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Biden approves $800M in new military assistance for Ukraine

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WASHINGTON USA: In anticipation of a new Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine, President Joe Biden approved an $800 million package of military assistance. Including...

Finland, Sweden move ahead toward possible NATO membership

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HELSINKI Finland: European Union nations Finland and Sweden reached important stages. On their way to possible NATO membership. As the Finnish government issued a...

Biden waiving the ethanol rule in a bid to lower gasoline...

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MENLO, Iowa USA: With inflation at a 40-year high, President Joe Biden journeyed to corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday. To announce a modest step aimed...

Poland-Ukraine ties seen as a target of Russian disinformation

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WARSAW, Poland: Days before Poland’s Independence Day in November, vandals painted the blue-and-yellow colors of the Ukrainian flag on monuments in Krakow. The vandalism,...

Biden, Modi to speak as US presses for a hard line...

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WILMINGTON USA: President Joe Biden is set to speak with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he presses world leaders to take a hard...

S&P downgrade indicates Russia headed for historic default

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BOSTON USA: The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has downgraded its assessment of Russia’s ability to repay foreign debt. Signaling rising prospects that...

The US doubts the new Russian war chief can end Moscow’s...

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WASHINGTON USA: Russia has tapped a new Ukraine war commander to take centralized control of the next phase of the battle. After its costly...

Food prices soar to record levels on Ukraine war disruptions

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ROME ITALY: Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels. Everlast month largely because of Russia’s war in Ukraine...

Europe agrees to ban Russian coal but struggles with oil, gas

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The European Union nations have agreed to ban Russian coal the first sanctions on the vital energy industry over the war in Ukraine. But...

UN assembly suspends Russia from top human rights body

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UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. General Assembly voted to suspend Russia from the world organization’s leading human rights body. Over allegations of horrific rights violations...

Congress votes to suspend Russia’s trade status, enact an oil ban

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WASHINGTON USA: Congress voted overwhelmingly to suspend normal trade relations with Russia and ban the importation of its oil. Ratcheting up the U.S. response...

Germany seeks to boost renewable energy and cut Russian imports.

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BERLIN Germany: The German government unveiled a major package of reforms. To boost the production of renewable power, and meet its climate goals. And...

UN to vote on suspending Russia from the rights council.

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UNITED NATIONS: The U.N. General Assembly will vote on whether to suspend Russia from the U.N.’s premier human rights body. The move was initiated...

Mariupol’s dead put at 5,000 as Ukraine braces in the east.

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ANDRIIVKA, Ukraine: The mayor of the besieged port city of Mariupol put the number of civilians killed there at more than 5,000. As Ukraine...

The US hits Russia with ‘war crimes’ sanctions, Europe following.

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WASHINGTON USA: The U.S. rolled out a new wave of financial sanctions on Wednesday against Russia. That President Joe Biden said would place a...

Asia’s US$350bil gas projects intensify the clean energy debate.

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SINGAPORE: Asia is pumping billions of dollars into new gas infrastructure. Making the region pivotal in a debate over the role of fossil fuels...

Wins for pro-Putin leaders buttress autocracies in Europe.

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BUDAPEST, Hungary: After two nationalist European strongmen won overwhelming victories in elections on Sunday. One of the first foreign leaders to congratulate both were...

The US to seek Russia’s suspension from Human Rights Council.

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BUCHAREST, Romania: The United States plans to seek a suspension of Russia from its seat on the U.N.’s top human rights body. Pointing to...

Russia faces global outrage over bodies in Ukraine’s streets.

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BUCHA, Ukraine: Moscow faced global revulsion and accusations of war crimes. After Russian pullout from the outskirts of Kyiv revealed streets strewn with corpses...

Ukraine accuses Russia of the massacre, a city strewn with bodies.

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BUCHA, Ukraine: Bodies with bound hands, close-range gunshot wounds, and signs of torture lay scattered in a city on the outskirts of Kyiv. After...

Russian space chief: Sanctions could imperil space station.

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MOSCOW: The head of Russia’s space program said that the future of the International Space Station hangs in the balance. After the United States,...

Cyberattack in Ukraine war affected thousands across Europe.

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A cyberattack targeting a satellite network used by Ukraine’s government and military agencies shortly after Russia’s invasion also knocked offline tens of thousands of...

Poland to end Russian oil imports; Germany warns on gas.

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WARSAW, Poland: Poland announced steps to end all Russian oil imports by year’s end. While Germany issued a warning about natural gas levels and...

US seeks tighter UN sanctions after N. Korea missile test

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SEOUL, South Korea: The United States called for tougher U.N. sanctions after North Korea said it test-fired its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile to date....

Activists stage global climate protest, slam Ukraine war.

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Berlin Germany: Climate activists staged the 10th series of worldwide protests. To demand that leaders take stronger action against global warming. With some linking...

Russians shift focus from Kyiv, scaling back goals in war?

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WASHINGTON USA: Russian forces in Ukraine seem to have shifted their focus from a ground offensive aimed at Kyiv the capital. Instead, prioritize what...

Biden pledges new Ukraine aid warns Russia on chemical weapons.

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BRUSSELS Belgium: President Joe Biden and Western allies pledged new sanctions and humanitarian aid. In response to Vladimir Putin’s assault on Ukraine. But their...

Ukraine reports 300 dead in airstrike on Mariupol theater

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KYIV, Ukraine: About 300 people were killed in the Russian airstrike last week on a Mariupol theater that was being used as a shelter....

‘No mercy’: Mariupol bombing compared to Nazi war crimes.

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MEDYKA, Poland: The president of Poland compared Russia’s attacks on Ukraine to Nazi forces during World War II. Saying that besieged Mariupol looks like...

EU slams ‘war crimes’ in Ukraine but new sanctions unlikely

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BRUSSELS Belgium: European Union countries accused the Russian armed forces of committing war crimes in Ukraine. But appeared unlikely to impose new sanctions on...