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Ukrainian army’s command reports new escalation: Russia-led troops fire 20 heavy artillery rounds

The Ukrainian army’s command has reported a new round of escalation in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, as Russia-led troops fired 20 heavy artillery rounds on Monday midnight. “The Russian occupying forces have attacked positions of the Joint Forces with the use of weapons that are banned under the Minsk agreements. The invaders opened fire from 122mm artillery systems. The enemy fired ...

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Japan’s COVID-19 response in focus as woman let off cruise ship tests positive

By Friday, nearly 1,000 passengers who had tested negative for the COVID-19 virus had disembarked from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after a quarantine period came to a close. But rather than representing a positive turning point in the two-week saga, a growing number of questions are now being raised over the government’s decision not to isolate the passengers allowed ...

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China’s Xi says epidemic ‘grim,’ calls for action to revive economy

Warning that China’s virus epidemic is “still grim and complex,” President Xi Jinping called Sunday for more efforts to stop the outbreak, revive industry and prevent the disease from disrupting spring planting of crops. Xi defended the ruling Communist Party’s response as “timely and effective” in a video conference with officials in charge of anti-disease work, according to the official ...

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US-Taliban truce begins, raising hopes of peace deal

US-led forces, Kabul forces and Taliban fighters will observe a seven-day period of reduced violence, officials say. A week-long “reduction in violence” between the Taliban, the United States and Afghan security forces took effect on Friday, raising hopes for a resolution to the 18-year-long war. The agreement struck during negotiations between US and Taliban representatives, if maintained, could secure a ...

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Yalta: World War Two summit that reshaped the world

In February 1945, three men met in a holiday resort to decide the fate of the world. Nazi Germany was on its knees. Soviet troops were closing in on Berlin, while Allied forces had crossed Germany’s western border. In the Pacific, US troops were steadily but bloodily advancing towards Japan. As their armies poised for victory, the so-called Big Three ...

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Man who slapped female reporter’s bottom on live TV arrested

A Georgia man who was videotaped slapping a female reporter’s bottom on live TV was arrested on Friday on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. A Savannah police spokeswoman, Bianca Johnson, confirmed that Thomas Callaway, 43, of Statesboro was charged in connection with the incident that occurred while WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was broadcasting live as runners streamed past her ...

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Thousands join biggest protest in Bangkok since 2014 coup

Thai anti-government rally held in response to ban on Future Forward opposition party Thousands of people joined the biggest protest in Bangkok since a 2014 coup on Saturday, after Thai authorities moved to ban a party that has rallied opposition to the government of the former military ruler Prayuth Chan-ocha. The demonstration, called a day earlier by the Future Forward ...

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Blackwater founder Erik Prince secretly met Venezuela vice-president

Erik Prince, founder of the private security firm Blackwater and prominent supporter of Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez – one of Nicolás Maduro’s closest allies. The visit, described by one source as “outreach” to Maduro’s government, came just eight months after Prince floated a plan to deploy a private army ...

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