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Zakharova announced the response of the Russian Federation to the expulsion of diplomats from European countries 

Russia will give an appropriate response to the expulsion of its diplomats from European countries and is already responding to unfriendly actions by European countries against Russian diplomats. This was announced on Wednesday, April 6, by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, to Izvestia. “Mirror or symmetrical – this will be decided on a case-by-case basis. In any

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Crown Melbourne is facing fines of up to $100 million over a scheme that allowed the illegal transfer of funds from China.  

Victoria’s Gambling and Casino Control Commission has started disciplinary proceedings against Crown claiming it devised a process to evade Chinese currency restrictions and enable the illegal transfer of funds. Commission chair Fran Thorn said the role of the regulator was to hold Crown Melbourne to account. “As a first step, we are acting on the Royal Commission’s findings that Crown’s

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Russia to resume flights with 52 countries 

Russia resumes flights with 52 countries, lifting the previously imposed restrictions on COVID-19. This was announced by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Mikhail Mishustin. “From April 9, we are lifting restrictions on the fight against coronavirus infection , which applied to our regular and charter flights between Russia and a number of other countries,” he said at a meeting with the

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The EU authorities recognized the resistance of the Russian ruble to sanctions 

The Russian ruble is well opposed to the sanctions imposed against Russia. This was stated by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on Tuesday, April 5, on the air of the Spanish radio station COPE . “The ruble has shown strong resilience. (Russian President Vladimir) Putin is now insisting that gas be paid in rubles to support

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Ukrainian security services have staged more alleged killings of civilians in several towns and villages to make headlines in the Western media and accuse Moscow of war crimes, Russia’s Defense Ministry claimed today

Moscow insists that same tactics have been used by Kiev to blame Russian forces for atrocities in the town of Bucha last week. “The troops of the 72nd Ukrainian Main Center for Psychological Operations conducted another staged filming of civilians allegedly killed by violent actions of the Russian armed forces in order for it to be distributed through the Western

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US nudges Moscow toward default

The US Treasury is stopping Russia from paying its debts through American bank accounts The US authorities have stopped the Russian government from paying holders of its sovereign debt more than $600 million from reserves frozen in American bank accounts. “Russia must choose between draining remaining valuable dollar reserves or new revenue coming in, or default,” a US Treasury spokesperson said

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Perth man jailed for trafficking $15m of meth and illicit cash 

A 25-year-old Willetton man has been sentenced to 11 years’ jail by the Perth District Court today (5 April 2022) after earlier pleading guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering.   The man was working as a drug and cash courier for a drug trafficking syndicate and was arrested in April 2021 by the Australian Federal Police, after officers had watched him

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Two dead in NSW Snowy Mountains helicopter crash 

Two people have died in a helicopter crash in the state’s south near the NSW Snowy Mountains. Emergency services were called on Monday night following a request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority rescue centre after the aircraft was last tracked in the area. The wreckage was found about 11.55pm about 200 metres east of the Snowy Mountains Highway at

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Junket’s suspect money bags glossed over in The Star’s board report 

The Star Entertainment Group’s top financial crimes officer did not tell directors about a string of incidents that suggested dirty money was being laundered in the private gaming room of its notorious “junket” partner Suncity, when updating them on a media expose about the group’s criminal links. The public inquiry into The Star’s Sydney casino licence heard on Tuesday that

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Labor vote rises despite broad support for budget ahead of election 

Voters have strongly backed the $8.6 billion help for households in last week’s federal budget while drifting away from Prime Minister Scott Morrison and lifting their support for Labor to give the opposition a powerful lead ahead of the election. Primary vote support for the Coalition has increased slightly from 33 to 34 per cent in the wake of the budget but

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The AFP is appealing for public information about sightings and the occupants of a 10-metre cabin cruiser in the waters north of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island on 14 to 15 March 2022. 

The vessel is separate to the international bulk shipping carrier, which is linked to an AFP-led investigation into the seizure of 416kg of cocaine, the largest haul of illicit drugs ever confiscated in South Australia. The South Australian-registered blue and white boat was unoccupied when authorities towed the vessel to shore. It remains in the custody of law enforcement. AFP

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