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G7: China must press Russia to stop Ukraine war
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G7: China must press Russia to stop Ukraine war

Rescuers and service members work at a site of a shopping mall hit by a Russian missile strike, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Kremenchuk, in Poltava region, Ukraine June 27, 2022. Picture taken June 27, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Voitenko G7 leaders urged China on Tuesday to use its influence with Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine and drop "expansive maritime claims" in the South China Sea, in unprecedentedly tough criticism of Beijing's policies and human rights record. They called on China to press Russia to pull forces out of Ukraine immediately and unconditionally, citing a ruling by the International Court of Justice that Moscow suspend its military operation, and related U.N. General Assembly resolutions. In a communique concluding their three-day summit in t...
NATO to massively increase high-readiness forces to 300,000 – Stoltenberg
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NATO to massively increase high-readiness forces to 300,000 – Stoltenberg

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a news conference ahead of a NATO summit that will take place in Madrid, at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium June 27, 2022. REUTERS/Johanna Geron NATO will increase the number of its forces at high readiness massively to over 300,000, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday. "We will transform the NATO response force and increase the number of our high readiness forces to well over 300,000," he told reporters ahead of a NATO summit in Madrid later this week in Madrid. NATO's quick reaction force, the NATO response force, so far has some 40,000 troops. At the Madrid summit, NATO will also change its language on Russia in the alliance's last strategy from 2010 was still described as a strategic p...
Italy’s Eni reports fourth daily shortfall of Russian gas supplies
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Italy’s Eni reports fourth daily shortfall of Russian gas supplies

The logo of Italian energy company Eni is seen at a gas station in Rome, Italy September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) has told Italy's Eni (ENI.MI) that it would deliver similar gas supplies on Saturday to those it sent in recent days, Eni said in a statement, signalling a fourth consecutive daily shortfall. Eni said on Friday it would receive only half of the gas it had requested from Gazprom, while on Thursday it received only 65% of the volumes it had requested and on Wednesday was sent 85% of what it wanted. "Gazprom announced that today it will deliver volumes of gas in line with the quantities delivered in recent days," Eni said, giving no further details. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that reductions in suppl...
U.S. President Reagan’s shooter John Hinckley fully released after 41 years
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U.S. President Reagan’s shooter John Hinckley fully released after 41 years

John Hinckley, who wounded then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and three others in a 1981 assassination attempt, was released without conditions on Wednesday in compliance with a federal judge's order. He had received a full-time conditional release in 2016 after 30 years in a psychiatric hospital in Washington and had lived with his mother in Virginia until her death last year. A jury had found him not guilty by reason of insanity in his 1982 trial, prompting Congress and some states to pass laws restricting the use of insanity as a defense. Advertisement · Scroll to continue "After 41 years 2 months and 15 days, FREEDOM AT LAST!!!" Hinckley, 67, wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon. Last September, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman ruled that John Hinckle...
Togo Declares State Of Emergency In The North
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Togo Declares State Of Emergency In The North

The Togolese government has declared a “state of security emergency” in its northern border region. The measure will last for three months and could be extended by the national assembly, the government spokesman said on Monday. It allows security forces there to have more flexibility to deal with threats of jihadist attacks. The move follows last month’s attack in a northern town near the border with Burkina Faso, in which eight Togolese were killed and others were wounded. Togolese troops are deployed in the north to try to contain a jihadist threat pushing south from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, where militants linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group operate. Source: BBC
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WTO chief sees rocky road for trade deals at global meeting

World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala attends a news conference ahead of the Ministerial Conference (MC12) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 12, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse World Trade Organization chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala expressed cautious optimism on Sunday that more than 100 trade ministers meeting in Geneva would achieve one or two global deals this week, but warned the path there would be bumpy and rocky. The director-general from Nigeria said the world had changed since the WTO's last ministerial conference nearly five years ago. read more "I wish I could say for better. It has certainly become more complicated," she told a news conference before the June 12-15 meeting, listing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ukraine war, and major food and ...
Iran plans to disconnect 20 IAEA cameras, envoys quote Grossi as saying
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Iran plans to disconnect 20 IAEA cameras, envoys quote Grossi as saying

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency it plans to disconnect 20 IAEA surveillance cameras and other monitoring equipment, the agency's chief Rafael Grossi told its board on Thursday, according to diplomats at the meeting. Iran's move appeared to be further retaliation for a resolution from the 35-nation IAEA Board of Governors criticising Tehran for failing to explain uranium particles at undeclared sites, which was passed on Wednesday evening. Grossi is due to hold a news conference on Iran at 1115 GMT. read more Tehran had already said on Wed...
More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported to WHO – briefing
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More than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported to WHO – briefing

There have been more than 1,000 monkeypox cases reported to the World Health Organization in the current outbreak outside the countries in Africa where it more commonly spreads. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the risk of monkeypox becoming established in these non-endemic countries was real but preventable at this point. Twenty-nine countries have reported cases in the current outbreak, which began in May. None have reported deaths. At a media briefing in Geneva, Tedros also said there had been more than 1,400 suspected cases of monkeypox this year in Africa and 66 deaths. "It's an unfortunate reflection of the world we live in that the international community is only now paying attention to monkeypox because it has appeared in high-income countries,"...
Abuja mob burns man to death over row with the cleric
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Abuja mob burns man to death over row with the cleric

Nigerian police say a man who had a row with a Muslim cleric died in the capital, Abuja, after being set ablaze by a mob supporting the cleric. Ahmad Usman, 30, was in a local vigilante group and police say about 200 people were mobilised against him. Eyewitnesses said the row was over an alleged blasphemous remark, but the police have not confirmed this. Last month, a Christian student was killed by Muslim students who accused her of blasphemy in the city of Sokoto. The Abuja victim was described by police as “a member of the local vigilante around Tipper garage at Federal Housing Estate in Lugbe Area”. Police found him at the scene with severe burns and took him to hospital, but he died of his injuries. BBC Abuja reporter Chris Ewokor says there appears to be a ris...
Saudi shares up after PMI shows solid growth in May
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Saudi shares up after PMI shows solid growth in May

Saudi Arabia's stock market rose on Sunday after a survey showed that the non-oil private sector continued its strong growth in May as demand withstood rising output costs. The seasonally adjusted S&P Global Saudi Arabia Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for the whole economy was steady at 55.7 in May, the same as in April, which was its lowest reading since January and below the series average of 56.8. read more Employment growth dipped marginally but remained in growth territory, where it has been since April 2021, excluding March this year. Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) rose 0.4% with oil giant Saudi Aramco <2222.SE) advancing 1.1%, while Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) was up 0.5%. Among other stocks, ACWA Power (2082.SE) also ...