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Blinken plans ‘candid exchange’ with Chinese counterpart on Ukraine

Bloomberg US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will have a candid discussion about the war in Ukraine with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during a summit in Indonesia that’s set to be dominated by the fallout from Russia’s invasion, a top official said. “We’ve had a number of communications at senior levels with our Chinese counterparts about what we expect, ...

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Turkey renews threat to veto Sweden, Finland’s Nato bids

Bloomberg Turkey is threatening to veto Nato membership for Sweden and Finland even as the military alliance formally paved the way for the two Nordic countries to join. Turkey will not ratify membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the applicants if they don’t fufill their promises to combat terrorism and extradite suspects under a memorandum of understanding reached ...

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Philippines’ Marcos says he is open to military exchanges with China

  Bloomberg Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said he’s open to military exchanges with China, as he sought ways to expand ties between the two nations beyond the South China Sea territorial dispute. Marcos said at a briefing Tuesday he will “find ways to work to resolve the conflicts” with Beijing when he meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. ...

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Johnson knew of complaint against Pincher in 2019

  Bloomberg Boris Johnson was told of a complaint against Conservative MP Chris Pincher two years before promoting him, a minister said, in a major concession from the government after days of speculation about what the UK prime minister knew and when. An internal probe into Pincher’s conduct when he was a Foreign Office minister in October 2019 found he ...

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Maduro’s enemies are fleeing Colombia as persecution fears mount

Bloomberg Dozens of Venezuelan opposition figures, who turned Colombia into their unofficial headquarters in recent years, say the election of Gustavo Petro as Colombia’s first leftist president puts them at risk, and they plan to leave. Activists, party leaders, former officers and military deserters are making the move, according to seven people with knowledge of the plans. They’re afraid they’ll ...

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Italy declares state of emergency on impact from drought

Bloomberg Italy declared a state of emergency in five northern and central regions devastated by a recent drought, as a severe heat wave takes its toll on agriculture and threatens power supplies. High temperatures and exceptionally dry conditions have brought water levels in the Po, the country’s largest river, to its lowest in 70 years. Even amid a historically arid ...

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Hong Kong’s new leader Lee stresses cautious opening on coronavirus

  Bloomberg Hong Kong’s new leader, John Lee, declared the city must balance reducing travel inconvenience with limiting the spread of Covid-19, signaling a cautious virus approach. Lee said Tuesday that he’d asked Health Secretary Lo Chung-mau to assess the “evidence and statistics to see how we can, while on the one hand, contain the spread of the pandemic and, ...

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US ambassador urges China to stop spreading Russian ‘lies’

Bloomberg The US ambassador to China called on the Foreign Ministry in Beijing to stop spreading Russia’s “lies,” in an unusually direct and public rebuke by the top American diplomat in the country. Ambassador Nicholas Burns made the “request” in response to a question at a government-backed forum Monday about what China could do to resolve the crisis over Russia’s ...

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British army says Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked

  Bloomberg The British Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts have been hacked, according to a statement from an Army spokesperson. A series of posts promoting non-fungible tokens were retweeted on the Army’s account on Sunday. Its YouTube account has been renamed “Ark Invest” and features several videos from a panel hosted by Ark Investment Management LLC last year on Bitcoin. ...

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China to start trial of tycoon taken from Hong Kong hotel

  Bloomberg A Chinese-Canadian tycoon who was seized at a Hong Kong hotel five years ago and has lost much of his business empire to the Chinese government is going on trial on Monday. The Canadian embassy in Beijing said in a statement that it was aware Xiao Jianhua’s trial would take place. “Canadian consular officials are monitoring this case ...

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