Friday, June 18, 2021


Moscow sees new variants behind Covid-19 spike

Daily infections in the Russian capital have soared from 3,000 to 7,000 within a few days and are expected to hit more than 9,000 on Friday.

Biden and Putin praise first talks while serious differences remain

There was little sign of agreement on human rights, cybersecurity, Ukraine, and the fate of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny,

Moscow orders mandatory vaccinations over ‘dramatic’ rise in cases

Vaccinations have been made mandatory for residents of the Russian capital working in the service industry.

Moscow announces ‘non-working week’ as virus surges

This a change of tone for Russian authorities, with President Vladimir Putin repeatedly insisting that Russia has handled the pandemic better than most countries.

Missile must have downed MH17, judges say

An international investigation previously concluded that a BUK missile that had originally come from the Russian army's 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade based in the city of Kursk was responsible.

FBI hacks hackers’ bitcoin wallet, steals back most of pipeline ransom

Stealing back a ransom shows how far the US is willing to go to deter cyber-criminals.

Trial in MH17 crash to start hearing evidence

The trial formally began in March 2020 but has so far been dealing with legal arguments, mainly about the admissibility of evidence in the crash in which 298 passengers and crew were killed.

Top US military officer warns peace with China and Russia ‘fraying’

This comes as Biden is due to sit down with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, in June.

As US reduces Mideast troops, China and Russia may step in, says US commander

The Biden administration views China’s rapidly expanding economic influence and military might as America’s primary long-term security challenge.

At least 8 children, one teacher killed in mass shooting at Russia school

A teenager was detained after the attack at the school, located 820km east of Moscow in the mainly Muslim republic of Tatarstan.

Putin vows to defend Russia amid soaring tensions with West

This year’s Victory Day parade was the second during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scientists back Brazil over Russian Covid vaccine import ban

They say the batches they tested carried a live version of a common cold-causing virus.

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