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Zelenskiy says situation in Donetsk ‘most tense’

Bloomberg President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the current focus of the war is Donetsk, describing the heavily industrial eastern region as the “primary target” for both Ukraine and invading Russian forces. The situation in Donetsk is “especially tense,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly address. In a separate tweet, he urged the international community to step up pressure on Russia with sanctions ...

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World leaders pay respects at Japan PM Abe’s state funeral

Bloomberg Japanese political leaders remembered former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a state funeral as a statesman who steadily led the country during his record run as premier, amid domestic opposition to the event that has undermined support for the current prime minister. About 4,300 people including US Vice President Kamala Harris, world leaders, dignitaries and members of Abe’s ruling ...

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Lula support steady, enough for outright win in new Brazil poll

Bloomberg Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva rolled into the final week ahead of Brazil’s presidential election, with one poll showing he has the support for a first-round win while another has him inching ever closer to an outright victory on Sunday. Front-runner Lula would take 52% of valid votes, while incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro would take 34% both unchanged from ...

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Vladimir Putin’s mobilisation hits Russia’s economy in its weak spots

Bloomberg Vladimir Putin’s decision to call up 300,000 men to fight in his invasion of Ukraine is hitting two of the battered Russian economy’s weak spots. The order takes about one in a hundred of the country’s active workers from their jobs to send to the front when record-low unemployment – combined with the exodus of Russians fleeing the country ...

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Japan seeks Russian apology as envoy detained

  Bloomberg Japan demanded an apology from Russia for what it saw as the unjust detention of one of its diplomats in Vladivostok, who was blindfolded and physically restrained after the Kremlin falsely accused him of spying. Top government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno told a regular news briefing in Tokyo on Tuesday that the diplomat committed no illegal activity and Russia ...

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Meloni strikes moderate tone after Italy vote win

Bloomberg Giorgia Meloni struck a conciliatory tone after her election win, pledging to govern for all Italians as she was poised to lead the country’s most right-wing government since World War II. Meloni’s coalition, which includes Matteo Salvini’s League and Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia parties, was credited with about 44% of votes in Sunday’s elections, according to preliminary results from ...

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Colombia, Venezuela re-open border after years of hostility

  Bloomberg Colombia and Venezuela fully re-opened their border, potentially reactivating billions of dollars in trade that dried up during years of diplomatic tension. Trucks transporting metals and decorated in the colors of the Venezuelan flag was set to cross a bridge near Cucuta, Colombia, to start a day-long ceremony, which newly elected leftist President Gustavo Petro is expected to ...

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EU warns Serbia against its ‘business as usual’ Russia policy

  Bloomberg Serbia, a candidate nation for European Union membership, should rethink continuing cooperation with the Kremlin as a recent bilateral deal with Russia raises serious questions, an official for the bloc said. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakovic signed a two-year plan on mutual consultations last week. Some opposition groups in Serbia slammed the ...

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Lula is near first-round win days before Brazil vote, poll shows

  Bloomberg Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva inched closer to an outright win in this weekend’s presidential elections, a new poll found. Front-runner Lula ticked upward, now claiming 48% of valid votes in the first round from 47% a week ago, according to a survey by FSB Pesquisa released on Monday. Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro was unchanged at 37%. ...

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‘Read Putin more often and carefully,’ Lavrov tells world

Bloomberg Grilled by reporters at the United Nations General Assembly about what comes next in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had simple advice. “You should read Putin more often and carefully,” he told a journalist who asked about Moscow’s endgame for the seven-month-old conflict, directing the questioner to Putin’s speeches for guidance. The Russian president’s public comments ...

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