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Putin turns down talks with Biden. Image: Evgenii Sribnyi/Shutterstock.com Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned down talks with his American counterpart citing what he said was the need to secure Russian interests. The response on Saturday, December 3 follows the offer earlier in the week from President Joe Biden who said he was willing to talk to Putin in an effort to bring peace in the region. Kremlin spokesperson Dimitry Peskov said that Putin was open to negotiations so long as they help to secure Russian interests in the region. He added that Biden’s demand that Russia withdraw from…

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The US’s newest nuclear stealth bomber made its debut after years of secret development and as part of the Pentagon’s answer to rising concerns over a future conflict with China.The B-21 Raider is the first new US bomber aircraft in more than 30 years.Almost every aspect of the programme is classified.As evening fell over the Air Force’s Plant 42 in Palmdale, the public got its first glimpse of the Raider in a tightly controlled ceremony.Unveiled today, the B-21 Raider will be a dual-capable, penetrating-strike stealth bomber capable of delivering both conventional and nuclear munitions. The B-21 will form the backbone…

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US Air Force plans to buy at least 100 B-21 Raider stealth bombers, which come with a $700 million price tag per plane.The United States has unveiled its latest high-tech strategic bomber – the B-21 Raider – which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload and can be flown without a crew on board. The next-generation stealth bomber was rolled out at arm’s manufacturer Northrop Grumman’s facility in California during a flashy ceremony attended by top US officials on Friday. The US Air Force plans to buy at least 100 of the B-21 aircraft, which comes with a $700m price…

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Patients with COVID-19, who also had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), were more likely to die or be hospitalized than those without a psychiatric disorder. And for patients with other mental illnesses, the risks were substantially higher.Researchers from UC San Francisco and the San Francisco VA Health Care System found that veterans with PTSD had an 8 percent increased risk of death if they had COVID and a 9 percent increased risk of hospitalization, compared with patients with the virus and without a psychiatric diagnosis, adjusting for age, sex, race and co-occurring medical conditions.Psychological stress from the pandemic overall, or the…

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Several groups, including the Kremlin-aligned Wagner Group, a private paramilitary organization that is active in Syria, Africa and Ukraine, were also designated as entities of particular concern. The Wagner group was designated over its activities in the Central African Republic, Blinken said. “Around the world, governments and non-state actors harass, threaten, jail, and even kill individuals on account of their beliefs,” Blinken said in the statement. “The United States will not stand by in the face of these abuses.” He added that Washington would welcome the opportunity to meet with all governments to outline concrete steps for removal from the…

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December 3, 2022 at 1:00 a.m. ESTA Ukrainian soldier in the entrance to a bunker at a military position in the Zaporizhzhia region on Nov. 30. (Heidi Levine for The Washington Post). Comment on this storyCommentZAPORIZHZHIA REGION, Ukraine — The path to a Ukrainian victory — or at least the most obvious path — will probably cut south, through the muddy and flat fields of the Zaporizhzhia region.Following Russia’s retreat from the city of Kherson — the only regional capital captured by Moscow since the start of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion — Ukrainian forces have limited options for their…

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Snowfall Protocol and ChainLink are two major players in the blockchain industry pushing for change. Snowfall Protocol (SNW) is a cross-chain bridge that enables users to swap assets between different blockchains, while ChainLink provides a secure way for smart contracts to interact with external data. Both projects are aiming to make blockchain technology more accessible and usable. Meanwhile, Ripple is still embroiled in a court battle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, with the outcome of the case yet to be determined.About Snowfall blockchain, ChainLink, and Ripple The blockchain industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and protocols emerging in…

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As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 283rd day, we take a look at the main developments.Here is the situation as it stands on Saturday, December 3: Fighting Three people have been killed and seven wounded in Russian shelling of the Kherson region over the past 24 hours. The regional capital of Kherson – recaptured in mid-November – and other parts of the region were bombarded 42 times in the same period, Governor Yaroslav Yanushevych said. Russian-installed officials in Donetsk said three people died after Ukrainian forces shelled the eastern Ukrainian city. Diplomacy US President Joe Biden does not intend to…

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by Apoorva Bellapu December 3, 2022 ByjusWith this Edtech company suffering a surge in losses in the year 2020-21, the company is pushed to take cost cutting measures, including reduction in marketing spends. All this has had a severe impact on the employees too as they have been laid off. MeeshoIf reports are to be believed, Meesho has reportedly shuttered its grocery business ‘Superstore’ in more than 90% of cities in India. This has resulted in job losses for a lot of its employees. It was just some time back that Meesho’s superstore, Farmiso was launched with an aim to fulfill…

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The Swiss’ victory in a rematch of the 2018 group stage clash between the two sides propelled them into the last 16 as Group G runners-up in Qatar. That previous win in Russia stirred up controversy when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, both of Albanian-Kosovan heritage, were fined for their goal celebrations – hand gestures imitating a double-headed eagle symbol similar to the one on the Albanian flag. Shaqiri, who netted the first of Switzerland’s three goals on Friday, did not repeat the gesture. The match nonetheless featured a pair of heated exchanges, including a second-half incident that saw subs…

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Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange as the Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell speaks after announcing a rate increase in New York on Nov. 2, 2022. The Federal Reserve is close to closing its most aggressive year of interest rate increases in at least three decades and Wall Street expects markets and the economy to feel the impact through 2023. AP file photo NEW YORK — Wall Street expects the impact of the Federal Reserve’s most aggressive year of interest rate hikes in at least three decades to continue to be…

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Ukraine war: Biden prepares to meet Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that he is ready to meet with US President Joe Biden “if he decides to look for a way out”. According to Macron, Mr. Putin has not yet done so when speaking to reporters alongside him. Russia’s war will continue to be opposed by the two men. The Kremlin responded by saying that Putin remains open to “ensuring our interests”. Moscow’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, says it will not accept US conditions: “He stated that negotiations will follow Putin’s departure from Ukraine.” In September, Russia illegally claimed territory…

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As the Russian-Ukraine war in Eastern Europe continues unabated, a restriction on the price of Russian oil has been formally authorised by the G7 group and its allies. The Group of Seven (G7) and Australia announced in a joint statement that the price cap will go into effect on December 5 or “very soon thereafter”. In a highly anticipated and intricate political and economic gambit intended to keep Russia’s supplies flowing into international markets while restricting President Vladimir Putin’s ability to finance his war in Ukraine, the European Union was moving closer to limiting the price of Russian oil at $60…

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Sabari G Rajan, one of the students who accompanied the Thai national to the health center, said the girl was severely traumatized by the incident.By Nimisha S Pradeep  Published on  3 Dec 2022 7:20 AM GMT Hyderabad: Protests rocked the University of Hyderabad after a student from Thailand was allegedly sexually assaulted by a senior professor of the Hindi department.Sabari G Rajan, one of the students who accompanied the Thai national to the health center, said the girl was severely traumatized by the incident.Rajan said she was not comfortable talking in both English and Hindi. She gestured to the other…

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LAHORE   –   The federal government on Friday allowed the incumbent Inspector General Punjab Faisal Shah­kar to proceed as United Nations Police Advisor (D-2) in the Police Division Office of Rule of Law and Security Institution Departinent of Peace Op­erations United Nations Headquarters New York, on deputation basis. According to the available of­ficial notification, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has approved the deputation of Faisal Shahkar a BS-22 officer of Police Service of Pakistan pres­ently posted as Provincial Police Officer (PPO)Government of the Punjab as United Nations Po­lice Advisor (D-2) in the Police Division, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institution,…

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators representing organized labor marched in South Korea’s capital on Saturday denouncing government attempts to force thousands of striking truckers back to work after they walked out in a dispute over the price of freight.There were no immediate reports of injuries or major clashes from the protests near the National Assembly in Seoul. The marchers, mostly members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions, accused President Yoon Suk Yeol’s conservative government of labor oppression and ignoring what they described as the truckers’ harsh work conditions and financial struggles, worsened further by rising fuel…

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The Biden administration is prepared to restart talks with Russia over a nuclear arms treaty despite the Kremlin’s decision to postpone negotiations planned for earlier this week, the State Department said Friday. The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is the sole remaining strategic nuclear arms control treaty between Washington and Moscow, but its future has been called into question as tensions rise over the war in Ukraine.Also Friday, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said it was nearing a deal between Ukraine and Russia to protect the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Russia seized the facility soon after it invaded, and repeated shelling…

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The Darkhovin Nuclear Power Plant is a planned nuclear power plant located about 70 kilometers south of Ahvaz, Iran at the Karun river, as part of the nuclear program of Iran.  The nuclear power plant will be operational under a pressurized water reactor (PWR) system. PWRs constitute the large majority of the world’s nuclear power plants. In a PWR, the primary coolant (water) is pumped under high pressure to the reactor core where it is heated by the energy released by the fission of atoms. The construction of this power plant is in line with the mission of the Atomic…

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair” (A tale of two cities, 1859). The opening lines of the Charles Dickens classic aptly describe contemporary human civilisation; while the rich denizens of the Global North enjoy unlimited prosperity, people of the Global South are battling starvation and climate…

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There have been rife speculations about Putin’s health, which according to many media reports are against the backdrop of chronic stress, cough, dizziness, sleeplessness, and abdominal painNew Delhi: Russian President Vladimir Putin is reported to have slipped and tumbled down several stairs at his official residence in Moscow, according to News.com The 70-year-old was supposedly helped to a sofa by bodyguards as his doctors rushed to assist him, the report says. News.com says the account is the latest from a Russian Telegram channel named General SVR which regularly suggests Putin is suffering from multiple health problems not disclosed by the…

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(ATTN: ADDS details on shipment status in steel industry in 7th para) SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) — Shipments from major ports and cement production sites are recovering after days of disruptions over the truckers’ strike, the government said Saturday, as the walkout appears to be losing steam in the face of a tough government stance. Container shipments from 12 major ports around the country had recovered to 82 percent of the average as of 10 a.m. Saturday, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said. The shipment level had fallen to as low as 21 percent before the government issued…

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Attachments By: Consultant Eng. Ahmed Satti Ahmed – Lead [email protected]+249 91267262 1. Executive Summary CARE has Implemented IcSP project “Promoting Peace and Socio-Economic Development for Conflict–Affected Communities in South Darfur, East Darfur and South Kordofan states to contribute in achieving relevant results in terms of social stability, increased social cohesion, enhanced recovery and socio-economic integration among conflicting communities for selected vulnerable communities. Final evaluation conducted for this project during the period 12 September to 30 October 2021 to assess the project performance and achieving the intended results. Different methods were used for collecting the data including desk review, Focus Group…

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UN rights chief Volker Turk said that more than 130 opponents of Myanmar’s military regime have been sentenced to death.Myanmar’s military government is using capital punishment as a tool to crush opposition to its rule and has sentenced more than 130 opponents of the regime to death since February 2021, a senior United Nations official said. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said on Friday that at least seven university students were sentenced to death behind closed doors on Wednesday, and there are reports that as many as four more youth activists were also sentenced on Thursday. Turk…

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