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Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules
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Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules

The High Court has ruled against home secretary Priti Patel’s secret policy of confiscating asylum seekers’ mobile phones by declaring it unlawful. The Home Office has had a secret blanket policy of seizing phones belonging to asylum seekers who had arrived in the UK via clandestine routes, such as in small boats. The phones’ data was then...

EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF
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EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF

European Union officials are reportedly looking at how to curb Russia’s influence within the International Monetary Fund (IMF), even to the extent of exploring the possibility of kicking the country out of the global organisation entirely. The EU, seeking to up the economic pressure on Moscow following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, is considering...

EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus
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EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus

The EU Council has imposed additional sanctions on Belarus because of the country’s involvement in the invasion of Ukraine. The Council cited the sanctions the EU imposed on Belarusian military personnel on 24 February in announcing its new measures targeting 22 high-ranking military officials. The listed officials had a role “in the decision making and...

Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow
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Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow

Russian human rights activist and former chess champion Garry Kasparov called on Thursday for world powers to adopt a harsher strategy against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Kasparov urged the western countries to intensify their military and economic strategies against the Kremlin, calling on all countries to recall their ambassadors from Moscow, to...

Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine
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Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine

France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today has led him to conclude that “the worst is yet to come” for Ukraine. Reportedly, the Russian president was the one who initiated the call, using it to restate his determination to achieve “neutralisation and disarmament of Ukraine,” whether by diplomatic means...

Sberbank withdraws from most European markets
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Sberbank withdraws from most European markets

Russian Sberbank announced on Wednesday it was withdrawing from most European markets. The bank stressed that it decided to withdraw due to large outflows and threats to its property and staff, according to Reuters reporting on Wednesday. The Russian state-controlled bank posted record-high annual profit in 2021, but stressed that it is no longer able to secure...

After 2 years of Covid rules, are you sick of MPs interfering in YOUR life?
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After 2 years of Covid rules, are you sick of MPs interfering in YOUR life?

The coronavirus pandemic has seen the Government take unprecedented steps to keep the country afloat during numerous lockdowns. Now, Boris Johnson’s newly appointed Chief of Staff Steve Barclay has declared the Government should “restore a smaller state” and take “a step back from people’s lives”. Mr Barclay declared: “It’s time to return to a more...

Mexico lime inflation leaves sour taste as cartels gouge prices for cuisine staple
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Mexico lime inflation leaves sour taste as cartels gouge prices for cuisine staple

The citric kick of the limes which grow abundantly across Mexico – the world’s largest producer of the fruit – help give the country’s cuisine its distinctive flavour. But aggressive price-fixing by criminal groups has sent prices soaring, prompting some eateries to stop offering limes with their tacos – and leaving diners in a sour twist. “If...

Hong Kong fears food supply disruption as Covid hits drivers in worsening outbreak
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Hong Kong fears food supply disruption as Covid hits drivers in worsening outbreak

Hong Kong authorities said supplies of vegetables and chilled poultry to the global financial hub may be temporarily disrupted after some mainland goods vehicle drivers preliminarily tested positive for Covid-19. Hong Kong imports 90% of its food, with the mainland its most important source, especially for fresh food. Consumers have already seen a shortage of...

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace fears Russian attack on Ukraine is ‘highly likely’
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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace fears Russian attack on Ukraine is ‘highly likely’

The Defence Secretary has compared diplomatic efforts to prevent a Russian invasion of Ukraine to appeasement as he said it is “highly likely” Vladimir Putin will order an attack despite the concerted talks to avert war. Ben Wallace said there is a “whiff of Munich in the air”, in a reference to the agreement that allowed German annexation of the Sudetenland in...