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Zakharova announced difficulties in negotiations with Kiev due to the influence of the United States on it 

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on March 23 that it is difficult to conduct a productive dialogue with Kiev because it works according to Washington’s manuals. When people only pretend to represent their side and the people, but in fact they read out those manuals and materials that they bring, write and throw [from the USA], what kind

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China responds after US claims it ‘militarized’ islands. Beijing insisted it is within its rights to develop defense installations on its own territory.

China has rejected claims that it is engaged in a major military buildup after a senior US commander accused the country of deploying an arsenal of weapons to several islands in the South China Sea and “destabilizing” the region. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to allegations from US Indo-Pacific Commander Admiral John Aquilino that China is conducting “the

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Sleepy Joe Biden says India ‘shaky’ on response to Russia and singled out New Delhi for unwillingness to retaliate after Moscow sent troops into Ukraine

US President Joe Biden has accused India of being “somewhat shaky” in its response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine, while praising the “extremely strong”reactions by other regional allies such as Japan and Australia.  Speaking to a business forum on Monday, the president suggested India has not done enough to punish Russia for its military operation, according to Reuters, comparing New Delhi to the

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We would like to advise you that Pastor Brian Houston has resigned as Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and the board has accepted his resignation. 

An important message from the Hillsong Board 23-March-2022 Dear Church, We would like to advise you that Pastor Brian Houston has resigned as Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and the board has accepted his resignation. We understand there will be much emotion at this news, and we all share these feelings. Irrespective of the circumstances around this, we can

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The Pentagon says it sees no need to strengthen nuclear deterrence with Russia 

The US sees no need to change the configuration of its nuclear deterrence forces. This was announced on Tuesday, March 22, during a briefing by Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. The broadcast was conducted on the websiteof the US Defense Department. According to him, Washington does not record any changes in Russia’s nuclear forces. “Let me just say that we are monitoring as much as

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Kremlin declares awareness of Kyiv’s intentions to oppose Donbass 

Russia had information about Ukraine’s readiness to launch a military operation against the Donbass and hoped that this would not happen, Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation, said on Tuesday, March 22, in an interview with CNN . “Russia hoped that Ukraine would never prepare for an attack on the Donbass. Within a couple of days, it became absolutely clear

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ACCC not satisfied of claimed benefits from proposed settlement between pharmaceutical companies 

The ACCC proposes to deny authorisation for the provisions of a settlement and licence agreement between Celgene and generic drug companies, Juno and Natco. The companies are seeking authorisation to settle a patent dispute currently before the Federal Court of Australia. Given the lack of information provided about the extent of benefits from the agreement, and its impact on competition,

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Defiant Mr Flamboyant ordered to pay back COVID business grants 

Embattled florist Brennon Mrzyk is being pursued by Revenue NSW for $38,304 in COVID-19 business grants after he was unable to supply key documentation during a compliance audit. Mr Mrzyk was evicted from his Double Bay store, Mr Flamboyant, last month amid claims that he had fallen behind on rent and was misusing his customers’ credit cards. He has been

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Former federal MP Craig Thomson has been charged by police after allegedly using fraudulent documents to receive $25,000 from the state government’s COVID-19 small business grants. 

Mr Thomson allegedly used falsified information and successfully applied for both the NSW Small Business COVID-19 Support grant and the COVID-19 Small Business Hardship grant. He also allegedly submitted a fraudulent application to receive $3000 a fortnight in JobSaver payments – which were not approved or paid. Mr Thomson also allegedly signed and submitted a fraudulent document in an attempt

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The accused killer who lost his job as a Jetstar pilot after he was charged with murdering two elderly campers in Victoria’s high country has withdrawn his unfair dismissal claim against the budget airline. 

Greg Lynn lodged the claim after he was sacked in January with two months’ pay, plus unpaid leave entitlements. He had worked for the airline since 2007. Police charged Mr Lynn in November with two counts of murder over the deaths of Russell Hill and Carol Clay in the Wonnangatta Valley in Victoria’s high country on March 20, 2020. After his dismissal,

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An arrested driver accused of hitting an aged care worker attempting to board a tram in Melbourne’s south-east has told a court she was driving her Tesla on autopilot at the time of the collision. 

Sakshi Agrawal, a loading dock manager contracted by Victoria Police, appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court on Tuesday evening charged with a string of driving offences. The 23-year-old, who is on a bridging visa, was released on bail despite concerns from police prosecutors she could flee the country. The court heard that Ms Agrawal, whose driver’s licence had previously been suspended,

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The State Duma approved amendments on punishment for fakes about state bodies of the Russian Federation 

The State Duma, during a meeting on March 22, adopted in the second and third readings a bill that introduces administrative responsibility for discrediting any state bodies of Russia operating abroad. The document provides that the previously introduced responsibility for fakes about the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will also apply to all state bodies operating abroad. The amendments

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