Monthly Archives: June 2021

French authorities race to clean up oil spill drifting to Corsica’s coast

The spill was spotted on Friday by the French navy during an exercise carried out from the Solenzara air base in Ventiseri, Corsica, according to maritime officials. By Saturday morning, officials had detected two oil slicks over 19 nautical miles (35 kilometers), which were drifting about 5 nautical miles from …

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Nigeria’s president vows to fight militant groups and fix economy as activists call for anti-government protests

“In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of tests and challenges” that are “especially related to our collective security,” Buhari said during a televised address marking the country’s Democracy Day. “Let me assure you, my fellow citizens, that every incident, however minor, gives me …

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Norway to proceed with experiment on whales, despite protests

A research team is intending to capture a dozen juvenile minke whales off the Norwegian coast and use sensors placed on their skin to measure their brain responses in reaction to sound. The research team conducting the experiment says it is designed to understand which kinds of human-made ocean noise …

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US-Russia relations are so poor that only a summit can sort them out, Putin’s spokesman says

“The main reason for him [to go] is the poor state of the relationship between our two countries. And a critical level of this relationship that demands a summit between our two countries because this is the only way … to prevent further degradation of our dialogue,” Peskov told CNN. …

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Rubio says US must fight China’s ‘extraterritorial reach,’ citing CNN report on Uyghur deportations

Members of the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee mentioned the exclusive report in a discussion with Human Rights Watch’s China Director Sophie Richardson. “CNN reported a Uyghur man being taken from his pregnant wife in Dubai and extradited to China,” Rubio in his opening statement to the committee Thursday. “If …

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Biden and Putin not currently expected to hold joint news conference following meeting next week

This is a change from three years ago, when then-President Donald Trump met privately for two hours with Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Both leaders spoke to reporters after, which is when Trump sided with the Kremlin over US intelligence agencies, drawing criticism at home. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN’s …

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China may not be a member of the G7, but it’s dominating the agenda

China may not be a part of the Group of Seven, the informal club made up of the world’s largest and wealthiest democracies, but its presence will likely loom large over the grouping’s first face-to-face summit in almost two years. Laying out his trip last week, Biden wrote in the …

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France will end anti-terror Operation Bakhane in Africa’s Sahel

However, the mission, known as Operation Barkhane, will be replaced by a more international effort, Macron told a press conference ahead of the G7 summit. He added that additional details would be announced “in the weeks to come.” France currently has 5,100 troops in the region in connection with Operation …

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Prosecutor requests prison for Peru presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori

Fujimori has dismissed the request as absurd. “The prosecutor knows where I live, I’m not going to flee,” she said. She currently trails Pedro Castillo, a high school teacher who has never held public office, in a knife-edge race to be the next president of Peru. Turnout in Sunday’s election …

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