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Angela Merkel speaks out on Russia, in public interview



Former German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has defended her record when it comes to handling Vladimir Putin

Merkel says she has no reason to apologise for her response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine back in 20-14, during her first public interview since leaving office.

“Diplomacy isn’t wrong just because it hasn’t worked…I don’t blame myself.

At times like these, I feel as worried as many others do.

What happened was not just unacceptable, but also a major mistake from Russia.”

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Throughout her time as chancellor, she publicly opposed Ukraine joining NATO. This was during a period when Ukraine was plagued with corruption and other instabilities.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was also discussed in the interview, particularly referring to Germany’s reliance on Russia’s natural resources.

Merkel has previously been accused of leaving her nation vulnerable, by engaging in close business dealings with Russia.

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The Nord Stream 2 was built during her time as leader and later suspended by current Chancellor, Olaf Scholz when the European war began.

However, Germany is struggling to reduce its dependence on Russian energy sources, without inflicting economic harm on itself.

When it comes to European tensions, Merkel says Russia and the European Union are neighbours that cannot ignore each other and must co-exist.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open



A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers



Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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Black box from Nepal plane disaster to be sent to Singapore



The black box recovered from the January 15 Nepal plane crash in Nepal is being sent to Singapore for analysis

The aim will be to identify the cause of the Yeti Airlines crash that killed all 72 people on board.

Both the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be examined by experts at Singapore’s Transportation Safety Investigation Bureau.

A government committee is still looking into the cause of the plane disaster.

It was initially suggested the black box be taken to France where the aircraft was manufactured, but Nepalese authorities decided to send it to Singapore.

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