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The world is nervously watching as pictures reveal a disturbing escalation in tensions on Europe’s eastern front between Russia and Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian presidency, 80,000 Russian troops – about 40,000 on the eastern border and about 40,000 in Crimea – have been mobilised in recent weeks. Fighting between the Ukrainian army and separatists has intensified …

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – China has the world’s greenest central bank, followed by Brazil, both beating richer countries thanks to concrete steps such as lower interest rates on loans for pollution-fighting projects, an activist group said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a mask walks past the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China, the …

(Reuters) – Shots were heard on Sunday as police broke up a protest in the southeastern town of Myawaddy against Myanmar’s junta, which was demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi after last week’s coup, live video published on Facebook showed. The video showed uniformed police armed with guns rushing at a crowd of …

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somali leaders have failed to end a stalemate over the selection of a new president scheduled for next week, government officials said on Saturday, raising the risk of more political turmoil. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, President of Somalia. REUTERS/Jack Hill/Pool President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed flew back to the capital Mogadishu without a deal …

Tens of thousands of people turned out across Russia on Sunday for a second consecutive weekend rally in support of a jailed opposition leader, Aleksei A. Navalny. But where the protesters went, so did the police, meeting them in sometimes brutal clashes. The protests started in Russia’s far east and swept across the vast nation, …

LA PAZ (Reuters) – Bolivian doctors are demanding a nationwide lockdown and threatening to stop taking in new patients as a surge in COVID-19 cases, which they say is killing an average of one medic per day, strains hospitals to breaking point. New daily coronavirus infections in the Andean country, which received its first batch …

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse GENEVA (Reuters) – The International Health Regulations remain a cornerstone of public health security and need improving in some areas, but not major changes, the chair of a World Health Organization (WHO) panel …

Talk about “masked bandits.” Two raccoons have created a stir by “breaking into” a Redwood City, Calif.-based bank. The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said it responded to a call on Tuesday morning regarding the two juvenile raccoons, who were found inside the Redwood City bank. The bank was closed to the public at the …

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employment growth slowed more than expected in September and over 300,000 Americans lost their jobs permanently, dealing a potential blow to President Donald Trump ahead of the fiercely contested Nov. 3 presidential election. FILE PHOTO: A view shows signs in the windows of Lord & Taylor, advertising a store closing sale, …

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock on Friday and imposed sanctions on Belarus after hours of summit talks, assuring Cyprus that the bloc would also punish Turkey if it continues oil and gas drilling in disputed areas of the Mediterranean. The deal on sanctions against about 40 officials accused of rigging August’s …