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July 5, 2022 5:37 am

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“West Russia Putin” – Google News: Politics this week – The Economist

Politics this week  The Economist

“West Russia Putin” – Google News

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RSS: Творческая группа ЦОК ВКС выступила с концертом, посвященным 80-летию создания центра дальней авиации

Все концертные номера были восторженно встречены публикой. Зрители наградили артистов творческого коллектива горячими аплодисментами.


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News: US has restored UN sanctions on Iran, says Pompeo


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Europe: German towns unite to offer refugees shelter from the storm

Safe Harbour movement wants to take in more asylum seekers, but the issue has become a minefield for politicians


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Voice of America – English: Thai Protesters Challenge Monarchy with Symbolic Plaque

In a challenge to the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, protesters Sunday cemented a plaque in the field next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok that declares Thailand belongs to the people and not to him.

Protests that have been growing in the southeast Asian country since July have broken a long-standing taboo by criticizing the monarchy as well as seeking to oust the government and bring in a new constitution and elections.

The plaque was cemented in the area known as Sanam Luang – Royal Field – shortly after sunrise. It reads “At this place the people have expressed their will: that this country belongs to the people and is not the property of the monarch as they have deceived us.”

The Royal Palace was not immediately available for comment.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said police would not use violence against protesters and it was up to them to determine and prosecute any illegal speech. Police were not immediately available for comment.

At the biggest demonstration in years Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters cheered calls for reform of the monarchy as well as for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader.

“The nation belongs to no one person but to all of us,” one of the protest leaders, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, announced at the ceremony for installing the plaque. “Down with feudalism, long live the people.”

Police have held back from the protest and made no attempt to intervene.

Protesters have said they will march from the scene of the ceremony at 8 a.m. (0100 GMT).

The plaque resembles one removed without explanation from outside one of the royal palaces in 2017, after Vajiralongkorn took the throne. That plaque, which had commemorated the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, was replaced by one with a pro-monarchist slogan.  

Voice of America – English

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“russia analysis” – Google News: KAVKAZ 2020: Host-Nation Clout And Diplomatic Intrigue – Analysis – Eurasia Review

KAVKAZ 2020: Host-Nation Clout And Diplomatic Intrigue – Analysis  Eurasia Review

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Voice of America – English: Trump Backs Proposed Deal to Keep TikTok Operating in US

President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his blessing to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart to become a U.S. company.

Trump has targeted Chinese-owned TikTok for national security and data privacy concerns. The announcement comes just a day after the Commerce Department announced restrictions that if put in place could eventually make it nearly impossible for TikTok fans to use the app.

Trump said the deal, if completed, would create a new company likely to be based in Texas.

“I have given the deal my blessing,” he said. “If they get it done, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s OK, too.”

Trump said the new company will be hiring at least 25,000 people and making a $5 billion contribution to a fund dedicated to education for Americans.

“That’s their contribution that I’ve been asking for,” he said.

“We are pleased that the proposal by TikTok, Oracle and Walmart will resolve the security concerns of the U.S. administration and settle questions around TikTok’s future in the U.S.,” TikTok said in a statement.

‘Commercial partnership’

TikTok said both Oracle and Walmart will take part in a financing round before an initial public offering of stock, where they can take up to a 20% cumulative stake in the company.

The deal will make Oracle responsible for hosting all TikTok’s U.S. user data and securing computer systems to ensure U.S. national security requirements are satisfied. TikTok said it’s also working with Walmart on a “commercial partnership” but gave no other details.

Oracle said in a separate statement that it would take a 12.5% stake in TikTok Global. Representatives for Walmart could not be immediately reached for comment late Saturday.

Trump has been demanding that the U.S. operations of TikTok, a video app popular with younger people, be sold to a U.S. company or else be shut down. He’s also been targeting WeChat, another Chinese-owned app. The dispute over the two apps is the latest flashpoint in the rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Trump said the new company — to be known as TikTok Global — “will have nothing to do with China.”

Just a day earlier, the U.S. Commerce Department said it would bar TikTok from U.S. app stores as of late Sunday. Further restrictions that would prevent TikTok from accessing essential internet services in the country would go into effect on November 12. Commerce said Saturday that it will delay the barring of TikTok from U.S. app stores until 11:59 p.m. September 27.

Commerce is imposing similar restrictions on WeChat, although all of the restrictions on WeChat are set to go into effect Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.

Earlier Saturday, WeChat users asked a U.S. judge to block the moves targeting the app, saying they would restrict free speech. WeChat is an all-in-one app with instant-messaging, social media and other communication tools. The U.S. government argued that it is not restricting free speech because WeChat users still “are free to speak on alternative platforms that do not pose a national security threat.”

The aggressive tactics are part of Trump’s latest attempt to counter the influence of China, a rising economic superpower. Since taking office in 2017, Trump has waged a trade war with China, blocked mergers involving Chinese companies and stifled the business of Chinese firms like Huawei, a maker of phones and telecom equipment.

China-backed hackers, meanwhile, have been blamed for data breaches of U.S. federal databases and the credit agency Equifax, and the Chinese government strictly limits what U.S. tech companies can do in China.

China’s ministry of commerce condemned the U.S. moves and urged it to stop what it called bullying behavior. It also said China may take “necessary measures” to protect Chinese companies.

The U.S. Treasury Department said that TikTok’s deal with Oracle and Walmart also still needs documentation and conditions to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. 

Voice of America – English

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News: Poison ricin found in letter addressed to Trump and sent to White House


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Voice of America – English: Minneapolis to Name Stretch of Street for George Floyd

A stretch of a Minneapolis street that includes the site where George Floyd died will soon be named in his honor.

Although the street will still be called Chicago Avenue, the city will refer to the blocks between 37th and 39th streets as George Perry Floyd Jr. Place, the Star Tribune reported.

The City Council approved the naming Friday, and Mayor Jacob Frey’s office said he would likely sign off on it as well.

Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 while in police custody in the Midwestern US state of Minnesota. Floyd’s death was captured in widely seen bystander video that set off protests around the world.

Months after Floyd’s death, the intersection remains barricaded and now holds a memorial. A group of demonstrators has occupied the area, saying they will not leave until the city meets their demands, including funding for anti-racism training and a temporary property tax freeze for people within that zone.

The city had announced plans to reopen 38th Street this summer but backed off, avoiding a confrontation.

The city continues to work on a long-term plan for the intersection. 

Voice of America – English

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“shoigu” – Google News: Russia to ramp up military presence in far east over geopolitical tensions – Business Standard

Russia to ramp up military presence in far east over geopolitical tensions  Business Standard

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