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US announces new Russia sanctions, its longest blacklist to date

The US has sanctioned another 500 people and entities connected with Russia, including financial executives and prison officials. US President Joe Biden said that the restrictions will ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin “pays an even steeper price for his aggression,” but the Kremlin has dismissed them as “fruitless.” The …

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Ukraine threatens to destroy Europe’s longest bridge

Ukraine should target the bridge across the Kerch Strait connecting Crimea to the Russian mainland as soon as it gets the weapons it needs to do so from the West, Major-General Dmitry Marchenko said on Wednesday, in an interview with a US government-funded outlet. “The Kerch Bridge is absolutely our …

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World’s longest high-speed railway network gets longer

China put 581km (361 miles) of new railway lines into service in the first four months of the year, Xinhua reported on Tuesday, citing data from China State Railway Group. This includes 358km of high-speed railway, data shows. The country saw 157.46 billion yuan (over $23.21 billion) in fixed asset …

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Bitcoin racks up longest losing streak in nearly half a decade

The world’s biggest digital asset, bitcoin, fell for a seventh straight day, marking its longest losing streak since 2018, as the crypto market contends with new strains of Covid-19, inflation and a hawkish turn of the US Fed. The steep sell-off, attributed to these factors, sent bitcoin plummeting to $40,800 …

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Putin reviews 2021 in longest-ever New Year address

Russians encountered “colossal challenges” in 2021 but managed to cope with them through staying united, President Vladimir Putin said in his traditional New Year address to the nation. Here are the key points from his speech. New Year’s Eve is the main family-gathering event in Russia during the winter holiday …

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Longest lunar eclipse in centuries coming

The peak of the partial eclipse will take place in the predawn hours on Friday when 97% of the moon will be eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow. The previous longest partial eclipse took place in 2018 and lasted less than two hours, while this will last for several hours. The …

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