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Australia holds talks with top Indian military chiefs

The head of Australia’s air force has held a series of meetings with senior military officials in India, vowing to strengthen bilateral ties as Canberra warns China against further expansion into the Indo-Pacific. Royal Australian Air Force chief Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld met separately with high-level figures in the Indian …

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Ronaldo holds talks with Man Utd icon as exit rumors swirl

Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been holding private talks with the club’s iconic former manager Alex Ferguson about his future at the underperforming Red Devils.  Ronaldo, 37, remains one of the finest finishers in the game but has cut a forlorn figure in recent weeks as Manchester United …

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Belarus holds surprise military drills

Belarus has launched surprise military drills aimed at checking the combat readiness of its forces. The country’s defense ministry made the announcement on its Telegram channel on Wednesday, emphasizing that the exercise is not directed against any nation. According to the statement, the drills’ objective is to assess the troops’ …

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Swiss bank reveals how much Russian money it holds

Swiss bank UBS is holding roughly $22 billion in invested assets for Russian clients. The figure was unveiled in the bank’s latest quarterly report on Tuesday. The money belongs to Russian residents potentially affected by sanctions placed on Moscow by the EU and Switzerland in connection with Russia’s military operation …

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NATO holds major ‘live-fire’ cyber exercise

Military cybersecurity games, dubbed Locked Shields, kicked off in Tallinn, Estonia on Tuesday. The annual exercise is staged by NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), a cyber organization accredited by the US-led military bloc. “Locked Shields is an opportunity for a multinational team of both NATO and national …

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FIFA holds vote on Russian as an official language

Russian will become one of global football governing body FIFA’s official languages after a vote in favor of the proposal at the organization’s congress in Qatar on Thursday. The FIFA Council submitted the proposal to amend Article 9 of the FIFA Statutes, with 210 members present for the vote in Doha. …

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Taiwan holds military drills near mainland China

The Taiwanese military held drills on an island less than 50 kilometers from the Chinese mainland, reportedly firing weapons at offshore targets amid heightened fears in Taipei that Russia’s Ukraine offensive might embolden Beijing to launch a similar attack. Wednesday’s exercises on Dongyin Island, located southeast of Fuzhou, China, included …

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Zelensky holds talks with 3 European leaders

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal held a meeting with the prime ministers of Poland, Slovenia, and the Czech Republic, which concluded on Tuesday evening. The talks concerned questions of intensifying sanctions against Russia in response to the military offensive, humanitarian aid for Ukraine, and the country’s …

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LA mayor says he doesn’t need mask when he holds breath

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has defended a photo which showed him maskless with basketball player Magic Johnson at SoFi Stadium, arguing that he didn’t need a mask because he held his breath. Johnson posted a photo with Garcetti at the stadium on Sunday and the pair received immediate criticism …

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Japan holds drills in case ‘foreign forces’ invade disputed islands

The two-day military exercise involving Japan’s self-defense forces, coast guard, and police was conducted in late November on a remote uninhabited island. According to Kyodo news agency, citing unnamed Japanese government sources, the island was chosen specifically because its landscape closely resembles that of the disputed Senkaku Islands, which have …

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