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    Turkey files protest with Greece and US as Aegean tensions rise

    Ankara has summoned the Greek ambassador and protested to Washington after accusing Greece of deploying United States armoured vehicles on two Aegean islands near the Turkish coast. Greece branded the move on Monday as “completely unfounded”, and accused Ankara of aggressive behaviour. Greece and Turkey, which are both part of the US-led NATO defence alliance, have feuded for years over…

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    Kremlin says no decision to seal Russia’s borders amid chaos

    The Kremlin says no decision has been taken on whether to seal Russia’s borders to stop an exodus of military-aged men fleeing the country after days of chaotic scenes during partial mobilisation for its war in Ukraine. Asked on Monday about the prospect of the border being shut, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters: “I don’t know anything about this.…

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    At UN, Mali army-appointed PM slams France, praises Russia ties

    Mali’s military-appointed prime minister has lashed out at France and the United Nations in a grievance-filled address over his nation’s deteriorating security situation while praising the “exemplary” cooperation with Russia. Addressing the 77th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday, Abdoulaye Maiga slammed what he called France’s “unilateral decision” to relocate its remaining troops to neighbouring Niger amid deteriorating…

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    Russians defy Putin’s mobilisation push, hundreds arrested

    Russian police have dispersed peaceful protests against President Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation order, arresting hundreds, including some children, across the country, as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy warned Russians that their president was knowingly “sending citizens to their death”. Police detained nearly 750 people, including more than 370 in the capital Moscow and some 150 in St Petersburg, according to OVD-Info,…

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    US relaxes internet sanctions on Iran in support of protesters

    The Biden administration has issued a license to relax sanctions on internet services in Iran, saying the move aims to “support the free flow of information” for Iranians amid widespread anti-government protests. The US Treasury Department said on Friday that the decision comes in response to the Iranian authorities choking off internet access in the country to disrupt demonstrations and…

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    Iran unrest: Women burn headscarves at anti-hijab protests

    Women have been at the forefront of escalating protests in Iran sparked by the death in custody of a woman detained for breaking hijab laws. Crowds cheered when women burned their hijabs on a bonfire in Sari on Tuesday, the fifth successive day of unrest. Activists said a woman was among three protesters shot dead by security forces in Urmia,…

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    Five key takeaways from Joe Biden’s UNGA speech

    Joe Biden has accused Russia of aiming to end Ukraine’s right to exist as a nation, telling the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Washington wants the conflict to end on “just terms”. In his second address to the UNGA as president of the United States, Biden on Wednesday stressed that Russia violated the UN Charter when it invaded its…

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    At UNGA, Biden condemns Russia’s war on Ukraine as Putin escalates threats

    U.S. President Joe Biden called out Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine at the United Nations, as the Russian leader significantly escalated war efforts and threatened nuclear retaliation. Speaking to the annual gathering of the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) in New York Wednesday morning, Biden used most of his address to condemn Moscow. “Let us speak plainly. A permanent member of…

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    Joe Biden, Liz Truss finally hold first meeting at UNGA

    US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Liz Truss met for the first time on Wednesday, indicating continued strong relations between the countries. “You’re our closest ally in the world,” Mr Biden said to the new prime minister. “We are steadfast allies,” Ms Truss said before their meeting outside the UN General Assembly. Mr Biden said they discussed Russia’s…

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    Russia calls up 300,000 reservists, says 6,000 soldiers killed in Ukraine

    Russia will draft 300,000 reservists to support its military campaign in Ukraine, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday in televised remarks. In Moscow’s first update on casualty numbers in almost six months, Shoigu said 5,937 Russian soldiers had been killed since the start of the conflict. President Vladimir Putin had ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two in…

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