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Russia claims total control of Ukraine’s Mariupol: ‘complete liberation’

Russia now claims Mariupol, Ukraine is entirely under its control following the surrender of Ukrainian forces from the Azovstal steel plant, according to a senior official in the Russian government. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin that Russia’s military saw the “complete liberation” of the Ukrainian port city, which has been at …

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‘Putin destroyed everything,’ says Odessa mayor

Once derided as a Kremlin sympathiser, Odessa’s Mayor Gennady Trukhanov likes to collect his thoughts before delving into his feelings about Russia and President Vladimir Putin. “The Russians are on our soil today and they are bombing our cities, killing our people and our soldiers. Our people are dying,” the mayor of the southern Ukrainian …

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US ‘deeply concerned’ about UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet’s China visit

The US State Department on Friday expressed concern about an upcoming visit by the United Nations rights chief to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, warning that restrictions by Beijing could make a thorough investigation into alleged rights abuses there impossible. “We’re deeply concerned about the upcoming visit,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said of …

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Two nations could expand military exercises

The United States and South Korea are considering expanding military exercises in and around the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea’s progressing missile and nuclear program, the two countries announced Saturday. President Joe Biden also said he could meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under certain conditions. “That would depend on whether …

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Zelensky calls for Russia to pay war compensation

Dmytro Mosur, 32, who lost his wife during shelling in nearby Severodonetsk this week, holds his two-year-old twin daughters as they wait to be evacuated from the city of Lysychansk in eastern Ukraine – ARIS MESSINIS/AFP Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed a formal deal with the country’s allies to secure Russian compensation for the damage its …

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Threat of North Korean weapons test looms over Biden’s Asia visit

WASHINGTON — While much of President Joe Biden’s foreign policy attention has been focused on Ukraine in recent months, the threat posed by North Korea has continued to simmer in the background and may soon grab the spotlight as Biden makes his first trip to Asia as president. Biden’s visit to US allies South Korea …

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North Korea reports more fevers as Kim claims virus progress

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday it found nearly 220,000 more people with feverish symptoms even as leader Kim Jong Un claimed progress in slowing a largely undiagnosed spread of COVID-19 across an unvaccinated population of 26 million. The outbreak has caused concern about serious tragedies in the poor, isolated country with …

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In biggest victory yet, Russia claims to capture Mariupol

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — In what would be its biggest victory yet in the war with Ukraine, Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking, with over 20,000 civilians feared dead. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin …

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US is willing to send North Korea COVID-19 aid despite Kim Jong Un’s vows to ramp up its nuclear program, official says

Officials said North Korea may be planning a long-range missile test to occur during President Joe Biden’s visit to the South Korea this weekend.Getty Images About a week after reporting its first COVID-19 case, North Korea may have surpassed 2 million cases. A Biden administration official told Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs they may be willing to …

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