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Beijing says US military in South China Sea ‘not conducive to peace’ and urges rethink of Washington’s Taiwan policy

Via RT The Chinese Foreign Ministry has urged Washington against repeatedly undermining Beijing’s internal interests, notably US military incursions into the South China Sea and supporting Taiwan’s independence. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, told reporters that Washington’s South East Asia policy was not conducive to “peace and stability” in the region.  “The...

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Dutch PM condemns turbulent anti-curfew protests as ‘criminal violence’, says restrictions will remain in place

Via RT The freshly imposed and poorly received nighttime curfew must stay to curb the spread of Covid-19, Dutch PM Mark Rutte has said, condemning protests against it as “criminal violence” and vowing to treat participants accordingly. The new restrictions came into force over the weekend, triggering a wave of violent protests across the Netherlands....

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Clashes, arson & mass arrests as riot police struggle to contain anti-lockdown rage in the Netherlands (VIDEOS)

Via RT Some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread to at least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots. Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Stein, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across...

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Australia lashes out at Big Tech threats, says it’s ‘inevitable’ that Facebook & Google will pay for content

Via RT Australia’s treasurer has advised the tech giants to accept that their platforms will have to start paying for content, amid threats from Facebook and Google to limit services in the country if such a policy is enacted. Canberra is finalizing legislation that would require the internet behemoths to obtain licenses to use content...

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German right-wing AfD party goes to court ahead of reported designation as ‘suspected’ extremist group

Via RT Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has filed two lawsuits against the nation’s domestic security service that is reportedly about to designate it a “suspected” extremist group ahead of national elections. The party has filed two legal complaints and two emergency motions against the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution...

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‘Catastrophically wrong’: German court declares regional lockdown UNCONSTITUTIONAL in ‘politically explosive’ decision

Via RT A German district court has declared a strict lockdown imposed by the government of the central state of Thuringia last spring unconstitutional, as it acquitted a person accused of violating it. A trivial case about a man violating strict German lockdown rules by celebrating a birthday with his friends has ended up in...

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No freebies! Pfizer to charge for ‘extra’ Covid-19 vaccine doses as doctors squeeze vials of every drop to inoculate more people

Via RT Pfizer has pressured regulators to declare its vials contain an “extra” dose of the vaccine and will now count them in deliveries, after frontline health workers found they could dispense six shots from one vial, instead of five. A spokeswoman for the pharma giant, Amy Rose, explained that while the company would “fulfill...

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‘Blackout challenge’: Death of child participating in TikTok game prompts investigation by Italian authorities

Via RT Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the death of a 10-year-old girl who reportedly took part in the ‘blackout challenge’, a viral game that has gained popularity on TikTok. The girl passed away in Palermo, Italy on Wednesday. She was found by her younger sister after the viral challenge she was reportedly attempting...

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Poland threatens Pfizer with legal action after Covid-19 vaccine delay as Italy’s government backs action against the pharma giant

Via RT The Polish government has warned it will take legal action against drugmaker Pfizer, after the company only delivered half the expected doses of Covid-19 vaccine this week, jeopardizing the country’s inoculation program. Speaking on Friday, spokesman Piotr Muller told public broadcaster Polskie Radio Program 1 that the government was considering legal action against...

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Google threatens to REMOVE search engine in Australia if legislators force it to share profits with news content creators

Via RT Australians could soon be deprived of Google’s ubiquitous search engine, with the web behemoth threatening to cut off service should lawmakers pass a hot-button measure forcing tech firms to cough up revenue to media outlets. As Australian legislators continue to debate the controversial law – which would compel internet platforms to hand over...

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‘Very high risk’: ECDC urges tougher Covid-19 measures amid mutant strains from UK, Brazil, and South Africa

Via RT The Covid-19 strains from the UK, Brazil and South Africa pose a very high risk due to their increased transmissibility and must be stamped out with tougher health measures, the EU’s infectious diseases agency has said. The transmissibility of the three variants will likely push infection rates higher, leading to more hospitalizations and...

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Politicians among 48 arrested in huge Italian bust on ‘Ndrangheta mafia, hundreds of millions in cash seized

Via RT Anti-mafia police carried out sweeping early-morning raids against Italy’s most powerful mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, on Thursday, arresting 48 people and placing the leader of a political party under investigation. Officers from the Direzione Investigativa AntiMafia (DIA) immediately jailed 13 people, while 35 were placed under house arrest, with multiple politicians, low-level mob bosses...

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Twitter locks out Chinese embassy to the US after ‘dehumanizing’ Uighur tweet as if to prove it isn’t JUST anti-Trump

Via RT Twitter has locked the Chinese Embassy to the US out of its account for supposedly violating its policy against dehumanization with a tweet defending its activities in Xinjiang, just weeks after suspending US President Trump. The tech giant has locked @ChineseEmbinUS, the official account of Beijing’s US Embassy, for supposedly violating its policies...

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‘Not acting as an ally should’: Biden’s secretary of state nominee mulls new sanctions against Turkey over Russia’s S-400 deal

Via RT New US President Joe Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has lashed out at Ankara over its purchase of the Russian S-400 defense system, saying Washington could consider additional sanctions against Turkey. “The idea that a strategic – so-called strategic – partner of ours would actually be in line with one...

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Macron rules out official apology for colonial abuses in Algeria despite calling colonization ‘crime against humanity’

Via RT The office of the French president has ruled out issuing a formal apology for colonial abuses in Algeria, as the Elysée Palace awaits the findings of a report on the “memories of colonization and the Algerian war.” “Symbolic acts” are being considered, but there will be “neither repentance nor apologies” following the submission...