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Russia honors Christmas truce despite Ukrainian strikes – Moscow

Russian troops are observing a 36-hour Orthodox Christmas truce despite attacks by Ukrainian forces, the country’s Defense Ministry has confirmed. The statement came after Kiev rejected Moscow’s declaration of a unilateral ceasefire, due to expire at midnight on Saturday. The ministry said during its daily press briefing on Saturday that …

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Lavrov to head Russian UN delegation, despite US sanctions

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will lead the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly, scheduled for the end of September in New York, the Kremlin announced on Monday. President Vladimir Putin does not intend to travel to the UNGA or even address the event online. It is unclear whether the …

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Biden remains in isolation despite negative Covid test

President Joe Biden tested negative for Covid-19 on Saturday, but “in an abundance of caution” will remain in strict isolation under daily monitoring until a second negative result confirms he has beaten his “rebound” infection, according to White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor. “The President continues to feel very well,” …

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Russia’s oil revenue soars despite sanctions – Bloomberg

Russia’s oil export revenue has jumped some 50% since the beginning of 2022, Bloomberg reports, citing data from the International Energy Agency (IEA). According to the agency’s monthly market report, Moscow has earned some $20 billion each month this year from sales of crude oil and oil-related products. The earnings …

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US cancels oil lease sales despite fuel crisis

President Joe Biden’s administration has canceled three offshore oil and natural-gas lease sales, including one in Alaska, diminishing prospects for new sources of supply even as record gasoline prices help keep the US inflation rate at a 40-year high. The US Department of the Interior (DOI) announced the decision on …

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Taiwan reveals why it sanctioned Russia despite minimal trade ties

Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu hopes the world would impose sanctions on Beijing if it attacked Taipei, similar to those faced by Moscow over its offensive in Ukraine. China stated that it would not be intimidated by talks about sanctions and isolation, warning against ‘copy-pasting’ the Ukraine crisis into the Asia Pacific. …

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