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EU admits to “double standards” on Ukraine, Palestine

Madrid, Spain | Xinhua | The European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell admitted recently that the EU has applied double standards on the Ukraine crisis, as opposed to the situation in Gaza. “We are very often criticized for double standards. But international politics is largely about applying double standards. We …

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Russia wants broad military-technical cooperation: Putin

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia stands for the broadest and most comprehensive development of military-technical cooperation in today’s steadily emerging multipolar world, President Vladimir Putin said Monday. “Russia sincerely cherishes historically strong, friendly, truly trusting ties with the states of Latin America, Asia and Africa. We are ready to offer …

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Australia plans to increase migrant intake amid skills crisis

Canberra, Australia | Xinhua |  The Australian government has flagged an increase to the country’s migrant intake. Brendan O’Connor, minister for skills and training, said the new Labor government was considering raising the annual migration cap from its current level of 160,000 with more skilled migrants, including health care workers …

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Portugal announces financial aid to farmers

Lisbon, Portugal | Xinhua | The Portuguese government on Saturday announced several financial aid packages to the agricultural sector to mitigate the losses resulting from adverse weather conditions and the consequences of the Ukraine crisis. Agriculture Minister Maria do Ceu Antunes said 500,000 euros (515,000 U.S. dollars) will be distributed …

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Poliovirus found in NYC wastewater

Los Angeles, US | Xinhua | The New York State and New York City (NYC) departments of health said Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified polioviruses from sewage samples in the largest city of the United States, suggesting likely local circulation of the virus. …

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WHO gives new names to variants of monkeypox virus

WHO officially declared monkeypox outbreak had turned into a public health emergency of international concern Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced new names for variants of the monkeypox virus that are currently in circulation. This is to avoid causing any cultural or social offense, the …

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