Vladimir Putin warns West of harsh response if it crosses Russia’s ‘red lines’

Moscow – President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Wednesday not to cross Russia’s “red lines”, saying Moscow would respond swiftly and harshly to any provocations and those responsible would regret it. Putin used his state of the nation speech to project a message of Russian strength and defiance in the face of outside threats. […]

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Russia’s Putin gives key speech amid tensions with West

Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving his annual state of the nation address, amid heightened tension with the West over Ukraine and jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny. Putin spent more than 30 minutes focusing on Russia’s battle with Covid-19, praising the social solidarity of millions of people in the pandemic. But previously Putin has also […]

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George Floyd: US city on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict

The jury in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd last year, has retired to consider its verdict. The prosecution told jurors that Chauvin had murdered Floyd, but the defence said their client had correctly followed police training. The court is being protected by barbed wire, high barriers and […]

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US warns of consequencies if jailed Navalyn dies

President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said the United States government has told Russia  “there will be consequences” if Kremlin critic Alexey Navalyn dies in prison. “We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the […]

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Chauvin decides not to testify at George Floyd murder trial

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin said Thursday that he would not testify at his murder trial for the death of George Floyd, as a policewoman facing charges for the killing of another Black American made her first court appearances. The prosecution and defense in Chauvin’s trial rested on Thursday after the state called a […]

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Daunte Wright shooting: US ex-officer Kim Potter charged over killing

A US white former police officer who shot dead a black motorist in Minnesota has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, prosecutors say. Kim Potter was arrested and later released on $100, 000 bail. Police say Potter shot Daunte Wright by accident, having mistakenly drawn her gun instead of her taser. Responding to the charges, the […]

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Derek Chavin trial: Use of force on George Floyd ‘justified’

A use-of-force expert has told US jury that the former police officer accused of the murder of George Floyd was “justified” in pinning him to the ground. Barry Brodd told the trial in Minnesota that Derek Chauvin acted with “objective reasonableness”. Chauvin is on trial after he knelt on Floyd’s neck during his arrest last […]

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UK hits key vaccine target just as pubs, shops and salons reopen

Britain said late Monday it had hit a target to offer a coronavirus vaccine first dose to all over-50s by mid-April, as England’s lockdown-weary population toasted a significant easing of restrictions with pints and much-needed haircuts. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the UK had passed “another hugely significant milestone” after confirming a jab had been […]

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Chinese official says local vaccines ‘don’t have high protection rates’

China’s top disease control official has said the efficacy of the country’s Covid vaccines is low, in a rare admission of weakness. In a press conference, Gao Fu said that China was considering mixing vaccines as a way of boosting efficacy. China has developed four different vaccines approved for public use, though some trials abroad […]

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Kim Jong-un warns of crisis similar to deadly 90s famine

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un has urged citizens to prepare for a “difficult” crisis, following human rights groups’ warnings that the country faces dire food shortages and economic instability. Kim was speaking at a party conference, he appeared to compare the situation to an infamous deadly famine in the 1990s. North Korea has shut its […]

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