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EU considering ‘big Ukraine mission’ – top diplomat

The EU is considering establishing a major program to train Ukrainian troops in neighboring nations, the bloc’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, has said. EU defense ministers will discuss the matter during a meeting in Prague on August 29.   “I hope it will be approved,” Borrell stated on the sidelines of …

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Russia releases video of suspected Moscow car bomber

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has made public a video of Ukrainian national Natalya Vovk, identified as the prime suspected in Saturday’s car bombing that killed journalist Darya Dugina in Moscow. The footage published Monday shows Vovk and her teenage daughter entering Russia, inside the building where Dugina lived, and …

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Russia blames Ukraine for deadly Moscow blast

The car bombing outside Moscow on Saturday night, which took the life of journalist Darya Dugina, was orchestrated and carried out by Ukrainian secret services, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has said. Dugina was killed while returning from a conservative family festival held in Moscow Region. She was the …

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Borrell opposes full visa ban for Russians

Josep Borrell, the EU’s senior-most diplomat, has said he didn’t support banning all Russian citizens from visiting the bloc, an idea that some member states have supported. Speaking during a political forum in Spain on Monday, he called the proposal “controversial” and said the EU should be more targeted in its sanctions …

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ISIS suicide bomber en route to India intercepted – Russia

A person who allegedly plotted to blow himself up to kill a senior Indian politician was intercepted during transit through Russia, the Federal Security Service (FSB) reported on Monday. The would-be suicide bomber was recruited in Turkey by the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS), the statement said. The …

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China’s tourism forecast issued

Domestic tourism in China is on track to make a comeback after sinking to an all-time low during strict Covid-related lockdowns, CNBC reported Monday, citing Fitch Ratings data. The analysis showed an increase in holiday bookings since the country’s biggest lockdown in Shanghai ended in late May. Traveler numbers surged …

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US and South Korea launch major war games

Washington and Seoul have kicked off their largest joint military exercises in years on Monday. The Ulchi Freedom Shield drills are set to continue through September 1, and will include numerous aircraft, warships and pieces of artillery, with thousands of troops training for different “defensive” and “counterattack” scenarios. The first stage of the drills will …

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Cops suspended over brutal beating video

The Arkansas State Police have launched an official probe and temporarily suspended one police officer and two deputies, after a viral video showed them roughing up a suspect during an arrest on Sunday morning. Amid social media outcry over alleged excessive brutality, authorities said the man attacked them first, injuring …

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Scholz promises Kiev more weapons ‘soon’

Berlin supplies “a lot of weapons” to Kiev and will continue to provide Ukraine “with what it needs for its defense,” Chancellor Olaf Scholz said, in response to criticism from a former Bundeswehr general. Germany is currently “in the process of supplying the most modern and efficient equipment,” Scholz stressed …

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Scholz told Putin when Ukraine could join NATO – media

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Ukraine would have been blocked from joining NATO for 30 years, in a bid to assure Moscow of the military bloc’s good intentions. Over the weekend, the German leader revealed some details of his talks with Putin before Russia began …

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