Vladimir Putin

Russia terms US calls for anti-Putin sanctions as politically destructive

Russia has termed the United States calls for anti-Putin sanctions as politically destructive. Commenting on calls for freezing Russian President's assets, spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, Putin keeps money in the Rossiya Bank, which is already under sanctions. Earlier, the US President Joe Biden said that Russian President Putin would face sanctions if he invades Ukraine.

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Wang Yi

Saudi Arabian FM visit reflects high-level China-Saudi strategic partnership: Wang Yi

“As the first foreign minister to arrive in China in the new year, your visit reflects the high-level China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership,” said China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister during talks with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud in Wuxi, East China’s Jiangsu Province. According  to  APP Wang noted that as a good friend, partner and...

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North Korea

North Korea fires suspected ballistic missile

North Korea fired a suspected ballistic missile from land towards the East Sea on Tuesday. In a statement, South Korea's military said it detected a suspected ballistic missile. The launch was also reported by Japan's coast guard saying the North had fired a ballistic missile-like object.

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David Sassoli

David Sassoli: European Parliament president dies aged 65

European Parliament President David Sassoli has died at the age of 65, his spokesman says. According  to  BBC The Italian former journalist and centre-left politician had been seriously ill for more than two weeks and cancelled all official activities. Mr Sassoli was admitted to hospital in Italy last month due to a serious complication with his immune system. He died...

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Martin Griffiths

UN launches largest single country aid appeal ever for Afghanistan

The UN and partners launched a more than $5 billion funding appeal for Afghanistan on Tuesday, in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services there, which have left 22 million in need of assistance inside the country, and 5.7 million people requiring help beyond its borders. Speaking in Geneva, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths said that $4.4 billion...

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Antonio Guterres

UN chief urges youth to help shape better world following Covid-19 pandemic

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday urged young people to help shape a better world after the coronavirus pandemic that has especially affected them. “Building a better future starts today. So, to the young people attending this forum, keep speaking out. Keep identifying the solutions and actions we need to recover,” he said In a video message to the World Youth...

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Omicron variant

With peak yet to come, Europe’s healthcare groans under Omicron’s swift spread

Europe's healthcare systems are being strained once again by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus over the holiday period, with large numbers of key staff ill or self-isolating and experts predicting the peak of infections is yet to come. According to Reuters Despite early studies showing a lower risk of severe disease or hospitalisation from Omicron...

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Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi faces six years in jail after new sentences -source

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source familiar with the proceedings said. The latest sentencing in legal proceedings that rights groups have criticised as a farce and a "courtroom circus" means she faces a six-year jail term after two...

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Russia will not make concessions on Ukraine crisis

Russia says it would not make concessions under US pressure during the talks on the Ukraine crisis beginning in Geneva on Monday. The hard line from Moscow underscored fragile prospects for negotiations that Washington hopes will avert danger of a new Russian invasion of Ukraine. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov says that it is possible the diplomacy could end...

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United States

US ready to talks with Russia on missiles deployment, military exercises in Ukraine

The United States has expressed its willingness to hold talks with Russia on scope of military exercises and deployment of offensive missiles in Ukraine. A senior official of US Administration told reporters in Washington that negotiations can be held on putting limits on United States and NATO military exercises in Eastern Europe. The comments came as senior US and Russian...

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United Nations

UN launches political process to end crisis in Sudan

The United Nations has announced the launch of UN-facilitated intra-Sudanese political process to end political crisis in the country. In a statement, head of UN Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan, Volker Perthes said that all key civilian and military stakeholders, including armed movements, political parties, civil society, women's groups and resistance committees, will be invited to participate in the...

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Seven killed after Brazil cliff collapses on boats

In Brazil, at least seven people were killed and nine seriously injured after a cliff collapsed on boats at Capitolio in Minas Gerais state. According to media reports, three boats were carrying tourists to Furnas Lake in Minahs Gerais state when they met an accident. Authorities said the region has been under heavy rainfall for two weeks, which could have...

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Kazakhstan detains ex-security chief, president consults with Putin

Kazakhstan's former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state security agency said on Saturday, as the former Soviet republic is roiled by its worst unrest in 30 years. According to Reuters The detention of Karim Massimov was announced by the National Security Committee which he headed until he was fired this week by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev...

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Strong earthquake of 6.6 magnitude struck remote northwestern Qinghai in China

In China, a strong earthquake of 6.6 magnitude struck remote northwestern Qinghai province early this morning. According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the quake was located about 140 kilometres north-northwest of the city of Xining. A 5.1-magnitude aftershock followed about 25 minutes later.

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Kazakh President says constitutional order mostly restored

Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says order has mostly been restored in all regions of the country after days of unprecedented unrest. In a statement, he said law enforcement forces will continue their operations until total elimination of the militants.

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World Health Organization

Over 2.6 mln coronavirus cases registered around world in last 24 hours: WHO

World Health Organization (WHO) report says more than 2.6 mln coronavirus cases were registered around the world in the last 24 hours. The organization reported about 296,496,809 cases and 5,462,631 deaths. Who urged the world to share out vaccine more fairly to end the death and destruction caused by the virus.

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Lifesaving COVID Treatments Face Rationing as Virus Surges Again

At the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, scarce ventilators and protective equipment faced strict rationing. According to The New York Times Today, as the pandemic rages into its third year, another precious category of products is coming under tight controls: treatments to stave off severe COVID-19. There is a greater menu of COVID pills and infusions now than...

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