Thursday , October 6 2022

Italy seizes $580mn yacht owned by Russian tycoon

The Italian authorities have seized a yacht belonging to Andrey Melnichenko, the owner of major fertilizer producer EuroChem Group and coal company SUEK. The move comes just days after the billionaire was included on the EU’s sanction list along with 13 other businessmen from Russia. According to the Italian government, …

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Israeli PM advises Zelensky to accept Putin’s demands – media

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has reportedly advised Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to agree to Russia’s proposals to end the ongoing bloody conflict in his country, according to Israeli media on Friday. Top officials in Kiev and Israel have denied the reports, however. “If I were you, I would think …

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US won’t track citizens who travel to Ukraine to fight

Washington has no plans to keep track of US citizens who volunteer to fight for Ukraine amid the ongoing Russian attack, the State Department said, warning, however, that such trips can result in “capture or death.”  “When Americans travel abroad they are not required to register with the Department of …

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YouTube blocks Ruptly video agency

YouTube, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has shut down the Ruptly channel, the video agency’s head, Dinara Toktosunova, said on Saturday in a Telegram post. The removal of RT’s German-language RT DE channel “turned out to be just a tryout,” she added, referring to YouTube’s decision to block RT …

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Void left by ban on key metal from Russia can’t be filled

South African producers will not be able to make up for a possible reduction in the supply of key commodities from Russia, primarily palladium and other platinum group metals. This was announced on Thursday by South African media firm SABC, citing the director of the largest mining company, Sibanye-Stillwater, Neil …

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Russians may soon need humanitarian corridors themselves, Zelensky warns

Moscow’s actions in Ukraine will be met with such a strong international response that the Russians may end up needing humanitarian corridors themselves, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said. “The Ukrainian military ensured there was a ceasefire so that humanitarian corridors would work. If the occupiers [Russia] start shooting again …

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Citing Ukraine, Facebook declares some hate speech is OK

When is “hate speech” not hate speech? When it’s directed against the approved targets, of course – at least according to Meta, the company behind Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, which just altered its censorship guidelines to allow calls for violence against Russians in certain countries. “As a result of the …

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