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European Parliament elects first female president in 20 years

Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola has been appointed to the largely ceremonial role of presiding over the EU Parliament, succeeding Italian politician David Sassoli, who passed away at the age of 65 earlier this month. Metsola, 42, who has been serving as a member of the European Parliament for Malta since …

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Thousands protest Europe’s first mandatory vaccine plan

Thousands of Austrians took to the streets of Vienna in protest of an upcoming parliamentary vote to make Covid-19 vaccines mandatory, with protesters calling for the government to be replaced. Protesters carried Austrian flags through the streets on Saturday as police in riot gear holding helmets could be seen standing …

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WATCH: First Russian peacekeepers return from Kazakhstan

The first Russian units that were deployed to Kazakhstan as part of a peacekeeping mission by the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) have returned home, touching down at a military airfield outside Moscow. Four military transport aircraft landed at the Ivanovo North air base to the north-east of Moscow late …

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Crypto-friendly govt incurs first crypto losses

The recent slide of the largest crypto, Bitcoin, has not only affected retail and institutional investors but one tiny nation as well – El Salvador – which had embraced the digital asset as a way to boost its impoverished economy. The country has bought at least 1,391 bitcoins using public …

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First European country offers 4th Covid vaccine dose

Denmark will soon offer a fourth Covid-19 shot to those considered at high risk from the virus, becoming the first in Europe to do so despite a regulator’s warning that there is not enough data to know if the policy will help. “We are now embarking on a new chapter, …

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First US state to offer universal healthcare

California would become the first US state to offer health insurance for all – including migrants inside the country illegally – under a new budget proposal revealed by Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. “Here’s the big one: California is poised to be, if this proposal is supported, the first state …

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Key takeaways from first day of US-Russia European security talks

The US and Russia are no closer to resolving their strategic impasse after talks in Switzerland, with Washington refusing any limitations on NATO expansion and Moscow insisting the bloc must “never” include Ukraine and Georgia. The encounter in Geneva between US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy …

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Russia reveals outcome of first Geneva meeting with US

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has described Sunday’s preliminary talks with Washington on security guarantees as “stunning” but also noted that the “conversation was difficult.” Ryabkov has held a two-hour meeting with his American counterpart, Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, in Geneva, ahead of Monday’s larger US-Russia engagement. …

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