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‘Maximally pragmatic’: Central Asia handles Russia’s Ukraine war

"I wholeheartedly support a straightforward annexation of all territories from which labor migrants arrive to instruct them in Russian precisely where they are." Zakhar Prilepin, a novelist who fought for separatists in Ukraine's Donbas region and is now co-chair of A Just Russia, a pro-Kremlin socialist party, stated at a December news conference in Moscow, "Not here, but in Uzbekistan, for instance."

Russia frees five Ukrainian children after Qatar mediates

Nearly 30,000 children, according to Ukraine, have been deported or forcibly removed from their families by Russia. Five Ukrainian children have been repatriated to Kyiv by Russia, while thousands more are believed to be in Moscow's custody. Following mediation at the Qatari embassy in Moscow, six children were reunited with their families, according to a report by the Russian news agency TASS.

Ukraine war: Russian strikes cause nationwide blackouts

Blackouts have affected extensive regions of Ukraine as a result of Russian missiles aiming at energy infrastructure. Kharkiv's second-largest city is without electricity, according to regional administrator Oleg Synehubov. In Kharkiv, fifteen explosions were reported; in Odesa, over 53,000 households were without electricity. Russian interference was blamed by German Galushchenko, the energy minister of Ukraine, for "a major breakdown of the nation's energy infrastructure."

What follows Putin’s predicted fifth term as Russian president?

Regarding forecasts, a landslide for Putin was the effortless one. In that case, neither a crystal ball nor tea leaves are necessary. Ultimately, the Kremlin exercises strict control over the entire political system in Russia, including elections. Putin, however, will only do a little with his 87%. What might a fifth term of Putin entail?

Putin gives Kim Jong Un a luxurious Russian limo

Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, rode in the luxurious vehicle that Russian President Vladimir Putin presented to him as a gift. Relations between Pyongyang and Moscow have strengthened ever since Kim and Putin met in Russia for the first time in four years in September of last year.

Putin threatens Russia with nuclear war

Putin, in his capacity as president, has issued a dire threat that Russia will resort to nuclear war if its sovereignty is threatened. The Kremlin chief stated in a recorded interview posted by Russian media on Wednesday that his nation is "military-technical" prepared for a nuclear conflict. His remarks indicate a resumption of nuclear "sabre-rattling," as it was termed a year ago, in the lead-up to the presidential election this weekend.

Can Yulia Navalnaya Unite Russia’s Opposition Post-Navalny?

"Baby, we are like the lyrics of the song [Hope] – there are cities, airport takeoff lights, blue blizzards, and thousands of kilometers between us," he wrote on St. Valentine's Day, February 14. Nevertheless, I sense your presence in my life constantly, and my affection for you grows," he wrote beside a photograph of himself and Yulia Navalnaya, a tall, blonde former bank teller whom he met in 1998 while on vacation in Turkey.

Drone hits Russian apartment block; Ukraine blamed

Early on Saturday, one hundred individuals were evacuated after a residential building in St. Petersburg was struck by a drone. On Saturday morning, a Russian apartment building consisting of five stories was struck by a drone, prompting certain Russian media outlets to attribute the incident to Ukraine. St. Petersburg building occupants reported an eerie explosion, followed by a fire, shortly after 7:00 a.m. local time.

ISS Russian segment air leak, crew safe

The occurrence of a breach on the International Space Station is not unprecedented. NASA has confirmed that a Zvezda module on the Russian side of the orbiting laboratory is releasing air through a 3-foot-diameter hole. As a result of the module's isolation from the remainder of the space station, the seven astronauts aboard are thankfully not at risk.

The sixth U.K. resident accused with espionage for Russia

A sixth individual is suspected of belonging to a Russian intelligence organisation operating within the United Kingdom. Tihomir Ivanov Ivanchev, a 38-year-old Bulgarian national residing in Acton, west London, was arrested on 7 February and is due to appear in court on Wednesday. He is charged with "conspiring to collect information intended to be directly or indirectly useful to an enemy".

Leave Russia, funding Putin’s war, MPs warn Mondelez

Members of the UK Parliament have criticized Mondelez International, owner of Cadbury, for its ongoing operations in Russia post-Ukraine invasion. MP Alex Sobel urged CEO Dirk Van de Put to align business ethics with human rights and social justice. Amidst global backlash and calls for boycotts, the company maintains a difficult position, citing potential Kremlin takeover and local dependency on their business. Critics claim continued sales support Russia's military funding, challenging Mondelez's ethical stance.

Ukrainian war: Dozens of Russian troops ‘killed in air strike’

Ukrainian war: Dozens of Russian troops 'killed in air strike'

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Police threaten arrest of ‘openly Jewish’ man near pro-Palestine march

Last Saturday in London, the leader of the Campaign Against Antisemitism was prevented from crossing a road near a pro-Palestine demonstration. A supporter of antisemitism was threatened with arrest mere yards from a pro-Palestine march, with one Metropolitan Police officer characterising his presence as "antagonising."

G7 nations criticise Chinese funding for Russia’s weapons industry

The "strong concern" expressed by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations regarding transferring weapon components and materials from Chinese enterprises to Russia in preparation for its military offensive in Ukraine has been documented. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken exhorted his counterparts on Friday at a meeting on the Italian island of Capri to increase pressure on China, which the United States accuses of assisting Russia's war effort by supplying critical components for weaponry.

Israel’s attack on Iran: Crisis demonstrates Iran-Israel miscommunication

The Israeli assault on Iran did not elicit the severe reaction that Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, had anticipated. They have been advocating for Israel to establish a clear boundary in the perilous sequence of occurrences that commenced on April 1 with the assassination of a senior Iranian general in Damascus by Israel. The conflict in Gaza has persisted for over six months after the Hamas assaults on Israel, and it has extended to the vicinity encompassing the Lebanon-Israel border and the Gulf.

Saga boosted by ocean and river cruise demand

New results indicate that Saga's cruise and travel divisions returned to profitability in 2018 due to a significant increase in demand. According to preliminary annual results, the group's ocean cruise division generated an underlying pre-tax profit of £35.5 million in the year ending in January, compared to a loss of £700,000 in the prior year. The organisation stated, "Bookings for ocean cruises continue to be exceptionally robust, and we have already secured a 78% load factor and £3,679 per diem for 2024/25."