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Germany, France, Britain and US discuss Ukraine crisis and Iran nuclear talks
Foreign ministers of Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States discussed the situation on the Ukrainian border and the next formats for dialogue with Russia, the German foreign ministry said on Wednesday on Twitter. The four foreign ministers also discussed the latest round of international talks in Vienna on Iran’s nuclear program and how to show solidarity with Lithuania regarding China’s recent actions, the foreign ministry said. .
Curfew imposed in North Darfur in Sudan after militias loot UN food stores
Authorities in the Sudanese state of North Darfur on Wednesday announced a nighttime curfew after armed groups looted a United Nations World Food Program warehouse and facilities used by a former peacekeeping mission. According to initial reports, the El Fasher warehouse looted by unknown armed groups on Tuesday evening contained up to 1,900 tonnes of food intended for hundreds of thousands of people in the region, according to a United Nations statement.
Some countries rethink isolation, test rules as Omicron sweeps the world
Global COVID-19 infections have reached an all-time high in the past seven days, Reuters data showed on Wednesday, as the Omicron variant spiraled out of control and governments struggled to contain its spread without crippling fragile economies. Almost 900,000 cases were detected on average each day worldwide between December 22 and 28, with a myriad of countries setting new all-time highs in the past 24 hours including the United States, Australia, many countries in Europe, Argentina and Bolivia.
Biden, Putin to speak on Thursday amid tensions in Ukraine
US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak on Thursday, the White House said, as Washington works out a joint response to Russia’s military build-up on the Ukrainian border with its European allies. The two leaders will discuss a range of topics, including the upcoming security talks between the countries and a tense situation in Europe, White House National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement. communicated.
Russia shuts down Memorial Human Rights Center in “punch”
A Moscow court on Wednesday ordered the closure of Russia’s Memorial Human Rights Center, a day after its sister organization – Russia’s oldest human rights group – was forced to close. The Human Rights Center maintains a list of people it classifies as political prisoners, including Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Epstein’s settlement with Giuffre will be made public, affects Prince Andrew’s affair
A 2009 settlement agreement between late financier Jeffrey Epstein and Virginia Giuffre, which bears directly on Giuffre’s civil lawsuit accusing Britain’s Prince Andrew of sexual abuse, will be made public early next week. In a joint order issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judges Lewis Kaplan and Loretta Preska in Manhattan ordered the agreement to be released on or around January 3, 2022, finding no reason to keep it under seal.
US deportations of Guatemalans by air decline for second year of pandemic
The United States, with the completion of the last three Guatemalan deportation flights in 2021, marked a second year of steadily declining numbers of migrants returned to the Central American country during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guatemala this year received 17,806 of its citizens deported from the United States via 184 flights. Nearly 4,000 of those deported were minors, according to data from the Guatemalan Migration Institute (IGM).
Russia, US officials say they coordinate Iran nuclear talks in Vienna
Senior U.S. and Russian officials for Iran met in Vienna, a Russian envoy said on Wednesday, and delegates from both sides said Moscow and Washington were coordinating in a bid to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s envoy to the nuclear pact talks, wrote on Twitter that he had met twice with US special envoy to Iran Robert Malley on Wednesday, posting photos of himself and the US diplomat sitting across from him on Wednesday. ‘a long table.
Russian rights group leader bans “no one intends to give up”
The head of the Russian human rights group Memorial said on Wednesday that he and his colleagues would find a way to continue their work despite two court rulings ordering them to shut down. “You don’t destroy people’s grandfathers and great-grandfathers’ memories that easily,” he said in an interview.
Tears for Tutu, wrestling giant and neighbor who brought back the races
Mourners held a candlelit prayer ceremony outside the Soweto home of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Wednesday, mourning the memory of not only a world famous lion in the anti-apartheid movement, but a neighbor kind and loyal. Tutu, who died at age 90 on Sunday, lived for a time on the same street in the township as his longtime friend Nelson Mandela, where the locals are proud to be the only ones in the world who grew up with two Nobel Prize winners. peace for neighbors.
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