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NATO chief vows to settle Turkey’s concerns over expansion

Copenhagen, Denmark | Xinhua | Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), on Thursday pledged to address Turkey’s concerns on Finland’s and Sweden’s applications to join the military alliance. “We are addressing the concerns that Turkey has expressed,” he said at a press conference held jointly with …

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Scholz says no shortcuts to Ukraine’s EU membership bid

  Berlin, Germany | Xinhua | German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Thursday that there would be no shortcuts to Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union (EU). The European Commission is expected to complete its initial assessment of Ukraine’s EU membership application by the end of June, Scholz said in …

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WHO alerts as more monkeypox cases reported in Britain

London, UK | Xinhua | The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an alert Wednesday night warning that more cases of the monkeypox virus could be reported in Britain. An investigation is underway by British health officials to detect the cause of the outbreak which has hit mainly London, now affecting nine …

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Ukraine needs no “surrogates” for EU candidate status: FM

Kiev, Ukraine | Xinhua | Kiev doesn’t support any compromise formula of granting Ukraine European Union (EU) candidate status, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Thursday. “We do not need surrogates for EU candidate status that show second-class treatment of Ukraine and hurt the feelings of Ukrainians,” Kuleba tweeted. He urged …

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Turkey threatens not to approve Sweden’s NATO bid if “terrorists” not extradited

Ankara, Turkey | Xinhua | Turkey will not approve Sweden’s NATO membership if the country does not extradite “terrorists” upon Turkish request, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. “Supporting the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) terrorist organizations and asking us for support for NATO …

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Venezuela confirms U.S. decision to ease oil sanctions

Caracas, Venezuela | Xinhua | Venezuela confirmed a decision by the United States to ease oil sanctions, calling for a total lifting of the U.S. sanctions on the South American country. “The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela has verified and confirmed the news … that the United States of America has …

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