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NATO sends ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe amid soaring tensions with Russia

The NATO allies have put forces on standby and sent ships and fighter jets to bolster Europe’s eastern defenses as tensions soar over Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine. In a statement, after an online meeting with US President Joe Biden, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Britain and European Union, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia of massive consequences...

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NATO sends ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe amid soaring tensions with Russia

The NATO allies have put forces on standby and sent ships and fighter jets to bolster Europe’s eastern defenses as tensions soar over Russia’s military buildup near Ukraine. In a statement, after an online meeting with US President Joe Biden, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Britain and European Union, NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia of massive consequences...

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Palestine warns of Israeli settlers’ escalating actions in West Bank

Palestine has warned of Israeli settlers' escalating actions against people and their properties in the West Bank. During weekly cabinet meeting in eastern West Bank, Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtayeh said, the Palestinian government condemned the seizure of farms by hundreds of Israeli settlers in northern West Bank. He said Israel continues to destroy Palestinian land, plow it with tanks and...

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Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson warns Russian invasion would be disastrous

United Kingdom has warned Russia that invading Ukraine would be disastrous, violent and bloody business. In a statement, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the situation is pretty gloomy but war is not inevitable. He said NATO is putting forces on standby. Meanwhile, Russia has denied plans for military action against Ukraine.

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Antony Blinken

US rejects calls to impose economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue

The United States has rejected calls to impose economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine issue. Talking to media, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the imposing of sanctions would undercut the West’s ability to deter potential Russian aggression against Ukraine. He also said that a single additional Russian force entering Ukraine in an aggressive way would result in a...

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Arab League discusses Houthi militia’s latest attack on UAE

The Arab League has held a meeting on Sunday in Cairo to discuss the Houthi militia's latest attack on the United Arab Emirates. The meeting has called for a decisive stance towards the attacks against the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Addressing the meeting, the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit stressed that the League stands with the UAE...

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German navy chief resigns over Ukraine comments

In Germany, Naval chief has resigned over his controversial statement in support of Russian president, Vladimir Putin. In a statement, Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schoenbach said he has stepped down from his office and his resignation is accepted by defence minister. Earlier, in his speech to a think-tank in New Delhi, he said that the Russian President Putin deserved respect. He...

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UK accuses Kremlin of trying to install pro-Russian leader in Ukraine

The United Kingdom has accused Russia of plotting a conspiracy to inflict a pro-Moscow government in Ukraine. In a statement, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said that the latest information reflects the extent of Russian activity aimed at subverting Ukraine. He urged Russia to de-escalate, end its campaigns of aggression and pursue a path of diplomacy. Similarly, Britain's deputy Prime Minister...

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Former UN adviser reminds int’l community to protect Indian Muslim minority

Juan E Mendez, former United Nations special adviser on prevention of genocide, urged the international community to immediately intervene to protect the Indian Muslim minority from genocide threat looming largely after Hindu zealots and politicians openly called for arming themselves. During an interview with Al Jazeera Tv on Friday, Mendez said there was a role that the international community had...

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New South Wales

Australia’s Queensland state says peak of Omicron two weeks away

Australia reported 64 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, as the most populous state, New South Wales (NSW), said the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not delay the start of the school year. NSW reported 30 deaths of patients with COVID-19, while Victoria state saw 20 deaths, and Queensland reported 10 deaths. The national toll of 64 was down from its deadliest...

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Antonio Guterres

Guterres reaffirms UN stand on Kashmir’s settlement on basis of Security Council resolutions

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Friday reiterated the world body’s position on the Kashmir dispute that it should be resolved on the basis of the UN Charter, Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements between India and Pakistan, with the hope that human rights will be respected in the disputed territory. “Well, the position of the UN … when the resolutions that...

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World Health Organization

U.S. opposes plans to strengthen World Health Organization

The United States, the World Health Organization's top donor, is resisting proposals to make the agency more independent, four officials involved in the talks said, raising doubts about the Biden administration's long-term support for the U.N. agency. The proposal, made by the WHO's working group on sustainable financing, would increase each member state's standing annual contribution, according to a WHO...

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Georgia election

U.S. charges Texas man for threatening Georgia election officials

The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced it has charged a Texas man with making violent threats against Georgia election and government officials. The indictment marked the first case brought by a federal task force formed in response to a wave of intimidation that has engulfed election administrators since the 2020 presidential vote. The matter is one of “dozens” of...

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New Delhi riots

Indian man jailed in first conviction over 2020 New Delhi riots

An Indian court has jailed a man for five years in the first conviction over religious riots in New Delhi in 2020, when more than 50 people, most of them Muslims, were killed. The riots, the worst such violence in the capital in decades, followed months of protests against a citizenship law that critics say discriminates against the Muslim minority...

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Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi expresses concern over spread of hatred in cyber world by followers of Hindutva

In India, main opposition party Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has expressed concern over spread of hatred in the cyber world by the followers of Hindutva. In a tweet, the Congress leader said that "Hindutvavadis" have been spreading hatred in the cyber world because cowards only attack while hiding. Calling them cowards, he said they do not have the courage to...

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent COVID hamster cull

Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop people giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who offer to care for abandoned hamsters, authorities said, after they ordered a cull of the cuddly rodents to curb the coronavirus. On Tuesday, officials ordered the killing of about 2,000 hamsters from dozens of pet shops after...

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Antony Blinken

Top diplomats for U.S., Russia meet in Geneva on soaring Ukraine tensions

The top diplomats of Russia and the United States were to meet in Switzerland on Friday to discuss soaring tensions over Ukraine after a flurry of meetings between officials on both sides in the last week produced no breakthroughs. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Geneva for talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov following a swing through...

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