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Debate: Explosions in Crimea: a turning point? - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 12:12
Satellite images show that several fighter jets were destroyed by explosions at the Russians' Saki airbase in Crimea on August 9. While the Kremlin conspicuously downplayed the impact of the attack initially, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised in a video address that he will retake the peninsula that has been occupied by Russia since 2014. Commentators discuss what this means for the ongoing war.
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Debate: Mass fish die-off in the Oder River - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 12:12
Fish have been dying en masse in the Oder River on the German-Polish border for several days. Now high levels of mercury - which is toxic for animals and humans - has been detected in water samples. The cause has not yet been identified. Commentators are dismayed and call for action.
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First export of wheat under UN deal as two more ships leave Ukraine - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 12:00
Two more ships left Ukraine's Black Sea ports on Friday (12 August), including one laden with the first Ukrainian wheat to be exported under an UN-brokered deal, Turkey's defence ministry said.
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Mass fish die-off in German-Polish river blamed on unknown toxic substance - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 11:00
An unidentified highly toxic substance in the Oder river, which runs through Poland and Germany, appears to be the cause of a mass die-off of fish, the German state of Brandenburg's environment ministry said on Friday (12 August).
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[Ticker] Germany to help nationals cope with energy price spike - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:24
German chancellor Olaf Scholz has promised tax relief and other aid to German citizens struggling with high energy bills due to Russian gas, oil, and coal supply shortages. "Citizens can count on us not to abandon them," he said at a press conference in Berlin Thursday. He vowed to tackle the energy crisis at the EU level. He said international efforts to cap the price of Russian oil were ongoing.
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[Ticker] Germany wants pipeline from Portugal - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:18
Germany's chancellor Olaf Scholz said the construction of a new pipeline from Portugal would help ween the bloc off Russian gas. "Such a pipeline would massively relieve the supply situation now," Scholz told reporters in a news conference in Berlin. The pipeline would run through Spain, which imports gas from Algeria, through France and to central Europe.
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[Ticker] Ukraine urges US to sanction all Russian banks - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:16
Ukraine is calling on US president Joe Biden's administration to sanction all Russian private banks to help end president Vladimir Putin's ability to wage war, according to Kyiv's envoy to Washington. President Volodymyr Zelensky's government wants the US to add a couple of banks per week to its list of sanctioned financial institutions, according to ambassador Oksana Markarova, who conveyed the request to the US Treasury Department.
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[Ticker] Spain evacuates 294 Afghans - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:15
Spain evacuated an additional 294 Afghans via Pakistan and flew them into Madrid late Wednesday evening, it said. "This flight is further evidence that we are keeping our commitment to not leave anyone behind," said Spanish foreign minister José Albares, in a statement. Spain has so far evacuated 3,900 Afghans since the Taliban takeover last year.
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[Ticker] EU sanctions have 'limited' effect of Russian oil production - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:13
Russian oil production has fallen by less than 3 percent since the invasion of Ukraine, with western energy sanctions having only a "limited" effect, the International Energy Agency has found, as flows are rerouted to India and China. In its latest monthly report, the agency said Russia's oil production in July was 310,000 barrels a day below prewar levels, while total oil exports were down by 580,000 barrels a day.
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[Ticker] Donors pledge €1.5bn to Ukraine's war effort - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:12
Donors at an international conference in Denmark pledged over €1.5bn to boost Ukraine's military capabilities in its war against Russia. The pledges were made by 26 countries. "We are not getting tired. We are increasing the amount of aid to Ukraine," said Ben Wallace, UK's secretary of state for defence, who-costed the conference alongside with Danish defence minister Morten Bødskov.
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[Feature] Defying Russian bombs, Ukraine football starts new season - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:08
Despite the war, the Ukrainian Premier League is preparing for a new football season. "We continue to compete and cheer. We continue to fight and win," Ukraine's sports minister said.
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Sweden to extradite man wanted by Turkey - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:06
The Swedish government has agreed to extradite a Turkish citizen with Kurdish roots wanted for credit card fraud to Turkey, amid the backdrop of Turkey's Nato threat.
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[Opinion] EU must beware Beijing's new charm offensive - Fri, 08/12/2022 - 09:01
The EU needs to be clear eyed about China's new diplomatic charm offensive, as it's more likely driven by short-term necessity than any fundamental policy re-assessment.
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