing changes for transgender athletes – media

Football’s main governing body FIFA has already outlined new regulations that will make it easy for transgender women to compete in elite female football, according to a report. The Mail on Sunday claim that the draft framework removes the testosterone threshold for transgender women and proposes that footballers should also be …

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Ukrainian mayor changes sides

The former mayor of the previously Ukrainian-occupied town of Svyatogorsk, Vladimir Bandura, has crossed over to the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). Last Tuesday, the official appeared in a video, accusing the Ukrainian military of murdering Orthodox monks and setting a monastery ablaze in early June. In his Telegram post on …

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Switzerland changes organ donation rules

In Switzerland, those who did not explicitly ‘opt out’ during their lifetimes would now be assumed to have consented to have their organs taken for transplant upon their deaths, following a referendum on Sunday. The government-backed measure was upheld by roughly 60 percent of Swiss, with a turnout of just …

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Russia changes position on Ukraine’s EU membership bid

Russia has changed stance on Ukraine’s prospects of the EU membership, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy has said. The membership now cannot be a part of any peace deal, the diplomat told the Unherd News in an interview on Thursday. While originally Moscow was not concerned about …

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German-Russian WWII museum changes name

A German museum dedicated to World War II, and to the ending of that conflict in Europe, has decided to drop the reference to Russia in its name, in response to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine. The German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst is housed in the building where Hitler’s forces signed Germany’s …

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EU changes tune on ruble gas payments

European Union companies may be able to comply with Russia’s proposed system to pay for gas in rubles without falling foul of the bloc’s sanctions against Moscow, the European Commission said on Friday. At the same time, EU executives say that it is not yet clear how such a scheme …

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ADL changes definition of racism

The definition of racism has been rewritten for a second time by advocacy group the Anti-Defamation League after actress Whoopi Goldberg claimed the Holocaust was not about race. The organization had initially changed its definition of racism in 2020 following months of Black Lives Matter demonstrations, quietly redefining the term …

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