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Biden names envoy to Asean, stressing US attention

By AP and published by US News & World Report Washington – US President Joe Biden on Friday announced he’s nominating one of his top national security aides as ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, aiming to underscore his administration’s commitment to the Pacific region. Biden announced his decision to nominate Yohannes Abraham,

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White House drops airplane mask mandate for now after federal judge overturns rule

By AP and The Dallas Morning News MOST major US airlines are no longer requiring passengers or employees to wear masks after the White House said it was lifting the Covid-19 restriction on Monday, at least temporarily, after a federal judge struck down the public health measure. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines and Fort Worth-based American Airlines,

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Putin orders Russian troops into Ukraine after recognising breakaway regions

By Reuters and published by The Straits Times Moscow – Russian President Vladimir Putin recognised two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent on Monday (Feb. 21) and ordered the Russian army to launch what Moscow called a peacekeeping operation into the area, a move that Washington said was part of Moscow’s attempt to create

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Putin says he may recognise breakaway regions of Ukraine

  By Dmitry Antonov and Michel Rose, Reuters, and published by Swissinfo.ch Moscow/Paris –Russian President Vladimir Putin said today (Feb. 21) he was considering a request by two regions of eastern Ukraine held by Russian-backed separatists to be recognised as independent – a move that could give Moscow a reason to openly send troops. Separately,

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Alarm as east Ukraine’s most intense shelling for years enters second day

By Reuters and published by Gulf News Moscow/Kyiv – Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels reported increased shelling in eastern Ukraine for a second straight day today (Feb. 18), an escalation that Washington and other Western allies say could form part of a Russian pretext to invade. A diplomatic source with years of direct experience

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US and Nato say Russia is building up troops near Ukraine, not withdrawing

  By Alexander Marrow and Alexander Vasovic, Reuters, and published by Swissinfo.ch Moscow/Kyiv –The United States and Nato said Russia was still building up troops around Ukraine on Wednesday despite Moscow’s insistence it was pulling back, questioning President Vladimir Putin’s stated desire to negotiate a solution to the crisis. In Ukraine, where people raised flags

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Business

European and US stocks climb as Russia starts returning some troops to base

  By Chloe Taylor, CNBC London – European stocks were higher today (Feb. 15) after Russia announced it had begun returning some troops to deployment bases, tentatively raising hopes of de-escalation on the borders of Ukraine. The pan-European Stoxx 600 index climbed 1.2% during afternoon trade, with healthcare stocks adding 2% to lead gains as

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West warns of ‘dangerous moment’ in Ukraine standoff as Russia holds military drills

By Yuliya Talmazan, Oksana Parafeniuk, Tatyana Chistikova and Alan Kaytukov, NBC News and published by MSN News RUSSIA began major military drills with close ally Belarus today (Feb 10), the latest stage in a massive military buildup near Ukraine’s borders that has stoked fears Moscow could invade its neighbour. The joint exercises were expected to

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Cobra Gold 2022 numerically downsized due to pandemic situation

By Thai Newsroom Reporters THAI AND UNITED STATES TROOPS taking part in Cobra Gold 2022 joint military exercise will be numerically downsized in response to the sustained pandemic situation, an army general said today (Feb. 4). Thai Armed Forces chief-of-staff Lt.Gen. Chidchanok Nudchaya confirmed the total of troops from Thailand, the US and several other

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Tonga volcano causes ‘significant’ damage but no deaths: Ardern

By AFP, Reuters and Xinhua, published by The Straits Times  Wellington – Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa suffered “significant” damage in the powerful volcanic eruption which triggered a tsunami but there had been no reports of injury or death, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today (Jan. 16). “The tsunami has had a significant impact on

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