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US wants prolonged Ukraine conflict – China

Washington is seeking to prolong the conflict in Ukraine as much as possible in order to weaken Moscow, China’s ambassador to Russia has suggested.   In an interview with Russia’s TASS news agency published on Wednesday, Zhang Hanhui said, among other things, that it was the US that had initiated …

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Iranian charged with plot to assassinate former US official

The US Department of Justice on Wednesday unsealed an indictment against an Iranian national it accuses of commissioning a hit on former national security adviser John Bolton. Rumors of the plot first appeared in the media in March, along with insinuations that the Biden administration did not want to move …

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On-air protest Russian journalist charged

Russian authorities have charged journalist Marina Ovsyannikova over spreading “disinformation” about the Russian military. Ovsyannikova became known to global audiences in March, when she unfurled a placard critical of Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine during a live evening-news broadcast. The journalist has since staged several more protests decrying Russia’s use …

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G7 issues nuclear demand to Moscow

Russia must cede the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant it seized in early March back to officials in Kiev, the Group of Seven (G7) has declared.   “We demand that Russia immediately hand back full control to its rightful sovereign owner, Ukraine, of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant,” says a statement released …

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Amnesty Sweden co-founder resigns over Ukraine report

Per Wastberg, who co-founded the Swedish branch of Amnesty International, resigned from the organization on Wednesday. The Swedish activist said his departure was due to Amnesty’s report about the conflict in Ukraine, and that the organization has gone beyond its original mandate to advocate for political prisoners. “I have been …

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China says it ‘completed tasks’ around Taiwan

China has announced an end to the unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan, which were launched following the controvercial visit by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taipei. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Wednesday that it had “successfully completed various missions during recent drills around Taiwan island and effectively …

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Russia summons UN Security Council over nuclear emergency

Russia has summoned an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the situation at Ukraine’s Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, which has been the subject of regular shelling attacks. Moscow wants the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to brief the council on …

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China releases paper on Taiwan reunification policy

Beijing wants peaceful reunification with Taiwan, but foreign powers meddling in Chinese domestic affairs and encouraging secession on the self-ruled island make it necessary to retain the use of force as an option, a Chinese white paper has said. “We will work with the greatest sincerity and exert our utmost …

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UK becoming ‘emerging market country’ – Saxo Bank

The UK is “more and more looking like an emerging market country,” Saxo Bank Head of Macro Analysis Christopher Dembik said in a research note on Monday, CNBC reports. The analyst pointed to political instability, trade disruptions, an energy crisis, and skyrocketing inflation as major indicators behind this. “What Brexit …

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