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US shuts down ‘Ministry of Truth’

The US Department of Homeland Security finally shut down the Disinformation Governance Board on Wednesday, over a month after a review panel convened to rescue the idea advised doing just that – and months after widespread condemnation of the project forced the agency to reconsider.  Citing the “prior recommendation” of …

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Iran shuts down nuclear watchdog’s cameras

Tehran has announced it is ceasing “voluntary” cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) outside of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), on Wednesday. The move would see the UN nuclear watchdog’s cameras at the Iranian nuclear facilities dismantled if they are not covered by the NPT safeguards, the Iranian …

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France shuts down 50% of nuclear reactors amid energy crunch

France, one of Europe’s leading electricity exporters, has taken 28 of its 56 atomic reactors offline due to defects or maintenance. The step comes amid a months-long energy crunch, one of the worst in European history. The 1,300-megawatt Golfech-2 reactor run by Electricite de France (EDF) in the south of …

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Ukraine parts shortage shuts down European car plants

Europe’s largest auto producers, BMW and Volkswagen, have halted manufacturing at some of their plants as the supply of critical low-cost parts from Ukraine is drying up, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. According to the media, citing AutoAnalysis estimates, Ukraine produces about a fifth of Europe’s supply of harnesses. …

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Australia shuts down Kiev embassy

Citing “deteriorating security situation” amid an alleged build-up of the Russian troops at the Ukraine border, Australia has ordered a temporary shutdown of its embassy in Kiev, saying that it would be relocating its operations to an office in Lviv in western Ukraine.  Announcing the move in a statement on …

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GoFundMe shuts down Freedom Convoy fundraiser

Crowdfunding site GoFundMe has shut down a campaign in support of the anti-vaccine mandate movement in Canada, after it amassed nearly $8 million, claiming that the protest is no longer peaceful. Following a review of “relevant facts” and “multiple discussions with local law enforcement and city officials,” the fundraising was …

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Snowstorm shuts down Washington

A massive snowstorm hit Washington, DC on Monday, grounding planes from the capital district to New York City and forcing President Joe Biden to drive rather than fly back to the White House after a weekend at home in Delaware. With as much as 10 inches of snow forecast for …

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Ivy League campus shuts down over suspected Omicron cases

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack said on Tuesday the school is moving to “alert level red” after their “surveillance” testing found “rapid spread” of Covid-19 among students. The school said it suspects that “a significant number” of detected infections have been caused by the Omicron variant, noting that the assumption …

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