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China’s former president unexpectedly escorted out of social gathering congress

China's former president Hu Jintao has been unexpectedly escorted out of the closing ceremony of the ruling Communist Party. The 79-year-old, who was seated on the left of President Xi Jinping, was led off the stage of the main auditorium of the..

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China is holding an occasion that occurs as soon as each 5 years – and it’ll have massive penalties

When President Xi Jinping came to power 10 years ago, he had a very clear vision for China. He would return the country to its former glory, he would be unapologetic about its ascendant place in the world order, and he would make it strong, rich and ..

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Ukrainians ‘laughing within the face of evil’ amid menace of nuclear escalation

A belief is emerging among many besieged Ukrainians that Russian will not deploy a nuclear weapon in a desperate bid to win the war, according to Kyiv resident Ilyas Verdiev. Recording in a Kyiv shelter for the latest edition of the Sky News Ukraine ..

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Crimea bridge explosion could be turning point for Russia – as Ukraine ‘flicks two fingers’ at Putin

It is hard to overstate the significance of this moment. As symbols go, hitting the Kerch Bridge which connects mainland Russia to illegally annexed Crimea is the equivalent of flicking two fingers at Vladimir Putin and his territorial pretensions. ..

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UK ‘dragging its heels’ over trade links to forced labour – as one survivor prepares to sue trade secretary

The British government has been accused of "dragging its heels" over trade linked to forced labour. A Chinese labour camp survivor is preparing to sue the UK's trade secretary for allowing cotton imports from the western Chinese province of Xin..

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Key bridge from Russia to Crimea reopens after being partially destroyed in explosion

A key bridge from Russia to Crimea has reopened to traffic after it was partially destroyed in an explosion. Moscow has said three people were killed in the blast it has attributed to a truck bomb. Russian authorities have also said the attack was a..

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Surrounded by body bags – Putin’s ‘war crimes’ only strengthen Ukraine’s resolve

There was an awful near silence as the war crime investigators went about their business and the bodies of the victims were methodically packed into body bags. We counted at least 15 body bags being loaded one on top of each other into a succession o..

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Rambling Putin sounded like a resentful old man

The biggest landgrab since the Second World War. A dictator threatening the use of nuclear weapons. The world's most important institution meant to guarantee global security, the UN Security Council, rendered impotent yet again with one of its p..

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Ukraine War Diaries: Citizens spooked by nuclear threat

There's now a tangible fear among citizens in Ukraine that Russia may target the country with a nuclear strike, according to Kyiv resident and Ukraine War Diaries contributor Oksana Koshel. This week, the Kremlin annexed four regions in Ukraine,..

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‘What greater woman can you think of at this present moment?’ Canadians remember their Queen

A bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth II sitting astride a horse marks the entrance to Ottawa's Rideau Hall, a nod to a head of state and equestrienne who continued to ride well into her tenth decade. Canada was one of 15 sovereign states of which ..

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Biden planning to attend Queen’s funeral – but Putin not expected after sending note to King

US President Joe Biden has confirmed he is planning to attend the Queen's funeral when it takes place in the UK. While no formal plans for Her Majesty's funeral have been announced yet, the ceremony is expected to take place within 10 days ..

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Woken at 5am by police at the bedroom door: How Commonwealth leaders heard the Queen had died

The prime minister of New Zealand has told how she was woken at 5am by a police officer shining a torch into her bedroom to tell her the news of the Queen's death. Jacinda Ardern's anecdote, and subsequent heartfelt tribute to Her Majesty, ..

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