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Navalny's brave widow stands firm

Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has taken on a more prominent role in the political scene after her husband's recent death. Yulia played a crucial role in getting Alexei out of Russia for treatment after he was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent in 2020. Despite her previous low profile, Yulia has now emerged as a key figure in Russia's opposition movement. Her impassioned appeals for justice and calls for a free and peaceful Russia have garnered attention and support. Yulia's dedication to her husband and their shared vision for a better Russia have solidified her position as a respected and influential voice in the ongoing political turmoil in the country. sources

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Feb 19 2024, 5 pm

Australia PM criticizes Elon Musk for arrogance in video ban

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese criticized Elon Musk, owner of X, for resisting calls to remove violent content related to the recent stabbing of an Assyrian church bishop in Sydney. The federal court granted an injunction to hide some posts about the attack, with Albanese calling Musk an "arrogant billionaire" for opposing the government's request. Videos of the attack, where a 16-year-old has been charged with a terrorism offense, were posted online, leading the eSafety commissioner to request the removal of certain posts. Despite blocking the content in Australia, X refused to do so globally, prompting further criticism from Albanese. Musk, in turn, defended his platform's commitment to free speech and truth, sparking a heated debate over social responsibility and censorship. The court will reconsider the matter on Wednesday, as tensions between Musk and Albanese continue to escalate. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 5 am

Kim Jong Un oversees simulated nuclear counterattack in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw a drill simulating a "nuclear counterattack," as reported by the state-run KCNA news agency on Tuesday. The drill, which involved the firing of several short-range ballistic missiles on Monday, was the latest in a series of tests conducted by Pyongyang this year. The missiles, launched from the Pyongyang area, flew approximately 300 kilometers before landing in the waters east of the Korean peninsula. This comes after a previous test of a "super-large warhead" for a strategic cruise missile last week. The report stated that Kim Jong Un was pleased with the "high hit and accuracy" of the rockets used in the drill. The launch occurred shortly after Moscow vetoed UN monitoring of sanctions violations related to North Korea's nuclear and weapons program. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 3 am

Hezbollah launches rockets at Israeli military base

Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militant group and ally of Hamas, has escalated its attacks on Israeli military targets by firing "dozens" of Katyusha rockets at an army headquarters in northern Israel. This retaliation comes after Israeli raids on villages in southern Lebanon. Tensions between Israel and Iran-backed Hezbollah have been high since Hamas's attack on Israel on October 7, leading to frequent cross-border exchanges of fire. The Israeli military reported approximately 35 rockets crossing into northern Israel from Lebanon, prompting a response targeting the sources of the launches. The conflict has resulted in the deaths of 376 people in Lebanon, mostly Hezbollah fighters and civilians, while Israel has reported 10 soldiers and eight civilians killed. The situation remains volatile as both sides continue to engage in hostilities. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 1 am

6.3 Magnitude Quake Strikes Taiwan

Taiwan was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake in the eastern county of Hualien on Tuesday, following a series of tremors throughout the day. The quake, which had a depth of 5.5 km, caused buildings to shake in the capital, Taipei, but there have been no immediate reports of damage. This comes after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Hualien earlier this month, resulting in numerous aftershocks. The island has been on high alert as it continues to experience seismic activity. sources

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Apr 23 2024, 12 am

Maldivians Seek Autonomy in Future Choices: President Muizzu

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu celebrated his party's "super majority" win in the general elections, emphasizing that the outcome reflects Maldivians' desire for autonomy in shaping their future without foreign interference. The pro-China leader highlighted the importance of upholding Islamic principles and sovereignty, while also hinting at strained relations with India. Muizzu's victory consolidates his power to influence the country's foreign policy, particularly in the strategically significant Indian Ocean region. The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party, led by a pro-India figure, secured only 15 seats in the parliament. Muizzu called for unity among political leaders to focus on national development, signaling a shift towards closer ties with China. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

EU may suspend TikTok Lite app feature

The European Union has threatened to suspend a feature on TikTok Lite, a smaller version of the popular app, that rewards users for watching and liking videos, due to concerns about its addictive nature and potential harm to users' mental health, especially minors. The EU has launched a probe into the app and demanded TikTok provide a risk assessment, warning of potential fines and penalties if the company fails to comply. This move is part of the EU's broader efforts under the Digital Services Act to regulate digital platforms more strictly, with TikTok facing similar investigations in the US as well. TikTok has defended its Lite app, claiming it is not available to minors and has limits in place to prevent excessive use. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Key characters in Trump's hush money trial explained briefly

The hush money trial involving former President Donald Trump is underway in New York, with prosecutors alleging a conspiracy to cover up payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Trump, facing charges of business fraud and campaign finance violations, must appear in court during the trial, potentially impacting his 2024 election campaign. Key figures in the trial include Daniels, Trump's spurned former lawyer Michael Cohen, prosecutor Alvin Bragg, and Judge Juan Merchan. The defense, led by seasoned lawyers Susan Necheles and Todd Blanche, maintains Trump's innocence, while the prosecution, represented by Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo, accuses Trump of lying about his business records. The trial, a significant moment in US legal and political history, is expected to feature explosive testimony and high-profile witnesses. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Iran and Pakistan unite to combat terrorism after strikes

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi visited Pakistan, marking the first such visit in eight years, where he met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to discuss joint efforts to eradicate terrorism and enhance bilateral ties in various sectors. Both leaders agreed to increase trade volume to USD 10 billion and signed multiple agreements for cooperation in economic, cultural, and security matters. They also discussed the Kashmir issue, with Shehbaz Sharif thanking Iran for its support. The visit included the planting of a tree on Earth Day, signing of MoUs for economic zones and film exchanges, and discussions on regional and global developments. The trip aims to strengthen ties between the two nations following tit-for-tat strikes earlier this year, demonstrating a commitment to peace and dialogue in resolving regional challenges. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Ukraine TV Tower Collapses After Russian Strike: Report

A 240-meter television tower in Kharkiv, Ukraine collapsed after what local officials believe was a Russian missile strike on television infrastructure. The incident disrupted the broadcasting signal to the city, which has been a target of Russian attacks in recent weeks. Fortunately, there were no casualties as workers were in shelters at the time of the collapse. Footage from the scene showed the main mast breaking off and falling to the ground, with smoke rising into the sky. Kharkiv prosecutors suspect Russia used a cruise missile in the attack. This is not the first time the tower has been targeted, with previous attacks occurring in early March after Russia's invasion began. With Ukraine facing a shortage of air defense capabilities, Kharkiv and its surrounding region are experiencing increased intensity in attacks. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 11 pm

Flu virus may cause next pandemic before Disease X

A new study suggests that the next global pandemic is likely to be triggered by the flu virus rather than an unknown pathogen known as Disease X, according to leading disease specialists. The study, set to be released at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Congress in Barcelona, reveals that 57% of experts believe influenza will be the source of the next major infectious disease outbreak. While Disease X remains a concern for 21% of specialists, the World Health Organization has classified it as a potential virus similar to COVID-19 that could emerge unexpectedly. The WHO has emphasized the need for increased research and development resources to prepare for future pandemics, as the threat of unknown pathogens continues to loom. sources

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Apr 22 2024, 9 pm

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