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“De-escalation and a return to diplomacy” – Biden urges Putin to avoid war



US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin have spoken via a secure video call for two hours, with the ongoing situation in Ukraine at the top of the agenda

The Kremlin has labelled the summit as “Frank and professional” and says Putin requested Biden for ‘guarantees’ that NATO will not expand eastwards.

While the White House says in a statement that Biden “voiced the deep concerns of the United States and our European Allies about Russia’s escalation of forces surrounding Ukraine”.

The administration has made it clear that the US and its allies will respond with both economic and other measures “in the event of military escalation”

Biden has reiterated his support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and is calling for a “return of diplomacy”.

For many analysts, the question that remains following the talks is whether Putin will actually launch an attack on Ukraine, or whether Putin is pressuring Biden to guarantee that the nation will not become a so-called “NATO launchpad”.

Following the call, Biden was expected to speak with several American allies, including French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Putin has previously complained that Ukraine poses a threat to his country through its close ties to the US and European nations

American intelligence officials said last week they believe Russia is preparing for an invasion of the former Soviet republic that could involve about 175,000 troops.

The White House said ​​Biden called on “de-escalation and a return to diplomacy” from Russia.

Biden was “crystal clear” with Putin about the consequences Russia would face should an invasion occur.

Biden warned Putin that if Russia invades Ukraine, the U.S. will provide additional weaponry to the Ukrainians and impose unprecedented sanctions on Russia, national security adviser Jake Sullivan says.

“I will look you in the eye and tell you as President Biden looked President Putin in the eye and told him today that things we did not do in 2014, we are prepared to do now,”

said National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

“We still do not believe Pres. Putin has made a decision” on whether to invade Ukraine, national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters after Biden-Putin call.

However, it’s important to note that Moscow has dismissed these claims as “fake news” with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister saying contact between the two countries was “badly needed”.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Why Australia is becoming the new home of the Hollywood blockbuster



Australia’s multimillion-dollar campaign to attract Hollywood productions to its shores appears to be paying off.

The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

Despite the recent intake of Hollywood productions down under such as ‘The Fall Guy’ and ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’, Aussie independents are still finding the space to carve their own creative path.

Rob Fantozzi joined the program to discuss the latest in Hollywood, and showcased his own upcoming project – ‘Omerta‘. #featured

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Portal between countries shut down after international flashing



An international video portal has been forced to shut down after an OnlyFans model reportedly flashed passersby from across the globe.

On this episode of Ahron and Mike Live – Which would you prefer; pay rise or work perks, an international portal closes, the military reveal a submarine stingray and are you on a top or bottom burger bun?

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured #trending

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U.S. home prices surge 47%



American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

Tom Hutchens, the Executive Vice President of Production at Angel Oak Mortgage Solutions joins Veronica Dudo to discuss.

#IN AMERICA TODAY #economy #housing #housingmarket #homeprices #homesales #inflation #trending

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