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Global food prices at risk as Russia suspends critical grain deal



Global food prices are at risk following Russia’s suspension of the UN-brokered grain export deal

NATO is calling on Russia to urgently resume the UN grain export deal with war-torn Ukraine, amid fears for skyrocketing global food prices.

This follows Russia sensationally suspending its part in the trade.

So far, Russia has blocked 2 million tons of grain on 176 vessels in the Black Sea, which is enough to feed over 7 million people.

Russia blames Ukraine for the Crimea bridge explosion, and therefore says they will not participate in the critical deal.

The grain export trade is a main driver in keeping global food prices down.

“Any act by Russia to disrupt these critical grain exports is essentially a statement that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry. In suspending this arrangement, Russia is again weaponising food in the war it started.”

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The UN says it has indirectly prevented 100 million people from falling into extreme poverty.

UN Chief António Guterres’ says he is ‘deeply concerned’ and will now focus on Russia resuming the essential initiative.

It follows Russia’s minister of Agriculture claiming Russia will give 500,000 tons of grain to the poorest countries over the coming months.

“Russia is ready to supply the poorest countries with up to 500,000 tons of grain free of charge in the next 4 months.”

Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev
Russian Minister of Agriculture Dmitry Patrushev

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey



A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards



Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States



TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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