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Ukraine-Russia war: US claims it has ‘credible information’ Vladimir Putin may use chemical weapons

The US says there’s “a real concern” that Russia may be planning to use chemical agents in Ukraine amid reports it’s already happened. WARNING: GRAPHIC PHOTOS The United States has “credible information” that Russia “may use … chemical agents” in its offensive to take Mariupol, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says. Mr Blinken told reporters he was not able ...

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Ukraine war: Russians grieve for fallen soldiers

In the Church of Alexandra and Antonina lies a coffin. It is draped with a Russian tricolour. Resting on the casket: a service cap and a photograph. Mikhail Orchikov was deputy commander of a motor-rifle brigade. He was killed in action in Ukraine. Armed Russian soldiers form a guard of honour. An Orthodox priest walks around the casket reciting prayers ...

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Ukraine conflict: Biden brands Putin a ‘war criminal’

US President Joe Biden has labelled Russian leader Vladimir Putin a “war criminal” in a move likely to escalate diplomatic tensions even further. Mr Biden delivered the remark off-the-cuff in response to a reporter’s question at the White House. It is the first time he has used such language to condemn President Putin, and the White House later said he ...

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What does Putin want and will Russia end its war?

When Vladimir Putin shattered the peace in Europe by unleashing war on a democracy of 44 million people, his justification was that modern, Western-leaning Ukraine was a constant threat and Russia could not feel “safe, develop and exist”. But after weeks of bombardment, thousands of deaths and an exodus of millions of refugees, the question remains: what is his war ...

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Ukraine’s Zelensky calls on Germany to tear down Russian wall

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told German MPs that a new type of Berlin Wall is being built, dividing Europe between freedom and oppression. He thanked Germany for its support during Russia’s invasion. But it was uncomfortable listening for many MPs as he criticised German energy policy and business interests for contributing to that wall of division. Over the past ...

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How will Emmanuel Macron’s ‘liar’ claim about Scott Morrison play in the focus groups?

  By: Michelle Grattan   Scott Morrison weighed whether to go to the G20 and COP26. The political hard heads will be thinking maybe it would have been wiser to have stayed at home.Important as it is internationally, the Glasgow conference is billed as a harm-minimisation assignment for the Prime Minister. And the G20 wasn’t expected to yield much that ...

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Malcolm Turnbull calls Christian Porter’s anonymous donation a ‘shocking affront to transparency’

By: Amy Remeikis, Paul Karp and Christopher Knaus Malcolm Turnbull says Christian Porter’s decision to accept money without knowing the source was an “extraordinary abrogation of responsibility”, after the former attorney general declared part of his legal fees were paid by unknown donors. Porter, the industry and science minister, updated his register of interests on Monday, to include the Legal ...

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What Afghanistan’s Saigon moment teaches us about America’s ‘humanitarian wars’

By: Maram Susli What we’ve just witnessed in Afghanistan is a historical repeat of the ‘Saigon moment’. But the final hours of the US occupation have been accompanied by a cacophony aend the war. They cite women’s rights, regional stability and anti-terrorism as reasons the US should have remained in Afghanistan. But those were the very reasons cited for starting ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub at Euro 2020 wipes billions off soft drink company’s market value

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision remove two Coca-Cola bottles from his Euro 2020 press conference table and drink water instead has wiped billions of dollars off the beverage company’s value. The company’s stock price dropped from $US56.10 ($73) to $US55.22 ($71.86) almost immediately after the Portuguese superstar’s perceived slight. That’s the equivalent of wiping $5.2 billion off the company’s market value. The drop stemmed ...

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