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Germany pledges more weapons to Ukraine



Germany has promised to deliver more weapons to Ukraine, during his first wartime visit

Germany’s leader, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has vowed to send more weapons to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

The German leader spent the day with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, discussing the war-torn nation’s needs, economically and militarily.

Steinmeier openly condemned Russia’s actions and vowed to support Ukraine militarily.

“Today, Germany is one of the leading suppliers to Ukraine’s air defense.

Thirty Gepard tanks, three Mars2 multiple rocket launchers, several thousand anti-aircraft guns, one of the most modern air defense systems in the world, Iris-T.

I hope it will help to make people a little safer, to protect them from Russia’s brutal aggression.”

Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Bundespräsident Frank-Walter Steinmeier steht nach seiner Ankunft am Bahnhof. Steinmeier hält sich zu einem eintägigen Besuch in der Ukraine auf und will sich vor Ort ein Bild von der Zerstörung durch den Angriffskrieg Russlands machen.

Previously, Steinmeier had been criticised for his close political relations with Russia. However, relations between Ukraine and Germany have now turned a new page.

Germany’s alliance with the war-torn nation is clear.

Dirty bomb claims

It comes as Russia continues to make claims about Ukraine planning to use a so-called ‘dirty bomb’.

They made the allegations to the UN Security Council but the west sees the claims as “pure misinformation.”

Russia has since notified the U.S. about its upcoming annual strategic nuclear exercise.

Pentagon officials have confirmed it is strictly a drill and they will be monitoring every move.

“Russia is complying with its arms control obligations and its transparency commitments to make these notifications.”

Pentagon spokesman Gen. Pat Ryder
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Don’t come back

Ukraine is pleading with its citizens who fled amid the war, not to come home.

The increasing attacks on critical power infrastructure has placed the country under significant strain.

The country has implemented scheduled blackouts to prevent the grid from overloading and to reserve energy.

The warning comes as the winter months approach.

“We need to survive this winter. [If people come back] the electrical grid might fail.

In spring, I would really like for us to work together to rebuild our Kharkiv region, Kherson region and the rest of our cities and settlements here in Ukraine.”

 Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister Ukraine
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Nude Britney Spears post sparks concern among fans



A nude Britney Spears post has many fans concerned about her wellbeing

Pop sensation Britney Spears is no stranger to a controversial social media post, where she openly flaunts her body.

However, her latest post to Instagram has many of her beloved followers concerned.

The 40-year-old posted an explicit photo of herself in a near-empty bathtub, with a flower emoji the only thing between the world and her private parts.

It was paired with an unusual captions that read, “I like to suck!!! Never professional pics … sucking comes easy for me!!! Keep clapping bitch!!!”

The icon has 41 million followers on the social media app, many of whom were quick to share their concerns.

Some are suggesting Spears’ account is being controlled by someone else, attempting to make her look bad.

While others backed the pop stars post, supporting her desire to be open with her body image because she struggled during her younger years in the spotlight.

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Why ‘zombie viruses’ could be the next biggest public threat



A new report reveals the world will see an increase in so-called ‘zombie viruses’ that are emerging beneath us

A new report by scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research has revealed the global threat of ‘zombie viruses.’ As climate change continues to take effect, the earth is undeniably getter hotter.

Global warming essentially means significant areas of permafrost are now melting. Permafrost is a frozen layer on or under the Earth’s surface, holding beneath it millions of ‘zombie viruses’ not seen in millions of years.

The now melting permafrost means it is lifting the veil on potentially dangerous microbes that human kind isn’t prepared for.

In Siberia, the scientists uncovered a ‘zombie virus’ which they believe is 50,000 years old. This would be the oldest age of a frozen virus returning to life and able to infect.

Researchers are concerned about the global health impact if the earth continues to warm at its current rate.


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Australia lowers its terrorism threat level for the first time in nearly a decade



Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered but ASIO has warned an attack could still happen

Australia’s national terrorism threat level has been lowered from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’.

However, ASIO has warned a deadly attack could still occur on Australian soil in the next 12 months.

“A decision of this nature is not taken lightly or made casually,” said Mike Burgess, who is the Director General of ASIO.

It is the first time the warning has been lowered since 2014 when radicalised foreign fighters begun travelling to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organisations.

Burgess said the threat of terrorism has not been eradicated, and Australia remains a target for terrorist organisations—even within the next 12 months.

“We keep the terrorism threat level under constant review. There can be no set and forget in security intelligence,” he said.

How common is terrorism in Australia?

There have been 11 terrorist attacks on Australian soil since 2014. In addition, 21 plots have been detected and disrupted.

“Thankfully, there have been no attacks or major disruptions this year,” Burgess said.

However, ASIO remains on alert for violent extremists despite “fewer” operating with the intention to conduct an onshore attack.

“Ideologically motivated violent extremism—particularly nationalist and racist violent extremism—remains a threat and its adherents will continue to engage in offensive behaviours.”


ASIO maintains these extremists are likely to focus their attention on recruitment and radicalisation, rather than attacking.

Authorities believe the most likely terrorist attack to occur in Australia will see a lone actor using a basic weapon, like a knife or vehicle.

These attacks can be difficult to detect ahead of time and can occur with little or no warning entirely.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he has confidence in the nation’s security agencies.

“I won’t second-guess them and I won’t comment on their behalf,” he said.

Mr Albanese’s government has led the repatriation effort of Australian women and children linked to ISIS from Syria.

The women and children were assessed by ASIO before they arrived in Australia. The decision to lower the terrorism threat level also considered the unfolding situation.

ASIO said foreign fighters may return from the Middle Eastern conflict zone and could bring “dangerous ideologies and capabilities with them”.

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