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Western actions damaged food security – Ukraine-related sanctions made the existing problems worse, an ambassador to Washington claimed

Global food security is currently under threat due to the “incompetent macroeconomic decisions” of the West and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said on Thursday. “The problems arose long before the start of the Russian special operation in Ukraine. They were aggravated by the wave of unilateral, illegitimate, anti-Russian sanctions, which undermined trust in

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Fish oil spill in Dopey Duniam’s office today during a protest

Community meets with the Minister for fishy business Jonno Duniam over his support for oil and gas exploration off Tasmania’s West Coast Members of Grassroots Action Network Tasmania (GRANT) have taken to Senator Duniam’s office today to express their concern over the seismic testing off Tasmania’s North West Coast, as well as plans for further exploratory gas drilling around King

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Man extradited to Tasmania to face child sexual abuse charges 

Detectives from Hobart have arrested a 74-year-old man in the Australian Capital Territory and extradited him to Tasmania over historical child sexual abuse charges.The charges relate to crimes allegedly committed in the 1980s when the man was a Tasmanian resident. Detective Inspector Michael Smith said the investigation has been complex and protracted, with the complaint arising from the public exposure of

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Russia expels foreign diplomats

The measures were in retaliation for similar moves made previously by France, Spain and Italy The Russian Foreign Ministry has declared dozens of French, Italian and Spanish diplomats ‘persona non grata’ in response to the expulsion of Russian diplomatic staff from these countries amid Moscow’s ongoing military offensive in Ukraine. On Wednesday, the ministry summoned the ambassadors of the three

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The US may block Russia’s ability to make payments on its government debt by the end of May 

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control is reportedly poised to scrap a temporary exemption on Russia’s debt payments once it expires on May 25, in order to boost pressure on Moscow. The waiver was granted after Washington introduced sanctions on Russia in response to the launch of a military operation in neighboring Ukraine, which was highly criticized

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West used Ukraine as pretext for ‘undeclared war’ with Russia – Moscow 

The West used Ukraine as a pretext for an “undeclared war” against Moscow, and put Russia in a position in which it had to protect its “very statehood,” the secretary of the Russian Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, said on Tuesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Security Council’s scientific advisory board, Patrushev said the current “unprecedented geopolitical crisis” was caused by the Western-led destruction of “the global

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Italian energy major agrees to pay for gas in rubles. Eni is opening accounts in a Russian bank without changing its current contracts

Italy’s Eni, considered one of the world’s seven energy supermajors, announced that it has begun procedures to open a dual checking account with Gazprombank to comply with Russia’s new ruble-based gas payment scheme, Corriere reported on Tuesday. “In connection with the approaching payment deadlines scheduled for the coming days, Eni has begun, as a precautionary measure, procedures related to the

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eBay serial fraudster on 40 charges escapes gaol after ripping off buyers

STATE OF TASMANIA v JOSHUA LEE SCOTT 12 MAY 2022 COMMENTS ON PASSING SENTENCE The defendant, Mr Scott, has pleaded guilty to four counts of personation. I am also dealing with his pleas of guilty to a number of summary offences contained in four complaints. Of those, there is a total of forty charges of dishonestly acquiring a financial advantage

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Sydney woman jailed for money laundering and drug offences 

A Sydney woman identified through intelligence from Operation Ironside was yesterday (17 May 2022) sentenced in Downing Centre Court to three years and six months’ imprisonment for money laundering and trafficking methamphetamine.  The Australian Federal Police-led National Anti-Gangs Squad (NAGS) began an investigation in April 2021 as part of Operation Ironside, which was a three-year, covert, investigation into significant organised

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