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Chinese FM holds phone talks with US secretary

March 6, 2022, 6:26 am Beijing, March 6 ( /Xinhua) Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken over China-U.S. relations and the Ukraine issue at the latter’s request. Wang said that at present, the top priority in China-U.S. relations is still to advance and implement the consensus reached …

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Road accident kills at least five in Nigeria

March 6, 2022, 6:18 am Lagos, March 6 ( /Xinhua) At least five members of a family died and two others were injured in an accident in Nigeria’s northwest state of Jigawa, confirmed a local police officer. The road mishap occurred in a village along Dangyatin road in the Miga local government area of the state on Friday when the …

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Israel PM Bennett meets Putin in Moscow

March 5, 2022, 11:47 pm News Delhi, March 5 : Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday met Russian President Vladimir Putin at Kremlin to discuss the ongoing crisis in the region, Russian media outlets reported. This was an unannounced visit by the Israeli Prime Minister to Moscow. They held talks for nearly three hours at the time of filing …

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Global Covid deaths near 6 mln: WHO

March 6, 2022, 6:14 am Geneva, March 6 ( /Xinhua) The number of Covid-19 deaths worldwide is close to 6 million, according to the latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO). Globally, there have been 440,807,756 confirmed Covid-19 cases, including 5,978,096 deaths, reported to WHO as of Friday, according to the international health watchdog’s dashboard. The Europe region topped …

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Russian diplomat physically assaulted in Lithuania: Russia

March 5, 2022, 10:28 pm Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) A Russian diplomat has been physically assaulted in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. “A Russian diplomat has been physically assaulted in the Lithuanian capital, and there have been attempts to pressure the ambassador. Our missions have already sent appropriate notes, however the measures …

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‘Russia will not forget British support for Ukraine’

March 5, 2022, 9:49 pm Moscow, March 5 : Russia’s foreign ministry has released a statement taking direct aim at the Boris Johnson government for its support of Ukraine. Maria Zakharova, the foreign ministry spokesperson, says Russia won’t forget the British cooperation with Kyiv, or with what she calls the “ultra-nationalist forces of Ukraine”, according to Russian media. “The sanctions …

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Russian military accuses Ukraine of taking advantage of ceasefire

March 5, 2022, 8:15 pm Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) Russia has fulfilled its obligations in Mariupol and Volnovakha under the ceasefire request from Kiev, which, on the other hand, abused the pause to regroup its troops rather than ensure the evacuation of civilians, the chief of the Russian National Defense Management Center, Mikhail Mizintsev, said on Saturday. “As for …

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Putin says Middle-Eastern militants operating in Ukraine

March 5, 2022, 7:28 pm Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) Russia has noticed the presence of militants from the Middle East and some European countries in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. “We are noticing the presence of militants from the Middle East, some European countries, we know it, we hear their speech on the airwaves. They are …

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Russian forces almost completed destruction of Military Infra in Ukraine: Putin

March 5, 2022, 7:40 pm Khimki, Russia, March 5 ( /Sputnik) The Russian army has nearly completed the demolition of military infrastructure in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday. “The first thing they did was the destruction of the entire military infrastructure. Well, not all, but partially, mainly warehouses with weapons, amm tion, aviation, air defense systems. Air …

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Date for third round of talks yet to be finalised: Lavrov

March 5, 2022, 7:03 pm Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) Russia is waiting to hear from Ukraine on the next round of talks, as the date for the third round has not been set yet, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Saturday. “Our participants are waiting for at least some information from Ukraine, just like they were during the first …

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Ukraine postpones evacuation from Mariupol

March 5, 2022, 5:24 pm Kyiv, March 5 : The evacuation process of civilians from Mariupol was postponed as Russia breached the ceasefire, Ukrainian officials said on Saturday. “EVACUATION OF PEACEFUL POPULATION FROM MARIUPOL POSTPONED!”, Governor of the eastern Donetsk region Pavlo Kyrylenko tweeted. “Due to the fact that the Russians do not observe the regime of silence and continue …

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Face of Haqqani Network’s leader revealed

March 5, 2022, 3:37 pm Kabul, March 5 : The Head of Haqqani Network and the Taliban-appointed Interior Minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani’s face was revealed as he appears before camera for the first time on Saturday. “Sirajuddin Haqqani, Taliban’s Interior’s Minister, appears on camera for the first time. Haqqani is wanted by FBI, with the US State Department offering a reward …

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Stalin to hold Collectors, Police, Forest officials conference Mar 10-12

March 5, 2022, 3:59 pm Chennai, Mar 5 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin will hold a conference with all districts collectors, police and forest department officials for three days from March 10 to 12. An official release on Saturday said senior government officials will participate in the three-day meet, during which the Chief Minister would review the …

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Russia declares ceasefire to open humanitarian corridors for civilians

March 5, 2022, 12:32 pm Moscow/Kyiv Mar 5 : Russia on Saturday declared a ceasefire from 10 am (Moscow time) and the opening of humanitarian passages to enable civilians to leave Mariupol and Volnovakha, the Russian Defence Ministry said. “Humanitarian passages and exit routes have been coordinated with the Ukrainian side,” the ministry said. “Starting at 10 a.m. Moscow time …

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Here I am, in my place: Zelensky

March 5, 2022, 1:13 pm Kyiv, March 5 : Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Saturday denied the rumours surfacing about him being fled the country saying “Here I am, you see, in my place”. “Every two days it is reported that I fled Ukraine, Kyiv, the (President’s Office), Zelensky said in his video address on Instagram. “Here I am, you …

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North fires suspected ballistic missile

March 5, 2022, 11:04 am Seoul, March 5 : North Korea has launched an apparent ballistic missile toward the East Sea on Saturday, just four days ahead of the Presidential election in the country, media reports said. The launch was detected from around the Sunan area in capital Pyongyang and the missile flew around 270 km at a top altitude …

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China to increase military budget

March 5, 2022, 9:46 am Beijing, March 5 ( /Sputnik) China is going to increase its military budget by 7.1 percent to $229.5 billion in 2022, the draft budget published on Saturday said. “The main expenditures budgeted at the central level include the following: … 1.45045 trillion yuan [$229.5 billion] on national defense, up 7.1%,” the draft budget said. Another …

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Zelenskyy calls NATO summit ‘weak

March 5, 2022, 6:45 am Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a video message has called the just concluded NATO summit “weak” amid the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. “A NATO summit took place today. It was a weak summit, a confused summit, a summit that shows that not everyone considers the fight for freedom in Europe …

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Bloomberg to temporarily halt work of its journalists in Russia

March 5, 2022, 6:51 am Washington, March 5 ( /Sputnik) The US-media outlet Bloomberg News said it will temporarily suspend the work of its journalists in Russia after President Vladimir Putin signed into law legislation criminalizing the spread of disinformation about the Russian military, their defamation, as well as calls for sanctions against Russia. “Bloomberg News will temporarily suspend the …

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Finland ready to discuss NATO accession

March 5, 2022, 6:05 am Moscow, March 5 ( /Sputnik) Finland is ready to discuss its possible accession to NATO because the situation in eastern and northern Europe has significantly changed over the Russian military operation in Ukraine, President Sauli Niinisto said. ‘Well, we have a changed situation in both in Finland and Sweden. For the first time, we see …

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UN launches humanitarian appeals for Burkina Faso

March 5, 2022, 6:10 am ted Nations, March 5 ( /Xinhua) The ted Nations launched humanitarian appeals worth 620.4 million US dollars for two landlocked countries — Burkina Faso and Malawi. The Burkina Faso 2022 humanitarian response plan seeks 591 million dollars to help 3 million vulnerable people, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Burkina …

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Over 130 Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

March 5, 2022, 6:14 am Ramallah, March 5 ( /Xinhua) More than 130 Palestinian protesters were injured during clashes with the Israeli soldiers in the northern West Bank, said medics and eyewitnesses. Palestinian eyewitnesses said the fierce clashes broke out near the villages of Beita and Beit Dajan, located to the south and east of Nablus city respectively, and near …

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India abstains on UNHRC vote condemning Russia

March 4, 2022, 9:53 pm Geneva/New Delhi, Mar 4 : India on Friday abstained on a UN Human Rights Council vote to urgently set up an independent international commission of inquiry into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and alleged human rights violations taking place there. India, along with China, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, was among 11 countries that abstained. Two countries voted …

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Scholz, Putin discuss Ukraine, peace talks

March 4, 2022, 9:22 pm Berlin, March 4 ( /Sputnik) German Chancellor Olaf Scholz held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader informed his German counterpart about the upcoming third round of negotiations between Russia and Ukraine during the weekend, German government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said on Friday. “In an hour-long conversation, the parties exchanged their …

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Iran condemns deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

March 4, 2022, 9:40 pm Tehran, March 4 ( /Xinhua) Iran strongly condemned a Friday attack on a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar that killed dozens, according to the Foreign Ministry website. Noting the attack was aimed at sowing discord, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the “inhuman and brutal” …

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‘NATO should not have planes over Ukraine’

March 4, 2022, 8:32 pm Moscow, March 4 ( /Sputnik) At the meeting of NATO foreign ministers, the issue of a no-fly zone over Ukraine was mentioned, but the alliance believes that NATO planes and troops should not be in Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said following the meeting of NATO foreign ministers. “No-fly zone it was mentioned at …

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Ukraine: UNHRC to probe Russia’s alleged human rights violations

March 4, 2022, 7:17 pm Geneva, March 4 : The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution on the Ukraine situation that will ensure an independent body will probe into alleged human rights violations by Russia in Ukraine, media reports said. The resolution was adopted in a 32-2 vote, with 13 abstentions, including China and India. Russia and …

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‘West is pushing Russia, Belarus into war’

March 4, 2022, 6:52 pm Minsk, March 4 ( /Sputnik) Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Friday said “Western states are clinging to and will not let go until they think they have dealt with us”. Talking about two hour long discussion on the Western policy and conflict in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Lukashenko told the media here: “Try …

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India abstains in UNHRC vote on setting up inquiry into Russian invasion of Ukraine

March 4, 2022, 5:32 pm Geneva/New Delhi, Mar 4 : India on Friday abstained in a UN Human Rights Council vote on urgently setting up an independent international commission of inquiry into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. India, along with China, Pakistan and Kazakhstan, was among 11 countries that abstained. Two countries voted against the resolution – Russia and Eritrea, while …

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Student back from Ukraine details trauma

March 4, 2022, 5:41 pm New Delhi, March 4 : An Assamese who has returned to India from Ukraine has complained that the Indian embassy in Kyiv provided no help to him and the other students and that in his case it was a Ukrainian family which fed him for two days when he was hungry. Ashok Kumar Sinha, from …

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NATO not party to conflict in Ukraine: Chief

March 4, 2022, 3:47 pm Vienna, March 4 ( /Sputnik) NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg reiterated on Friday that the alliance is not a party to the conflict in Ukraine. “NATO allies have implemented unprecedented sanctions, we provide support to Ukraine, at the same time, NATO is not part of the conflict, NATO is a defensive alliance, we do not …

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Africans, Indians face racism in Ukraine

New Delhi, March 4 : Hundreds of African and Indian students among others trying to flee Ukraine are facing racism and discrimination both within the country and at its borders with neighbouring countries, Poland in particular, media reports say. Several students who were pursuing educational courses in Ukraine complained that the guards at the frontier near Poland would push them …

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Blast in Peshawar’s mosque kills 30 :Media

March 4, 2022, 3:32 pm Islamabad, March 4 : At least 30 people were killed and over 50 injured after a suicide bomb on Friday jolted a mosque in Pakistan’s Peshawar, the media reported. According to the police and rescue workers, the incident occurred during Friday prayers at a mosque in Qissa Khwani bazaar in Peshawar’s Kocha Risaldar area, Geo …

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Ukraine: 126 stranded students return home

March 4, 2022, 1:24 pm Mumbai,Mar 4 : Under the operation Ganga’ to repatriate Indian students stranded in war-torn Ukraine country, so far 126 students returned home safely, through Maharashtra Sadan. 87 students from Maharashtra arrived in Delhi from Ukraine by seven special flights. These students are being transported home through important airports in the state and so far most …

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PM chairs meet on Ukraine

March 4, 2022, 1:14 pm New Delhi, March 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired another high-level meeting to discuss the evacuation of the large number of Indians still stranded in Ukraine. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla were present in the meeting in which …

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Russia plans to split Ukraine: Russian editor

March 4, 2022, 1:12 pm Moscow, March 4 : The editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta says that President Vladimir Putin plans to divide Ukraine, keep the central parts which include Kyiv leaning towards Moscow while letting the western areas abutting Europe be “as they want”. Dmitry Muratov, who last year shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Filipina …

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Russia seizes Zaporizhzhia nuke plant

March 4, 2022, 12:48 pm Kyiv, March 4 ( /Sputnik) The military administration of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region said on Friday, citing the state body for nuclear regulation, that the Russian armed forces have seized the site of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP). “The site of the Zaporizhzhia NPP was seized by the Russian military forces — the State Nuclear …

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Russian nationals stopped at Canadian airport

March 4, 2022, 12:23 pm Ottawa, March 4 : A charter aircraft carrying Russian foreign nationals was held at the Yellowknife airport in Canada, Minister Omar Alghabra said on Friday. Taking to Twitter, he said, “A charter aircraft that carried Russian foreign nationals has been held at the Yellowknife airport. We will continue to hold Russia accountable for its invasion …

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Fire at Ukraine nuke plant extinguished

March 4, 2022, 10:49 am Kyiv, March 4 : The Ukrainian emergency services on Friday said the fire in the training building of the Zaporizhzhya nuclear plant has been extinguished. The agency said no caualties have been reported. “At 06:20 (local time) the fire in the training building of Zaporizhzhya NPP in Energodar was extinguished. There are no victims,” it …

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Fire near nuke plant controlled: Ukraine

March 4, 2022, 10:04 am Kyiv, March 4 ( /Sputnik) The fire near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) has been controlled, the Ukrainian State Emergency Service said on Friday. “At 5:55 am (local time), the fire at a training center (with the size of 60 by 40 meters) of the Zaporizhzhia NPP in the city of Enerhodar was localised …

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Indian student reportedly shot and wounded in Ukraine, hospitalised

March 4, 2022, 10:03 am Kyiv/New Delhi, Mar 4 : An Indian student was reportedly shot and wounded while going towards Lviv on Ukraine’s western border, and is now hospitalized. The Indian government is yet to confirm the news. According to reports on social media, the Indian student Harjot Singh was on his way to Lviv by car when he …

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‘Russia intentionally trying to eliminate Ukrainians’

March 4, 2022, 9:56 am Kyiv, March 4 : The Russian military is “intentionally” trying to eliminate Ukrainian people, said Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov on Friday. “The situation is extremely difficult. To date, Kharkiv has been hard impacted by continuous bombardment. Planes are flying constantly, (rockets) are being launched, grenades are launched, and residential houses are being hit,” Terekhov said …

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‘Russia not allowing to douse fire at nuke plant’

March 4, 2022, 9:40 am Kyiv, March 4 : Ukrainian emergency services on Friday said the Russian troops have not allowing them to extinguish the fire at Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant. “The occupiers are not allow the SES ts (Ukrainian public rescue teams) to start eliminating the consequences of the fire,” the agency said, adding that rescue teams are on …

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Grammy’s Global Spin hails Armaan Malik for ‘Single You’

March 4, 2022, 1:09 am Mumbai, March 3 : Grammy’s digital series Global Spin, a performance series spotlighting artists from around the world, has recognised the singer-songwriter Armaan Malik for his song ‘Single You’. “To see myself here on this platform repping India and musicians from my country is the biggest blessing ever” Malik said. Thank you @RecordingAcad for giving …

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Germany replaces gas imports from Russia

March 4, 2022, 7:06 am Berlin, March 4 ( /Sputnik) Germany has started to replace gas imports from Russia with supplies from other countries but still purchases some fossil fuels from Russia, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. “We have prepared for purchasing gas anywhere else, we had been doing that and continue to do that,” Scholz told the ZDF broadcaster on …

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Macron announces bid for presidential re-election

March 4, 2022, 7:32 am Paris, March 4 ( /Xinhua) French President Emmanuel Macron has officially announced that he would run for a second term in office in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for April. In a letter addressed to the French people, Macron described the different reforms of the government and the challenges faced by the country. “All of …

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