Boris Johnson Takes ‘Full Responsibility’ for Lockdown Raves

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he took “full responsibility” over breaches of COVID-19 regulations during several gatherings in No 10 Downing Street but would not resign his post. Johnson said Wednesday he believed the rules and regulations were followed, …

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New French Minister Damien Abad Accused of Sex Crimes

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Several women accused Damien Abad of rape in 2010 and 2011, alleging the new French minister for solidarity, autonomy, and people with disabilities a day after his ministerial appointment. One of the women claimed that she filed complaints in 2012 …

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Blinken Says Iranian Attempts to Kill Pompeo, and Other US Officials

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday confirmed ongoing threats against the present and past US officials from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Testifying before a Senate panel, Blinken said that Iran attempted to assassinate former Secretary of State …

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Japan Sends Envoy to Solomons over China Security Pact

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said Tuesday that a top Japanese official had expressed worries to Solomon Islands Prime Minister over the country’s newly inked security deal with China, fearing Beijing might expand its military power. The security agreement “may affect …

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Yellen Blames Russian Invasion for Global Food Insecurity

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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pointed out in a broadcast on her Twitter account that the US government was working with partners and allies to “help mitigate the effects of Russia’s reckless war on the world’s most vulnerable”.  According to …

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US and South Korea Ask North to Return to Negotiations After Weapon Testing

Unification Minister Lee In-young and the U.S. envoy for North Korea, Special Representative Sung Kim, met Tuesday to seek ways to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table after a series of weapons testing. During the meeting, Lee and …

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Man Found Guilty of Murdering David Amess

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Ali Harbi Ali had been found guilty of the murder of MP Sir David Amess. Ali Harbi Ali, 26, a British citizen and son of a former media adviser to a prime minister of Somalia, repeatedly stabbed Amess in an …

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Finland to Return Detained Artworks to Russia

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Finland’s Foreign Ministry will provide authorization for the exhibits from Russia’s museum collections that were previously detained by Finnish Customs to be returned to Russia. According to the Finnish foreign ministry’s statement published on its website, they will issue a …

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Switzerland Freezes $8 Billion in Russian Wealth

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Switzerland has so far frozen CHF7.5 billion ($8 billion) in funds and assets belonging to Russians as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Erwin Bollinger, head of the Bilateral Economic Relations Division at the …

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Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister and Central Bank Governor Replaced Amid Growing Civil Unrest

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Sri Lankan Central Bank governor Ajith Cabraal resigned on Monday amid escalating protests in Sri Lanka over the mounting economic crisis. Cabraal’s resignation arrived hours after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa removed his brother and Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa from …

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