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North Korea denies selling arms to Russia, blasts US ‘rumors’

Bloomberg North Korea denied it sold weapons to Russia in an unusually direct statement, and blasted the US over “rumors” that Kim Jong Un’s regime was aiding Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. “We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them,” the state’s official Korean Central News Agency reported Thursday, citing ...

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Putin’s call-up brings reality of war home to many Russians

Bloomberg President Vladimir Putin’s order to call up as many as 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine triggered alarm and scattered demonstrations as Russians were forced to confront the reality of the deadly conflict. Police detained about 1,400 people at protests against the order in 38 cities Wednesday night, according to the OVD-Info monitoring group. Some of the male detainees ...

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South Korea’s Yoon overheard insulting US Congress

Bloomberg South Korean leader Yoon Suk Yeol was overheard insulting American lawmakers, after briefly meeting President Joe Biden to discuss issues including US electric-vehicle subsidies that South Korea wants to change. “What an embarrassment for Biden, if these idiots refuse to grant it in Congress,” video broadcast on South Korean television showed Yoon telling Foreign Minster Park Jin in New ...

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Imran Khan calls for fresh Pakistan protests

  Bloomberg Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan plans to resume his push for snap elections in the South Asian nation even as he faces legal worries that could derail his political career. Khan asked his supporters to prepare for the new protest — the “True Freedom” movement —which would start Saturday. He gave no other details. In the past, ...

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Putin mobilises more troops, wields Ukraine nuclear threat

Bloomberg President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial mobilization,” calling up 300,000 reservists, in a major escalation of his flagging invasion of Ukraine, which he portrayed as a fight to the death with the US and its allies. As Russia moves to annex occupied Ukrainian territory, Putin also renewed his warnings of a nuclear threat. “When the territorial integrity of our ...

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Biden, Democrats push ‘dark-money’ disclosure bill

Bloomberg President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats are making a pre-election push for legislation targeting so-called dark money groups, despite the party’s own heavy reliance on these anonymous donors. The legislation, which would require disclosures of large political donations, is almost certain to fail amid strong GOP opposition. But it gives Democrats a chance to make a political point less ...

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Congo’s leader criticises Rwanda over alleged incursions, rebel support

  Bloomberg Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi excoriated Rwanda for alleged incursions by its army and its support for a rebel group in his country’s eastern region in a wide-ranging speech at the United Nations General Assembly. Tshisekedi cited a report by UN experts that accuses Rwanda of backing the M23 rebel group, which occupies a small part ...

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Russia’s Putin hurries to annex occupied Ukraine as Kyiv gains

Bloomberg The Kremlin is moving hastily to stage sham votes on annexing the regions of Ukraine its forces still control, after Kyiv’s military drove Russian troops from large areas of territory taken in their seven-month-old invasion. The so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, as well as Kherson, may hold their votes as soon as this weekend, Interfax quoted officials as ...

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Ukraine’s foreign minister urges West to send more weapons

Bloomberg Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba urged western nations to supply more weapons so his government can press ahead with its counteroffensive against Russian forces. Kuleba said in an interview Monday with Bloomberg Television that Ukraine wants to add to its recent territorial gains and deny Russian President Vladimir Putin any strategic advantage gained since his army invaded on Feb. ...

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Marcos embarks on US charm offensive in shift from Duterte

  Bloomberg Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he can’t envision his country without the US as a partner, marking his strongest statements yet on the longstanding alliance undermined by his predecessor. Marcos, who’s in New York for the UN General Assembly, said he sees a “further strengthening” of political and economic ties with the US. “It is very clear ...

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