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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingThis video can not be playedTo play this video you need to enable JavaScript in your browser.Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine, and backed Kyiv against any threats from Moscow.US President Joe Biden spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy, agreeing to use “all the tools at their disposal” to prevent aggression.Mr Biden is to speak to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin by video call later on Tuesday.Russia has boosted its troops near Ukraine’s border, prompting fears. But Moscow says it has no plan to…

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Honolulu’s Board of Water Supply (BWS) shut down the Halawa Shaft, Oahu’s largest water source, on Thursday after the Navy said it found “a likely source of the contamination,” the Navy said in a virtual town hall meeting.Top US military officials — including Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro — were in Hawaii Sunday to address the community.The deputy commander of the US Pacific Fleet. Rear Adm. Blake Converse, confirmed a petroleum leak is the cause of the latest breach.”The situation we’re in today, it’s completely and totally unacceptable,” Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday added.The military has…

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As the senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Devin Nunes was next in line to become its chairman should the Republicans take back the House in 2022. Which is to say that Nunes would have ascended to what is widely considered to be the most powerful chairmanship in the House of Representatives. And all he had to do was stay in Congress.But Nunes decided to discard the opportunity. Instead, he announced that he had joined Donald Trump’s social media venture, Truth Social, as its CEO. Nunes said he was “humbled and honored” to have been entrusted with…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, PA MediaPeople travelling to the UK must now take a Covid test before their journey, as new travel rules to limit the spread of the Omicron variant take effect.Contacts of a suspected Omicron case are also required self-isolate for 10 days, including the fully vaccinated.There are currently 336 confirmed cases of the highly-mutated Covid strain in the UK.Health Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed Omicron is spreading in the community in multiple areas of England. He told MPs on Monday the mutated Covid strain was spreading “here and around the world” and that there were people…

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One of the GOP’s longest-serving leaders, Dole could be a partisan. (He’d blamed his opponents, for example, for causing “Democrat wars.”) But like the relationship between Tip O’Neill and Ronald Reagan, Dole might joust with an opposing president by day and call a truce by night if it was in service of the American people. He had many adversaries in Washington, but few enemies. His world view seemed formed on the battlefield, and one that Dole never left behind — not even after decades on Capitol Hill. One of my favorite stories of the Republican leader, in fact, comes from…

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To accomplish his plan, Republicans will first need to cooperate under the rules of the Senate. And it’s unclear if the necessary 10 GOP senators will do just that.McConnell, who has in the past developed creative ways to avoid a debt default without having Republicans cast the key vote, has been quietly working for weeks with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ahead of the December 15 deadline set by the Treasury Department. His positioning amounts to a sharp shift from the last debt ceiling standoff earlier this fall when he initially refused to provide any GOP votes before cutting a…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, Getty ImagesPeople who “stir up” hostility on the basis of sex or gender should be prosecuted for hate crimes, a review carried out for the government says.The Law Commission argued this was needed in England and Wales to combat a “growing threat” of “extreme misogyny”.But it did not suggest treating all offences motivated by misogyny – anti-women prejudice – as hate crimes, which has angered campaign groups.The Home Office promised to look “carefully” at the proposals.The commission – an independent body that advises government – also recommended changing hate crime laws to give disabled and…

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SharecloseShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage source, ReutersDozens of Rohingya refugees in the UK and US have sued Facebook, accusing the social media giant of allowing hate speech against them to spread.They are demanding more than $150bn (£133bn) in compensation, claiming Facebook’s platforms promoted violence against the persecuted minority.An estimated 10,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed during a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2017.Facebook, now called Meta, did not immediately respond to the allegations. The company is accused of allowing “the dissemination of hateful and dangerous misinformation to continue for years”.In the UK, a British law firm representing some of the refugees…

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov called it “hysteria,” but the words of Russian officials have long lost their credibility. After all, it was Putin who turned gaslighting into a political weapon.Denials aside, the West is concerned enough about Putin’s intentions that President Joe Biden and the Russian president are holding an urgent virtual meeting on Tuesday as experts warn about the growing risks of a new war.Putin’s actions and intentions may be deliberately wrapped in a fog, but his track record is clear. If he’s allowed to advance his goals without serious consequences, he will continue to escalate his foreign policy…

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