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Russia punished with Western, Japanese sanctions for moving into separatist Ukraine

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Umit Bektas. In picture above: A woman holds a placard during a protest outside Russian embassy after Moscow’s decision to formally recognise two Russian-backed regions of eastern Ukraine as independent in central Kyiv, Ukraine, February 22, 2022. REUTERS/Umit Bektas Russia has been punished with fresh sanctions from Western nations and Japan for ordering Read More…

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Explainer: What will Russian recognition of breakaway Ukraine regions mean?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Image Credits: Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS. In picture above: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy during the Munich Security Conference, in Munich, Germany, February 19, 2022. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin told the French and German leaders on Monday that he planned to sign a decree recognising two Read More…

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U.S. Supreme Court formally ends Trump’s fight over Capitol attack records

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Carlos Barria. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday brought a formal end to former President Donald Trump’s request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year’s deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. The court’s decision to formally reject Trump’s Read More…

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Putin orders Russian peacekeepers to eastern Ukraine’s two breakaway regions

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS. In picture above: Russian President Vladimir Putin signs documents, including a decree recognising two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities, during a ceremony in Moscow, Russia, in this picture released February 21, 2022. Sputnik/Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin via REUTERS President Vladimir Putin ordered his defence ministry to despatch Read More…

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Putin recognises Ukraine rebel regions as independent

Reading Time: 2 minutes Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent entities on Monday, upping the ante in a crisis the West fears could unleash a major war. In a lengthy televised address, Putin described Ukraine as an integral part of Russia’s history and said eastern Ukraine was ancient Russian lands and that Read More…

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Biden agrees in principle to Ukraine summit with Putin

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Yakubyonok/Belta/Handout via REUTERS. U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed in principle to a summit over Ukraine, the French leader said on Monday, offering a possible path out of one of the most dangerous European crises in decades. Financial markets edged higher on the glimmer of hope for a Read More…

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Putin oversees nuclear drills, U.S. says Russian forces ‘poised to strike’ Ukraine

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS. In picture above: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko observe training launches of ballistic missiles as part of the exercise of the strategic deterrence force, in Moscow, Russia February 19, 2022. Sputnik/Aleksey Nikolskyi/Kremlin via REUTERS Russia’s strategic nuclear forces held exercises overseen by President Vladimir Putin Read More…

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Moroccan boy trapped in well dies before rescue

Reading Time: 2 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Thami Nouas. A small boy trapped in a well in northern Moroccan for five days died before rescuers were able to reach him late on Saturday and retrieve his body, two government officials said. Footage posted on social media showed the scene after his body was recovered, with hundreds of distraught rescue workers Read More…

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Sudan army-led Council wants lesser ‘facilitator’ role for UN envoy

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: Getty Images, REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig. The deputy head of Sudan’s military-led Sovereign Council said on Saturday a U.N. envoy should be working as a “facilitator and not a mediator”, signalling an apparent tougher line towards international efforts to resolve a political crisis. A United Nations mission led by special envoy Volker Perthes began Read More…

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Trump says he would pardon Jan. 6 rioters if he runs and wins

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Image Credits: REUTERS/Go Nakamura. U.S. former President Donald Trump said on Saturday if he were to run for president and win in 2024, he would pardon people charged with criminal offences in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 assault by his supporters on the U.S. Capitol. Trump, who has not said whether he will run Read More…