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Ukraine: Amnesty Int’l report sparks furore, resignation

Ukraine: Amnesty Int’l report sparks furore, resignation

Kyiv: The head of Amnesty International’s Ukraine chapter has resigned, saying the human rights organisation shot down her opposition to publishing a report that claimed Ukrainian forces had exposed civilians to Russian attacks by basing themselves in populated areas. In a statement posted Friday night on Facebook, Oksana Pokalchuk accused her former employer of disregarding […]

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Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Kremlin says Griner swap must be discussed without publicity

Moscow:  The Kremlin said Friday that it’s open to talking about a possible prisoner exchange involving American basketball star Brittney Griner but strongly warned Washington against publicising the issue. Griner, a two-time US Olympic champion and an eight-time all-star with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after police at […]

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In S Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

In S Korea, Pelosi avoids public comments on Taiwan, China

Seoul:  After infuriating China over her trip to Taiwan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi met South Korean political leaders in Seoul on Thursday but avoided making direct public comments on relations with Beijing and Taipei that could further increase regional tensions. Pelosi, the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years, said Wednesday in […]

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Kremlin strongly backs Beijing as Pelosi’s Taiwan trip loom

Kremlin strongly backs Beijing as Pelosi’s Taiwan trip loom

Moscow:  The Kremlin on Tuesday strongly warned the US against provoking China with a possible trip to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying it will raise tensions to a new dangerous level. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned that such a visit would be “extremely provocative”, adding that it would “exacerbate the situation in […]

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1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

1st ship carrying Ukrainian grain leaves the port of Odesa

Kyiv:  The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain set out Monday from the port of Odesa under an internationally brokered deal to unblock the embattled country’s agricultural exports and ease a growing global food crisis. The Sierra Leone-flagged cargo ship Razoni sounded its horn as it slowly departed with over 26,000 tons of corn destined for […]

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EU court limits national checks for migrant rescue ships

EU court limits national checks for migrant rescue ships

Brussels:  The European Union’s top court ruled on Monday that national maritime authorities cannot impound ships involved in search-and-rescue work on suspicion that they might be overloaded due to the number of migrants they plucked from the sea. The European Court of Justice ruling came in response to an appeal by German migrant aid group […]

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Drone explosion hits Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ

Drone explosion hits Russia’s Black Sea Fleet HQ

Kyiv: A drone-borne explosive device detonated Sunday at the headquarters of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, injuring six people, officials said. The explosion at the headquarters in the city of Sevastopol on the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014 caused cancellation of observances of Russia’s Navy Day holiday. The Black Sea Fleet’s press […]

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Ramos, ex-Philippine leader who helped oust dictator, dies

Ramos, ex-Philippine leader who helped oust dictator, dies

Manila, Jul 31 (AP) Former Philippine President Fidel Valdez Ramos, a US-trained ex-general who saw action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and played a key role in a 1986 pro-democracy uprising that ousted a dictator, has died. He was 94. It was not immediately clear what caused his death but one of his longtime […]

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Iraqi protesters breach Parliament building in Baghdad

Iraqi protesters breach Parliament building in Baghdad

Baghdad:  Thousands of followers of an influential Shiite cleric breached Iraq’s parliament on Saturday, for the second time this week, to protest government formation efforts lead by his rivals, an alliance of Iran-backed groups. The alliance called for counter-protests, raising the spectre of civil strife. Iraqi security forces initially used tear gas and sound bombs […]

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Kremlin warns US against ‘provocative’ moves toward China

Kremlin warns US against ‘provocative’ moves toward China

Moscow: The Kremlin on Friday offered strong support to China amid the tensions over Taiwan, warning the United States against any “provocative” moves that could exacerbate the situation. Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against meddling in China’s dealings with Taiwan during a phone call Thursday with U.S. President Joe Biden, Speaking in a call with […]