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Russia urges U.S. to explain military biological activities

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia has asked the United States to explain its military biological activities in some post-Soviet countries. On Sunday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said the United States must fulfill its obligations under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC), which is essential for international security. Russia …

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Opinion on Ukraine’s EU candidate status could be delivered next week

Kiev, Ukraine | Xinhua |  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said here Saturday that the commission will finalize the assessment on granting Ukraine European Union (EU) candidate status by the end of next week, the Ukrinform news agency reported. “The European Commission is currently preparing its recommendations — …

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Russia set to withdraw from world tourism body

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed an order on Friday authorizing the country’s withdrawal from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The proposal was made by the Russian Foreign Ministry, which had reached an agreement with relevant government bodies, according to the published order. UNWTO members …

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US household wealth declines for first time in 2 years in Q1

Washington, USA | Xinhua | U.S. household wealth declined for the first time in two years in the first quarter this year, edging down to 149.3 trillion U.S. dollars, Reuters reported. The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday released figures on the financial health of U.S. households in a report for …

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Ukrainian president signs sanction decrees on Russian president, officials

Kiev, Ukraine | Xinhua | Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday signed two separate decrees imposing sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin and more than 200 Russian officials, the presidential press service reported. The restrictions targeting Putin banned him from carrying out trade operations such as exports and imports, transiting through …

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Oil prices retreat from 3-month highs

New York, U.S. | Xinhua | Oil prices fell on Thursday after hitting their highest levels in three months in the prior session. The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for July delivery lost 60 cents, or 0.5 percent, to settle at 121.51 U.S. dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. …

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