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EU grants Ukraine candidate status

The European Council agreed to grant candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova during an EU summit on Thursday. Earlier, Belgium had said that the status would be a major sign of hope to Kiev, but it is, as of now, more of a “symbolic” gesture. The news on Ukraine becoming …

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EU grants exemptions from Russian oil ban

EU member states have finally agreed to ban 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of this year as part of the latest Ukraine-related sanctions against Moscow. The embargo, which had been debated for nearly a month, targets Russian crude delivered by sea, while allowing a temporary exemption for …

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Syria grants amnesty for ‘terrorist crimes’

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree on Saturday granting amnesty to Syrians for terrorist crimes up to the end of April, except those leading to death. Assad has extended similar olive branches to deserters, criminals and opposition fighters before, often to the displeasure of the US. Assad’s decree, first …

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Russian parliament grants Putin right to use military abroad

The upper house of Russia’s parliament has granted permission for the country’s military to be deployed abroad, following a request on Tuesday from President Vladimir Putin. The authorization grants Putin the right to use Russian forces abroad “in accordance with the principles and norms of international law,” the Senate’s resolution, …

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Biden grants nuclear sanctions relief to Iran

Washington has allowed foreign companies to engage in some civilian projects at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power station, Tehran Research Reactor and Arak heavy water plant, in an apparent bid to push forward negotiations to restore the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The waiver with …

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Largest US city grants non-citizens voting rights

The controversial bill passed New York City’s overwhelmingly Democrat council by 33-14 on Thursday, meaning it will now be sent to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has expressed opposition to the proposed changes but is not expected to veto them. In a statement, the council said that …

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Biden admin grants temporary protection to thousands of Venezuelan migrants, admits US sanctions failed to spur regime change

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Temporary Protected Status designation on Monday, allowing some 320,000 eligible migrants to stay in the US for another 18 months while citing “extraordinary” conditions in the Latin American nation that prevent citizens from returning home. “The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a …

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