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Lukashenko announces meeting with Putin in April

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko announced a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in April as he met with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin in Minsk on 16 April. " Yesterday, Putin and I agreed on …

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Armed man takes hostage at bank in Georgia

Georgian police officers have reportedly been sent to the site to tackle the situation. The Georgian Interior Ministry has not commented on the matter yet. An armed man has broken into a branch of a bank in Georgia’s capital …

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4.3-magnitude quake hits north China

A 4.3-magnitude earthquake hit Tangshan City in north China's Hebei Province at 4:06 p.m. BJT on Friday, according to China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). No serious damage or casualties have been reported so far, CGTN …

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Russia records 8,995 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 8,995 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total count to 4,684,148 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told journalists on Friday. According to the crisis center, the …

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Iran says it has enriched uranium with 60% purity

Iran's Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Ghalibaf said Friday it had successfully enriched its uranium by 60%. "I am proud to announce that at 00:40 last night, and on the night of the pilgrimage of Sayyid …

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Armenia confirms almost 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

Coronavirus cases in Armenia grew by 961 in the past 24 hours to 207,103, the republic’s Health Ministry reported. "In the past twenty-four hours, 961 new coronavirus cases were identified. Currently, 16,099 people …

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Georgia reports 1,077 new COVID-19 cases

Georgia has reported 1,077 new cases of coronavirus, 442 recoveries and eight deaths in the past 24 hours.  31,645 tests have been conducted around the country in the past 24 hours. 20,727 of the 31,645 tests were rapid tests, …

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China’s Q1 GDP grows at record pace

China's economic recovery quickened sharply in the first quarter to record growth of 18.3% from last year's deep coronavirus slump, propelled by stronger demand at home and abroad and continued government support for smaller firms. …

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Russia's Sputnik V vaccine also protect animals

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine may also effectively protect animals from COVID-19, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Russian Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Microbiology that developed the drug, said. …

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Greece to allow vaccinated tourists in next week

Greece plans to open its borders to vaccinated visitors from several countries from next week, the government said, as the country seeks to restart its badly-hit tourism sector. The scheme is part of a pilot project to allow entry to …

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WHO: over 1M Europe region deaths from COVID-19

The World Health Organization confirmed more than 1 million COVID-19 deaths and 48 million cases in its European region, the health body’s regional director Hans Kluge said. "The situation in our region is serious; 1.6 …

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UK Foreign Office summons Russian ambassador

Russian Ambassador to the UK Andrei Kelin was summoned by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on Thursday over reports of alleged cyber attacks carried out by Russia and the build-up of Russian armed forces on the border …

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NATO backs U.S. sanctions on Russia

The United States' NATO allies backed on Thursday the latest round of U.S. sanctions on Russia. "Russia continues to demonstrate a sustained pattern of destabilising behaviour," the Western military alliance said in a …

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