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Putin lambasts the West and declares the end of ‘the era of the unipolar world’

“When they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s own representatives on earth, people who have no responsibilities — only interests. They have declared those interests sacred. Now it’s one-way traffic, which makes the world unstable,” Putin told the audience. The much-hyped speech was delayed by more than 90 minutes because of a …

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EU Commission supports Ukraine’s bid to join the bloc

Speaking in Brussels, the European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen said the Commission recommends “that Ukraine is given candidate status. This is of course on the understanding that the country will carry out a number of further reforms.” “In the view of the Commission, Ukraine has clearly demonstrated the country’s aspiration and the country’s …

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France sets record amid western European heat wave

On Thursday afternoon, the town of St-Jean-de-Minervois in southern France reached 40° C (104° F), the earliest that the country (excluding Corsica) has ever reached 40°, according to the weather service Meteo France. Temperatures across Spain and France have been well above average for several days and the heat is expected to peak this weekend. …

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Alleged Russian spy attempted to infiltrate the International Criminal Court as an intern, say Dutch authorities

According to the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), a suspected operative of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service had posed as a 33-year-old man from Brazil and traveled to the Netherlands from Brazil in April. He had successfully applied to be an intern at the ICC in The Hague and was traveling to the …

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Alexey Navalny Fast Facts – CNN

Father: Anatoly Navalny, former military officer and basket-weaving factory owner Mother: Lyudmila Navalnaya, basket-weaving factory owner Marriage: Yulia (Abrosimova) Navalnaya (2000-present) Children: Daria and Zakhar Education: Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, commercial law, 1998; attended State Finance Academy, 1999-2001 Other Facts Has been a prominent organizer of street protests and has exposed corruption in Russian …

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Macron, Scholz, Draghi, leaders of Europe’s biggest countries, on Kyiv mission to smooth tensions

Not that they needed one. Like other leaders before them, they traveled to the Ukrainian capital on a special train that set off from Poland in the middle of the night and was guarded by dozens of heavily armed soldiers. The three were in Kyiv on a mission to try and smooth out tensions over …

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Live updates: Russia’s war in Ukraine

(Courtesy Bunny Drueke & Joy Black) Two Americans fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv in Ukraine have been missing for nearly a week and there are fears that they may have been captured by Russian forces, according to their families and a fellow fighter. The men are Alexander John-Robert Drueke, age 39, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, …

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Why Ukraine’s longshot bid to join the EU is likely to enrage Putin

On the same day, February 28, he asked that the EU “urgently admit Ukraine using a new procedure … our goal is to be with all Europeans and, to be equal to them. I am sure we deserve it. I am sure it is possible.” The following year, Russia invaded Donbas and illegally annexed Crimea. …

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