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Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative
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Russia Releases U.S. Citizens Alexander Drueke and Andy Huynh in Prisoner Exchange -Family Representative

(Reuters) - Russia has released U.S. citizens Alexander Drueke, 39, and Andy Huynh, 27, in a prisoner exchange deal brokered by Saudi Arabia, a family representative told Reuters on Wednesday.The pair, both from Alabama, were captured in June while fighting in eastern Ukraine where they went to support Ukrainian troops resisting Russia's invasion.(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Chris Reese)Copyright 2022 Thomson Reuters.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Source link
Germany takes control of 3 Russian-owned oil refineries
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Germany takes control of 3 Russian-owned oil refineries

Germany is taking control of three Russian-owned refineries in the country to ensure energy security before an embargo on oil from Russia takes effect next year, officials said Friday.Two subsidiaries of Russian oil giant Rosneft — Rosneft Deutschland GmbH and RN Refining & Marketing GmbH — will be put under the administration of Germany's Federal Network Agency, the economy ministry said in a statement.As a result, the agency will also control the companies' shares in the refineries PCK Schwedt, MiRo and Bayernoil, located in the east and south of Germany. "This is a far-reaching energy policy decision to protect our country," German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. "We've long known that Russia isn't a reliable supplier of energy anymore.""...
Russia pulls back troops in Kharkiv after Ukraine counteroffensive
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Russia pulls back troops in Kharkiv after Ukraine counteroffensive

Russia's Defense Ministry announced Saturday that it's pulling back troops from two areas in Ukraine's eastern Kharkiv region where a Ukrainian counteroffensive has made significant advances in the past week. The news came after days of apparent advances by Ukraine south of Kharkiv, the country's second-largest city, in what could become the biggest battlefield success for Ukrainian forces since they thwarted a Russian attempt to seize the capital of Kyiv at the start of the nearly seven-month war.Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Saturday that troops would be regrouped from the Balakliya and Izyum areas to Ukraine's tern Donetsk region. Izyum was a major base for Russian forces in the Kharkiv region and earlier this week social media videos showed residen...
West Mourns Gorbachev as Peace Champion, Russia Remembers Failures
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West Mourns Gorbachev as Peace Champion, Russia Remembers Failures

LONDON (Reuters) - Mikhail Gorbachev was mourned in the West on Wednesday as a towering statesman who helped to end the Cold War, but his death received a cool response in Russia, engaged in a war with Ukraine to regain some of the power it lost when he presided over the Soviet Union's collapse.Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, died at the age of 91 in a Moscow hospital on Tuesday after two years of serious illness.In six heady years between 1985 and 1991, he forged arms treaties with the United States, and partnerships with Western powers to remove the Iron Curtain that had divided Europe since World War Two and bring about the reunification of Germany.But his internal reforms, combining economic and political liberalisation, helped weaken the Soviet Union (USSR) to the point where it...
Serbian President Nominates Brnabic to Serve as PM Once Again
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Serbian President Nominates Brnabic to Serve as PM Once Again

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has nominated the outgoing prime minister, Ana Brnabic, to be premier once again and form a government to lead the country through a time of war in Europe, global energy and inflation crises and tensions with Kosovo.The announcement came more than five months after their party, the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), won most votes in a national election. The formal announcement of results was delayed by voting irregularities at one polling station, preventing parliament from being convened.Vucic said he had "limitless trust" in Brnabic, 46, who became Serbia's first female and openly gay premier in 2020. He also said the new government would face a major overhaul in 2024, two years ahead of new elections, but did not elaborate.The ru...
China’s Baidu Reveals Its First Quantum Computer Called Qianshi
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China’s Baidu Reveals Its First Quantum Computer Called Qianshi

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc revealed its first quantum computer on Thursday and is ready to make it available to external users, joining the global race to apply the technology to practical uses.The Baidu-developed quantum computer, dubbed "Qianshi", has a 10-quantum-bit (qubit) processor, Baidu said in a statement. The Beijing-based company has also developed a 36-qubit quantum chip, it said.Governments and companies around the world for years have touted the potential of quantum computing, a form of high-speed calculation at extraordinarily cold temperatures that will bring computers to unprecedented processing speeds.However, current real-world applications in the field are still very basic and limited to a small group of early clients.The United States,...
Russia’s Lavrov Says Moscow Will Propose Time for Call With Blinken on Prisoners
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Russia’s Lavrov Says Moscow Will Propose Time for Call With Blinken on Prisoners

TASHKENT (Reuters) -Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Moscow would soon propose a time for a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which Blinken has said he wants to discuss an exchange of prisoners held in Russian and U.S. jails.Blinken said on Wednesday that Washington had made a "substantial offer" to obtain the release of U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan, both detained in Russia.A source said that Washington was willing to exchange convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout, jailed in the United States, as part of such a deal.Blinken and Biden have not spoken since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. Families of the U.S. detainees have been increasing pressure on President Joe Biden, most recently in the case of two...
Myanmar’s Military Must Refrain From Further ‘Arbitrary Executions’
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Myanmar’s Military Must Refrain From Further ‘Arbitrary Executions’

LONDON (Reuters) - The Group of Seven on Thursday condemned the execution of four pro-democracy activists in Myanmar and called on the ruling military to "refrain from further arbitrary executions" and to free all political prisoners."These executions, the first in Myanmar in over thirty years, and the absence of fair trials show the junta’s contempt for the unwavering democratic aspirations of the people of Myanmar," a joint statement by G7 foreign ministers, released by the British government, said."We continue to condemn in the strongest terms the military coup in Myanmar and express deep concern about the political, economic, social, humanitarian and human rights situation in the country."(Reporting by Muvija M, Editing by Kylie MacLellan)Political Cartoons on World Leaders Copyrigh...