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Biden hails Gorbachev as ‘remarkable’ leader

US President Joe Biden expressed his deepest condolences over the death of Mikhail Gorbachev to his family and friends, praising his willingness to “risk his entire career” for a “safer world and greater freedom for millions of people.” “When he came to power, the Cold War had gone on for …

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Mikhail Gorbachev dies at 91

Mikhail Gorbachev, the first and only president of the Soviet Union, has died at the age of 91, in Moscow. His death was reported on Tuesday night by the Central Clinical Hospital, which said in a statement that “Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev died this evening after a serious and prolonged illness.” …

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Putin reacts to Gorbachev’s death

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his “deepest condolences” on the death of Mikhail Gorbachev to his family and friends, the Kremlin said shortly after midnight on Wednesday. The president will “send a telegram” to Gorbachev’s relatives in the morning, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RIA Novosti. The Soviet Union’s first and …

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Russia cuts off gas supply to French energy giant

Russian state-owned energy giant Gazprom confirmed on Tuesday it had cut off off gas supplies to French utilities company Engie. The Paris-based firm has failed to pay for July gas deliveries in full, the Saint Petersburg major explained. Gazprom informed Engie that it would cease the gas deliveries starting September …

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FBI agent accused of sabotaging Hunter Biden probe resigns – media

A senior FBI official accused of thwarting an investigation into Hunter Biden’s alleged criminality has left the agency under mysterious circumstances, the Washington Times reported on Monday. The agent, Timothy Thibault, has been accused by Republicans of burying “verified and verifiable” information that could compromise the Biden family. Thibault, an …

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Russia makes new claim on Ukraine’s counter-offensive losses 

Russian forces have taken out hundreds of Ukrainian troops and dozens of tanks and armored military vehicles after repelling Kiev’s ill-fated offensive in southern Ukraine, which was mounted at the personal order of President Vladimir Zelensky, the Defense Ministry claimed on Tuesday. “The effective actions by the Russian forces destroyed …

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Moscow responds to claims it received Iranian drones

Moscow has denied claims made by the Washington Post suggesting that Iran is supplying Russian forces with combat drones to be used in Ukraine. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Tuesday that the Bezos-owned newspaper has engaged in quite a bit of “information stuffing” lately, and rejected claims that …

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EU weighs in on Ukraine military training

The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has expressed hope that a bloc-wide training mission for Ukrainian troops will be approved at a ministerial meeting on Tuesday. Some member states, meanwhile, have voiced skepticism about such a move. EU countries have been sending weapons to Ukraine since Russia launched its military …

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UN nuclear inspectors arrive in Kiev – CNN

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) dispatched to assess the situation at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant have arrived in Kiev, CNN reported on Tuesday. Both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling Europe’s biggest nuclear plant, which sits on the frontline in southern Ukraine. Reports …

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Russia rakes in more oil revenue than ever – WSJ

Mounting oil demand from some of the world’s biggest economies has helped Russia to export almost as much crude as it did before the conflict in Ukraine and subsequent Western sanctions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. On top of this, rising global crude prices, which have currently settled …

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