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G7 nations prepare action plan against Beijing

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China dominates talks at G7 summit in the UK

The divide between China and many western nations at the G7 summit appears to be growing by the day.

In the lead-up to a two-day meeting between the Group of Seven nations, or G7, there were proposals to counter China’s economic coercion across the world.

It comes as Germany, France, and Italy all start to move away from Beijing and further towards the US.

G7 member nations are moving to create a coordinated action plan against Beijing

As foreign ministers met this week at the G7 summit, it’s believed they also spoke about alleged human rights breaches in the notorious Xinjiang province.

Officials say the US wants to initiate a coordinated action plan with G7 nations, so they can work together to act upon China’s influence and boost resilience.

Other topics of discussion included tensions with Russia, the COVID-19 pandemic and the spread of climate change.

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US Secretary of State Andrew Blinken says “it is not our purpose to try to contain China or to hold China down.”

China’s economy and military have risen dramatically over the past 40 years, but the combined force of the G7 nations is greater than China, both economically and physically.

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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Over 20 young people mysteriously die at nightclub

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Authorities in South Africa are investigating the deaths of 22 people, who were mysteriously found in a nightclub

Victims were found spread across the tables and floors in a coastal town.

They have been taken for testing, as authorities scramble to find a cause of death.

South Africa’s President is sending his “deepest condolences” to families of the victims, most of whom are teenagers.

The tragedy has taken place during Youth Month, where South Africa pushes for more opportunities to help young people from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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Deadly stadium collapse at bullfighting event in Columbia

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At least four people have died, and 500 injured at a bullfighting stadium in Columbia

Videos show a stand collapsing during the event, as emergency workers race to help.

Local media reports that hospitals have begun helping those who were injured.

The nation’s newly-elected President is calling for an end to bullfighting, tweeting that tragedies like this have already happened in the past.

He is urging local authorities to not allow more shows that involve the death of people or animals.

Investigations continue into the cause of the collapse.

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