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Putin set to address security officials – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak with his country’s top security officials as part of a meeting on Monday, the Kremlin has confirmed, amid a worsening standoff across the border with Ukraine. Speaking to journalists moments before the meeting was due to start, Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov shed light …

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UK to address homophobic ‘wrongs of the past’

The UK Home Office will wipe the criminal records of individuals who were convicted under rescinded laws that made consensual homosexual activity illegal, through new legislation aimed at righting “the wrongs of the past.” An amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will expand the government’s disregards and …

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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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Taliban leader pleads for help in first address

“We assure all the countries that we will not interfere in their internal affairs and we want to have good economic relations with them,” Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, the co-founder of the Taliban and now the prime minister of its government, promised on Saturday. During his 30-minute speech, Hassan insisted …

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‘Serious issues with self-awareness’: China urges US to find ‘courage’ to address own mistakes after bilateral military talks

Beijing welcomes dialogue with the United States, but insists Washington must take steps to end “continuous provocations and suppression of China,” Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told reporters on Thursday, not long after military officials on both sides held a pair of virtual meetings.  “The military relationship has faced many …

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Australian military quietly releases reform plan to address ‘serious & systemic’ failings exposed by Afghanistan war crimes report

Last November, the Brereton inquiry found sufficient credible evidence to allege that 25 Australian soldiers were involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners. Recommending a criminal investigation, it warned of a “warrior culture” within the country’s special forces, and of “the clique of non-commissioned officers who propagated …

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OPCW chief must ‘find the courage to address’ Douma coverup allegations, says group including 5 senior ex-officials of watchdog

A new statement from whistleblower-supporting organization the Courage Foundation complains that the leadership of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has failed to properly address accusations of a coverup involving the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria in April 2018. Instead it tried to “side-step the …

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