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French auto-maker Renault announced on Wednesday that it was pausing operations at its Moscow factory and exploring options for selling its majority stake in the Russia-based AvtoVAZ conglomerate. 

The move comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky mentioned the company by name in a speech to French lawmakers, calling on them to support Kiev. Earlier in the day, Zelensky addressed the parliament in Paris via video-link and demanded that French companies “must quit the Russian market” and stop financing what he called the “Russian war machine.” He specifically named Renault among the examples.

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Russia warns of potential trigger for war with NATO. If the US-led military bloc deploys its peacekeepers to Ukraine, it may lead to a military confrontation with Russia

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned, on Wednesday, that if NATO agrees with a Polish proposal to deploy peacekeepers to Ukraine, the move could trigger a military conflict between the US-led bloc and Moscow. Lavrov also claimed that Warsaw may desire to establish a foothold in the large western Ukrainian city of Lvov and remain there after the conflict is over. “Why not, they had such

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How India perceives the Ukrainian crisis and what it means for its relations with Russia and the West. The military offensive makes Russian partners in the East reconsider their stances

Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and, more broadly, its conflict with the West may not change the fabric of India-Russia bilateral relations as dramatically as some observers may think.  A time-tested special and privileged strategic partnership, encompassing all crucial fields related to defense and security issues as well as political and economic spheres, is not likely to be affected by

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A billionaire property developer has revealed how The Star Sydney staff helped him use a Chinese bank card to transfer $11 million in gambling funds to the casino in a single day, which it disguised as hotel expenses. 

The inquiry into The Star’s licence also heard on Thursday that senior figures at the casino knew Chinese bank cards were not allowed to fund gambling, but accepted them anyway, and did not disclose those facts to the NSW gambling regulator. Phillip Dong Fang Lee said he felt “anxious” after losing a large amount of money at the Pyrmont casino

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Bush and Blair lack the moral authority to lecture Russia on Ukraine. Coming from the leaders who started the bloody Iraq war, it’s hypocritical, to say the least

Current and former Western leaders who have achieved eternal notoriety for launching the Iraq War, as well as other military disasters, are clearly the wrong people to lecture Russia over its actions in Ukraine. As George W. Bush and Tony Blair are emerging from political retirement to pontificate on Russia’s “authoritarian bullying” against Ukraine, the question arises: does such a surreal spectacle

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Vaxine Pty Ltd fined $13,320 for alleged unlawful advertising of an unapproved COVID-19 vaccine 

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has issued an infringement notice for $13,320 to Vaxine Pty Ltd for advertising a COVID-19 vaccine in alleged breach of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 (the Act). The infringement notice was issued as in TGA’s view the company did not adequately address a range of concerns with the social media advertisement communicated earlier by the TGA to

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Top Cop announces retirement

Exclusive: Tasmania’s Commissioner of Police has today announced his retirement after twelve years as Tasmania’s top cop and a successful and rewarding 42 year career. Mr Darren Hine will finish up on the 10th of October. We are told advertising will soon commence nationally for a replacement. TVN have always had a very good and mutually respectful relationship with Mr

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Russia blocks Google News. Roskomnadzor accused Google News of spreading ‘fake news’ about Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has blocked access to the Google News internet service, saying that it provided access to materials containing “unreliable” information about Moscow’s military actions in Ukraine. Google News is the latest in a growing list of news media services which have been blocked in Russia since February 24, when Moscow launched its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

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Credibility of dollar and euro ‘destroyed’ – Putin 

Moscow has unveiled a new settlement mechanism for energy exports German gas industry group Zukunft Gas said on Wednesday it was confused by the statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the switch of payments for Russian natural gas supplies to rubles. “We took the message that Russia wants [us] to pay for gas supplies only in rubles with great

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A Blacktown man has been sentenced at Parramatta District Court to two and a half years for sharing images of child sexual abuse online. 

The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged in October 2020 by the AFP Eastern Command Child Protection Operations.  The investigation began following a referral from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE). A search warrant was executed at the man’s home where investigators seized a number of electronic

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A second man has been arrested over a botched attempt to execute a member of the Hamzy crime family on the North Shore last year. 

Ibrahem Hamze was saved from the alleged attempt on his life by gangland rivals when traffic police attempted to stop a stolen Mercedes on North Sydney’s Walker Street in August 2021. The driver refused to stop, sped off and ran a red light, leading police to call off their pursuit for safety reasons. The vehicle sustained a flat tyre as

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Good news: Crown has been found unsuitable to hold a casino licence in Western Australia after an 11-month royal commission

Lead Commissioner Neville Owen’s report, tabled in WA Parliament on Thursday, found Crown had facilitated money laundering, failed to investigate suspicions of money laundering, permitted junkets with links to criminals to operate at the casino and failed to minimise gambling-related harm through the use of electronic gaming machines. “Our enquiries have revealed the Perth casino’s efforts to ensure that risk was

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