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EU to reach consensus on Ukraine training mission

Bloomberg European Union countries agreed to start hammering out the details of a proposed training mission for Ukraine’s armed forces, with countries including Belgium and Slovakia offering to host the initiative. The bloc’s defense ministers agreed “on launching the work necessary to define the parameters for an EU military assistance mission for Ukraine,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief, ...

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Half a million forced into camps as floods ravage Pakistan

  Bloomberg Pakistan’s unprecedented flooding has forced nearly half a million people to leave their homes and move into relief camps as international aid starts to trickle in to help the South Asian nation already battling an economic crisis. At least 498,000 people are currently in temporary shelters after swirling waters either engulfed or damaged over a million homes, 3,500 ...

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Putin’s Russia seeks to sow war fatigue, says Zelenskiy

Bloomberg Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy accused Russia of trying to create a global sense of fatigue about its invasion, including by restricing the flow of gas to drive energy prices higher. The European Union is working on “an emergency intervention and a structural reform of the electricity market” to drive down spiking power prices, according to Ursula von der Leyen, ...

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IAEA team to inspect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant this week

  Bloomberg International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will lead an inspection of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine this week, he said in a statement on Twitter. The visit to Europe’s biggest nuclear power station will take place amid almost-daily reports of new shelling and damage to infrastructure surrounding its six reactors. A document ...

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Georgia’s Kemp must testify in Trump election probe, judge says

  Bloomberg Georgia Governor Brian Kemp must testify before a grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s actions after his 2020 loss to Joe Biden, but not until after he faces his own election later this year, a Fulton County Superior Court judge ruled. Judge Robert McBurney on Monday rejected a claim by Kemp’s attorneys that he was immune as ...

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Bolsonaro, Lula clash in stormy head-to-head Brazil debate

Bloomberg Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro had their first in-person confrontation of Brazil’s election campaign during a stormy televised debate that set the tone of the contest with five weeks to go. The two front-runners didn’t waste any time before attacking each other, with Bolsonaro branding Lula’s government “the most corrupt in history” and ...

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China imposes fresh lockdown as summit looms

  Bloomberg China is enforcing lockdown restrictions in areas around Beijing more intensively, and will mass test the nearby port city of Tianjin, stepping up its quest to wipe out Covid-19 ahead of a key meeting of the Communist Party’s top leaders. The moves come even as China’s latest wave shows signs of easing, with 1,556 new infections nationwide reported ...

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Australia PM defends tax cuts in speech at 100 days in power

  Bloomberg Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stood by tax cuts estimated to cost the budget billions in revenue and promised his government would undertake “reform and renewal” in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Taking questions after a speech in Canberra on Monday to mark 100 days since he took the top job, Albanese defended his decision to keep ...

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US sends first warships through Taiwan Strait since Pelosi visit

  Bloomberg US Navy warships have entered the Taiwan Strait for the first time since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the self-ruled island tested ties between Washington and Beijing. The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers USS Antietam and USS Chancellorsville are conducting a routine transit through a corridor of the strait beyond the territorial sea of any state, the 7th Fleet ...

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Turkey says Greek missile system locked on its fighter jets

  Bloomberg Greek air defense missile locked onto Turkish F-16 fighter jets flying in international airspace over the Mediterranean, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement. Greece’s Russian-made S300 air defense system on the island of Crete locked onto the Turkish planes on Aug. 23 as they flew over the Mediterranean, according to the statement. Earlier in the week, ...

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