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Authorities arrest Russian protesters and send them to war

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Hundreds of people have been arrested by authorities as protests against Russia’s new “partial mobilisation” continue across the country.

The Kremlin has ordered the partial mobilisation of reservists in response to what it says is a deteriorating security situation in Ukraine.

But the move has been met with widespread opposition, with many seeing it as a pretext for fresh military action. On Monday, police detained more than 200 people in Moscow during a protest against the mobilisation.

Another 150 were arrested in the city of St Petersburg. The arrests came as several thousand people took to the streets of both cities to voice their anger at the Kremlin’s decision. Demonstrators chanted slogans such as “No to war!” and “Putin is a liar!”

The independent monitoring group OVD-Info said more than 500 people had been detained in total across Russia.

Heavy handed

In Moscow, police used batons and pepper spray to disperse the crowd and make arrests. Several protesters were seen being dragged away by officers.

The demonstrations came a day after Russia’s top general warned that the country was prepared to use nuclear weapons if its security was threatened.

Gen Valery Gerasimov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying that Moscow would now respond to any threat with “a weapon of comparable or ‘greater’ power”.

The comments were seen as a stark warning to the West amid fears of a new arms race.

Worsening relations

Relations between Russia and the West have deteriorated sharply in recent years, with Western countries imposing sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine. Tensions have also risen over Moscow’s involvement in Syria and its alleged meddling in Western elections.

The partial mobilisation announced last week is likely to increase tensions further. Under the plan, reservists will be called up for training later this month and could be deployed to crisis zones if necessary.

President Vladimir Putin has insisted that the move is not linked to any specific event or threat but is needed to ensure Russia’s security. However, many believe it is a response to NATO’s increased activity near Russia’s borders.

Putin has sought to downplay fears of a new Cold War, saying that there is no intention of confrontation.

But with relations already at a low ebb, there are concerns that the partial mobilisation could lead to further escalation.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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